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December 15, 2014
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California public higher education union coalition letter to Gov. Brown

Pasted below is the text of a union coalition letter that was sent today, December 15, 2014, to Governor Brown and other state leaders, as well as the leaders of the three higher ed systems. Dear Governor Brown: The escalating crisis … Continue reading

November 13, 2014
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Council of UC Faculty Association statement on UC’s planned tuition increases

Below please find a letter that The Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA), the systemwide organization of which the Berkeley Faculty Association is a member, sent today to President Napolitano and the UC Regents regarding their recent proposal to raise tuition … Continue reading

October 23, 2014
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After the Freeze: UC Privatization Since 2012

At one of the first walkout planning meetings I attended that fall, people were talking about something called the “Meister report,” which I later learned was named after its author, UC Santa Cruz Professor Bob Meister. The Report talked about how UC administrators were able to take out low-interest construction bonds because they essentially pledged to Moody’s and other rating agencies that they would raise student tuition if necessary to pay back the bonds. Continue reading

October 13, 2014
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Free Speech and Free UC, a paper presented by Chris Newfield

Members of the FSM had to fight for free speech on campus, as we still must. But they did not have to fight for a free university. They already had one. They succeeded at winning specific free speech protections. The free university, they took for granted. Continue reading

October 10, 2014
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Video of “The Operation of the Machine”

Streaming video of the Berkeley Faculty Association Presentation: “The Operation of the Machine: U.C. Then and Now” A Teach-in on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement” (UC Berkeley, October 1, 2014) is now available: Prof. … Continue reading

September 12, 2014
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CUCFA Statement on “Civility” and Academic Freedom

On Friday Sept. 5, Chancellor Dirks of UC Berkeley circulated an open statement to his campus community that sought to define the limits of appropriate debate at Berkeley. Issued as the campus approaches the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech … Continue reading