The Lumumba Zapata Collective Will Keep Our Name

“We need solidarity more than ever, recognizing that all solidarities are imperfect, often fragile, temporary, and always forged in struggle and sustained through hard work. In our state of emergency, political disagreements, slights, misunderstandings, and microaggressions should not prohibit us from fighting for people’s rights, privileges, and lives.” Robin D.G. Kelley, 2016 [1] This communiqué…

Principles and Points of Unity

We are the Lumumba Zapata Collective, an intersectional (multiracial, multigendered, multiabled) coalition of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students at the University of California San Diego who have coalesced around the struggle for a truly public university that centers social justice, both in pedagogy and practice. We trace our genealogy to the 1968 UCSD Third…

J20 Transcript of LZC Speeches

January 20, 2017 (Trump’s Inauguration Day) Transcript of Speeches from Strike/Walkout Rally. The day began at 8am with about 60 striking faculty, TAs, and students picketing the Faculty Club parking lot, forcing the space to be shut down for nearly two hours. The picket moved to Gilman Dr. to shut down the main campus thoroughfare…

Making a World for All of Us, Remaining Vigilant Against Fascism

Six UCSD faculty members from four different departments contributed to this document. Fascism. The word evokes totalitarianism, authoritarianism and government repression. It recalls Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy and the tragedy of the Spanish Civil War. Fascism was an ultra-nationalist, anti-liberal, anti-communist movement that sought a revolutionary transformation of society through a mass organization led by…