Presented is a petition written by the UC Berkeley Hunger Strikers against “Operational Excellence,” which have made several cuts upon the Ethnic Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, and African American Studies.
“In the words of Mario Savio,
‘There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, the people who own it, that unless you’re free the machine will be prevented from working at all.’
Chancellor, our bodies will continue to grind against this machine until you and your administration take action to stop it. We will not be silenced, we will not allow ourselves to get pushed aside, and we will not stop until we are able to study, work and learn as equals to our peers.”