Drop Academic and Legal Charges Against Student Protesters sign now

In solidarity with the students facing sanctions for recent political activities within the UC system in defense of public education in California, we (the undersigned members of the UC community) call for amnesty for all students and workers involved in protest actions within the UC system.

We call for the UC Irvine administration to drop all legal and academic charges and take no disciplinary actions against the 17 students and workers involved in the Aldrich Hall sit-in on February 24, 2010, and the 11 students arrested for protesting Israeli Ambassador Michael Orens speech on February 8, 2010.

Using student codes of conduct, UC administrators are attempting to silence student dissent through the intimidation and punishment of students who continue to challenge the grotesque structural injustices within the University of California system. Instead of constructively working alongside students and workers, University administration has chosen to take a vehemently antagonistic and retaliatory stancemirroring the racist treatment of working-class communities of color by the criminal justice system it seeks to deploy against students and workers of color.

Moreover, the UC administrations power to deem political protest criminal and subject to legal and academic discipline calls into question not only the administrations integrity, but also its dubious political agenda. It is evident that the role of the UCs administrators has shifted from that of neutral representative for higher public education to the personal agent for the economic and political interests that dominate research and curriculum.

We object to the Universitys punitive stance in the face of student-worker dissent and demand that all disciplinary actions against these students be dropped immediately.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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Lauren OsborneBy:
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Chancellor Michael Drake, Vice-Chancellor Manuel Gуmez, and Director of Office of the Dean of Students Edgar Dormitorio

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