On this, the day after the 1 year anniversary of the inauguration of Occupy Wall Street, it looks as though we know with near certainty who will be elected this coming January. Mitt Romney’s campaign is in shambles, and prominent Democrats like Nancy Pelosi are claiming the the election is sealed for President Obama – and this was BEFORE Romney’s Watergate-scale video that was released. Although some people believe that the comments made in this video are too damning for Romney to continue campaigning, he continues to stand by his statements – and so do his supporters, as I had the misfortune of being told in a Starbucks this evening. Meanwhile, President Obama has successfully appealed the right to indefinitely detain American citizens, and the Chicago Teacher’s Union have suspended their strike (although they have NOT ratified their contract yet).
In light of all this exciting news, and because the school year starts in about a week, it’s time to get this blog up and running again!
I want to give a brief rundown of some of the different things affecting UCSD, and the UC as a whole, and then talk about organizing efforts and some of the things planned here on campus.
There are a whole litany of propositions on the ballot this year that are important.
Proposition 30, Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, is a crucial piece of legislation, as it will freeze tuition for a year if passed. However, there is no guarantee that tuition will not go up in the future, even it is passed; if it does not pass, we are facing a 20.3% tuition increase in January of this year (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0913-uc-regents-20120913,0,53917.story)
Proposition 32 is nothing less than an all-out assault on unions. Please take some time to check out the research, who is donating, and why this is bad news for California. http://www.stopspecialexemptions.org/
Propositions 34 and 36 deal with prison reform; I don’t know much about them, but I know that they’re important (just like all ballot measures); be sure to research these!
Proposition 37 would require mandatory labeling of all Genetically Modified food. This would be a huge step forward for food justice, and there are a lot of companies like Monsanto fighting against it, so please research this proposition as well.
UCSA condemns HR 35
Recently, the California Assembly passed a resolution condemning “Anti-Semitism” on University of California campuses. While this seems like a noble effort, in reality the text of the resolution maliciously conflates actual anti-Semitic acts with legitimate criticism of the state of Israel, as well as pro-Palestinian speech. It also contains thinly veiled attempts to redefine free speech, and tries to stamp out all criticism of Israel as “anti-Semitic”.
The University of California Student Association, the official lobbying organization of University of California students, passed a resolution condemning the Assembly’s resolution, both for its conflation of Palestinian activism with “anti-Semitic” speech and its attempts to redefine free speech. More information can be found here: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora/california-student-association-denounces-ca-assembly-resolution-hr-35-demands-uc-stop
AFSCME 3299 and the contract fight
AFSCME Local 3299, the union that employees Service workers and Patient Care Technical workers (hospital employees) are coming up on contract expirations this year, and will be struggling to fight for a fair contract. Preliminary contacts, and plans for coalition building & days of action have been made, so stay tuned!
Disorientation Day 2012 has been scheduled for Friday, October 5th. There will be tabling (if you are part of a progressive organization and are interested in tabling, please contact Disorientation2012@gmail.com ASAP), workshops in the Old Student Center, Dine With A Progressive Professor (tentatively at Porter’s), and a show at the Ché that night! If you are interested in helping organize this fast-approaching event, please shoot an email to the above address, and we’ll let you know when the next meeting is! We’ll also be utilizing this blog to publish a series of articles on Disorientation @ UCSD, so keep following our posts.
Public Education Coalition
The Public Education Coalition is moving forward with scheduling a meeting time for the year and filing positions. If you are interested in attending meetings, please fill out the Whenisgood link with your availability HERE: http://whenisgood.net/8piz2cn
We need folks that are motivated to help organize this year, so please join the Public Education Coalition group on Facebook, come out to a meeting, and think about getting involved!
That’s all for now. Stay tuned to this blog for information about activism at UCSD, and the continuing growth of the student movement around the world!