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Week 10 Faceoff (this ain’t over folks)

Lots of things happened last week. Students didn’t do their homework for two weeks, battling the university on two fronts: (a) about the issue of diversity and a hostile campus climate, and (b) organizing to reverse fee hikes, budget cuts, and the privatization of the university.

March 4 was a big date for both fronts. That morning, the BSU signed an agreement with the university administration (see post below). Later that day, UCSD saw thousands of people protesting against the corruption and privatization of our university (for more on that, see the UCSD Coalition for Educational Justice).

Although we should all be celebrating the near-spontaneous upsurge of student and faculty movement we’ve seen this quarter, we all need to realize that this is fight is just getting started.

Here are some of the big things happening on campus this week. It’s critical that people stay informed (via this blog) and on top of this.

1) Ward Connerly is coming to town. Ward Connerly (crusader against affirmative action in CA and in the US) is coming to campus this week to contest the legality of the UCSD – BSU agreements. For more on this, see:

Connerly Questions Validity Of UCSD Agreement With Black Student Union

Connerly to review agreement between UCSD, Black Student Union

For info on who Ward Connerly is and why this is a really big deal, scroll down or click HERE.

2) Christopher Edley, the Dean of the UC Berkeley Law School, is also coming to campus this week. He’ll be sitting with the Chancellor and with students  to iron out the details of this accord. For more on this, click HERE. Could this be in response to Ward Connerly’s planned visit?

Stay tuned for more developments about these things. – J.F.

  1. Benito Juarez
    March 7, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Racism begins with our families, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love.

    However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by our family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are like ourselves and not so different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a healthcare, and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this). We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.

    This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him.

    Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need.

    Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his fellow man.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    That’s the question before us. The question is not, “If I stop to help our fellow man in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help our fellow man, what will happen to him or her?” That’s the question.

    This current climate of blaming, mocking or demeaning others for our own short comings, is not new, we have had this before and we have conquered it. Remember “Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing”. Raise your voices with those of us who believe we are equal and we can win this battle again.

    God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need, when you saw a wrong you tried to correct it, you may argue the methods but not the reasons. I know God will not discriminate by country of origin, our sex, our orientation, color of our skin, or our religion as men do.

  1. March 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm

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