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April 23, 2021
The Departments of Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, and Feminist Studies strongly support the National Day of Refusal, May 3, 2021. The National Day of Refusal is part of Abolition May, a month-long series of events on college campuses and universities across the United States to demand the removal of campus police. The month’s actions will conclude on May 25th, in commemoration of George Floyd who was murdered by Minneapolis police officers, including Derek Chauvin who was recently found guilty of second-degree murder and other charges.
Refusing to work means stopping all labor—virtual labor, email, not attending and not teaching classes and other forms of labor, including administrative tasks. The Departments of Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, and Feminist Studies will not retaliate against nor impose any sanction on any student (undergraduate and graduate), staff member, instructor (including lecturers), or faculty member who participates in this event. Our Departments will not be track or monitor what activities individuals choose to do on this day.
As part of the National Day of Refusal and Abolition May, the UCSB Faculty Association is holding a virtual town hall on “Divesting from Campus Policing in the UC System and Investing in Community Alternatives” on April 26 at 4 PM. To attend this event, please register at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwocOmtrTwiHdbKi0fStl_GeLfymmWssF_O.
Finally, local community-based organizations, including El Centro Santa Barbara, Healing Justice Santa Barbara, Showing Up for Racial Justice, UCSB Cops off Campus, and Freedom 4 Youth, are holding an event, “We Keep Us Safe: Love is Critical” on April 25 at 1 PM at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. This will be a space to mourn all those who have been died from police and state-sanctioned violence. During the event there will be a “Say Their Names” community altar, music by DJStone, and artmaking for children. All are welcome and masks are required. Spanish language translation will be provided.