Today students attempted to attend the “open” forum for the Committee for the Future in the alumni center. We were met again with a police presence and a whole lot of administrative bullshit. I have lost my patience with “meetings” that serve no purpose other than as lip service and I will no longer attend them.
How insulting is it that the student presenters, who articulated a visionary idea for the future of this university, gave their presentation to a sparse panel which did not even include Katehi? What could possibly have been a more important engagement for our Chancellor than attending to the future of this university and supporting our student voices?
Students were locked out of the building and spent about an hour banging against the closed blinds of the glass doors, demanding that they be let inside. Their voices were not even acknowledged by the members of the panel, though the panel was clearly uncomfortable with the noise coming into the building.
To the members of the Committee for the Future and to this schools administration:
I would like to first address this panel by saying shame on you.
I know that none of you stood at the doors to turn students away, but you all have agency and free will. For each voice that you’ve heard from inside this room, for each bang on these closed doors, you have made the conscious choice not to stand up, not to open these doors, not to bring this “public” meeting outside.
Shame on you for locking students out of this room and shame on you for the way in which you’ve allowed this university to perpetually lock out student voices.
How dare you claim this is a public meeting. This is not a public meeting, just as this is becoming less and less of a public university.
The power of our momentum comes directly out of our ability and choice to reject the tactics and categories that others use to divide us. This room, these walls, the power of your positions, only exist because you’ve been really good at convincing us that they have meaning.
We give you your power, and we have every ability to take it back.
We are fighting against the greed, the elitism, and the institutionalized discrimination put forth by President Yudof, the UC Regents, the administration, and our state’s government.
I hope it is clear to you that we are cemented to our commitment to keep on fighting.
I will not be attending another forum like this.
This meeting brings no real voice to students, especially because the administration, the president, and the regents who need to hear our voices are not here.
But, I would like to send out an invitation to all of you to come stand with us. We are so ready to welcome you.
But, if you choose not to join us, I’d like to caution you, get out of the way, because we WILL win this fight.