FUC is a weekly online series that hosts conversations around labor, labor movements, de-commodified knowledge, and the future of the university and higher education. It is facilitated by rent-burdened graduate students at the University of California in solidarity with the COLA movement.
Links to access our talks on Zoom are sent weekly to our mailing list subscribers. You may also register for individual events in our calendar below.
Stephen M. Ward Associate Professor in the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies and the Residential College, University of Michigan
This series emerged out of a desire to re-establish and build vital bonds of solidarity across our international community, following the closure of our university campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Central to our mission is the promotion of the COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) movement at the University of California.Since September 2019, organizers across the UC have been calling for a COLA for every graduate student — regardless of residence, visa, documentation, employment or funding status — to bring us out of rent burden, without raising tuition or campus fees, and with a guarantee of non-retaliation.
Here are some of the ways in which you can support UC graduate student workers — please circulate widely!
▶ Petition calling for the racist disciplinary actions against COLA organizer Carlos Cruz to be rescinded.
▶ Petition demanding accountability for the 2/20/2020 police brutality incident at UC Irvine.
▶ Petition demanding the release of body camera footage from he 2/20/2020 police brutality incident at UC Irvine.