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Wed Aug 12 2020 (Updated 08/14/20)
Get Police Off Campus
Professors Call for Defunding Police, Ending Police and ICE Presence at UCSC
In an interview originally broadcast August 6 on KZSC, a radio station broadcasting from UC Santa Cruz, John Malkin spoke with Vilashini Cooppan, Camilla Hawthorne, and T. J. Demos, three professors at UCSC who co-signed or supported a letter to the Chancellor calling for an end to police and ICE presence on campus. "Our country is witnessing the brutal effects of the entrenched racist history of policing, a history that goes back to 'slave patrols' and 'Indian patrols' and that continues to disproportionately target African Americans, Native Americans, Latinx Americans, and Asian Americans. Our own campus recently witnessed a level of police presence and violence so unprecedented that it swiftly garnered local, state, national, and UC-wide condemnation."

The letter to the Chancellor continues, "I write to denounce the force used against protesting students and the employment—at a cost of $300,000.00 per day—of a police force brought in from neighboring cities and counties, dressed in riot gear, and equipped with military surveillance technology. This is a university campus, and one with a celebrated and valued tradition of student protest. How can we urge our students to 'question authority' when that authority stands deaf before multiple calls to renounce policies that harm, harass, ban, dismiss, and otherwise financially and academically disadvantage its very own students, including a disproportionate number of students of color?"

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See Also: Roots of Slavery, Black Lives Matter, Defund Police — Gerald Horne Interview | Community Safety Without Police: Interview with CAHOOTS / White Bird coordinator Tim Black | Oakland Police Banned from Using Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Grenades at Protests | Changing the Culture of Policing in Our Community and Beyond | The End of Policing — Interview with Alex Vitale

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