In Other News…

230-PLUS ORGS CALL ON PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN TO CANCEL STUDENT DEBT ON DAY ONE: Student debt was already a drag on economic prosperities for millions of Americans – and this was before COVID-19. It weighed heaviest on Black and Latinx communities. Today, hundreds of national and statewide organizations are calling on President-elect Joe Biden to cancel all student debt on his first day in office.

More than 230 community, civil rights, climate, health, consumer, labor, student advocacy organizations, including SEIU, to call on Biden to use executive authority to cancel federal student debt on day one of their administration. CFA is in support of the letter and the cancellation of student debt.

Cancelling student debt would help stimulate the economy and help reduce the racial wealth gap.

“Cancelling student debt would disproportionately help borrowers of color, respond to the coronavirus crisis, and provide much needed economic relief and stimulus,” reads the sign-on letter. “We call on you to deliver on the promise of the Biden-Harris Racial Economic Equity plan by cancelling federal student debt by executive action on Day One of your administration.”

CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING DURING NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: Next week, many CFA members will celebrate Thanksgiving, or, as some in CFA leadership call it, ‘thankstaking.’ Dinner tables and celebrations will look different for many of us as COVID-19 continues its rampage across the state and the country. 

For others, next week will look like any normal week in November: without a celebration of Thanksgiving. For our Native and Indigenous members, the reality and history of Thanksgiving is much more complex. 

“Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated and most misunderstood and misrepresented, mythically created holidays for mainstream America that exists,” said James Fenelon, Director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at CSU San Bernardino. “It is the second beachhead invasion point for the English colonial invasion in North America.”

He said that the holiday can be a time to reevaluate history and injustices done to Native and Indigenous Peoples across the country, including the history of the Wampanoag people and the effects of colonialism, disease, and war had on this Native people.

Fenelon said that families can issue a land acknowledgment during their Thanksgiving dinners – to acknowledge where we are as a society now and the ancestral lands we live on.

Several CSU campuses are still hosting events recognizing Native American Heritage Month. For a list of events, click here.

REPORT ON UNDOCUMENTED STUDENT EQUITY: In three weeks, the UC Collaborative to Promote Immigrant and Student Equity, along with the Undocumented Student Equity Project, will release a new report on the state of undocumented students at California’s public universities.

The report, which is titled Persisting Inequalities and Paths Forward, will look at the educational experiences and well-being of nearly 1,300 undocumented CSU and UC students.

A virtual briefing will take place Thursday, December 10 from 12 to 1 p.m. The briefing will look in-depth at the findings in this report and offer discussion of what stakeholders need to know to advance equity and inclusion for undocumented students. Speakers include professors from the CSU and UC systems.

To register, click here.