Weekend Update

On Thursday, we met with administrators and started the process toward getting our demands met. Today is the last day of the week, so WE NEED AS MANY FOLKS OUT THERE AS POSSIBLE, FROM AS MANY COMMUNITIES AS POSSIBLE. We also need support on Monday. The hunger strikers are going to need support today to keep their spirits up through the weekend. Friday marks the fifth day they go without food, and Monday is when the chancellor gets back to Berkeley.

Here is what it looks like for today:

Noon: Rally with UPTE and AFSCME

2pm: Organizing meeting for folks who want to get involved

3:30pm: WE NEED YOU THERE in case we are in negotiations with the admin again.

If you would like to sign up to get TEXT MESSAGE ALERTS live from the hunger strike (aka when we need help because the police get to rowdy) please sign up for our alert service here: http://bearcardo.com/?page_id=67

If you have not done so yet, you can sign our petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/make_chancellor_birgeneau_stand_up_against_sb_1070

Thank you!

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One Response to Weekend Update

  1. MG says:

    May 7th, 2010
    To the Hunger Strikers at UC Berkeley

    In the spring quarter of 2009, students at UC Santa Cruz went on a hunger strike lasting four days. We had a long list of demands because the promise for a better future, for an accessible higher education, is still a privilege reserved for a class of people that can afford it. The UC still remains out of reach for swathes of communities throughout California, and inequality at the university continues to marginalize students, communities of color, students with children, the undocumented community, and workers. I was one of the hunger strikers then and so I would like to send a message to you: that myself and undoubtedly many others at UCSC stand in solidarity with you.

    The struggle at the UC and the student movement at large is bittersweet. It unites us and pushes us to grow and expand the possibilities we see for the future; simultaneously it’s a struggle that extends beyond returning the university to the status quo, a struggle entrenched with superficially contradictory thoughts and ideas. It’s not an appeal to edit the university, but one to re-imagine and recreate it. Don’t let the administrators, the politicians, the media, or anyone else convince you to end your fight with promises of reform. As you know, the end of your hunger strike, with our without victories in hand, is far from the end of the struggle. So we shouldn’t call for reform, but instead call for a revolution; we shouldn’t call for a university, but a movement of education to expand consciousness.

    Our triumph has always been the ability to find each other and to discover new means to relate with one another beyond the limitations of this alienating system. The most profound experience of our hunger strike was breaking the day-to-day routine in order to build a community. In the space where we organized the hunger strike, in the spaces we’ve occupied—in these fleeting spaces, we have, for a moment in time, developed a new experience of social relations that words fail to describe.

    Indeed, we are the crisis. We are the power to realize our needs. We do what we can to create a brighter future.

    In solidarity,
    MG

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