Solidarity from Japan

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WE stand in solidarity today with the students, staff, and faculty members at the University of California campuses who have been occupying campus buildings in protest of the 32% fee increase, budget cut, laying off of the workers, and loss of quality public education and those who are engaged in the similar struggle at Michigan State University. Your movement not only makes visible the demand that the public university be valued and maintained as an important site in society for the redistribution of wealth and privilege. The occupations of the buildings at UC Davis, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco State University–along with other acts engaged in solidarity–have proved that the students can free time and space in the midst of today’s corporate university. It is the time and space stolen from that university that matters, the kind of university that is so bent upon making profits while sacrificing our desire to learn and think, exploiting its workers, especially the vulnerable ones such as the non-tenured faculty members and the non-teaching workers on campus, and, worse still, demanding that its students must pay money for the kind of education that teaches us to be a “competitive labor,” a euphemism for a calculative, lonely individual subjected to the forces of capital and shackled to student loans. In many ways, if we may quote from the Zapatistas, we are you here in Okinawa. Our budget has been cut annually, our part-time language teachers lost their jobs or teaching hours, our curriculum began to include classes on job search, job interviews, and individual psychological health. “Hell no,” (“jodan ja nai” in Japanese or “yukushi” in Okinawan) has been our response, so we pitched tents on campus last winter to make visible the same tension, to steal time and space on this island. It is in this spirit that we show our support and solidarity to the students, faculty, and staff members at the UC and Michigan State University.
You and we are the beginnings!
November 27, 2009
Concerned Students at the University of the Ryukyus
Project Disagree

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3 Responses to “Solidarity from Japan”

  1. azdelslade Says:

    Please help us spread the word about this!

    http://savingucsd.ning.com/events/grade-strike-against-the

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/ucgradestrike/

    Please sign the petition if you are willing to participate in a grade strike and pass the word on!

    /////

    We are furious and so, so deeply upset seeing the videos of police brutality from UC Berkeley and UCLA:


    and as if it weren’t enough, now many students are facing felony charges:

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183824131771&ref=nf

    We are willing to pledge to withhold grades until the charges against students are dropped. If you are too, please sign this petition!

    With the current passage of the 32% fee increase on UC students statewide, major cuts to student enrollment, and the ongoing series of
    devastating cuts and reductions to campus workers, staff and faculty. We hope that you will sign this petition and pledge to withhold grades to express our anger against the current state of public higher education in California.

    We stand in solidarity with students, workers, staff and faculty organizing against the cuts at the CSU and CCC systems, and for us all to unite together in the fight to defend public higher education in California.

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    Added by: Gracelynne West on November 27, 2009, 3:11:09 pm
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    By signing this petition, we refuse to be complicit in tuition increases, layoffs, furloughs, the selling off of public education and the criminalization of student dissent!

    WHEN YOU SIGN: Please specify YOUR UNIVERSITY AFFILIATION with your name, affiliation (undergraduate student, graduate student, worker, staff, faculty), department, and campus

    Thank You!

    in solidarity,

    The Undersigned

  2. -f- Says:

    Here is another letter of solidarity: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/spanishandportuguese/alud/blog/?p=826

    it is in spanish, with a reading in video format from the protest at UCI on 24 November, 2009.

    Best,

    -f-

  3. -f- Says:

    video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYisO2N4Lp4

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