Two Santa Cruz comrades are set to travel to Tijuana on Tuesday to join DSA members from around the country as part of international solidarity efforts with the Central American refugees currently at the border. The US Border Patrol is currently allowing only a handful of asylum seekers through each day, causing a humanitarian crisis as thousands of people are forced to spend weeks with inadequate shelter. A group of mothers in the caravan have launched a hunger strike protesting the CBP’s failure to allow refugees to claim asylum.
Many of you have asked how you can help in these efforts. The word we are getting from organizers on the ground is that donated supplies are already backed up at the border and only small amounts are allowed through at a time. The DSA Immigrant Rights Working Group recommends that instead of donated items, it is better to raise money that can be used to purchase whatever is needed in Tijuana.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Venmo your donations to @DSA-SantaCruz
This is the fastest and most efficient way to contribute.
2. Donate online
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We are in the FINAL WEEK of this campaign season and we need all hands on deck!
This is our last and most significant effort to get out the vote for our DSA endorsed measures and candidates: Yes on Measure M, Yes on Prop 10, Justin Cummings and Drew Glover for Santa Cruz City Council!
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DSA Santa Cruz has endorsed the following as of our October meeting!
The Santa Cruz chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) stands in solidarity with AFSCME Local 3299, UPTE-CWA Local 9119, and CNA members in their fight for a strong and fair contract. We recognize the necessity of direct action against an unfair bargaining process brought on by the University of California (UC) and we support the UC strikes not only at our local Santa Cruz campus but all across the state.
Some of our membership, who consist of current and former UC students, remember our fights against the Board of Regents for their neglect not just for their employees but for their students as well. We recognize that a “world-class” university cannot hold its title in full truth until education is free and its workers are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. This is why we must acknowledge that this strike, like the rest of the strikes in public education around the country right now, is as much about raising the quality of education for students as it is raising the quality of jobs for the workers who work tirelessly to serve the future generations of our country.
The University claims to respect their workers and their actions reflect otherwise. The University proposes to cut salary step increases, raise the retirement age and placing retirement security into the hands of risky 401Ks, cut health care benefits, and make it easier to contract out their jobs. Furthermore, the UC is attempting to force such a contract upon its workers. All of these proposals and actions are unjustifiable as the Board of Regents and Chancellors make excessive six-figure salaries with continuous pay increases. It is morally reprehensible that the Regents expect cuts on their workers that they are not willing to impose on themselves. Enough is enough.
Without the workers, there is no University of California. DSA Santa Cruz stands with AFSCME, UPTE, and CNA in their strike and will contribute, to the best of our ability, in their fight to win what is long overdue to the workers of the UC.
Democratic Socialists of America, Santa Cruz