Monday, May 11, 2009

Campus Activism Not Dead!

Irvine -- Campus activism is not dead. Up north at UC Berkeley, activists are currently rallying to the cause of Jesus Gutierrez, an AFSCME activist who was arrested at his job on a campus eatery for allegedly using a stolen Social Security number. He now faces possible deportation as a result. (See Daily Californian story. Activists are upset over the involvement of the campus authorities with ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Students have also called for making UC Berkeley a sanctuary from ICE raids, just like the city of Berkeley. (See the Facebook advocacy page.

NOTE: May 11, 2009, KUCI marked the last day of its 40th anniversary fund drive (You can contribute at: pledge site, or call 949 824 5824 to make a pledge.

On KUCI's Subversity Show, from 9-10 a.m. May 11, 2009 we talked with Hoku Jeffrey, Southern California Coordinator for BAMN. BAMN stands for the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary.

Jeffrey is helping organize protests at southern California campuses over the Jesus Gutierrez case. BAMN has been actively building the new youth-led integrated civil rights movement.

Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, Jeffrey moved to Los Angeles to organize the Los Angeles chapter of BAMN. He helped mobilize area youth in the historic Spring 2006 immigrant rights marches. He also led successful campaigns of youth to win recognition of the Cesar Chavez Holiday in the Los Angeles Unified School District and has also led struggles for the DREAM Act to win the right to financial aid and a pathway toward citizenship for undocumented immigrant students.

And here at UCI, the Radical Student Union is appealing to UCI students, faculty and staff to come to Disorient UCI! Planning meeting for the 09-10 UCI Disorientation Guide Tuesday, May 12, 8:00pm, Anthill Pub, UCI Student Center. For more information, see the Subversity blog.

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