The power of this movement is born out of our ability and choice to reject the categories created by others to divide us. Tactics of pitting one cause against another, of privileging one set of demands over another set, are tools for those who wish to derail us from our cause. We cannot let ourselves settle for a fight that only further marginalizes those who are already institutionally disadvantaged by this University and under our state and federal governments. Our biggest strength is solidarity. We cannot be satisfied until all demands are met. We must stand with and speak out vocally for the rights of every person to access a free quality public college education, regardless of race, class, ethnicity, citizenship status, sexuality, gender, ability, and any other identity factor by which individuals have been denied or discouraged access to this university.
There is full support on this site for an open and unmediated discussion. But who are we as a movement, as people, if all we focus on is moving forward as individuals? If our goals and purposes only extend to the services, demands, and restructuring that would benefit us individually?
We are fighting against the greed, the elitism, and the institutionalized discrimination put forth by President Yudof, the UC Regents, our school’s administration, and the state’s government. As we stand against these forces, we cannot fall into the same divisive traps they perpetuate.
It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.
– Assata Shakur –