Strikers’ message to Chancellor Birgeneau and Vice Chancellor Breslauer


Via Hungry for Justice

UPDATE: We are still here and not going anywhere. The university called in UCPD to shut down our peaceful protest, but we are now back in front of California Hall. Rally at 9am and 3:30pm.

Because of their crackdown and because they thus far failed to schedule a meeting with us now that Chancellor Birgeneau is back from vacation in Europe, we are requesting an official negotiation meeting (not another “dialogue”) with the Chancellor and other campus administrators today for 3:30pm. We now have 3 dry strikers (meaning they are no longer drinking water) and 10 solidarity strikers (with more on the way).

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At our first meeting, it was mutually agreed that we needed clarification on our demands, including what it means to have an inclusive campus environment that can be a sanctuary to undocumented students and students of color. On Friday, Breslauer misinterpreted student organizers’ attempt to clarify our demands and said that we added demands to the table. In reality, with input from community and faculty, we suggested ways in which he could actually commit to the spaces that communities of color use. There have been no negotiations between student organizers and Breslauer and Birgeneau, but rather there has been less than good faith in the “discussions” we have had thus far. This letter is meant to clarify why we are asking for our demands and expose some of the unproductive excuses that Breslauer and Birgeneau have used to stall talks. We hope to enter constructive negotiation that can satisfy the hunger strikers, bring the hunger strike to an end, and make our campus more inclusive for our communities.

Read demands here: http://hungryforjustice.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/why-are-we-asking-for-what-we-are-asking-for-a-message-to-chancellor-birgeneau-and-vice-chancellor-breslauer/

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2 responses to “Strikers’ message to Chancellor Birgeneau and Vice Chancellor Breslauer

  1. UCB Chancellor Birgeneau Loss of Credibility, Trust
    The UCB budget gap has grown to $150 million, and still the Chancellor is spending money that isn’t there on expensive outside consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the “innovative thinking, expertise, and new knowledge” the consultants would bring.

    Does this mean that the faculty and management of a world-class research and teaching institution lack the knowledge, impartiality, innovation, and professionalism to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years? The consultants will glean their recommendations from interviewing faculty and the UCB management that hired them; yet solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor were doing the job HE was hired to do. Consultant fees would be far better spent on meeting the needs of students.

    There can be only one conclusion as to why creative solutions have not been forthcoming from the professionals within UCB: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility and the trust of the faculty as well as of the Academic Senate leadership that represents them. Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility and trust will remain.

  2. It’s great to get the truth, undiluted, from the students themselves and not through all the biased filters of the media.

    Anne Weills

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