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English Undergraduates Support the English Department Faculty Members and GSI's

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November 13, 2011 English Department Undergraduate Student Letter We, the undersigned UC Berkeley English undergraduates, formally condemn the actions taken by the UC Berkeley administration and the UCPD in response to the peaceful protests that occurred on campus on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. We commend the decisions of Professor Celeste Langan, Professor Robert Hass, Professor Geoffrey O’Brien, and all the other English department faculty members, as well as graduate students, to exercise their right to free speech. We also vehemently oppose the decision by UCPD to physically harm and arrest peaceful protesters, as was the case with Professor Langan. In order to show our support for the courageous actions taken by the department’s faculty members and graduate students, we, hereby, consent to both of these group’s instructors to conduct any and/or all of the following on this upcoming day of action, Tuesday, November 15, 2011: 1. Cancel classes in order to attend and support Tuesday’s day of action. 2. Have a teach-out to discuss important issues that our campus and community are currently facing. 3. Have class off campus. 4. Postponing or cancelling any coursework that is affected by the cancelling of classes. We do not limit our consent to the above-mentioned conditions or to their one-time implementation on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. We are in full support of any actions that the English Department’s faculty members and graduate students are willing to take on Tuesday, and any other date throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. Signed, Oscar Lagresa, President, English Undergraduate Association Jonathan Almerido, Vice-President, English Undergraduate Association Hannah Langley, Social Activities Coordinator, English Undergraduate Association Lauren Mueller, Media Relations Manager, English Undergraduate Association


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