Charles Thorpe et al to Yudof (01/26/12)

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An Open Letter to the UC Regents,

When the Board of Regents met at UC Riverside last Thursday (January 19, 2012), police officers engaged in violence against students and staff members who had gathered to protest. News reports and video footage document officers jabbing protesters with batons and firing projectiles. This follows outcry within the UC community, across the United States, and internationally about police violence toward protesters at UC Berkeley on November 9 and UC Davis on November 18. We, the undersigned faculty of the University of California, San Diego, believe that the use of violence against students and staff exercising their right to peaceful protest is entirely unacceptable. Such use of force by police against peaceful protesters runs directly counter to values of reason, dialogue, and free expression that are basic to the very idea of the university as an institution. We therefore call on the Board of Regents to publicly condemn the use of violent tactics in the policing of campus protest.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Charles Thorpe, Sociology
Professor Morana Alac, Communciation
Professor Lisa Cartwright, Communication
Professor Ivan Evans, Sociology (President, UC San Diego Faculty Association)
Professor Martha Lampland, Sociology
Professor Chandra Mukerji, Communication
Professor Luis Martin-Cabrera, Literature
Professor Ross Frank, Ethnic Studies
Professor Wm. Arctander O’Brien, Literature
Alanna Aiko Moore, Subject Librarian, Social Sciences and Humanities Library
Professor Roshanak Kheshti, Ethnic Studies
Professor Christian Wuthrich, Philosophy
Professor Tara Knight, Theatre
Professor Stefan Tanaka, History
Professor Brian Goldfarb, Communication
Professor Zeinabu Davis, Literature
Professor John Blanco, Literature
Professor Stephanie Jed, Literature
Professor Robert Horwitz, Communication
Professor Valerie Hartouni, Communication
Professor Nitin Govil, Communication
Professor Patrick Anderson, Communication
Professor Guillermo Algaze, Anthropology
Professor April Linton, Sociology
Professor Marcel Henaff, Literature
Professor Kelly Gates, Communication
Professor Isaac Martin, Sociology
Professor Nancy Caciola, History
Professor Anna Joy Springer, Literature
Professor Nina Zhiri, Literature
Professor Rosaura Sanchez, Literature
Professor Lisa Lowe, Literature
Professor Rebecca Klatch, Sociology
Dr. Beatrice Pita, Literature
Harrod Suarez, Lecturer, Ethnic Studies
Professor Jann Pasler, Music
Professor Anya S. Gallaccio, Visual Arts
Professor Robert Westman, History
Professor Jin-Kyung Lee, Literature
Professor Gerald Doppelt, Philosophy
Professor Rachel Klein, History
Professor Fred Lonidier, Visual Arts (President, UC-AFT Local 2034)
Professor Ricardo Dominguez, Visual Arts
Professor Kartik Seshadri, Music
Professor Louis Hock, Visual Arts
Professor Adam Burgasser, Physics

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