First Statewide Student Union Conference
Santa Monica, California, United States
May 19th, 2012
Letter of Solidarity With The Striking Professors of Brazil's Federal Universities
On Thursday, May 17th, professors at 34 Federal Universities across Brazil went out on strike in
defense of the right to high quality public education.
Today in California, students from across all the levels of public higher education are meeting to
discuss the formation of a Student Union to give organizational form to our unity in the struggle against
the defunding, privatization and re-segregation of our public educational systems.
We would like to take this occasion to extend our full solidarity with you, the professors of Brazil,
and to tell you that you are not alone in this fight. The attacks on education are being enacted on an
international scale. And even here, in one of the countries with the most advanced neo-liberal project for
education, we students are organizing resistance.
Here in the United States, educators' unions are under constant attack. But as students we see
clearly the value of workers' organizations because our professors' working conditions are our learning
conditions. And your struggle is also our own!
Uma só luta!
Signed by individual students, faculty, and staff from the following educational institutions in
Kindergarten – 12th Grade: California State University System:
Santa Monica High School California State University - Los Angeles
Los Angeles Unified School District San Francisco State University
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
California Community College System: San Diego State University
Santa Monica College California State University- Northridge
Los Angeles City College California State University - Long Beach
Pasadena City College California State University - Dominguez Hills
City College of San Francisco
Berkeley City College University of California System:
El Camino College University of California - Los Angeles
Los Angeles Valley College University of California - Berkeley
Downey Career College University of California - Santa Cruz
Compton Community College University of California - Irvine
Long Beach City College
Palomar Community College Private Schools: