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UC-AFT Resolution for Racial Justice

Whereas UC-AFT is a staunch opponent of racism, both on moral grounds and because it weakens every fight for our members’ working conditions and our students’ learning conditions,

And whereas the election of Donald Trump has emboldened racists and neo-Nazis in the country,

And whereas the murder of Heather Heyer by a white supremacist in Charlottesville has drawn back the curtain on the true nature of the white supremacist movement in the United States,

And whereas a significant number of people have been murdered by white supremacists since Donald Trump’s election,

And whereas fascism has always sought to exercise free speech in the short run in order to suppress it in the long term,

And whereas fascism seeks to fracture, atomize, and isolate working class people by smashing their primary organizations – the labor unions,

Be it resolved that the UC-AFT condemns Donald Trump’s open friendliness to neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations, and rejects outright his “violence on many sides” declarations,

And that further UC-AFT will stand side by side with Black Lives Matter and other anti-racists in public demonstrations that seek to send open white supremacists back to the shadows, so that we may begin the work of creating true racial justice in the United States,

And that further UC-AFT calls on President Janet Napolitano and the UC Board of Regents to adopt this resolution in order that it guide the practices of the University.

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UCB Lecturer, Khalid Kadir, speaking at the Berkeley Rally Against White Supremacy on September 25 with supporting lecturers and librarians in the background.