Statement of Solidarity from UH Ethnic Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa expresses its strong support and solidarity with the University of California students, faculty and workers who demonstrated their opposition to the UC Board of Regents’ decision to raise student fees 32 percent last week. We extend our grateful appreciation and commend them for their individual and collective actions to ensure that public higher education remains accessible for minority and low-income students. Their defiant and determined efforts to maintain control of their university are a much needed response to the devastating budget cuts that threaten the future of public education across the nation. That their protests are occurring this fall term is especially significant since this year marks the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of ethnic studies following a five and a half month long student strike at San Francisco State University. We call on our colleagues at other colleges and universities to stand in support of the UC students, faculty and workers.

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