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Statue of Thomas Jefferson at Hofstra.Some student groups at Hofstra University plan a rally Friday to call for the removal of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, Newsday reported. Jefferson's ties to slavery are the rationale for those seeking to have the statue removed. They outline their views in an online petition. A counterpetition seeks to keep the statue. Hofstra released this statement to Newsday: “The right to peaceful protest and assembly is at the core of our democracy. Hofstra supports our students’ right to engage in peaceful demonstrations about issues that matter to them. We look forward to continuing a civil exchange of ideas and perspectives on the subject.”