Letter of Solidarity to the University of California Community

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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

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3 responses to “Letter of Solidarity to the University of California Community

  1. thank you all for making a beautiful statement.

    * * * * * *

    we’re still running around all over, but I wanted to let you know your letter went around via the UAW Local 2865 listservs, at all the UC campuses. it’s also posted to Free UC: https://www.facebook.com/groups/307213829473552/

    “International Student Movement” posted “to stay connected you might also want to subscribe to the global ISM mailing list: https://lists.riseup.net/…/international_students_movement

    the list is open for everyone to share updates and news related to the struggle within the education system”.

    International Student Movement on Facebook is here, just in case you’re not already involved: https://www.facebook.com/ism.global

    thank you again!

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  2. Shari, your link to the ISM listserv is 404d.

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  3. Pingback: On Activism and Student Agency | Caliber Magazine

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