We, the elected Joint Council and Executive Board members of UAW 5810, stand in solidarity with the protesters across the country in response to the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery (among countless others) and a racist policing and criminal justice system in the U.S.. We have joined other academic workers across the country in signing on to this letter calling for the termination of university-police ties, and we encourage you to sign on as well. You can add your name at the link in the doc.

At the root of the protests this week are issues that unions like ours fight for every day: the fight for human dignity, and for justice in the face of injustice. We must demand an end to the decades-long looting of Black and Brown communities through institutionalized racism, disinvestment, and gentrification. We call on all of our members to take action, hold elected officials accountable for the police forces whose budgets they control, vote for progressive leaders, and to speak out boldly against racism.

We have put together a living document with local and California organizations that are leading the struggle that you can follow, as well as suggestions for financial contributions to bail funds for protesters, and other resources. We encourage you to engage with this material, join actions, and contribute to support funds, if you are able. If you have any suggestions to add to the list, please let us know.

As your elected union leaders, we are in continued discussion about our responses and calls to action. We are committed to fighting for racial justice in academia and in our communities. If you would like to get involved, please reach out via uaw5810@uaw5810.org.

Stephanie Postar, UC Berkeley
Mehmet Doğan, UC Berkeley
Tess Branon, UC Berkeley
Ambika Kamath, UC Berkeley
Abdoulaye Ndao, UC Berkeley
Joshua Carlson, UC Berkeley
Stacey S. Frederick, UC Berkeley
Bo Tan, UC Berkeley
Maryia Halubok, UC Davis
Emma Skoog, UC Davis
Paul Lott, UC Davis
Sandipan Datta, UC Davis
Tobias Mueller, UC Davis
Chris Butler, UC Irvine
Grace Icenogle, UC Irvine
Angelo Demuro, UC Irvine
Christian Salazar, UC Irvine
Ligia Diana P. A. Amorim, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Christin Buechner, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Shannon Garland, UC Los Angeles
Vikas Pandey, UC Los Angeles
Mohamed Soliman, UC Los Angeles
George Aninwene, UC Los Angeles
Christina Priest, UC Los Angeles
Bradford A. Barker, UC Merced
Lotus Lofgren, UC Riverside
Alex Blacutt, UC Riverside
Irma T. De Ley, UC Riverside
Paul Thomas Markley, UC Riverside
Zhen Li, UC San Diego
Joydeep De, UC San Diego
Vikas Dhiman, UC San Diego
Susanne Benz, UC San Diego
Carlisle Bascom, UC San Diego
Samantha Hurst, UC San Diego
Daniel Roston, UC San Diego
Leila Mohammadi, UC San Francisco
Taman Updhaya, UC San Francisco
Oliver Reiners, UC San Francisco
Jade Moore, UC San Francisco
Li Zhou, UC San Francisco
Theo Tarver, UC San Francisco
Nicole Nasholm, UC San Francisco
Dora Barbosa Rabago, UC San Francisco
Luke Russell Bonser, UC San Francisco
Caitlin Taylor, UC Santa Barbara
Ryan McGreal, UC Santa Barbara
Claire Zedelius, UC Santa Barbara
Lisa Schwarz, UC Santa Cruz
Margherita Zavatta, UC Santa Cruz
Anke Schennink, UC Davis
Neal Sweeney, UC Santa Cruz
Alex Blacutt, UC Riverside
Amanda McLaughlin, UC Berkeley
Gerard Ariño-Estrada, UC Davis
Lydia Majure, UC Berkeley
Charisse Winston, UC San Diego
Stephany Chacon, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Elliott Peterson, UC San Francisco