November 13, 2016
UAW 2865, the student workers’ union of the University of California, stands in solidarity with students and student workers at the University of Pennsylvania. We condemn the craven acts of racism and intimidation carried out against African American students at Penn. The threat of a “daily lynching” at the university where W.E.B. Du Bois carried out his famous study The Philadelphia Negro (1899), carries the weight of our nation’s painful history. Penn and the City of Brotherly Love are no place for racism, nor the hatreds espoused by the President-elect.
UAW 2865 represents many Penn alumni. Zeke Trautenberg (Class of 2012 and a Ph.D. student in the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese) is among them. Zeke wants his fellow Quakers to know that Penn graduates and students across the country have got their back.
From Berkeley to Santa Cruz to San Diego to Locust Walk, we stand with the students and student workers at Penn. Together, we will resist racism, sexism, xenophobia, and hatreds of all kinds. Complacency is not an option.
In these troubled times, James Baldwin’s biblical allusion in The Fire Next Time (1963) rings out louder than ever: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign / No more water, the fire next time!”