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1,000 Speak Out at UM on 2/18!

by United Coalition for Racial Justice category: Cause

“TAKE OVER SHAPIRO: 1,000 Speak Out for Racial Justice! Tues 2/18 from 8pm-8am #speakoutUM http://thndr.it/1feRV2l

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This campaign ended on February 17, 2014 at 8PM

1,000 Speak Out at UM on 2/18!

The United Coalition for Racial Justice (UCRJ) will host a “Speak Out” event on Tuesday, February 18 from 8 PM - 8 AM in Shapiro Undergraduate Library to protest low underrepresented minority enrollment and poor racial climate for students of color at the University of Michigan. While Provost Pollack’s recent unveiling of new UM diversity and inclusion initiatives represents an important step forward, we must continue to pursue student-led, direct civic engagement to hold the administration accountable. In the past, administrative appeals for diversity have insufficiently served students. In 1970, the University trumpeted its goal of increasing African American enrollment to 10%. Since the passage of Proposal 2 in 2006, however, African American enrollment has dropped from 6.5% in 2006 to 4.6% in 2012. To avoid repeating past mistakes, we must ensure that these new initiatives are executed transparently, with direct student participation at every phase: that the administration not only welcome our voices, but our presences at the decision table.

Through open-mic sessions, films and documentaries, teach-ins, and music, dance, and spoken word performances, the Speak Out will offer a space for participants to network and build grassroots-organized diversity initiatives.  Rather than co-opting current racial justice campaigns, the Speak Out hopes to provide an opportunity for the many different streams of activism and groups already present to voice their particular concerns at once. In doing so, we will think through student-led paths towards structural change to make the University of Michigan a more racially just and inclusive institution.


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United Coalition for Racial Justice
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The UCRJ, or United Coalition for Racial Justice, is a coalition of students, student organizations, faculty, and staff building on the momentum of racial justice activism at the University of Michigan around #BBUM and the Diag Freeze Out & Follow Up. We demand administrative transparency and accountability, and real student presence in current and proposed diversity initiatives!

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