Support for Feminists Unites Statement
Support for Feminists Unites Statement
Why this petition matters
Feminists Unite came together to write a statement for the CSUSM in regards to the murder of George Floyd. If you are in support of this statement please sign the petition!
Here it is:
Dear CSUSM Students,
As Feminists Unite we wanted to come together as a collective and acknowledge the problem we have here in America. We understand and acknowledge this is not a new problem, this country was built on the oppression of Black folx. The United States police and legal system was built to do exactly what it is doing to BIPOC.
As Feminists Unite we stand with our Black students, faculty, staff, and community. We stand in power with George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all Black individuals who have lost their lives and loved ones due to the corrupt system. We recognize the courage, strength, and resilience of protestors across the country and support their right to assembly and demand change for their survival, safety, and livelihood.
“Non-Black people have a responsibility to labor in thinking through and act in ways that support, affirm, and advocate for our Black students, staff, and faculty at this time.” - MASP CSUSM
Let us all stand in power with our Black community not only today, but everyday. It is not enough to only say we are against racism, as a campus we need to become anti-racist and call out white supremacy within our institution together.
The Black Student Center (BSC) will be hosting “Reflection on Ahmaud, Beronna, George and Others: A Space to Feel and Act” on Tuesday, June 2 at 6pm. You can find more information and register at https://www.csusm.edu/bsc/index.html We encourage you all to be a part of this important discussion that affects the lives of many of our Black peers.
As Feminists Unite we recognize President Neufeldt for acknowledging what the Black community is going through,and as a campus we must take action now.
Actions for CSUSM:
Following the University of Minnesota - we request that CSUSM cut all ties with the San Diego County Sheriff Police Department.
Create an institutional memory project on Black people and work
Not calling the San Diego County Sheriff Police Department onto our campus, due to the robust history of police brutality from the SD Sherrifs.
Work with the Academic Senate to Review the Police Use of Force Resolution and Implement supporting policy and practices campus wide.
Ensure the Diversity and Equity requirement includes specific critical education on black history, systemic racism, white supremacy and critical race theory.
A reviewal of Officers currently inside of the CSUSM UPD, if any have complaints of brutality, excessive force or sexual violence should be put up for external review.
Defund and Dismantle UPD on our campus; Our campus is an educational institution, not a prison.
Resources if you are Protestors:
Protestors Rights: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/
Protesting Safely: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA0jzCdg_vR/
Protestors Rights by @amnesty (Twitter):
Freedom of Expression and Assembly
Everyone has the right to carry their opinion to the streets
Protection of the Right to Freedom of Assembly
Law enforcement must facilitate and not restrict a peaceful public assembly
Freedom from Excessive use of force
In the policing of non-violent protests, police must avoid the use of force
Right to Medical Assistance
If you are injured you have the right to medical assistance without delay
Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Detention
If you are arrested you have a right to be told of the reason for your arrest, you also have the right to promptly after your arrest to have access to a lawyer to your family
Right to Complain
If your rights have been violated you have a right to file a complaint and to be provided information on how to do so
Directory of Community Bail Funds:
People's City Freedom Fund
Legal Number in case you are arrested or Hurt: Call 313-310-3700
(Be sure to write this on your arm)
Resources for ALL:
Learn about Systemic Racism:
Anti-Racism Resources Collection
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
“Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay - Chances Are They’re not”
“All white people benefit from racism” posy by Matt Bernstein
“Are your kids too young to talk about race?” post by Fire Drill Fridays
“Questions I ask myself as a white person when posting about racism on social media” by Caroline Kusin Pritchard
“Having Black friends does not mean you aren't racist” by Dom
Books to Read:
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris Perry
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michhele Alexander
The Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherrie Moraga
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Black Feminst Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis
Assata (Shakur), An Autobiography
Pages to Follow:
Where to Donate:
The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Reclaim The Block
Black Visions Collective
#JusticeforFloyd by Color of Change
Justice for George by change.org
Justice for Big Floyd.com:
Resources for Activism Alternative to Protesting:
Alternatives to Calling the Police
26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
“We Can’t All Be on the Frontlines”
“How to Be Actively Anti-Racist” by Fire Drill Fridays
A Note About Our Resources:
This list of resources is not exhaustive by any means but it will set you in the right direction to engage in Anti-Racism activism. Please familiarize yourself with as many of these resources as possible and internalize their teachings. Educating yourself is the first step in making change. We will continue to provide resources for you all and we highly recommend following all of the aforementioned Instagram accounts in order to continue being updated on all things related to Anti-Racism.
- CSUSM community
- CSUSM Students
- CSUSM Staff
- CSUSM Faculty