Call to Action and Response to Report of the UC Regents’ Working Group on Principles Against Intolerance

In response to the recent Report of the UC Regents’ Working Group on Principles Against Intolerance, UAW 2865 has written a letter of strong opposition. From the letter:

The UAW 2865 Joint Council strongly opposes the Report of the UC Regents’ Working Group on Principles Against Intolerance. While the actual text of the “Principles Against Intolerance” policy (found here[1], beginning on page 8) is relatively uncontroversial, the introductory report reads “Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California,” thus directly conflating anti-Semitism (anti-Jewish bigotry) with anti-Zionism (a political ideology embraced by many, including large numbers of Jews) and labeling both as equivalently intolerant positions. While anti-Semitism is indisputably a form of discrimination, one which our union staunchly and vocally opposes, equating it with anti-Zionism is incredibly dangerous. It creates a clear chilling effect on free speech that could affect not only campus political activity, but the scholarship of many graduate students and faculty. [1]http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/mar16/e1.pdf

In addition, UAW 2865 encourages members to:

  1. Attend the upcoming Regents meeting at UCSF and voice concerns and criticisms;
  2. Email concerns to the UC Regents at regentsoffice@ucop.edu;
  3. Submit op-eds opposing the conflation of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism to campus and local media outlets

The full text of UAW 2865’s response can be found here, and the call to action and further information here.

 

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