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Save the Che Cafe! Solidarity letter from Zack de la Rocha
by Chris Burnett
Sunday Jun 29th, 2014 8:50 PM
Save the Che Cafe! Letter of solidarity from Zack de la Rocha
My name is Zack de la Rocha of the revolutionary group of musicians known as Rage Against the Machine. I am writing this letter as a member of a growing community of artists who are concerned about the UCSD administration's latest attempts to shut down the Che Cafe. A place that is not only a great venue, but a source of inspiration and community building for any artist, student, or worker that has entered its doors. 

In its ever shifting rationales for attempting to close the Che Cafe, the administration has clearly lost its focus on what this venue has done to enhance the student educational experience and the university as a whole. Simply put, no other university campus venue in all of California has done more to build a bridge between students of UCSD, regional artists, and indeed artists from around the world. This unique forum of cultural and political exchange is a rarity, and without diminishing the merits of other student organizations on the UCSD campus, few can boast the kind of scope and positive influence that the Che Cafe has garnered for over three decades. 

I have performed at the Che Cafe a number of times and always left more empowered, more informed, and more inspired than when I arrived. Like so many others, I am personally indebted to the dedicated people throughout the years who have tirelessly worked to create a safe, all ages, truly democratic venue; one that should be embraced and defended as an indispensable campus forum for art and ideas. 

In solidarity,
Zack de la Rocha

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by GB
Monday Jun 30th, 2014 10:18 AM
Trying to get wider coverage on this. Press is asking to verify that Zack wrote this. Any help there?
by Chris Burnett
( chris [at] indymedia.org ) Monday Jun 30th, 2014 9:51 PM
I can confirm that Zack wrote the letter. I host 'Indymedia On Air' on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles and the letter was delivered to me for distribution. If members of the press want more confirmation, they can email me and I can follow up.

I am a former core member of the Che Cafe as well.
by Chris Burnett
Thursday Jul 3rd, 2014 2:12 PM
Zack's old band, Inside Out, plays the Che Cafe on July 15, 1990. The cops were outside trying to shutdown the show, so the kids inside sat down and watched the band, refusing to leave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFw6wqFiNrs