EVENT: Berkeley Rally Against White Supremacy
Defend Our Campus and Reclaim Free Speech!
In solidarity with the faculty-led call to boycott campus business as usual during so-called “Free Speech Week,” join us for a rally on Monday, Sept. 25 on UC-Berkeley, Crescent Lawn.
We are students, workers, and members of the UC Berkeley campus community, the City of Berkeley, and the larger Bay Area. We are immigrants, people of color, religious minorities, queer and trans people, people with disabilities, leftists, liberals, and others. We think it’s time to come together in a united front, celebrate our differences in solidarity, and speak out against the hateful currents on our campus while affirming our vision of a free, inclusive, and equitable society.
Since the 2016 election, white supremacists have been coming to Berkeley to intimidate, harass, and incite violence against us. This time, the UC Berkeley administration is set to spend hundreds of thousands of public education dollars and heavily militarize the campus to ensure that Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, Stephen Bannon, and others speak at our university from September 24-27. We believe these speakers and their supporters are dangerous to our community. They support deportations of our undocumented friends and family and are leading figures of the white supremacist movement. They uphold the structures of power that violently suppress the speech and democratic rights of workers and oppressed people around the world.
But we will not be silenced or intimidated. The massive demonstrations of August 19 in Boston and August 26-27 in the Bay Area proved that when we come together, we can protect our communities and politically defeat the bigots. In that spirit, we are meeting on Crescent Lawn to reject white supremacy, speak to each other about the world we want, and reclaim our campus, our city, and our democratic rights. Join us, bring signs, bring friends!
We will have chairs for those who can’t stand. We will also have a scent free area and generally request attendees not to wear scents.
Af3irm Bay Area
Berkeley Citizens Action
Berkeley Law Students for Justice in Palestine
Cal Berkeley Democrats
California Faculty Association – SFSU
Campus Antifascist Network
Communist Party USA – NorCal District
DSA Communist Caucus
Ethnic Studies Collective 1969, UC Berkeley
International Socialist Organization
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Labor for Palestine
Labor for Standing Rock
Lakota People’s Law Project
March for Racial Justice
Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
National Lawyers Guild – Berkeley Law Chapter
Punks for Progress
Refuse Fascism – Bay Area
San Francisco Poster Syndicate
SpeakOut – The Institute for Democratic Education and Culture
UAW 2865 (UC Student-Workers Union)
UC – AFT 1474
War Resisters League – West
Workers’ Voice / La Voz de los Trabajadores
Moni T. Law, UC Berkeley Alum*
Greg McGarry, United Educators of San Francisco*
Cynthia Morse, Occupy Oakland*
Leigh Raford, Dept. of African American Studies, UC Berkeley*
Geoffrey O’Brien, UC Berkeley*
*organization listed for identification purposes only
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Date(s) - 09/25/2017