Open letter to UC community about John Yoo


The University of California is too ambivalent in its support for human rights (look at divestment issues). Having hired Yoo at the UC Berkeley School of Law, and indeed honoring him there, has caused other donors I know to take similar action as mine. For students overburdened by school debt, it is regretful that the university causes funds to go elsewhere, but as long as I am above ground and Yoo is here, my financial support does indeed go elsewhere.
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Become the change we want to see

The reactions of the campus and Berkeley communities to the grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner show that these decisions deeply affect the moral sensibility, sense of justice and political activism of many of us and deservedly so.
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Chancellor Dirks aims to provide support to campus priorities

“People Not Profits!” some of their signs said, which was a little ironic, given that doing the right thing for as many people as possible has been the primary driver for our every action in and around the university property known as the Gill Tract. In fact, our plans for the area are the result of an open and inclusive planning process, representing a rare win-win-win for low-income students, the community of Albany and, as it happens, those committed to urban farming.
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Looking into the UC tuition hike

The university community needs to continue pressing the state government for increased funding. At the same time, students are right to demand a freeze on tuition and transparency in University accounting. Students, faculty and the public will be better served when university leaders reject the corporate model.
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Vote for peace: Vote no on BDS

BDS is a highly controversial movement that openly seeks to isolate Israeli academics, businesses and cultural institutions as well as ostracize Israel from the international community. Our union is motivated by good intentions — to end Palestinian suffering — but BDS is short-sighted and counterproductive and effectively institutionalizes discrimination.
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UC tuition hike will not burden low-income families

It’s time for California to have a serious debate about how it funds higher education. While we believe the costs of education should be shared across stakeholder groups, that doesn’t mean the current balance is rational or fair. As our state’s economy recovers from several lean years, it is time to reinvest in one of our most valuable resources: public higher education. This is the message we should be delivering to Sacramento.
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Our Privilege: The right to protest, demand accessible higher education

The discourse surrounding the occupation of Wheeler Hall must not neglect to consider that our role in a free and fair society demands a certain level of empathy. It was impossible to pass by Sproul on the way to Wheeler and not note the evidently painful contrast between the students in Ayotzinapa and the students of the UC system. When we speak, the world listens, and the complexity of this position is almost sickening. We do not stand alone, and are our actions are not occurring in a vacuum.
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