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Activists Call on UVA to Cut Ties with Weinstein Supporter

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Activists are petitioning to have a Weinstien supporter's name removed from UVA buildings. Activists are petitioning to have a Weinstien supporter's name removed from UVA buildings.
More than 7,000 signatures have been collected since the group formed. More than 7,000 signatures have been collected since the group formed.
The signatures were delivered to the UVA Board of Visitors on Wednesday. The signatures were delivered to the UVA Board of Visitors on Wednesday.

A national women’s group is calling on the University of Virginia to cut off its relationship with a supporter of media mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is facing sex abuse charges.

Paul Tudor Jones sits on the Weinstein Company Board, and is a University of Virginia alum. On Wednesday, Women United Now delivered a petition with 2,000 signatures, in addition to the 5,000 signatures submitted in April, to the UVA Board of Visitors for his name to be removed from UVA buildings, including John Paul Jones Arena.

“We just found it to be hypocritical that this person is for the community, for students, for the environment,” said president of Women United Now Catrena Carter. “You have this best friend that obviously has been doing this for a while that you’ve been publicly supporting.”

The group formed earlier this year and gathered signatures for their petition outside of a UVA basketball game in January. 

The group wanted to get into Wednesday’s meeting, but was told it was too late to sign up. They added that they will be back again in three months for the next meeting.