They asked me, what injustices I have seen- if any. I laughed.
I have seen many injustices in and outside of the UCB community. Nowadays,
the injustices UC Berkeley staff, students, and workers face have become so
immense that it is important that we draw it to our attention: maybe the system
wide UC student and faculty walkout on September 24 will do the trick.
From the ever-growing dramatic increase in student fees- to the discontinuation
of cal grants, to furloughs and layoffs, to the fewer resources provided for
students and the even fewer opportunities provided for UC staff members, to the
ever-strained UC workers that must tackle more tasks outside of their respective
job descriptions, to the ICE (Immigrations Customs Enforcement) raids pulled out
against our UC workers- it seems as though all we see and experience is bureaucratic
encroachment. All we are experiencing is the privatization and hypocrisy of the
institution. We are becoming subject to the neglect, the abuse, and the injustice
of all things Regent, President, and Chancellor-related. We are becoming minions
in this "divide-and-conquer" plan laid out by those stringing us by a thread from
above. Top-down, self-interested economic trends have strained our pockets and our
civil liberties. I have seen injustice in the educational and labor sector. I
have seen injustice and dogmatism in the very academic institution that ironically
seeks to diversify and liberate our minds, so that we are ready and prepared to
fight the very battles we are facing against the very hand that does not seek to
feed, but rather poison us. I have seen many injustices in and outside of the
UCB community. Some, much less anticipated than others. ~Romina K.
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