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Weekend Wrap Up

Here is a compliation of news stories and blog posts about UCSD’s current racial emergency. J.F.

News (for additional news scroll below)

Governor Condemns ‘Intolerable Acts of Racism’ at UCSD

UCSD Guardian: Teach-In Walks Out – Black Student Union and supporters ditch university teach-in to host speakers of their own.

Students storm UC San Diego chancellor’s office (editor’s note: “storm” is an exaggeration. The students peacefully and respectfully occupied...)

NY Times: California Campus Sees Uneasy Race Relations

UCSD Suspends Student Linked To Noose Found On Campus (includes news video)

Race Relations At UCSD (includes news video interview)

SD Union-Tribune Profiles Kris Gregorian, the Koala Editor

KPBS TV Coverage of Recent Events

Blog Posts

Thoughts on the Short Lived Occupation of the UCSD Chancellor’s office

Free Speech, Racist Speech, and UCSD

UCSD: Moving Forward and Back

UCSD is Sending Wrong Message by Not Expelling This Student on the Spot

UCLA sit-in/occupation

Chancellor Block (UCLA) responds regarding the UCSD incidents

In solidarity with the UCSD folks, students sat in at Murphy Hall at UCLA waiting to meet with the chancellor there and issue him the following demands: 1) Closure of UCSD until there is a full investigation of events surrounding Compton Cook Out and the noose left hanging for 3 days in Library, 2) Expulsion of offending students and dismantling of The Koala newspaper, and 3) Diversity needs be met by March 4th.

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Also, it seems that UCSD is not the only campus in racial turmoil. Here’s a note and a photo from one of my colleagues: “attached image is of an event at UC Riverside, which further speaks to the current situation.”

Things are also blowing up at UC Davis.

UC Davis LGBT Resource Center Vandalized

&

Vandal Carves Swastika on Door of UC Davis Jewish Student

For more pictures of this despicable act of hate, click HERE.

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UPDATE: College racial emergency goes national – cotton balls scattered in front of Missouri University’s black culture center. Click HERE for more info.

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  1. February 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Right now I think that our demands for Monday need to be 1. meet bsu demands 2. meet mach 4th strike demands 3. close the lit bldg. We have 2 act in solidarity to win!

    While yesterday was beautiful, inspiring and invigorating in many ways, it seemed like it ended very problematically. I feel totally betrayed, there was no collective process, no decision made, just mob fear, the cops couldn’t get us out, but the activists did, the plan is to come back Mon morn, I hope ppl come… at the end, someone just came in and made an announcement and everybody left, there was no collective discussion of “what do we all want to do? who wants to stay? who wants to leave? how can we make this space our own space and a model of the kind of world/school/education we’re creating?” there was just an announcement “they think you should go now and come back monday” and a unity clap preventing discussion, and then everyone walked out. i want someone to have acknowledged the people who were trying to say “wait, lets discuss this, i want to hold this space and not give it up”, someone to have asked me what i wanted to do and acted in solidarity instead of just bailing asap… Its not just me either, there were a lot of people in the room who were confused and tried to raise questions and concerns, but the small group of organizers near the door made the decision on their own without taking the time to actually ask all the people who had decided to stay and get arrested what they wanted to do. I saw multiple people try to say “who’s they?”, “wait? can we all make a decision together” and they all got overrun by the “unity clap” (ironically) and ignored. I think you may have lost the support of a lot of your most dedicated supporters in that moment. There has to be a collective process in the future if any serious action, beyond a daytime picnic in the chancellor’s office funded by donations, is going to happen. hey, well thanks, thats good to know. but i’m not just talking about myself, it seemed like lots of people i was talking to were seriously preparing to stay the night, to get arrested, calling their friends/family to walk the dog, people were talking to lawyers so they’d be ready, etc, so there were a lot of people who were not consulted. there just needs to be more effort to have an open, transparent process where everyone is involved and doesn’t feel, like i heard multiple people saying, that they’re being given orders. and yeah, it was definitely stress, we just need to learn to hold our space and take care of each other, all of us!

  2. February 27, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Oh, and here’s my blog post with the above thoughts and some responses…

    http://bang.calit2.net/tts/2010/02/27/thoughts-on-the-short-lived-occupation-of-the-ucsds-chancellors-office/

  3. March 1, 2010 at 5:25 am

    In addition to the racial crisis spreading, anti-lgbtq and anti-jewish crimes were reported last week at UC Davis as well.

    http://theaggie.org/article/letter-lgbtrc-vandalized

    http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_14483854

    We all have to unite our struggles and fight back!

  4. jenjen
    March 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Where did you get information that the noose was hanging there three days? I don’t think that’s correct.

    • March 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks for your correction jen. You are correct. The noose was there for only a couple of hours. Where did you see that we stated that the noose was there for three days? Is it on one of the outside articles we posted? -thx, J.F.

      • jenjen
        March 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm

        Weird… in the “apology” from the student claiming to be the one who hung it up in the library, she claims it was left in the library on Tuesday, but was only brought to the attention of security on Friday. I wonder how the folks in the outside article knew about that detail. That apology – if it’s legit – paints a really unflattering picture of that student and makes me more inclined to think the mandatory sensitivity class in the BSU demands is not so far-fetched. It also makes me sad that nobody was using that part of the library for three days!

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