Tonight marked the end of day two of the hunger strike by a coalition of students representing Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies. In the mid-afternoon, 3 strikers and 2 of their allies went into negotiations with Vice Chancellor Harry Le Grande but refused to reach an agreement since Le Grande would only agree to the final two demands:
- Publicly support the Legislative Resolution ACR 34, co-authored by Assemblymembers Ricardo Lara and Luis A. Alejo in support of Ethnic Studies in California
- Publicly acknowledge the unfulfilled promise of the creation of a Third World College at UC Berkeley
The team was told that the firing of staff from their departments was a done deal, but they held out, insisting that they wouldn’t stop striking until the first demand was met:
- Reinstate the FTE staff positions in Ethnic Studies cut by organizational simplification under Operational Excellence
The final demand then appears to be negotiable:
- End the current process of Operational Excellence
The negotiations came on the heels of a 3 pm rally of between 60 and 100 supporters. Another gathering was organized for 10 pm tonight, when dozens attended an open mic night (see picture above). With a critical mass, those who wish to stay in front of California Hall are safer against UCPD incursions. Last night the cops came and kicked everyone out by midnight. We suspect something similar will happen again tonight.
Come out to California Hall at UCB tomorrow and support the hunger strike! Defend Ethnic Studies!