Racial Justice

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Petition to CCSF Board of Trustees

Protect Public Education! Turn Our CCSF Community Demands into CCSF Board Goals!

Below, we lay out a summary of CCSF community demands​, which outline our call for justice and change. The full list of 34 demands, viewable here, are in no way depicted hierarchically. We demand that they are explicitly adapted into the CCSF Board of Trustees' "Board Goals", and that they direct and hold Chancellor Vurdien accountable for addressing these issues using transparent and measurable strategies. The administration must publicly respond by ​August 27, 2020, at the Board of Trustees Meeting.  In summary, the CCSF Board of Trustees MUST:  Center BIPOC CCSF Community. Be proactively anti-racist, fulfill Black Student Union’s demands, and revitalize the AFAM Studies Dept and Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Collaborative. Increase student support, and do a Ramaytush Ohlone land acknowledgment.  (#1, #7 - 18) Retain the lease for CCSF Fort Mason Center. Pass the Fort Mason Resolution to overturn the closure. Protect access to arts education. (#2) Reject the privatization of the Balboa Reservoir. Pass the Balboa Reservoir Resolution. (#3) Protect the non-credit ESL Department. Restore the: 20% of the non-credit ESL classes that were cut, 60+ faculty positions, and 20% campus coordination. (#4) Protect the Older Adult (OLAD) Department. Restore the 90% of classes that were cut, which included a range of subjects from Art to Physical Education, without restrictive admission requirements or financial barriers. (#6) Keep CCSF Civic Center campus, or a Civic Center presence. Be transparent and inclusive with the original 750 Eddy Street location discussions, especially honoring the PGC Facilities Committee role in college governance. (#5) Enforce budget justice. Pay Black and Brown students living wages, create more lab aide positions, fund PGC student participation, and actively find alternative funding to protect undocumented students and cease cuts. (#18 - 24) Demand a full financial analysis of gains/losses from offering non-credit classes.  Calculate the revenues that come from the current funding formula, including the so-called hold harmless, and the costs of running a class. (#22) Ensure an honest administration.  All decisions must have supporting documents shared across all platforms, and communications must be widespread. (#25 - 27, 31) Cultivate student power. Give voting power for the student trustee, have training for student representatives, and have vacant city-wide, college-wide council, and committees positions for students promoted across all official CCSF platforms.  (#25) Keep the community in the community college. Reject neoliberal schemes to privatize and corporatize public education - support life-long learning. (#34)   Public education is under attack. Sign this petition to protect our campuses, our future, our students. Here is our list of demands to the CCSF Board of Trustees and Chancellor Vurdien.  The Board of Trustees unanimously shut down CCSF Fort Mason on 5/29 despite Fort Mason being open to renegotiation. We hope to overturn the ruling, and fund our futures. The current lease ends this September.  The CCSF Board of Trustees is responsible for the policies and direction of the college. San Francisco needs a Board of Trustees that truly represents CCSF stakeholders’ needs. The actions of the current trustees have altogether led to hundreds of classes cut, part-time faculty losing employment and healthcare, budget mismanagement, lack of racial diversity in the hiring and student support services, along with a campus closure (with another possible campus closure with Civic Center Campus).  Thus far, their actions do not reflect genuine intentions for the sincere long term survival and proliferation of our working class communities. We are enclosing a list of demands so the Board of Trustees can be accountable to our CCSF community. It’s time that the CCSF Board of Trustees engage in actual collaboration with us all. Otherwise, the upcoming elections represent an opportunity for a new direction.    ***Articles on class cuts, campus closures, protests: ***

CCSF Collective
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Started 7 hours ago

Petition to Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, State’s Attorney Robert H. Harvey

Call to action: Stand With Us Against Injustice

As many are aware, Calvert County has recently been affected by a devastating hate crime. On August 9, 2020 the following Defendants perpetrated a crime which will last forever in the minds of many. Andrew Edge, Cade Meredith, Kyle Hill, Augustine Aufderheide and Anthony Sellers III made a conscious decision to trespass onto the property of Calvert High School with malicious intent to vandalise a football field, an outdoor classroom and other miscellaneous areas of the school. Defacing school property with vandalism is a criminal charge that should always be taken seriously; however, the heinous lawlessness and show of hatred that was displayed by the Defendants on August 9th is much more serious than destruction of property. The men took time to spray painted several different racial slurs onto the property, which makes their unspeakable actions to be considered a “hate crime”. To clarify, in Maryland, a hate crime is defined as a crime motivated by prejudice on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, or other grounds. Undoubtedly, the actions of the named Defendants qualify as a hate crime in Maryland. There are no words to describe the damage these men have caused to not only the black community, but Calvert County in its entirety. As a community, we are supposed to trust that our local authorities will uphold a standard of justice; however, in this case, they have clearly failed to do so. With that being said, it is now up to us, the people, to hold our local officials accountable to seek justice.   We demand that our State’s Attorney, Robert Harvey, review the case as well as the current applied charges and adjust the Defendant’s charges to represent the detrimental damage that the Defendant’s actions have left behind on the community. Currently, the above-named Defendants are charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property of less than $1,000, which is defined as a misdemeanor under Maryland Code. See Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 6-301. Due to the nature of the crime, it is exceedingly clear that the defendants have been grossly undercharged. The Defendant’s made the choice of  maliciously trespassing on public property with intent to deface the property with language exhibiting extreme animosity against the Black community. Although the harm that the Defendant’s have done to the community is irreparable, in return, all we are asking for is justice to ensure that the Defendants are faced with charges that are true in representation to the permanent damages created from their crime.   Additionally, a case much similar to the Calvert High School crimes was recently litigated in Montgomery County. The Circuit Court of Montgomery County held four perpetrators responsible for hateful graffiti that they left sidewalks and buildings at Glenelg High School. The facts in the case of the events at Glenelg High are oddly and eerily similar in the case to the facts of crimes committed at Calvert High School. The Defendant’s in the Glenelg case defaced the school property with hateful language aimed at their Black school principal. Likewise, the reprehensible events at Calvert High School transpired the day after a picture of the new African American principal surfaced on the internet. While the cases of Glenelg High School and Calvert High School are oddly similar, there is a vast difference in the charges that were applied to the Defendant’s in the different cases. In the case of Glenelg the teenagers were indicted on seven charges, one of which included a hate crime. While six of the charges were dropped during litigation, the charge that the Defendant’s were found guilty of and sentenced for was the hate crime. All of the Defendant’s were sentenced to three years in jail, with various amounts of time suspended. Additionally, all four Defendants were sentenced to three years of supervised probation, 250 hours of community service, drug/alcohol screening, restitution damages and court costs. It’s worth noting that Matthew Lipp, one of the four Defendant’s in this case, appealed his case on the basis of a First Amendment challenge and the Maryland Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the lower court. See Lipp v. State, 246 Md. App. 105, 227 A.3d 818 (2020). In conclusion, the named Defendant’s in the vandalism of Calvert High School should be charged with a hate crime. Undoubtedly, the facts of the case are well supported by Maryland case law and the State is likely to be successful in prosecuting the Defendants with a hate crime charge. The actions of the Defendants are inexcusable and should not be glazed over and swept under the rug by local authorities. Please use your voice and show your discern for these unutterable crimes by signing this petition and using this link to email our State’s Attorney and demand his assistance in our pursuit to justice.

Calvert County P. R. I. S. M
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