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Mobile Billboard Driving Around UM Calls for Alex Azar's Firing

A new billboard is calling for Alex Azar's firing.
A new billboard is calling for Alex Azar's firing. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
In a call for the University of Miami to "live its values," a nonpartisan watchdog group launched a mobile billboard campaign today urging the university to fire a former Trump official before his first day on campus on August 23.

One week after New Times reported on UM's contentious hire of former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar as an adjunct professor, the not-for-profit organization Accountable.US launched its campaign calling for Azar's ouster, citing to his ties to the Trump administration's family separation policy. Starting today, a truck carrying the anti-Azar message will drive around the university's Coral Gables campus.

"UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI: GREAT IS THE TRUTH?" the green-and-orange billboard reads. "There's Nothing GREAT about complicity. Live your values and DROP ALEX AZAR."

According to its website, Accountable.US is a nonprofit whose mission is to expose government corruption and corporate special interests.


The organization's president, Kyle Herrig, issued a statement via email announcing the billboard, saying Trump officials who had a hand in enacting "cruel and inhumane" immigration policies should not be awarded "cushy" teaching jobs at institutions like UM.
click to enlarge A mockup of the Accountable.US billboard to be driven around UM's campus in Coral Gables. - IMAGE COURTESY OF ACCOUNTABLE.US
A mockup of the Accountable.US billboard to be driven around UM's campus in Coral Gables.
Image courtesy of Accountable.US
"Azar’s hiring goes against the University of Miami’s proclaimed values, and runs afoul of its own immigration advocacy. The university’s administration owes their students, teachers, alumni, and communities a serious explanation for why they think this enabler of cruelty is worth compromising those values for now,” Herrig said in his emailed statement.

Earlier this month, the university announced that it had hired Azar as an adjunct professor at the Herbert Business School to teach classes during the fall semester, which begins Monday.

Students, staff, and faculty members expressed outrage at Azar's hiring because of his department's role in overseeing immigrant detainment facilities, including the Homestead detention center, where migrant children were held after being separated from their families at the border under the Trump administration.

New Times has contacted the university requesting comment. This post will be updated with the school's response.
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Joshua Ceballos is staff writer for Miami New Times. He is a Florida International University alum and a born-and-bred Miami boy.
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