STATEWIDE CALL TO ACTION:
Win a UC-Wide Dream Scholarship Program:
Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrant Students!
Restore Affirmative Action and Overturn Prop 209!
Shut Down California March 4th!
Rally and March — Gather in Bruin Plaza at 12 noon
• Defend Public Education at All Levels!
• No more fee hikes! No Program, Faculty or Staff Cuts in Higher Education!
• A Massive Increase in Federal Funding for Public Higher Education!
• Defend Public Education from K thru 12! No More Charters!
• Pass the Dream Act Now! Create Campus-Based Dream Scholarships to Provide Financial Aid for Undocumented Students!
• Stop the Resegregation of Higher Education! Increase Underrepresented Minority Student Enrollment – Restore Affirmative
Action Now! No More Separate and Unequal! Overturn Prop 209!
• No More Second-Class Treatment of Latina/o Students and Students with and without papers—Make UCLA a Sanctuary
• Build the new civil rights and student movement!
Statewide Mobilization to the U.C. Regents’ Meeting Mar. 23-25!
UC-San Francisco Mission Bay campus. More details to be posted at BAMN.COM
At the March 23rd – 25th UC Regents meeting, UCLA Chancellor Block and
Student Regent Jesse Bernal will be raising a proposal for the UC Regents to
create an institutional scholarship fund for undocumented students in the
UC’s – A Dream Scholarship Program for the UC’s. The UC Students
Association (UCSA) has passed a resolution supporting this proposal. If passed,
this resolution will not only give AB 540 students access to much-needed
scholarship money, it will also represent a declaration by this nation’s most
prominent and important public university system that it is a center of social
progress, prepared to strike a blow against the second-class treatment of Latina/o
and immigrant students and to reassert its proud tradition of being the leading
public institution in this nation. Winning the UC Dream Act will clear the path for
passage of a statewide Dream Act and a federal Dream Act.
Winning the Block/Bernal resolution at the March Regents meeting will
not be easy. The most virulent racist sentiment in this nation is directed against
immigrant communities. The racist Republican Party has focused a great deal of
its attention on immigrant-bashing and the Democrats have been all too prepared
to either placate that sentiment or offer only a weak defense of immigrant rights.
WHAT WE MUST DO
This fall our actions culminated in the assertion of mass power of the new
independent student movement. Our mass militant actions, beginning at the
November 18-19 Regents' meeting and continuing in the occupations and mass
pickets to defend the occupations at UC Berkeley and other campuses, convinced
both Republicans and Democrats to oppose new fee hikes for the UC's and to
address the need to protect public higher education in our state. By organizing
mass actions over the next weeks, we can convince the UC Regents to pass the
resolution for a UC Dream Act at their March meeting.
UCLA is holding a week of actions and teach-ins starting on February 22
on the necessity of the Dream Act. February 22-27 has been designated the
national week of action for passage of the Dream Act. We need to take action during this week, to show both our
campuses’ broad popular support for passage of the Dream Act and to remobilize so that March 4 can be the beginning of a
new phase of sustained mass militant student action to win all our demands.
When the sleeping giant woke up and arose in the great mobilizations of the spring of 2006, the Bush
administration and America embarked on a new road of change. This struggle can bring the immigrant rights movement to
its feet again. Latina/o and immigrant communities in Los Angeles and the Bay Area and throughout the state - starting
with the students in every high school, middle school, community college and state university - can be turned into
organizing centers for the Dream Act. We must seize this moment and see this struggle as a way to advance our new
movement and place this nation’s most dynamic young leaders in the forefront of a growing movement capable of
defending public education at all levels and breaking the back of the new Jim Crow in the state that has been its organized
We must make this spring a time to build a campaign to restore the promise of Brown v. Board of Education by
increasing under-represented minority student enrollment and making UC Berkeley and UCLA more hospitable to
underrepresented minority students.
OVERTURN PROP 209 and INCREASE UNDER-REPRESENTED MINORITY STUDENT ADMISSIONS AT
UC BERKELEY AND UCLA BEGINNING THIS SPRING
This February, the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality
By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)—this nation's most successful civil rights organization standing in defense of
affirmative action - will bring a legal action to strike down Proposition 209, the statewide ban on affirmative action. The
California lawsuit will be modeled on a lawsuit filed by BAMN against Michigan’s statewide ban on affirmative action
(Proposal 2 - 2006). BAMN will sue the UC Regents and the Governor of California demanding that they stop
discriminating in admissions. In 2001, after mass protests at the UCs, most importantly at UCB and UCLA, the Regents
voted to reverse their own policy banning affirmative action in admissions, and voted to oppose California’s statewide ban
on affirmative action. Last year a state hiring and contracting lawsuit challenged the continued use of affirmative action
policies by the City of San Francisco. In response, the California Attorney General (AG) issued an opinion stating that he
regards Prop 209 as unconstitutional and discriminatory.
BAMN will ask student, community, labor, educational and other associations and public bodies to become
plaintiffs in the suit, along with the dozens of Latina/o, black, Native American, immigrant - documented and
undocumented, high school, middle school, college, and university students to join on to the suit as plaintiffs. We will ask
the UC Regents to pass a resolution consistent with their own prior position and the AG’s position, stating that Prop 209 is
unconstitutional, discriminatory, and impossible to enforce without denying tens of thousands of brilliant young California
Latina/o, black and Native American students equal opportunity and access to our flagship public university campuses.
Such a declaration by the UC Regents would immeasurably advance our struggle to stop the resegregation of
higher education, to increase the number of under-represented minority students on our campuses, and to make our
university a more welcoming environment. We would strike a real blow against the whole racist California project of
defending white privilege and making our public universities more elite, less egalitarian and increasingly more private. The
right wing has used California as the launching pad for their campaign to further racism and reaction throughout the nation.
Now our new movement gives us the chance to lead a national movement for civil rights, for immigrant rights, for public
education and for an equal, egalitarian and just America from this same soil. It is time for this majority-minority state to
make a new America in our image.
Connecting these two initiatives, the creation of a UC Dream Act and overturning Prop 209, is the best way to link
the struggles of our state’s Latina/o, black and immigrant communities to each other and to link our campus fight to defend
public education to the communities which give us the power to win.
We must use March 4th to launch a series of actions to win a UC Dream Act in the tradition of our actions in
November and December. Join northern and southern California high school and community college students who have
applied to UC Berkeley and are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, to see that these students and others who are qualified to attend
UC Berkeley and UCLA gain admission this spring. Let's organize the state to win the UC Dream Act at the March
Regents meeting, build the struggle to increase underrepresented minority student enrollment in the entering class of the
fall of 2010, and overturn Prop 209 this year.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. Also, if you would like to have your organization endorse the USCA resolution (which can be
downloaded at www.bamn.com), or if you would like your organization to endorse the March 4 Day of Action, would like to
participate as an individual, or have questions please contacts us ASAP:
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, & Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN):
firstname.lastname@example.org 323-317-7675 www.BAMN.com