Students march through Milwaukee. (Credit: Michael Macloone, Journal Sentinel)
1. Amid Rising Protest, Napolitano Agrees to Meet With Opponents
On September 8, California’s Statewide Multicultural Student Coalition released a set of demands for Janet Napolitano, the new president of the University of California. The coalition calls for Napolitano to make the University of California campuses sanctuary sites for all undocumented communities, pressure Jerry Brown to sign the Trust Act and prohibit the use of riot police on campuses. Napolitano, who entered office with no background in education, oversaw record deportations as Secretary of Homeland Security and has already received students’ votes of no confidence, has answered our request to meet. On October 1, at her office in Oakland, coalition representatives will present our demands and make it clear that undocumented students and students of color in California do not support Napolitano’s presidency. This meeting is just the first step in ensuring our most vulnerable student populations are top priorities.
—Statewide Multicultural Student Coalition
2. Post-Occupation, Florida’s Dream Defenders Return to the Capitol
September 23 marked the first day of legislative committee in the Florida legislature. After sitting-in at Governor Rick Scott’s office for thirty-one days this summer, the Dream Defenders, a group of youth organizing for racial justice and community power, returned to the capitol to train Tallahassee residents and students from throughout the state on Trayvon’s Law. Prior to the training, ten Dream Defenders met with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to discuss the FDLE’s policies on bias-based—that is, racial—profiling. Come October, the group’s legal and policy director will travel to Geneva to present a report on Stand Your Ground to the UN Human Rights Council, which will be reviewing whether the statute violates promises the United States has made as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.