The Honorable President Dennis H. Holtschneider
1 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
January 25, 2013
Dear President Holtschneider,
On behalf of the DePaul Young Americans for Freedom, and in
light of the recent destruction of our "Flags for Life" display, I
am calling on the university to formerly apologize for this action
against our organization. Freedom of speech on campus is a right,
and any activity of vandalism against it is intolerable. I request
that those involved in the vandalism would come forward and also
apologize, and that appropriate sanctions for this act be imposed
on those individuals.
I am also calling on the DePaul campus community, and the Chicago
community at large, to stand with Young Americans for Freedom in
support of our right to free speech.
The "Flags for Life" display marked the 40th anniversary of the
historic Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision and symbolized the
lives lost since that day. Vandalism against this project should
especially be condemned at DePaul, the nation's largest Catholic
In its mission statement, DePaul University states that it
"strives to bring light of Catholic faith and the treasures of
knowledge into a mutually challenging and supportive relationship."
Given this strong statement, the DePaul Young Americans for Freedom
chapter is hopeful that the University will be supportive in our
defense of the unborn.
Kristopher Del Campo
DePaul Young Americans for Freedom
cc'd - Dr. Art Munin, Cindy Lawson
Statement from Young America's Foundation:
President Holtschneider’s taking the time to respond to DePaul YAF chair
Kristopher Del Campo. However,
we feel the situation has yet to be properly addressed.
There has not yet been a single representative from DePaul
University who has formerly condemned the vandalism of the prolife display, or
spoken out in support of the
DePaul Young Americans for Freedom.
appears to be little concern about the atmosphere that permeates the campus,
and no indication that steps will be taken to ensure a
discriminatory act of vandalism of this nature will not happen again at DePaul
University. The lackluster
response only emboldens others who are not respectful to others ideas.
An in-house sensitivity training on respecting a culture of
life would be a recommended first step. A call for those involved in the
vandalism of the display to step forward is another crucial step that must be
taken. DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, and it is only
appropriate that we encourage its leaders to speak up for the most helpless in
our society—the unborn.