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It’s coming…USSA’s 65th Annual National Student Congress at the University of Wisconsin, Madison ~ July 27-August 1st, 2012

Posted on July 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hope to see you all there!!!!

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Save Campus Diversity!

Posted on July 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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This Fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will be deciding whether or not colleges and universities can prioritize diversity through their admissions policy guidelines. Please tell the Supreme Court that diversity matters to you and their decision should not be made on your behalf. #SaveCampusDiversity by signing our petition to let the Supreme Court know that diversity matters to our education, society, workforce, and etc. SIGN THE PETITION NOW! http://www.savecampusdiversity.org/

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Are We Truely Free? José Mondragon, UCSC graduate set to be deported.

Posted on January 16, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

On this blessed Martin Luther King Jr. day we celebrate the injustices that have been fought by those before us and call to the forefront how far we have come as a people, but let us not be so negligent as to realize how far we have NOT come as we continue to deprive our own people, citizens of the world, of the rights and justice we all deserve:

José Mondragon, an LALS student who graduated last spring from the University of California, Santa Cruz and who was deeply involved with Engaging Education (e^2), an outreach and retention center geared towards Students of Color and underrepresented/under resourced communities, was detained by ICE on January 11th in San Clemente, California while traveling via AMTRAK. He was immediately sent to Otay Detention Center, where he is currently being held.  He has refused to sign his “deportation papers,” ICE agents reportedly have not allowed José to contact anyone outside the detention center. His bail has been set to $8000 and ICE is set to deport him, even though eligible to be covered by the new Dream Act legislation Gov Brown signed (which goes into effect Jan. 2013).

“Free at last free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last!”- MLK

-but are we truly tree? For as MLK also said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Please sign the petition today:

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-deportation-of-dreamer-jose-mondragon

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Why Teachers are saying: “Teach For America Is Not Welcome in My Classroom.”

Posted on January 16, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In this article Mark Naison, a Professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University and Director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program, critiques the well known program, Teach For America.

Here’s the article:

http://laprogressive.com/education-reform/teach-america/

Teach For America website:

http://www.teachforamerica.org/our-mission?gclid=CILxlrfU1a0CFeQbQgodbSgNlA

Thoughts on this issue?

 

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THIS JUST IN!!!!….

Posted on January 7, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It’s been decided, this summer the 65th USSA Congress will be returning to the organization’s birthplace in Madison, Wisconsin!

Check out the USSA website HERE: http://www.usstudents.org/

Check the tweet HERE! https://twitter.com/#!/USStudents

SO EXCITED!!!!!

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Occupy UC Davis:Police Brutality- Now Tell Me, Is this Warranted Defense?

Posted on November 19, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“1- We are the students,
2-alittle bit louder,
3- I still can’t hear you,
We want ACTION, 1-….”

Read About it: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2011/11/18/officers-arresting-occupy-protesters-at-uc-davis/

Make them listen:
UCDavis students, the person who sprayed the students is:
Lieutenant John Pike. 530-752-3989 japikeiii@ucdavis.edu
Other important numbers:
Chancellor’s office (530) 752-2065
UC Davis police (530) 752-1727

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Move Obama To Executive Action to Protect DREAMERS!

Posted on October 20, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Although the DreamACT has been passed, many dreamers still face deportation and other risks as we speak. Please sign this petition urging President Obama to utilize his executive power to protect the Dream and grant Administrative relief to Dreamers! #USSA #StillFIGHTING! #Solidarity

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/grant-dream-act-eligible-youth-administrative-relief/4kdh0yWp

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SB 185 Vetoed: Don’t Stop Dreamin’!

Posted on October 9, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Amidst a victory we face this reality: Governor Brown vetoed SB 185 today, a bill that aims to increase diversity and have admissions take race, gender, ethnicity, geographic origin, national origin, household income, etc, into consideration. But due to the presence of Prop 209 (which banned the admissions process to use those factors), the Gov. would rather the courts decide if the ban on the usage of those factors is unconstitutional, with the already pending case against Prop 209. Gov. Brown did however in his message to the legislature of his veto, explain that he strongly supports the goals of SB185. So you know what that means..we must continue to fight the good fight! Just because the DreamACT passed doesn’t mean we should stop dreaming.

-DT

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The CA DreamACT is a GO!!!!!!

Posted on October 8, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

                   Students at UCSanta Cruz participate in the “Final Push: AB131 Call in Day ”

The day has finally come! Today marks the passage of the CA Dream Act by Governor Brown. A huge victory for dreamers indeed. This just goes to show you that all that you believe in is always worth fighting for, no matter how many people rally against you. Congrats to everyone! Next up, the Federal DreamACT!

Read more here!: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17268

-DT

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“I am Troy Davis. And I am free.”

Posted on October 1, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

*pic: Sept.21,2011: Students at UC Santa Cruz hold a candle light vigil for Troy Davis.In solidarity with UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara .

These are the last two lines in the funeral program of Troy Anthony Davis…

As this week marks the one week anniversary of Troy Davis’ death,– executed in the state of Georgia for the charge of murdering Police Officer Mark MacPhail— the weight of the case still burdens the minds, hearts, and souls of many people across the nation. Despite the millions of people that plead for his innocence, protesting, rallying, and speaking out against the possible execution of Davis, the final decision was made on September 21, 2011…Davis was pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m. ET by execution.

As I write this I struggle to come to terms with the fact that “beyond all reasonable doubt” is no longer a necessary criteria for the execution and taking of another human life. It seems to be that the very system that first intended to protect the people is now the one inflicting the most pain. This must be the case, otherwise why would a man void of physical evidence of his crime, void of an adequate/credible amount of eye witnesses, and void of the opportunity to take a polygraph test amongst other things be executed?

Many like myself struggle to understand but at the same time shiver in the knowingness of an incident such as this being in no way isolated. Tragedies like this happen far too often and are many times shrugged off as being of no importance or of no relation to our current realities. When in fact it is just that, our reality, the lives of a countless number of people, more specifically people of color, and particularly black males across the nation continuously suffer from injustice.

It is easy to feel a sense of hopelessness, but we must continue in our fight for justice…we owe it to those that came before us. We owe it to our ancestors and those that dared to stand for that which they knew to be just , that which they saw to be an inalienable right, and that which they believed in…even if they stood alone. They stood.

So we must do the same. As Davis blessed the souls of the prison gaurds that administered his execution we must remind ourselves that although it is okay to be angry (we have the right to be angry), we must not operate soley out of that anger. In order for there to be true change in this world it must come from a place of love and progression because no human being deserves the type of injustice Troy Davis received. None.

Coverage of Troy Davis Funeral: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/01/justice/troy-davis-funeral/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

One week later, how is everyone feeling? Leave a response.

-DT

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