I just received the following information about UT Austin students who are currently staging a sit-in at President Powers’ s office in thr UT Tower.
BREAKING: STUDENTS OCCUPYING PRESIDENT POWERS’ OFFICE
Minutes ago, 18 students began occupying President Powers’ office, demanding that Powers withdraw his support for the Accenture-driven ‘shared services’ plan that will lay off 500 UT employees. The group includes members from USAS, the University Democrats, the University Leadership Initiative, and Queer People of Color and Allies. For the past year and a half,
students, faculty, and staff have campaigned against shared services and asked to meet with President Powers to discuss this plan, but the coalition has been denied a meeting. Despite widespread opposition to this plan, the administration has begun implementing shared services and laying off critical members of the UT community. The students plan to stay in the office until Powers agrees to meet with them and withdraw his support for the plan. Join us for a rally in support of the students sitting-in and the staff
who make this campus run!
Here’s a quote out of context from George Lipsitz’s How Racism Takes Place (2011):
The people who congratulate their country and themselves on the passage of civil rights laws in the 1960s have created a rhetorical Martin Luther King to serve their interests who bears little resemblance to the actual historical Martin Luther King. …
Rather than resolving racial inequalities responsibly, these laws enabled whites to pretend the problem had been solved.
(15 – 16)
Nelson Mandela‘s Obituary at Al Jazeera
A Message From Chicano Political Prisoner Ramsey Muniz:
I am greatly saddened about the passing of Nelson Mandela, but at the same time I see him embracing my beloved brother, Jesus Christ, who gave His life for freedom, justice, and love for the world. Even as I share these words of spiritual wisdom, I cannot stop tears of sadness and sorrow because at the moment that I heard of his passing, I was reading his recent book, making comments about his thoughts which made an impact on my heart. He spoke with the same voice, knowing the true meaning of oppression, discrimination, racial bias, loneliness, chains, shackles, and a long imprisonment. Those who continue to feel the cold iron and steel doors that shut their hearts and minds can understand. I will be with my brother, Nelson Mandela, as I will pray for his journey to heaven, and I ask that after his resting and taking his spiritual position that he come into my heart and soul and give me the courage, pride, love, heart, and soul to become a free man once again and to bring freedom to the masses of humanity.
To Nelson Mandela I say, “I will always love you for coming into my life when I was in solitary confinement. My wife, Irma Muniz, sent me your most famous book — Long Walk to Freedom. I read the book twice, and I shall always love you for being the man, father, and spiritual human being that you shall forever be.”
I have fasted, drinking only water for the last four days. I shall continue to fast in dedication to the spiritual life of my beloved freedom brother, Nelson Mandela.
Freedom. Freedom. God, give us our freedom.
Ramsey R. Muniz
Confined 21 years in the prisons of the United States of America