Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the week of December 05, 2016

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UC president Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday that UC campus police departments would refuse to assist federal immigration agents, turn over confidential records without court orders or supply information for any national registry based on race, national origin or religion.

Napolitano joined the statewide CSU chancellor, Timothy White, who last month announced a similar policy for the CSU system. The day before her announcement, Napolitano, White, and the chancellor of the California community college system, Eloy Ortiz Oakley, sent a joint letter to Donald Trump urging him not to terminate DACA, the “Dreamers” act. Napolitano also last week published an opinion piece in the New York Times defending the principles of DACA program. “More than 90 college and university presidents” across the country have urged “continuation and expansion” of DACA, reports Inside Higher Ed.

Senator Bernie Sanders
There is more coverage of UCSF’s contracting out of information technology jobs to an India-based company, this time from an Indian-American newspaper based in the Bay Area, India West.

“Dozens of UC Irvine students and faculty attended a ‘Say No to Trump, Say Yes to Standing Rock’ rally at the UCI flagpoles” last week in solidarity with Native Americans who oppose construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, according to the campus paper, New University. Standing Rock water protectors celebrated a victory yesterday, as the Army Corp of Engineers announced it would not allow the pipeline to drilled under the Missouri River, according to the New York Times.

Senator Bernie Sanders spoke on the UC Berkeley campus last Friday to a sold out crowd of some 2000, reiterating his beliefs that free public higher education, campaign finance reform and supporting the middle and working classes should be at the center of the political dialogue. Sanders “emphasized that there would be ‘no compromise’ on issues of bigotry, climate change and democracy,” reported the Daily Californian, and said the “Democratic Party must think beyond what mainstream politics defines as options.”
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