May 3, 2016 Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Nolan Cabrera was invited by the Ethnic Studies Now Coalition to speak to the LAUSD Board of Education's Curriculum, Instruction & Educational Equity Committee Meeting. LAUSD is the second largest school district in the nation. Dr. Cabrera is a tenured professor at the University of Arizona and flew in for the day from Tucson, AZ to be at the meeting.
We received this email today from SFSU student leaders:
To the Student Body, Faculty and Staff of San Francisco State University, and community members,
We would like to express our collective disappointment with President Leslie Wong and his official response to our set of demands made last week in a public meeting here at San Francisco State University. In effect, President Wong has chosen to evade responsibility by addressing none of our demands. President Wong has continued to manipulate the issues at hand by blaming the College of Ethnic Studies’ inability to “fundraise” and completely avoiding the issue of under funding that our college faces. We, the students in Ethnic Studies, are completely dissatisfied with President Wong’s lack of leadership. We feel that Wong and his administration have blatantly disregarded the needs of students on this campus. We do not need more rhetorical support for Ethnic Studies; we have demanded and we expect material support according to our very reasonable but non negotiable demands.
As a result, we are left with no choice but to intensify our pressure, which is now emboldened by the unprecedented amount of support from our community and educational institutions around the country. President Wong and his Administration are playing a dangerous game. When Ethnic Studies is under attack, students and the larger community committed to our goals will continue to stand up and FIGHT BACK. President Wong, the students remain united. We will be loud. We will be heard. We will win. We are requesting a town hall meeting with President Wong and Provost Rosser on April 5th along with Chancellor White. In this meeting, we will discuss our Ten - demands and hold them accountable.
To continue to put pressure on the administration we have decided to start with disrupting normal business flow throughout this current week (March 2nd - 4th, 2016).
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ACTION!
Showing up during normal business hours 8am – 5 pm throughout the whole week by requesting a town hall meeting with President Wong and/or Provost Sue Rosser.
Request full transparency and documentation of the Academic Affairs budget. (Phone call script and email template can be found below).
Contacts/Locations for their offices:
Contact for President Leslie Wong’s Office
Phone: (415) 338-138
1600 Holloway Avenue,
Administration Building, Room 562
San Francisco, CA 94132
Contact for Provost Sue Rosser’s Office
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: (415) 338-1141
Fax: (415) 338-2514
1600 Holloway Ave
Administration building, Room 455
San Francisco, CA 94132
IN PERSON ACTIONS
The general student body have decided to walk up by waves:
THIS WEDNESDAY 12PM, 2PM, and 4PM.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: 10PM, 12PM, 2PM, and 4PM
We will be meeting in front of the Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building 10 minutes prior to prep everyone and will make our way there. If you come late, feel free to meet us at the Administration Building.
“Hello, my name is __________ and I am from ________. I would like to schedule a town hall meeting with *WHOEVER YOU’RE CALLING* on April 5th. I would like to have a town hall meeting with him/her in regards to full transparency of the Academic Affairs Budget. “
**Wait for response**
(They may ask for your email information and name again, it’s okay if they do)
“Could you please let him/her know that the concerns of the students and the community needs to be addressed so we hope that this will be taken seriously. “
“Dear President Wong/Provost Sue Rosser,
I hope this email finds you well, I am writing to request a town hall meeting with the students of San Francisco State University on April 5th during Chancellor White’s visit to campus to discuss our 10 demands and how we can resolve these issues within the context of Chancellor White’s CSU Wide Ethnic Studies Task Force recommendations. Please let me know if you, and other campus administrators will join together with us to come to a resolution on this issue that is crucial to our success and future roles as leaders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. “
FOR THE COMMUNITY
“Dear President Wong/Provost Sue Rosser,
I hope this email finds you well, I am writing to request a town hall meeting with the students of San Francisco State University on April 5th during Chancellor White’s visit to campus to discuss our 10 demands and how we can resolve these issues within the context of Chancellor White’s CSU Wide Ethnic Studies Task Force recommendations. Please let me know if you, and other campus administrators will join together with students to come to a resolution on this issue that is crucial to our success and future roles as leaders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. “
Please feel free follow us through facebook for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/ethnicstudies4freedomandourfuture/
Demands made by students
President Wong’s response to the Student Demands
With love & solidarity
The Students of San Francisco State University
Click here to download the February 29, 2016 letter from SFSU's President Les Wong.
SFSU student demands presented to SFSU President Les Wong on February 25, 2016:
PLEASE SHARE IMPORTANT UPDATE:
The location of tomorrow's meeting with the SFSU President and Administration has been changed to the SFSU Seven Hills Conference Center (800 Font Blvd.) due to the President's Cabinet request of the College of Ethnic Studies.
Additionally, please join the community organized rally in front of the Ethnic Studies building at SFSU then march with us to the Seven Hills Conference Center!
We will gather tomorrow 2/25, at 8:45a.m. in front of the Ethnic Studies & Psychology building. We encourage supporters to wear black and red!
You can also watch the live stream via the SFSU @XpressNews Twitter at 9a.m. (also on Periscope). Please sign the petition in solidarity with Ethnic Studies and share widely: www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/sfsu #AdvancingEthnicStudies #StopTheAssault #OurFutureMatters #SFSU #CollegeofEthnicStudies
CONGRATULATIONS COACHELLA VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT! WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
UPDATE: November 19, 2015 article in The Desert Sun by Kristen Hwang:
Starting next year, freshmen in Coachella Valley Unified School District will be required to take a year-long Ethnic Studies class before graduation, making it the eighth school district in California to mandate it and the first rural district to do so.
The CVUSD school board voted unanimously to make Ethnic Studies mandatory last week. The class of 2020 and all subsequent classes must take Ethnic Studies, which will be offered as a history elective that focuses on the historic contributions made by many ethnic groups and races in the U.S. and in the Coachella Valley. READ MORE HERE
For those in the area please come out and support. For those who are not in the area sign the online petition at: http://www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/coachella
The resolution calls for a 10 credit (year long) A-G approved course in the field of Ethnic Studies as a graduation requirement. Teachers, students and parents formed an Ethnic Studies Now Coalition and have been organizing for months. It will finally go to the school board for a final vote.
Despite the Governor’s Veto the Ethnic Studies Movement continues to grow!
Oakland Passed Resolution Calling for Ethnic Studies in all OUSD schools!
We want to get a quick shout out to the Oakland Unified School District who became the latest school district passing a resolution creating an ethnic studies program in every high school in the district! Well done Oakland USD!
You can read all about it here:
Inland Empire Continues to Organize for Ethnic Studies Now!
The Coalition for Ethnic Studies in the Inland Empire recently organized a speak out at the San Bernardino City USD board meeting and was met with large support. The SBCUSD voted to approve a contract to begin developing Ethnic Studies courses and the majority of the board spoke in favor of Ethnic Studies. Board members spoke in support of looking at current graduation requirements in the policy committee to see if they could add Ethnic Studies. The organizing will continue!
You can read about it here: http://iecn.com/ethnic-studies-slowly-being-implemented-at-san-bernardino-schools/
The movement for Ethnic Studies moves across the country!
Check out Asian American Students organize for Ethnic Studies in Portland Oregon:
Shout out to AFT Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker for this great article in support of Ethnic Studies:
LIVE TODAY: Iris Ruiz on NCTE Position Statement in Support of Ethnic Studies Initiatives in K-12 Curricula
Watch Dr. Iris Ruiz (UC Merced) live today at 5pm. She'll be talking about the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)'s Position Statement in Support of Ethnic Studies Initiatives in K-12 Curricula: