Berk. 58 on trial - DROP THE CHARGES NOW!

by Campuses United Against Apartheid
Berkeley, California, United States
Undated, mid-September 1977?
1 page
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The leaflet says 58 people of the U.C. Berkeley community are on trial for taking a stand against the role of the University of California (UC) in apartheid and its sabotage of minority admissions. For the first time in 9 years, on June 2, more than 80 students held a sit-in in Sproul Hall demanding action from the administration who had evaded people all spring. At the end of the day, after university officials had refused to speak to the protesters or to meet any demands, 58 people were arrested while more than 500 supporters were outside the building. Through its sham "defense” of special admissions in the Bakke case - e.g. no evidence of past discrimination in the U.S. and in UC – the UC is attacking third world students. The Bakke decision would wipe out special admissions and affirmative action hiring programs throughout the country. UC has over $800 million invested in corporations - IBM, General Motors (GM), General Electric (GE), etc. - doing business in South Africa, and the Regents sit on over 40 boards of major corporations, many of which do business in South Africa. UC harassed students be threatening to cut off financial aid and pressing disciplinary charges, but it was forced to drop these actions; 58 out of 60 workers in the financial aid office refused to process the forms with oaths about “campus disruptions.” Despite the fact that the jury in the first trial voted 10-2 for acquittal, the District Attorney and UC are continuing to prosecute. More than 1,000 people came to a debate with the Regents last May - the first time in 8 years. The Bakke case is coming before the Supreme Court on Oct. 12, and the Regents voted 11-6 against divesting from South Africa during the summer when students were away. The leaflet asks people to attend the upcoming trial, sign the petition to drop the charges, and donate to the legal defense fund.  It also invites people to join CUAA.  Labor for printing donated by Community Press Project.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers