Rally against the new UC president Janet Napolitano at UC Santa Cruz
Friday October 18, 2013 // 10:00AM // The Quarry
Towards a safe and democratic UC!
Napolitano is meeting privately with UCSC student government this Friday as part of a public relations tour because she knows she does not have the approval of UC students.
She would like students to FORGET:
her history as Secretary of Homeland Security, where she deported 1.6 million people.
She would like us to IGNORE:
the pay and healthcare cuts UC Regents just implemented against campus workers.
We will not allow Janet Napolitano to use our campus to boost her image. We REJECT her appointment for the violence she’s caused and the anti-democratic manner in which the entire UC is run.
We DEMAND that:
1. UC enforce a sanctuary against ICE (immigration) for the protection of undocumented students and workers
2. Regents roll back all tuition and fee hikes
and 3. grant all UC workers a fair contract
And, because the appointment of Napolitano is antithetical to a safe and democratic UC,
4. We demand that Napolitano resign from office.
We, the students, have some serious political power to leverage and Napolitano knows it. She even took up the demands of UC Berkeley students and urged Gov. Brown to sign the pro-immigrant Trust Act. Let’s keep up the pressure! Solidarity with all UC students and workers!!
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“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”
- Emma Goldman
In recent years, activists from Egypt to the University of California have organized MASS, ROVING ELECTRONIC DANCE PARTIES like “Resisdance” to build broad support for movements fighting FOR A LIFE WORTH LIVING.
In 2013 University of California students statewide are mobilizing around two important issues:
For updates on either campaign, visit www.resisdance.wordpress.com.
The Resisdance is coming to a campus near you….
Dance Parties and the Egyptian Revolution:
Listen to the Spring 2013 “FUCK OFF YUDOF” Resisdance Mix below!
Just a couple of days ago we found out that the UC unilaterally imposed cuts on our lowest paid campus workers, which will drive workers further into poverty. 8,000 campus workers are now facing cuts in pay and health benefits, even though 99% of those workers are already eligible for some form of public assistance. It is clear that the UC will do whatever it takes to make money, even if it means cutting from workers who already work multiple jobs to support their families. We can not stand idly by as UC executives profit off of the backs of students and workers. Worker struggles are students struggles!
Right now it’s more important than ever that we mobilize students to support our campus workers, and coordinate across the state. To get involved, email us at:
Monday marks the first day of, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano’s Presidency of the UC system. After deporting 1.6 million people during her term at Homeland Security, Napolitano will issue a statement on immigration on Monday. This is also a moment in which UC is trying to bust service workers union, AFSCME 3299, through a tactic called implementation, which essentially cuts the wages and benefits of the UC’s lowest paid workers.
Students and service workers are gathering to challenge UC’s fear mongering power regime that has created and distributed norms of vulnerability, poverty, and inequality.
WE WILL GATHER AT NOON IN THE QUARRY, MARCH, & HOLD OPEN SPEAK-OUTS AT DINING HALLS.
Bring your voice and friends!
* There is a community forum on Immigration & Public Safety: A Conversation with Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak Sept. 30th 7-8pm at Live Oak Elementary School (1916 Capitola Rd. Santa Cruz, CA 95062) Students and community members will attend and speak about Secure Communities.
Photo from the start of tonight’s “Fuck Off Yudof” dance party. More to come tomorrow afternoon. Subscribe for more updates on the righthand sidebar and send us any pictures you have to firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to one of the mixes here!
At the start of the student occupation movement across the University of California system in 2009 dance parties were used as a means of broadening the social base of protest and as a way of defending building occupations/those who would start them.
We are a group of students and workers who are redeveloping wildcat dance parties as a tactic for the recomposition of resistance, drawing out lessons from past mistakes and victories. The attacks on student-worker power are as generalized as ever, and our resistance must also be generalized. We see the proliferation of mass dance parties as one step towards an absolute refusal of all impositions of domination and exploitation.
On June 5th, 2013, alongside the start of the graduate student union’s campaign for a better contract, students took to the University of California Santa Cruz and celebrated the departure of Mark Yudof, five year president of the University of California. Appointed by the Board of Regent’s at the start of an economic recession, he used the poor earnings for some businesses and financial firms as a pretense for a massive gutting of the university. UC Santa Cruz alone has cut fifty thousand dollars worth of services to its students under Yudof. In the spirit of of the revelry that followed Thatcher’s death in the UK, we’re greeting his retirement with cheers and smiles.
Check back for more updates soon! Pictures, mixes, and communique’s from the night will be posted shortly.
You can reach us for further communication at UcResisdance@gmail.com or at the comment section below.