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SLO STUDENT ANTI-WAR PROTESTORS FACE SANCTIONS: After months of criticism for excusing racist behavior by fraternity men wearing blackface at campus parties and a campus Republicans “free speech wall” of racist and xenophobic remarks, the administration at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has begun an investigation—into a protest by anti-war students against military contractor Raytheon at a campus jobs fair.

In a letter to Cal Poly SLO President Armstrong this week, SLO CFA Chapter President Lewis Call pointed out the obvious: “It appears that Cal Poly uses a double standard when evaluating free speech claims.”

Call wrote in the letter on behalf of the CFA chapter executive board, Students at California’s public universities have been protesting the presence of military contractors on their campuses since the 1960s” and “formal university investigations of peaceful student demonstrations have a serious chilling effect on student free speech.”

Members of the SLO Peace Coalition, who now face academic sanctions, have launched a petition and a statement on their Facebook page, and are garnering the attention of news media, including an insightful broadcast on NPR’s California Report.

SUMMER LISTENING & READING FOR JUSTICE

Radio Free CSU: The CFA’s Podcast. Join host Audrena Redmond and her guests as they examine our union’s work against racism and the path to making this a socially just organization.

Episode 1: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
Episode 2: We intentionally center Anti-Racism as part of our mission
Episode 3: We acknowledge that even we in CFA are part of the problem of racism
Episode 4: We acknowledge that WE can be part of the solution by being intentionally committed to addressing it (racism).

The CFA Social Justice Study Hall. Links to online resources and books for those who want to delve more deeply into learning about anti-racism and social justice.

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