Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hunger Strike ended at U.C. Berkeley

From: Ethnic Studies <>
May 11, 2011

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

Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Ethnic Studies

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