FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 1OTH, 2017
SJP SUPPORTS LIST DEMANDS TO MAKE UCLA A SANCTUARY CAMPUS.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES.
The UCLA Sanctuary Campus coalition presented a list of demands to make UCLA a sanctuary campus considering the new political climate with the election of Donald Trump.
Moreover, the list of demands call on the UCLA administration to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s human rights abuses and to denounce Israeli apartheid so that UCLA is a welcoming place for Palestinian students.
The coalition of UCLA workers, students, and organizations came together March 9th to present the list of demands to hundreds of students. Calling for ethical investments, demand number 11 urges the UCLA administration to “not [invest] in corporations that profit from colonialism, occupation, violence and racism committed by Israel in Palestine,” to “de-shelve products on campus belonging to corporations that profit from Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians,” and to “make a public statement or press release condemning Israeli apartheid given that Palestinian students have a right to feel protected by the University.”
As an anti-oppression student organization, SJP supports the list of demands in it’s entirety, The UCLA administration must take concrete steps to ensure that student tuition dollars are divested from corporations that profit from Israel’s racist system of apartheid, bolstered by Donald Trump. It must also take the necessary steps to protect other vulnerable people including womxn, the undocumented community, Muslim, LGBTQI, and other staff and students of color.
Sanctuary Campus Demands:
1. NO COMPLICITY, NO COLLABORATION: University of California and its police departments will not comply with nor be placed under the supervision of the federal immigration agencies and authorities regarding investigations, raids, detentions and/or deportations, unless mandated by a judicial warrant, a subpoena, or a court order; UCLA will establish and enforce policies that prohibit immigration enforcement and deportation activities on grounds and premises under UCLA jurisdiction;
2. GUARANTEE PRIVACY: Refuse to disclose information regarding immigration status or work authorization; and end surveillance of student, staff, and community activists on campus;
3. EXPAND WORK AUTHORIZATION PROVISIONS: Apply AFSCME 3299 immigrant rights provisions to all workers and expand provisions related to Social Security “no-match” letters; prohibit the use of E-Verify;
4. SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS AND STAFF: State publicly and often your continual support for, sponsorship of, and willingness to take action to support international scholars and staff, especially given President-Elect Trump’s plans to eliminate visa programs, subject immigrants to “extreme vetting,” and restrict immigration from so-called “terror-prone regions”;
5. PROTECT & EXPAND SERVICES: Protect and expand counseling and legal services for: undocumented students, staff, workers, and their families; international scholars and staff; and threatened groups including Muslim, LGBTQIA, Black and undocumented community, as well as other students and staff of color; institutionalize UCOP funding allocation for undocumented student support (currently renewable every three years based on “performance”); establish a designated sacred space on campus for religious and spiritual practices, including but not limited to implementing washing stations and bidets, as well as space for chaplain services;
6. NO EXCESSIVE FORCE: Prohibit use of all police and militarized forces including UCPD against student and/or worker protests, rallies, sit-ins, walkouts, strikes or civil disobedience; aggressively pursue justice and accountability in cases of excessive use of force against Black people and other people of color;
7. NO CRIMINALIZATION: Limit the offenses that are subject to arrest by UCPD, limit the circumstances in which students, staff, and others are turned over to outside law enforcement; Ban the Box and adopt more inclusive hiring practices;
8. NO REGISTRIES, WELCOME REFUGEES: Aggressively denounce and refuse to assist with a registry of Muslims or registry of any other protected class; take immediate steps to welcome refugees from Syria and those fleeing from violence and insecurity in other countries;
9. COMBAT SEXUAL VIOLENCE: Increase resources for in-person consent education and sexual violence prevention, with a specific emphasis on high-risk populations; increase awareness of survivor support resources; ensure survivor-centric approaches including but not limited to direct adjudication and/or alternative resolution processes; remove repeat offenders;
10. MEET HUMAN NEEDS: Guarantee housing and food assistance to all admitted students; expand mental health, legal, and child-care resources on campus; halt tuition and fee hikes;raise the student minimum wage to match the service worker minimum; negotiate fair contracts with UC employees; and end the use of exploited contract workers; reaffirm Title IX protections of transgender individuals’ right to use the bathroom facilities that reflect their gender identity;
11. ETHICAL INVESTMENTS: Ensure that the University is not invested in corporations that profit from colonialism, occupation, violence and racism committed by Israel in Palestine; De-shelve products on campus belonging to corporations that profit from Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians; Make a public statement or press release condemning Israeli apartheid given that Palestinian students have a right to feel protected by the University;
12. AGGRESSIVE ENFORCEMENT: Aggressively enforce policies prohibiting hate and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, faith, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, differences in physical or mental ability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any intersection of these factors;
13. EXTENSIVE TRAINING: Implement training programs that include but are not limited to: UC’s sanctuary status and provisions, the reporting and investigation of incidents, UndocuAlly, de- escalation intervention techniques, and restorative justice;
14. RIGHT TO A UNION: Never interfere with workers’ right to join and maintain membership in their union, participate in their union, or have their employer deduct union dues on their behalf; and,
15. DEMAND A SANCTUARY CITY AND STATE: Call upon Mayor Garcetti and Los Angeles City Hall to immediately enact legislation extending sanctuary demands citywide; call upon Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature to immediately enact legislation extending these sanctuary demands statewide; file amicus briefs against anti-immigration laws or discriminatory executive orders.
While we are encouraged by the initial step that the UC has taken in this direction in releasing “principles in support of undocumented members of the UC Community,” these principles fail to include certain basic provisions — within the University’s purview — to protect us and our communities. Major shortcomings include, but are not limited to, the fact that these principles fail to:
● Explicitly commit to protect privacy of UC workers' immigration status or related information; Commit to not use E-Verify;
● Refuse to take adverse action, or request work authorization re-verification, in response to SSA "no match" letters or related communications;
● Direct campus police to refuse ICE transfer or notification requests, in addition to holds;
● Refuse to let ICE interview individuals in campus police custody;
● Refuse ICE physical access to property owned or controlled by the University;
● Include all migrants, regardless of criminal convictions;
● Commit to protect and expand legal and counseling services for the undocumented community;
● Initiate constant and consistent outreach to the undocumented community, and actively involve and engage them in these conversations;
● Explicitly include the LBNL and all other parts of the UC System;
● Commit to maintain all protections irrespective of threats to federal funding; and
● Provide transparency regarding the timeline and process for drafting campus and medical center policies.