This is some South Africa shit in the demands:
The University must re-channel its resources and money to its basest requirement: to protect its students. This safety must not depend on the University’s police.
The police, as a union, has endorsed Trump. Placing us in the police’s care is an act of violence, especially for Black students. The University must protect its students, instead, by dramatically increasing financial aid, emergency funds, health care resources, health insurance grants, and discretionary funds available to low-income students. It must create and/or dramatically increase funding for community centers for people of color and marginalized students. It must increase funding for Student Psychological Services and hire new therapists that are of color and specialize in engaging in race-related mental concerns. It must increase its acceptance of Palestinian international students and protect its Palestinian students from the state-sanctioned genocide which is about to escalate.
The University must remove symbols and remove/change names of symbols of white supremacy on this campus.
Clarence Cook Little, also known as C.C. Little, was a known eugenicist. James B. Angell is the writer of the Angell Treaty limiting Chinese immigration to the United States, preceding the Chinese Exclusion Act. There are symbols of white supremacy on our campus that are upheld until today. These two men are used to name buildings, our largest public transport station, and even scholarships and honors awards.
The University must be a place of sanctuary for undocumented students and their families, and must welcome Muslim immigrants.
The University can provide legal services, attempt to claim jurisdiction, and identify undocumented students as international students, and more, to protect its students. Financial aid must be dramatically increased towards this cause and for these students.
Black and brown students are forced to invest into the prison industrial complex, border violence, fossil fuel industry, and colonialism and apartheid in Palestine. The university/college must divest.
fossil fuel industry
The University of Michigan must protect its Black students.
The University of Michigan must increase the percentage of African American students to match the domestic percentage with a focus on Black students who have heritage in American slavery. The University of Michigan must provide funding and paid staffing positions for a Black space on campus specifically designed as a recreational and safe space for Black people at the University. The University must offer more academic support services for Black students. Resources for protecting Black students cannot be channeled to University police. The police, as a union, has endorsed Trump. Placing us in the police’s care is an act of anti-Black violence.
The University must issue an official statement detailing its dedication to the protection of, specifically, its students of color.
This statement must acknowledge white supremacy and racism, and it must assert itself on the side of its students of color. It must be explicit, and it cannot conflate calling out structural violence with the structural violence itself (RE: the email sent by the President).
We need an official apology that can go out to all the students, apologizing personally for the misspelling that was a complete invalidation of hijabi students’ experiences of violence on this campus. People are afraid for their lives.