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Action Alert from Pro-Palestine Students

The General Union of Palestinian Students at SF State is being harassed and threatened, accused of being anti-semitic, etc. Please write a letter on their behalf.
Forwarded from the General Union of Palestinian Students:



On May 7th, Pro-Palestinian students at San Francisco
State were intending to do an educational exhibit as a
form of counter protest to a pro-Israel rally. When
barricades were erected to enclose the students, when
trashcans were removed off campus, when police forces were
brought onto campus and when RACIST slurs were hurled in
their direction they began to chant.

The events of May 7th have fit into a continued pattern of
discrimination perpetuated by the San Francisco State
University (SFSU) Administration. They have made it
extremely difficult for GUPS (General Union of Palestinian
Students) to reserve rooms, to hold events and to express
ourselves freely. Other student groups on campus do not
have to jump the hurdles GUPS has to when planning an
event. We have been labeled and stereotyped as aggressive
terrorists by our own administration. Instead of
representing us, it seems as though they are working
against us, trying to find any way to suppress our voices
and the pro-Palestinian movement on campus. In lieu of the
events on May 7th, President Corrigan has released a
statement that is one sided and unfair. He along with
others on campus, in their attempts to suppress our voices
and take away from the Palestinian movement, is attempting
to label us anti-Semites and hate mongers.

Unfortunately, they are sadly mistaken. We stand firmly
against anti-Semitism and all other forms of racism. We
will not be intimidated by these politically motivated
attacks on pro-Palestinian students. It is time for the
community to get involved and let President Corrigan and
the SFSU administration know that their attempts to block
free speech on campus will not be tolerated. Here are
lists of demands we are making:

1. An apology from the administration for their treatment
of pro-Palestinian students
2. Retraction of President Corrigan's letter attacking the
counter demonstration
3. The establishment of an Arab and Muslim studies program
to expand knowledge of the history of Arabs and Muslims.
This is necessary in order to ensure Academic freedom on
our campus and a fair and balanced course offering.
4. Administration must drop all disciplinary action
against GUPS and pro-Palestinian demonstrators
5. In a post September 11th era, it should be a
requirement that members of administration take a
sensitivity training course. There has been and continues
to be a severe backlash against Arab-Americans and the
administration should be sensitive to this, not take part
in it.

WRITE TO SFSU President Robert Corrigan IMMEDIATELY!

Please send all letters/email to the following. Address
everything to President Corrigan but CC it to everyone
else on this list.


President Robert Corrigan
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

J.E. Penny Saffold
Vice President, Student Affairs/Dean of Students
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco CA 94132

Donna Cunningham
Judicial Affairs Officer
1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco CA 94132

University Dean, Human Relations
Ken Monteiro
1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco CA 94132

College of Ethnic Studies

Office of the Chancellor
California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802

Senator Jackie Speier
400 South El Camino Real, Suite 630
San Mateo, CA 94402

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