Updates on Berkeley Hunger Strike


Strikers have started a blog, Hungry for Justice.  Check it out for updates, videos are also available.

Students have recently been denied access to water and permission to pitch tents despite rain.  They stand strong on their demands and condemnation of Arizona Bill SB 1070 which target minority and immigrant communities.

Strikers state:

“We understand that Arizona’s racism is alive and well here on our campus. Birgeneau’s treatment of our solidarity coalition underscores the systemic marginalization that the hunger strikers are trying to end at Cal and in our country. Birgeneau’s actions not only validate the need for direct action, they strengthen our resolve.

So, the strike continues. There are now eight dry strikers and a growing list of solidarity hunger strikers. We call on supporters to join in solidarity with a hunger strike tomorrow. There is a rally tomorrow at 3:30PM. We continue to request immediate negotiations with Birgeneau and Breslauer and an immediate and peaceful end to the strike. We hope that Birgeneau and Breslauer can find it within their conscience to do the right thing and compromise, negotiate, and empathize the struggles of the student strikers.”

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One response to “Updates on Berkeley Hunger Strike

  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.

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