Open letter to the community in support
As of Sunday May 8th 2011, at 5:00 p.m., the hunger strike in defense of the departments of Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and African American Studies was suspended. We would like to express our tremendous appreciation for your support during the 12 days we underwent a hunger strike. We learned that our community on campus may be small, but we are strong. The powerful words of encouragement, the determination of the organizers, and the commitment of all the individuals who kept us company, allowed us to sacrifice our bodies with high spirits. We thank you!
What is clear to us now, is the complete disregard the university has for the well-being of the students. It is clear now that the university is willing to commit nothing to maintain or achieve real excellence in their efforts toward diversity. It is clear to us now that the UC Berkeley administration is willing to sacrifice real excellence in the departments of Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and African American Studies, regardless of their enormous contributions to diversity on campus, in every aspect. We are tired of the UC Berkeley administration’s symbolic gestures.
Our decision to suspend the strike does not mean that we have given up or have lost interest in the well-being of OUR community. Our decision was a collective decision regarding our personal health and our community’s concern for us. Let this be an invitation for everyone: Our struggle continues, our movement will grow, and we will win.
With Love and Solidarity,
The Hunger Strikers and Support Team