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|Emergency Mobilization: UC Berkeley Drop Palantir! #NoTechForICE|
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|Date||Tuesday September 24|
|Time||12:00 PM - 1:30 PM|
|Organizer/Author||Cal Bears Against ICE|
PLEASE NOTE: EVENT ENDED AT 1:30PM
430 Soda Hall, Wozniak Hall, UC Berkeley
Telegraph & Bancroft
EVENT ENDED AT 1:30 THANK U.
UC BERKELEY: SHOW PALANTIR THEY’RE NOT WELCOME HERE!
SAVE THE DATE! On September 24, the tech giant that powers ICE, Palantir Technologies, plans to visit UC Berkeley for a so-called “Ethics & Tech Panel” to recruit Berkeley tech students. Palantir is working hand-in-hand with ICE to build tools to surveil, detain, and deport migrants and keep kids locked in cages -- and UC Berkeley's EECS department has a $20,000 a year contract with the corporation, meaning this institution is directly complicit in ICE terror.
THE TIME TO STAND UP TO PALANTIR AND ICE IS NOW. Our tuition fuels deportations.
We’re demanding Berkeley cancel the info session:
If they don’t, be ready to join us in protest outside the event on campus -- MEETING TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Palantir's surveillance technology is "mission critical" to ICE's operations, according to the agency itself, and the company relies on the labor of EECS, CS, and Data Science graduates to develop it. These tools explicitly enable ICE to detain and deport immigrants with ruthless efficiency.
This year, Palantir technology was used to arrest at least 443 mothers, fathers, and other family members and sponsors when ICE investigated children who crossed the border alone. Palantir was shown to be intimately involved in the workplace raid this month that arrested almost 700 people in Mississippi, the largest such raid in a decade. These raids have increased by 650% under President Trump, targeting thousands annually for arrest and deportation. Without the Palantir technology that enables ICE to live track families, these numbers would be far lower. The company has faced outcry this year, calling for it to stop facilitating the ICE deportation machine.
Cal’s engineering and data science curricula parade “ethics” as a required component of our education. Collaborating with Palantir not only abandons our university’s commitment as a so-called sanctuary campus to protect our undocumented students, but directly contradicts its own curriculum. Members of our community study long and hard with the eventual goal of using these skills to improve society through technology’s potential. Palantir is attempting to recruit us to do the opposite.
Fellow students: don’t be complicit! REFUSE to work with Palantir or attend the info session. Join hundreds of tech workers saying #TechWontBuildIt, pledging they will not build tools for immigration enforcement:
DEMAND the event is cancelled:
If it isn’t, STAND WITH US on the 24th! We are calling on all those who denounce ICE’s reign of terror to join in action. More details to come!
Added to the calendar on Monday Sep 23rd, 2019 10:57 AM