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Wed May 5 2010 (Updated 05/13/10)Hunger Strike at UC Berkeley
Wed May 5 2010 (Updated 05/13/10)Hunger Strike Demands Denouncing of SB1070 & Rights for UC Workers and Student Protesters
Updates 5/11/10: hunger strike at uc berkeley still going strong
Updates 5/10/10: Police Raiding UC Berkeley Hunger Strike | Hunger Strike Raided: Rally at 3:30pm | Hunger Strikers | hella cops defend chancellor birgeneau's house from hunger strikers
On Monday, May 3rd, the Chican@/Latin@ community at Cal, which includes RAZA, Mecha, Xinaxtli, and others began a hunger strike in front of California Hall in response to the new Arizona SB1070 Law and to the charges imposed on student protesters this school year. The six demands issued include that President Yudof and other UC Chancellors publicly denounce Arizona’s SB1070 and that all the charges be dropped against student activists in the year 2009-2010, particularly those charged with student conduct beginning in November 20th and December 11th 2009. Strikers issued a call to action against racism and oppression for Friday, May 7th.
The Hunger strikers write: We, the hunger strikers of UC Berkeley, are calling out to all people of color, to our communities of color, to take a stand this Friday, May 7th at noon against racism and all the many forms that this oppression takes in our society. We call upon communities of color and all our allies to protest at locations of power, wherever it may be that you are best able to protest, whether that be an administration building or city hall. We must unite and let those in power know that we are standing together to oppose the criminalization of our communities. Let them know that we will not allow them to target workers for firings on our campuses through the misguided privatization policies of our campus administrations. Let them know that we will not allow them to target our fellow students that have stood up to them in past, that stand up to them in the present, and that will stand against them in future protests. Let them know that we are all one: workers, students, community members. Let it be known that we will not be divided.
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