Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief
Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010
There will be a protest on Wednesday, March 3rd at 12pm beginning at Chancellor Fox’s Office at the Chancellor’s complex and then we will be walking to the Associated Students offices (4th floor PC East) regarding the student government’s decision to close down funding all 33 campus media organizations.
We will not be emotional, we will not cause mass disruptions, but we will gather to calmly attempt to discuss with the Administration how the situation has gotten out of hand.
We intend to present both the Chancellor and Utsav (or whoever is present at the AS offices) with the ACLU & FIRE letters. If you have your own letter to present to Utsav and the AS then bring them, or if you have suggestions for other documents to present to the Chancellor, send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: This event is not intended to be solely sponsored by the California Review. If your student organization would like to sign on, I will make your organization a sponsor and the president/editor of the club an administrator for the event as well.
Monday, Mar. 1, 2010
• 9:00am: Rally in front of Chancellor’s complex to follow up on their response to the BSU’s demands.
• 2:00-4:00pm: Ethnic Studies Dept. Town Hall on Campus Racial Emergency (NOTE: LOCATION HAS BEEN CHANGED TO GREAT HALL, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT COLLEGE), Description: The Department of Ethnic Studies invites you to attend a town hall meeting to continue the discussion that you have initiated on the degrading racial climate on campus. We applaud the paradigm-changing protest that you have waged this past week and want to work with you to make sure that the momentum that you have built will result in meaningful and lasting change on campus.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
• 12:00-2:00pm: SPACES will be holding an informal hangout titled “Reclaiming our University” wherein they plan to “continue the amazing and Powerful Active Community momentum that was felt on the great day of action Feb. 24. 2010” although they claim this is NOT a protest. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
• 7:00-9:00pm: Asian & Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APSA) Forum on the current racial emergency (Cross Cultural Center, 2nd Floor, Price Center East).
Thursday, MARCH 4, 2010!!!
Let’s continue the momentum. March 4 is the National Day of Action for Education. We will be demanding that the state government and the UC administration provide true accesibility and educational funding for all. Join us on our struggle to reverse the privatization and corporatization of our public university.
Why March 4 connects perfectly with last week’s struggle against racism/sexism/homphobia at UCSD:
1. The administration’s current plan to solve its partly self-made economic crisis is to import more out of state wealthy students willing to pay out of state tuition (they want to raise the amount of out of state students from 5% up to 20%). This means less accessibility for students that are already underrepresented (including even less black and brown students in each entering class). There is nothing that Chancellor Fox can say or do to increase diversity at UCSD if this happens.
2. Higher fees (+32% this year and +300% in the last ten years) means that even less working and middle class students will be able to afford an UC education.
3. It’s going to be even harder to hire more faculty and staff of color with the current total hiring freeze and defunding.
4. UCSD is already cutting programs that were set up to increase diversity on campus and there are people in positions of power that are looking into the possibility of closing down departments. Guess which departments are first in line to be nixed?
5. Budget cuts also mean less classes which means that you are getting less of an education for your money and it might take you longer to graduate to satisfy your requirements, meaning more $$$ or more student debt. This is especially difficult for 1st gen. students from underrepresented groups.
6. We want the UC to do more to educate about diversity and foster it. That means that we need them to put more money into making this happen. With the state taking money away from the UCs and with the UC admin’s reluctance to spend its own money on things that matter, that’s going to he hard. We need to show Sacramento and the UC administration/regents that we want them to spend money on education, including not just on instruction on how to make money but an education that teaches people to be critical thinking, compassionate, and understanding human beings.
7. Also, if we want all UCSD students to take at least one mandatory Ethnic Studies class, we need to hire more professors and teach more course. Right now, ES has been forced by the budget cuts to cut down on their classes and freeze hiring of new professors.
8. If we also want UCSD to build up the African American Studies program, they’re going to need more investment as well.
9. Finally, we must all step out and protest on March 4 because an almost fully privatized university that cares more about making things for private corporations than about teaching people how to be productive, creative, critical thinkers is not good for anyone. The only way that we’re going to be able to stop the UC from fully becoming this type of place is by protesting. That’s the only thing that’s worked in the past, and it’s the only remedy for our current crisis.
UPDATE: Commenter “Zoom” has posted an excellent response to the BSU’s nine points; read the whole thing. Just a few more quick observations:
• Interesting that this is now supposed to be about “racism/sexism/homophobia” rather than just racism. What evidence is there that UCSD is noticeably sexist or homophobic? To the extent that it is, how is, say, the black community not far worse? Why isn’t the BSU working on taking the plank out of their own eye before railing against the rest of us?
Are they even trying to make sense any more? This is a cynical and utterly unjustified bid for wider support.
• They keep talking about insufficient accessibility for “minorities”… at a school where other historically oppressed minorities (consider the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese-American internment, and anti-miscegenation laws, for starters) are spectacularly successful, to the point that whites are not only seriously underrepresented relative to their population fraction, but they’ve even been surpassed by Asian-Americans in total numbers. What kind of pathetic dialogue on race at UCSD fails to grapple with this fact, one of the most striking sociological outcomes of the last century, at all? How can they possibly succeed, if they refuse to understand or even think about how other groups have worked their way out of circumstances not entirely dissimilar to their own?
The BSU asks for critical thinking, but could they recognize it when it hit them in the face? Or would they just tar it as “racist” because they find its conclusions inconvenient?