Peace everyone. The potential board members interested in serving our #blackatcal community have been submitted. Now it is time to vote for the potential candidates that we think will best fit in these positions.
If you are a BLACK individual who is currently, or a prospective UC Berkeley student please vote here:
This past general body meeting was centralized on Black Health. Our Internal Vice President, Tayler Hughes, connected with Robin Mills who is one of Tang Center's Black Health Educator/Sexual Health Coach to lead an exercise about consent, and cultivating healthy relationships. Then in a group, we talked about the stigma around Black emotional, sexual, mental and physical health. We concluded with discussions around what UC Berkeley's Tang center can do to improve their services to better accommodate the needs of Black Health. Thank you Tayler and Robin for your collective effort and motive to improve Black Health on this campus.
This is Cal BSU's second to last GBM. We hope to see you all in our last.
Cal BSU needs leaders to help continue the legacy and secure the political mobility of the #blackatcalcommunity. It is CRUCIAL that we fill the empty positions within the Cal BSU team to ensure that the political body of the Black community remains strong.
Tomorrow we will be sending the community a link to VOTE for the new BSU team.
Vote Hani #1 for ASUC Senate!
Hani is our new Black/African Diaspora community endorsed candidate and it is our duty to ensure that she gets elected into ASUC office. It is important that our voices our heard so we all need to support her in which ever way possible. That being said, please sign up for her campaign team to additionally support her, like her Facebook, change your Facebook profile pictures, tell your friends about her, and VOTE FOR HER AS YOUR NUMBER ONE VOTE. #HellaHani #Hani4Senate #SweetlikeHani
LIKE HER FACEBOOK PAGE HERE
READ MORE ABOUT HER PLATFORMS HERE
VOLUNTEER FOR SPROULING/CAMPAIGNING HERE
Vote for Zaynab for ASUC President!
Also, Zaynab AbdulQadir is running for ASUC President. Yes, more Black representation! Zaynab has done an excellent job in serving our community as the current Black/Afrikan Diaspora community endorsed senator. So we need to support her in getting elected to office. Go like and share her Facebook page, change your Facebook profile pics, and VOTE ZAYNAB FOR ASUC PRESIDENT! #dab4zaynab #zforop
LIKE HER FACEBOOK PAGE HERE
READ MORE ABOUT HER PLATFORMS HERE
VOLUNTEER FOR SPROULING/CAMPAIGNING HERE
VOTING TAKES PLACE APRIL 10-12
Blake and ab are two Berkeley alumni who were our Assistant Directors for the African American Student Development Office. They served and led the Black community at Cal as undergrad and aided in securing the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center along with the other 10 demands by the Black community. They were then appointed to be assistant directors for AASD office until the community chooses the Director. As co-assistant directors, they have excelled. They organized an accumulation of events during Black history month for the Black community that the University failed in doing so continuously. In addition, they aided in raising money for the FLHBRC during the Big Give by launching a campaign known as “Give Black” and so much more. You both radiate positive energy, supplied us with a superb example of leadership, and embodied remarkable role models. You both have truly been a blessing in providing the Black community with support, light, and guidance. You are both loved and will truly be missed.
On February 21, 2017, history was made. The FLHBRC is a product of the 10 demands the Black community at Cal created, otherwise known as the African American Student Initiative, in order to provide a safe space for all Black students, faculty and staff on campus along with resources, support, and a sense of family. After persistent work, organization, and resilience the Black community was finally granted with a resource center named after Fannie Lou Hamer. Fannie Lou Hamer was a Black woman, activist, leader, and organizer from Mississippi who is known for working with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Mississippi’s Freedoms Summer, the 1964 Democratic National Convention and many more. She persistently fought for Black voting rights and Black liberation the same way the Black student-leaders at Cal did in order to secure this resource center. The new FLHBRC is tangible evidence that activism, community organizing, and coalitions work.
Those who aided with securing this space for Black individuals, you are much appreciated and we shall "never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over" (Fannie Lou Hamer). We shall continue to fight for space and Black liberation because "nobody's free until everybody's free" (FLH).
On February 15, 2017 Cal BSU holds a press release voicing the concern of the University of California, Berkeley failing to obtain permanent programatic funding for the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center. For more information, here is a copy of what was stated at the press release, along with a published LA times article.
From: Black Student Union at University of California-Berkeley
Contact: Black Student Union, email@example.com
Subject: BSU DEMAND Operating Budget for the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center
"The Black Student Union is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all Black students, staff, and administrators on the UC Berkeley campus. In partnership with the community, we submitted a number of demands to Chancellor Nicholas Dirks in 2015, that required Cal to implement institutional changes addressing the conditions of Black students, staff, and faculty at the university. One of our demands included the opening of the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center.
After Milo Yiannopoulos’ recent visit to our campus and the results of the 2016 presidential election, the Black Student Union, finds it even more imperative that we advocate for a safe space for Black bodies on this campus. For years, we have rallied the university to provide more support to their Black students, staff, and administration and this support has not been fully implemented. The UC System reported over 40% of Black students felt disrespected and on UC Berkeley’s campus specifically “Gender Queer” and Transgender Black employees and students disproportionately experienced exclusionary, intimidating, and/or hostile conduct, with almost a third revealing this occurs “very often/often”. Students, staff, and administration alike have pleaded with the university to advocate for our greater good in order to avoid situations like the chaos brought to our campus on the evening of February 1st. This type of chaos is unacceptable to us and it is unacceptable to our Muslim, undocumented, and LGBTQIA siblings and allies. We are also concerned at the rate in which Black students are dropping out and staff and administrators continue to resign from their jobs, in search of an institution that values their thoughts, opinions, and hard work. We are concerned for the well being of all Black bodies on campus.
While the public was given the impression that UC Berkeley administration was in full support of Black students and the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center, the university has not enacted tangible efforts to move forward with assistance for funding. The university required that we submit a budget proposal to request programmatic funding for the Fannie Lou Hamer Resource Center; however, once it was completed, the budget was denied in entirety and little came of the community’s patience and hardwork. UC Berkeley administration has tasked, the Black Student Union and the few supporting Black Admin we have left, with creating the entire logistical process of fund collection from donors. It is unfortunate that the university is claiming to provide this resource to their Black students while at the same time, expecting an unpaid student led organization and small Black community to coordinate and fundraise for all the needs of the African American Student Endowment Fund and the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center.
UC Berkeley did provide us with limited funds to refurbish the space in the Hearst Field Annex. With the help and hard work of our interim African American Student Development Program Coordinators ab and Blake and with the help of Admin within the Department of Equity and Inclusion, the Black Student Union, was able to turn a space with dilapidated walls, rat droppings, and decaying furniture into a peaceful, productive haven for Black at Cal students. While we do have a physical space, which is an amazing victory, we still do not have monetary funds to provide the resources and programming that our students so vitally need in that space. Black students need mental health resources present in the center to ensure their psychological well-being, Black graduate students need to be equipped with the tools to graduate and tutor Black undergraduate students. Our Black Muslim students, Black athletes, Black STEM majors, Black staff and faculty need these resources in order to eradicate feelings of isolation and integrate within the larger Black community.
UC Berkeley has boasted about the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center in an effort to recruit more Black students to attend the university, but they are not doing enough to provide this center with the resources needed to retain these Black students once they have arrived on campus. The Fannie Lou Hamer Resource Center is set to open on February 21, 2017 with no programmatic or operational funding available from the University, outside of limited, unsustainable one year grants acquired by our program coordinators. The struggle for this Center goes back decades, the university can no longer put forward or shuffle figureheads. They must fund the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center!"
The Afrikan Black Coalition Conference is an annual conference hosted at one of our partner schools during or near Black History Month. The ABC Conference serves over 700 Black students across the State of California. Since its inaugural session in 2003, the forum has continued to be used to address social and political issues facing the community through peer and professional workshops, keynote speakers, and social activities. After being held at every UC campus, ABC 2017 will be hosted by California State University-- Long Beach.
The conference seeks to unify Black students across the state in order to discuss and resolve issues concerning academic policy, campus climate, matriculation from the University, and political education. By bringing together Black Student Unions and Afrikan Student Unions statewide, ABC presents the opportunity for unity in spite of geographical boundaries. Additionally, each conference incorporates a focus on collective imagining for the organization, building student organizational skills, developing pathways for life after college, and connecting students to the larger Black struggle.
As one of the only statewide conferences for Black students, the Afrikan Black Coalition Conference is a vital tool in promoting networking amongst peers, generating positive images of Black students and staff to their campus communities, inspiring innovation in a system that honors hard facts and calculation, and providing an environment where the Black cultural experiences Black students have during their collegiate years.
THEME: Reviving Our Black Nation
In a time in which Afrikan/Black people are forced to witness police brutality steal their lives, endure toxic classroom climate, all while challenging system oppression, there is a need to convene, revive, and heal our Black nation.
Our first GBM of the academic school year of 2016-2017. First we introduced the new executive board that would be serving the Cal BSU and the greater Black community. Together, we then broken up into groups and listed the issues that our Black community as a collective whole along with some solutions that we can implement in order to combat some of these struggles. Lastly, we ended our meeting with a song by ab “I love being Black” led by AJ Moultrié our Communications Director.