Students plan to protest vice president's visit to Lee University
A couple student groups including Lee University Peace Makers and Racial Justice Advocacy Group are coming together to protest the event.
Nearly 500 people have signed a petition in 24 hours asking Lee University to cancel Vice President Mike Pence's visit Saturday to Pangle Hall.
"This doesn't represent what we as a community, as a university, this isn't what we stand for," Mercedes Harris with Lee University Peace Makers said.
The event, called "Tax Cuts to Put America First" is not university sponsored and supports Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who is running for Senator Bob Corker's seat. She will be at the event with the Vice President.
Harris, a student at Lee University said, the group of mostly students isn't against Mike Pence, but rather the group putting on the event.
She said America First Policies values don't align with the private university's Christian values.
"Jesus is about justice, is about love, is about grace. It's a beautiful thing to know that we're not alone in this and that people really agree and have a heart for the minorities that America First policies oppress," Harris said.
A couple student groups including Lee University Peace Makers and Racial Justice Advocacy Group are coming together to protest the event and will hold their own event in a designated area on campus while the Vice President is speaking and stresses they are non-partisan and will remain peaceful.
"It wasn't the fact that he's speaking. We are all for free speech and for everyone getting a say no matter what side of the spectrum you're on," Hunter White with Lee University Peace Makers said.