Protest in Support of Prof. Ricardo Dominguez and the Principle of Academic Freedom
URGENT!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Ricardo Dominguez (Associate Professor, Visual Arts Department) is currently being investigated by the University of California for the “Virtual Sit-In on University of California Office of the President” project he developed in conjunction with the recent March 4th student protests on campus.
In response to this act of Electronic Civil Disobedience, University officials have initiated the process of revoking Prof. Dominguez’ tenure and bringing criminal charges against him. Indeed, Prof. Dominguez has already been subject to questioning by UCSD detectives.
Furthermore, it is evident that the assault on Prof. Dominguez’ academic freedom is in part being instigated by local political forces who have chosen to take issue with his larger research on the significance of technology with respect to the safety of transborder immigrants.
As concerned faculty and students at UCSD, we contend that these actions not only undercut Prof. Dominguez’ physical safety but also threaten the academic freedom and tenure of all faculty, especially those who have been working to address and improve the toxic climate at UCSD.
Moreover, given the statements made in support of racial justice by President Yudof and the Board of Regents at last week’s meeting, we are deeply troubled by the institutional attack being waged against an internationally known and respected Latino faculty member, while groups like the Koala that deploy ignorant and hateful rhetoric against our communities continue to be tacitly protected by the institution.
We recognize the attack on Prof. Dominguez as an alarming instance not only of the policing of academic thought but also of the disciplining of dissent.
As part of the institutional investigation, Prof. Dominguez will be meeting with University officials on Thursday, April 8th at 10 AM in the Visual Arts Administrative Office.
In order to show our support for Prof. Dominguez and the principles of academic freedom, we call on the UCSD community to participate in a SILENT MARCH and A READING OF LETTERS OF PROTEST outside the office for the duration of the meeting.
9.45 AM: Gather at the Silent Tree on Library Walk
10.00 AM: March to Mandeville Center (Visual Arts Administrative Office, for a map to the Mandeville building, click HERE) – SILENT MARCH and READING OF LETTERS OF SUPPORT PROTEST for the duration of the meeting. (Please note: we ask that participants NOT disrupt the meeting through any form of loud noise or physical acts.) Prof. Dominguez and bang.lab researchers have requested that people once they have gathered in front of the Visual Arts Administrative Office to READ from the Letters of Support they have received. (These letters of support will be handed out at the start of the gathering).
WEAR BLACK!! URGENT!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
More background information about what this is all about, click HERE.
For today’s Union-Tribune article about the UC’s offensive against Prof. Dominguez, click HERE.
Also, check out the letter that the faculty coalition just sent to Vice Chancellor Drake (see below):