Australian Student Statement in Solidarity with University of California Students

University students and alumni across New South Wales (NSW), Australia extend their solidarity and support to those occupying and rallying at the University of California today. From NSW to California Vice Chancellors and Regents are leading the charge for fee hikes, and carrying out business and government agendas on our campuses. But education should be a right for everyone, not a privilege for those who can pay. Students and staff are continually dismissed and ignored by the administration and have no choice but to demonstrate, occupy and fight. Our struggle in NSW is the same as yours in California.

Organised by the NSW Education Action Network. 

Signed:

Adam Adelpour, 2012 Alumni, Sydney University

Amelia Kerridge, 2013 Alumni University of New South Wales

Amy Thomas, University of Technology Sydney

Anna Sanders Robinson, 2014 Global Solidarity Officer, Sydney University SRC

April Holcombe, 2014 Global Solidarity Officer, Sydney University SRC

Bebe D’Souza, Union Board Vice President, Sydney University

Blythe Worthy, 2015 EducationOfficer, Sydney University SRC

Brigitte Garozzo, 2014 Education Officer, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association

Caitlin Doyle-Markwick, Sydney University

Camilo Haley, Sydney University

Chiara Angeloni, Sydney University

Chris Gall, President, University of Technology Sydney Students Association

Christian Goopy, Univeristy of TechnologySydney

Cian de Bhaldraithe, Sydney University

Clare Fester, Charles Sturt University
Clo Schofield, 2014 Environment Officer & Social Justice Officer, Sydney University SRC

Daniel Ergas, 2015 Vice President, Sydney University SRC

Danny Hardimann, Sydney University

David Shakes, 2015 Education Officer, SydneyUniversity SRC

Dylan Lloyd, Queer Officer, University of NewSouth Wales SRC

Edward McMahon, Union Board Director, University of Sydney

Eleanor Morley, 2014 Education Officer, Sydney University SRC

Eliot Hoving, Sydney University

Eliza June, University of Western Sydney

Emmet de Bhaldraithe, Sydney University

Erima Dall, 2013 Alumni, Sydney University

Evan Van Zijl, Macquarie University

Fahad Ali, Sydney University SRC Councillor

Gabrielle PeiTiatia, 2014 Ethnic Affairs Officer, Sydney University SRC

Georgie Lowe, 2012alumni, Sydney University

Helena Miranda, Sydney University

Joshua Han, 2015 Queer Officer, University of Sydney SRC

Kalina Knight, University of New South Wales

Kyle Redman, University of New South Wales

Liana Hampson, University of Sydney

Luciano Carment, University of Sydney

Maddie Kelly, 2014 Student Housing Officer, Sydney University SRC

Marco Avena, Sydney University

Marijke Hoving, 2012 Alumni, Sydney University

Mia Sanders, 2015 University of Western Sydney Bankstown SRC, Cruwsible (UWS Student Mag) Editorial Board

Omar Hassan, University of Sydney

Rachel Evans, University of Technology Sydney

Rachel Lobo, 2014 Ethnocultural Officer, 2014 Students with Disabilities Officer, University of New South Wales SRC

Stephanie Chinneck, 2013 Alumni Macquarie University

Timothy Scriven, President, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association

Victory Yang, Sydney University

Vinil Kumar, Macquarie University

Vivian Honan, Sydney University

Contact Clare Fester on +61 415 821 485 for more info.

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Letter of Solidarity to the University of California Community from the General Body of Syracuse University

To the University of California community,

Today, we write to you in solidarity. As we left the Syracuse University administrative offices and our 18-day sit-in ended, yours began. We echo your cries for justice — they ring in our ears.

Your struggle did not begin today; it is laden with histories of silence and violence. Ours did not end today; as we move into our next phase of activism, we are cognizant of the mountain before us. There will always be more work to do.

Your bodies are your weapons and your shields. As you use them to fight for your education, please remember to love them. They will not be loved, respected, or regarded by those who try to speak over your voices. You must be louder than them. You may walk away with new scars, but do not forget that your bodies are already the sites of violence and oppression. Audre Lorde once said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.

Be strong, and know that we sit with you.

In solidarity,

THE General Body
Syracuse University

Statement of Solidarity with the People of Mexico

 

From Students* holding Open University in Wheeler Hall to Fight the Tuition Hikes

As we fight back against our tuition hikes here in California, we* recognize that what we are experiencing is part of a larger system of privatization and militarization around the world, and so we stand in solidarity with the people of Mexico who are grieving and protesting the loss of students abducted by the state. We, too, declare: enough is enough!

Today, November 20th, people across Mexico are mobilizing towards their capital, and communities are organizing in solidarity around the world.

Students currently holding an Open University in Wheeler Hall to Fight the Hike encourage our fellow students and community to join the march today in downtown Berkeley. The march starts downtown at 11:30am at Berkeley City Hall, and will end on UC Berkeley’s campus. https://www.facebook.com/events/476563739148220/

It would be wrongful to pose the Open University at Wheeler Hall, to stop tuition fee hikes, as taking precedent over the 43 missing students. However, we would like to recognize there are significant parallels that help resonate a sense of solidarity between these two important issues.

We are both struggling to defend education, civil rights, and justice, against privatization of public resources, state oppression, and lack of government support.

These students were from Ayotzinapa’s rural teachers college. This school offers free education to the rural and poor indigenous people. Before being kidnapped, these students were fighting against education reforms that were obstructing the college’s mission of being a free institution. These students were kidnapped during their yearly trip down to the capital to demand increased funding for their education. Six students were shot and the rest abruptly disappeared after the hijacking of their bus. This tragedy, which has erupted uproar across Mexico and the world, is tied to the corrupt government of Mexico, lack of support of education, and the hostile political environment towards what was considered a “radical” fight for public resources to meet public needs.

We feel that our cause is not unique from the cause of these 43 missing students. We believe in a just system of education, the power to voice and think critically about these concerns, and freedom from repression from our University and our government. During previous movements against tuition hikes in recent history, students have been beaten, pepper sprayed, and had guns pulled on them by the UC Police Department. Just yesterday, a student was arrested after police instigation contributed to the shattering of a glass door at the building where the UC Regents have been deliberating fee hikes.

Our struggles weave together in the tapestry of global injustice. The tensions of Ayotzinapa have not been forgotten amidst the current Regent’s decision to increase tuition hikes. There has been a pulsing dialogue over what is happening in Mexico. There has also been frequent visible and verbal support of not taking away bodies from the Ayotzinapa demonstration that is protesting and marching from city hall and the demonstration on sproul.  We hope we can find some common ground with the current intersections of all these political and social upheavals in the community at Berkeley and globally.

 

* This letter was written by organizers and facilitators of the Open University in Wheeler Hall to Fight the Hike. In the interest of time, this was not officially voted on by the democratic process of the Open University. At the General Assembly on 11/19, many students and community members spoke in solidarity with Ayotzinapa, and so it is the opinion of organizers that this letter expresses the sentiment, if not exact words, of most of the students of the Open University.