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The first
problem
for all of us, men
and women, is not
to learn, but to unlearn.
-Gloria Steinem
I have never let my
schooling
interfere
with my education
- Mark Twain
It is, in fact , nothing short of a miracle that the modern
methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy
curiosity of inquiry.
-Albert Einstein
Education
either
functions as an instrument
which is
used to
facilitate
integration
of the
younger generation
into the logic of the
present system and
bring about conformity or it beocmes
the practice of freedom, the means by
which men and women deal critically and
creatively with reality and discover how
to participate in the
transformation
of
their world.
- Paulo Freire

Welcome to college, what will you do? This

is a world
of war and injustice, pain, hope, and struggle. The richest one percent
of humanity controls as much wealth as the bottom 60 percent. There
are more than two billion peasants living today. There are countless more whose lives are equally difficult, and they all live in the first
world's long shadow. A global ecological crisis is upon us. Centuries
of exploitation have left large swaths of the earth barren and poisoned.
A crisis of meaning has overtaken us. We are continually bombarded
with messages promoting consumption, wealth, and individual gain as
the highest achievements we can aspire toward.
So welcome to college. How did you get here? Ever wonder
how many people dream of attending the university but can't afford
it? What will you do with your time and education here? Do you
believe that money, appearance, entertainment, and shopping are the
be-all-end-all? Or is there more to life? Is there a different meaning?
Collectively, most of us came here not entirely of our own choosing.
If the future were our own, what would we make of it? Can we change
things for the better?
The (Dis)Orientation Guide suggests some possibilities. The future is written partly in the rubble of yesterday's burned banks. It's
etched in the blazing passions of past hunger strikes, sit-ins and organized uprisings. Part introduction, invitation, and inspiration, this
booklet is a resource to connect you with others in your search for
meaning and understanding. The goal of the Guide is to challenge all
assumptions and to catalyze radical thought about the university, society at large, and our individual lives.
Welcome to UCSB.
We can change the world if we,
work hard,
raise hell,
and love unabashedly,
The 2005 DisOrientation

Guide Collective

[Darw in BondGraham, Heather Buchheim, Ronald Dumsfeld, Gabe Mann, Tanya Paperny ,
Will Parrish, Stephanie Smith.Vicki Zeitner]

Thanksto: De Acker,HarleyAugustina,MichaelBean,EileenBoris,GraceChang,
MichaelCoffey,BarbieDeutsch,Sarah Fenstermaker,Dick Flacks,Geoff Green,
AaronJones,EllenNagler,KristinePfannenstiel,KyleRichards,ElizabethRobinson,LeliaRupp,JosephineVu,JonWilliams,HowardWinant,the IVFoodCo-Op,
the IVBike Boutique,all past and present UCSBactivists,and all ofthe authors
All content within this guide is Copyleft unlessotherwise stated.All views, opinions, crass statements,
aphorisms, pissed-off rants, pronunciations, and shouts are those of the author. See our web site
for more in-depth articles, images,and features we couldn't print here; sbdlsorientation.org.
If you want to help us produce next year's guide or submit articles for the web site email us,

sbdisorientation@riseup.net.

What's Inside the DisGuide?
Part I• Herstory / History
4-20: A Timeline of Protest and Activism at UCS B.................
4: Still the Ear th Jumps Back: Student Uprisings then and Now............
8: W ho Rules the University? ..............
13: Regent Profiles .............
16: Thirtee n Reasons to be Radical.........
19: Know ledge, of, by, and for the People ..............
22: UCSB - More Radica l Than You Know ...........
23: The Dedica tion of Perfect Park ............

Part II - The Here and Now, Where and Why
The University
26: S.C.O. R.E. - Student Comm ission on Racial Equality..........
27: Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP).................
28 Environmental Affairs Board ..............
29: Environmental Accomplishments at UCS B.........
30: VOX: Planned Parenthood .........
31: Vagina Dialogues ............
32: I Went to the UC and All I Got Was This Stupid Thermo- N uclear Weapon .........
34: Workers and the University ..........
36: Be Realistic -- Deman d the Impossib le: Stopping Student Fee Increases and Transforming the
Wor ld ..........
39: Language Matters: Queer Resources & Terminology .............
4 1: Covering Bases: Five More Things You Should Know About at UCS B.............

Santa BarbaraLocale
42: PUEBLO, Economic Justice, and the Living Wage Campaign ..................

GlobalPerspectives
44: Peace Be Upon You:A Muslim's Call for Peace .............
45: The Facts About Iraq ............

Part Ill - Tools, Spaces, and Resources, and People
46: Radical Faculty Profi les .............
5 I: Independent Media .............
53: Corporate Media O w nership ..............
54: Attack of the Blog .............
55: KCSB,The Underground Beneath the Not So Ivory Tower .............
57: Feminism is for Everybody .............
59: Isla Vista Co-Ops .............
60: Consumer Sanitation .............
61: Tips for Getting Involved .............
Directory of O rganizations, UCSB, and the Greater Community .............
70: Fun Time .............

www.sbdisorientation.org/
ments, criticisms,

sbdisorientation@riseup.net
for any comsuggestions, corrections, or additions

Still the Earth Jumps Back

Student

Uprisings

Then

and

Now

By Will Parrish
lars'' upholding Milosevic's rule. By October 2000, the
On February I, 1960, four black college students sat down at a segregated lunch counter in
country's elites had been thrown into such disarray
Greensboro, North Carolina, and asked to be served
that the students, joined finally by activists from varia cup of coffee. This simple but defiant act touched
ous other segments of society, swept Milosevic from
off a monumental southern black civil rights movepower and ushered in a new era of democratic posment, out of which emerged numerous other nationsibility in their country.
wide political movements for fundamental change.
Dating from the 1200s, when students at the
The sum of these movements altered countless
University of Paris and the University of Bologna beaspects of US culture,
gan to demand more
while bringing about
power over univernumerous legislative
sity affairs, students
reforms in the '60s and
the world over have
'70s .
participated in - and
RIKE
On March 22,
been at the forefront
FOB
1968, eight students at ICEaru
ofmass political
movements. The list
Nanterre University
outside of Paris broke
of these movements'
into the university
triumphs is as long as
dean's office , occupyyou want to make it.
ing it for three days as
In relating these
a protest against the
inspirational stories,
overcrowding of their
I hope to instill in
university and the
Students allied with staff and faculty literally shut down UCSC last spring de- UCSB DisOrientamanding that the university respect all of its workers, support them in their tion Guide readers
recent arrest of six
needs, and pay them a living wage.
an ambitious sense
of their peers in the
French peace moveof what is possible
for our own activism. Whether we know it or not,
ment. The dramatic , improbable chain of events that
ensued resulted in a near-revolution , with hundreds
we have in us the capacity to do just as much as the
of thousands of students boycotting in the streets and students of the past (nay, much more! ). But I also
over 12 million workers out on strike.
hope to challenge what may be the central myth preIn the late-'90s, a decentralized, leaderless
venting the great masses among us from recognizing
network of students and youth from across Serbia
the disempowering, unengaging, and - quite frankly
came together under a common goal - ending the
- oppressive political system we currently live in for
brutal dictatorship of Slobodan Milosevic - and a
what it is: the idea that all legitimate power in society
common strategy -- undermining the three main "p ilcomes from the top-down.

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March on Sacramento:
In the fir'st dramatic proli st ever engagedin by
campusactivists,dozens
of UCSB students join
thousandsof their peers
statewidein a marchon theo-CAGovernorRonald
~eagan'sofficein Sacramento.Reaganhadrecently
announceda 25 percentfunding cut acrossthe UC
system.

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1968

OnOctober.-1
4, twelve members
fa
the Black StudentUniontake over
the CampusComputerCenter ·
North Hall, re-namingit "Malco
X Hall," and using the taKeo
as a platformto 1ssuea variety
demandsto UniversityCha"ncellor
VernonCheadle.Within days, yJi
severalothers,i:iro,mptingthe studentsto endt e occ4pa10na_JJ,·ec are a ma10
.r,victoi:y.

In reality, it is not mainstream politicians,
corporate executives and military officials, but rather
people far removed from these centers of establishment power, who have
'"l"!ffll"'l:';1
initiated most of the
major progressive social
1.::-t'>
changes we now regard
as fundament al to our
lives. As MIT linguistics
professor and US foreign policy critic Noam
Chomsky writes, "A ll
over the place, there is
constant pressure to
make people feel that
they are helpless, that the
only role they can have is
to ratify decisions and to
consume."

marked by far the largest student insurgency the
world has yet to witness, the dawn of what might be
called the "modern" stude nt movement (in the US,
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Students, both black and white, were major participants in
the lunch counter sit-ins of the civil rights movement

In other words, if we realized the magnitude
of our ability to change the world, we would act much
differently. Instead of being cynical and subdued in
regard to the present politi cal system, we - thousands of people right here in Santa Barbara, along with
millions of others in similar social positions - might
be aroused to take up the struggle for a better day.

A Short History of Student Activism
Students have long occupied a special role in
the context of mass political activism, both in Santa
Barbara and - as evidenced by my earlier references
to the French and Serbian student movements - all
over the world. Thi s most righteous of traditions
stems largely from the nature of the university experience itself: College is invariably a time for young
people to experiment with their identities and, by
extension, with improving the world at large.
While the late-1960s and the early-'70s

took place a century ago,
with the formation of the
Intercollegiate Socialist Society (ISS) in 1905. While
the ISS' activities were
mostly comprised of discussion groups on socialist
theory and current events,
the group nevertheless
made a significant mark on
thousands of students of
the era.
The student movement

became increasingly radicalized and action-oriented
during the Depression era. The formation of the
American Student Union in the '30s was one barometer of this trend. During its peak, the ASU boasted
over 500,000 nationwide members. Its agenda -much of it very successful -- included securing federal
aid for higher education, abolishing the Junior Reserve
Officers' Training Corp requirement for boys, academic freedom, and racial equality.
The World War II era was a much quieter time
for activism on the whole, at least in the US. Students
in other co untries , however, instigated various forms
of large-scale mutiny. In 1956, Hungarian students
sparked the Hungarian Revolution, which for a brief
time brought the Soviet Union to its knees. Students
also played a crucial role in the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the global nuclear freeze movement, and a variety of others.
In the '60s, campuses the world over were set
ablaze - often literally. Black students in the south

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l~Ja~uary 28,workerson "PlatformA" 0f UnionOil's off-shorerig fail
to capan oil flow whiledrilling at 3,500feetbelowsealevel,resultingin
a~ni.ajor spill in the SantaBarbaraChannel(thelargestin UShistory).
~ s marksthe birth of the e.~ ironmentalm0vementat UCSBand is
~ 0 a majorcatalystof tile Jtationwitle movementthat emergedsoon
~ er. Localsrespondby gatheringever.200,000signatureson a Qeti•
t1onto stop oil drilling nearSantaBaroo~a
, while also initiatinga campaignto sendbottlesof leakedpetroleum10Waslii11gt0n
legislat0rs. ~.,.,

·S udentsLiber:ate
.,liJC~N
;,On f1ebniary17, The
l!lnitedFront (a coalition of the Black Sfudent
J!L_
nion, UnitedMexicanAmericanStudent,s
, and
•the UCSBc!J.i!pter
of Studenfs for a Democratic
Society)leaq_over1,000studentsin takingever
the UniversityCenterand settingup a free,sfudent-runuwversity,or "liberatedzone." Class
topics includeglobal capitalism, Marxism, and
1evolutionarytheory.

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initiated major civil rights demonstrations, and the wealthier white
student classes soon followed suit. By the second half of the decade,
hundreds of thousands of people on campuses nationwide had taken up
agitating for black civil rights, student rights , and/or US withdrawal from
Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos) - to mention only a few of the
more prevalent causes.
It was during this time that the University of California established
itself as a hub for student activism on a grand scale. On September 2,
1964, several thousand students at UC Berkeley 's Sproul Plaza surrounded
a cop car in which was detained student Jack Weinberg, who had violated
the university 's recent ban on distributing political literature. One by one,
for over 18 hours , students mounted the car and gave passionate speeches regarding their right to freedom of speech. One year later, students
had won basic free speech rights at virtually every major university campus in the US.
Meanwhile , students in France, England.Japan, South Korea, Canada, and Mexico were engaged in mass civil disobedience in protest as well.
Some of these protests (as in the US) were marked by violent repression.
Tragedy struck when , during a protest by over 15,000 students in Mexico
City on October 2, 1968, hundreds were brutally murdered by the Mexican police and army (but only after receiving the US government's encouragement to do so).
Back in the US, on May 4, 1970, four peaceful student demonstrators at Kent State University in Ohio were murdered by federal troops
who had occupied the campus per order of President Nixon. The student insurgency reached a volatile peak in the wake of this tragedy; from
May 5-8, 1970, over four million students took part in protests of such
intensity that 536 schools nationwide were shut down completely for
some period of time, 51 of them for the remainder of the year (including
UCSB). The intensity of the student struggle prompted the US to withdraw troops from Cambodia, while marking a major intensification of the
grassroots struggle that finally ended the US occupation ofVietnam in
1975.

Student Movements

Then and Now

The student movements of the past 30 years have not been as visible as those of the '60s and early-'70s, but student political organizing on
the whole has progressed in significant ways. The environmental,American Indian, feminist , queer, Chicano, and other movements

communitie

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spite a strong track record
popular classes and qualscholarship. Students
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that emerged out of the '60s period have combined
to make today's activism greatly more diverse and
decentralized. In many ways, student activism now is
more effective than its more widely-recognized '60s
counterpart, being that it is much more rooted in and
responsive to the needs of distinct communities (the
Serbian student movement is one example of this
trend on a global scale), rather than trying to impose
a one-size-fits-all solution to complex problems.
Among the
most notable movements of the last few
decades have been the
South African divest-

University Santa Cruz (www.tentstate.com).
As you read through the pages of the DisOrientation Guide, I encourage you to reflect on your
potential role as a student activist at UC Santa Barbara, not only in the context of the rich student movement history I just described, but also in the context
of what it means to be a UC student. The UC is
intersected with the most powerful government,
military , and business
interests on the planet.
Therefore, indirectly,
UC students, acting in
their capacity as students, have the unique
opportunity to wage
campaigns that will
change the world, as
have so many students
for generations. You
have the power. - you
need only discover how
to use it.

ment campaign of the
'80s, which played a
central role in toppling the South African
Apartheid government
(this campaign was
particularly strong at
the UC, where the
Regents held over $3
billion in investments
Students marching through UC Berkeley's Sather Gate calling for free IA.t
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in the South African
speech and pohtcal freedom on and off campus.
government); the antigraduate of UC Santa Cruz
sweatshop labor movement; the Free Burma campaign who currentlyworks and lives in Santa Barbara.
whereby student activism compelled Pepsi to divest
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its holdings in the Burmese dictatorship; and countless others, many of which are consciously part of the
Online:
international "globalization from below" movement.
www.fsm-a.org - The Free Speech Movement Archives

FREE

SPEECH

Today, the UC is emerging as a vital hub of
the resurgent student activism of today. A precursor
of what is likely to come took place this past spring
at UC Santa Cruz. In the space of only three weeks
during April, hundreds of UCSC students non-violently kicked military recruiters out of a campus job
fair, roughly 1,000 mobilized to completely shut down
the campus during the UC-wide workers strike and
500-1,000 participated in a visionary action called Tent

1970

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January28, ~
ts gathei outsideGheaaleHall demanding
an open hearingon Allen's hiring & wider si udent participationin
univl rsi~ governance.Attendanceat subsequentprotestsswells
to 2,500by February2. At one protest, DeanRobertEvansgets in a
s!)ovingmatchwith El GauchophographerJosephMelchione
, then
strikes Melchioneover the headwith his bullhorn~ In the ensuing
commotion, BQlicepeat sevecalstudentsin the C!W/ld, Academic
Senateholds an emergen
fy .
g, denie~gW,~9 Allen an open
heanng, by a tally of 111-76. War[antsar~ 1ssue
a for the arrestof
19 studentorganizers.©n Feti~U
JQ'.5, tl\ey call for a campus-wide
strike,andAngelaDavis comesto l!JG
SBto sp eakto,a riled-upcrow.clof o~e~a, 00.

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www.campusactivism.org - General resource on student activism
www.hippy.com -A fetishized history of the 1960s.
http://newdeal.feri.org/students/ - Student Activism of the '30s
Books:
*Student Resistance:A History of The Unruly Subject by Mark
Edelman Boren
*SOS by Kirkpatrick Sale
* In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awaken ing of the '60s by Clayborne Carson
* New Voices: Student Activism of the '80s and '90s by Tony Velella

F.elirua
; 2,4;-,After Chica·go Se( en attome#'william•Kunstler's speechtha't
1lrawsseveralthousandstudents, policearbitrarilybeatand arreststudent
Rich Underwoodas he exits campus. Over700 Isla Vistansgatherin the
streets, chasingthe policeofficersfrom town, andsettingoutto destroythe
IV RealtyOfficesandBankof America.Thecrowdsetsa fire in the lobbyof
he bankandwatchesas a significantportionof it burnsto the ground. The
BofAis heavilyinvestedin the VietnamWar. (Anotherstudent's rationale:
"It was the biggestcapitalistthing around." ) 200 policeofficersattempta
counter-attackthat night, only to be chasedfrom town againundera hale
of rocks, bricks, and cementchunks, and 1,500enragedIslaVistans.After
someskirmishesbetweenstudentsand policeduring the ensuingnights, I
e NationalGuardcomesto IslaVistafor a shorttime andenforcesa strict
curfewon all residents.
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By Darwin BondGraham

Who Are the
UC Regents?
The Regents of the University of
California are the governing body
that oversees the UC system, UC
managed DOE national laboratories, and its numerous other
research stations. They are solely
responsible for making key policy
decisions regarding everything
from affirmative action to finance
and construction. The Governor
of California appoints eighteen of
the regents for 12-year terms. The
other seven UC Regents are "ex
officio " members. These are: the
Governor, Lieutenant Governor,
Speaker of the Assembly, Superintendent of Public Instruction,
president and vice president of the
Alumni Associations of UC, and
the UC president. One regent is
always a UC student, appointed by
the other regents.
The Regents are best understood
as a

body of corporate elites , and
bureaucratic , technical, or managerial leaders whose influence and
power is put to use by shaping
policy within the economic mill
that is the University of California.
Many of the Regents have financial
stakes in the operation of the UC
through either direct investments,
or through indirect interest in the
operations of the school and the
general economic benefits it brings
to their enterprises. Many of the
Regents serve on the boards of
some of California, and the nation's
largest corporations. Most of the
firms controlled by members of
the UC Board of Regents are powerful transnational corporations
worth billions of dollars.
The Regents are basically the
board of directors of the corporation UC. Like any other corporation, the UC is interested in expanding its power and prestige.The
UC is also a locus of important
activities including research, and
technology transition, recruitment,
and education, all of which function to stimulate the economy and

serve the interest of large firms ,
the economic elite, and the military-industrial complex.
The Board of Regents is also a politically contested body. Republican
and Democratic governors tend to
stack the board with political allies
when given the chance. Many of
these appointees were major contributors or close friends of the
governor. For instance, Ward Connerly was appointed to the board
by former Republican Gov. Pete
Wilson. Wilson's anti-immigrant
sentiments and conservative perspectives are well known. Connerly went on to lead the conservative
attack that led the UC to drop its
affirmative action policy. For indepth information on diversity in
the UC, see the web site of By Any
Means Necessary - http://www.
bamn.com. Democratic governors
have been just as quick to appoint
donors and political allies to the
board. Members of the current
Board of Regents have donated
hundreds of thousands of dollars
to various political campaigns in
recent years. John

ay 5, 2,500~ rally betfind the WCEN
the dayafterffieJf ent Stat~ Mashe Battle of IV: April 1'6, 1000£ students •
sacre. Sudentscall for the freeingof all political prisoners, USwith•
gagein virtual guerrillawar againstP<l·
drawalfrom Indochina, andthe end of universitycomplicitywith the
lice and NationalGuard. 21-year-oldKevin
war (including a termination ROTC and all UCSB-mi
litary research
).
Moranis shot & killed by police while at•
l,00studentsburn draft cards during the rally. Afterwardstuaents
emptingto preventstudentsfrom burning
march
to Cheadle Hall, wherethey shatterthe buil ding's windowswith
e Bank of Americaagain.The shooting
ocks andother proj ectiles.
i later ruledan accident. Two hourslater,
ay 6, studentsinstitutea "hardstrike" padlocking buildingsto P,rei
ampuspolice enter KCSBand order stavent classesfrom taking place. 500studentsblock off Highway101
1on personnelto cease broadcasting, as
near
campus.
Governo
r Reaganordersall UCsclosedfor 4 days.
~
, •, t o
i n ~fl n , I ,t StephenGoodspeed.It is the only timein
American)listory that a legally-Jicensed
radiobroadcaststation is orderedoff the May 7, 3,000 studentsrally on campus& marchto Highway101, blocking11againin
air. After moreskirmishesbetweenstudentsandpolicethe National Guardcomes erotest of Kent Stateand the USinvasionof Cambodia.St udentsrepeatthe feat the
next day & stagea marchof 2-3,000throughdowntownSantaBarbara.
to IslaVistaand enforcesa strict curfewon all residents.

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first decades of the 20th century.
Public universities , however , were
overseen from day one by a group
of men with goals of profit and
power, in addition to education
and enlightenment. The Regents
are, and always have been, primarily
concerned with
the role of the

the wealthiest UC Regent, with a personal
net worth of $750 million , spent
$105,000 on politics since 200 I.
He was also the largest individual
funder of Proposition 54. Gerald
Parsky, currently Chairman of the

university as
an instrument
of economic
growth via
scientific and
technological
development,
and the training
of an educated
Regent Scott's Union Iron Works of San Francisco building the
workforce.
USSWisconsin, c. 1900.
They act as the
leadership for
UC Regents has bankrolled Repub- the power elite to determine the
lican campaigns and political action
larger strategic roles of the univercommittees (PACs) with well over
sity that will serve transnational
$200,000 of his personal fortune
corporations, the military, and the
since 200 I. Vice-Chair Richard C.
state.
Blum has spent nearly half a million
dollars on campaigns and PACs in
The very first UC Regents personithe same timeframe.
fied the major economic activities
of California, circa 1868. Nearly
all of them had acquired interests
in mining , farming, railroad, and
A Short History of
ranching operations after having
the UC Regents
immigrated to the state during
and after the famous Gold Rush
What is distinctive about the UC
of 1849. Most were prominent
(like many other public universibankers, lawyers, merchants , and
ties) is that wealthy elite busimining and real estate tycoons.
nessmen have always dominated
Charles Reed, a UC Regent from
its governing body. Most private
1868 to 1872 traveled to Califorcolleges and universities were govnia from Vermont where he had
erned by clergymen well into the
been an engineer for the Vermont

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Central Railroad. He eventually
became a manager of the California Quicksilver Mining Co., and a
major stockholder in the massive
Southern Pacific Railroad (the
railroad that built Leland Stanford's
fortune). Samuel Merritt, a Regent for the University's first three
years of existence was a director of the Bank of Oakland, and a
major real estate developer in San
Francisco, Oakland, and Washington State. Merritt is credited with
constructing over I 00 buildings in
Oakland. Lake Merritt in Oakland
was named after Samuel Merritt
built the damn that separats the
bay from the estuary that it originally was.
The land holdings and business
activities of the first UC Regents
were by no means limited to the
territory of the United States. For
instance , Regent Thomas Doyle , a
lawyer and Shakespearean scholar
was the general agent for the
American Atlantic and Pacific Ship
Canal Company's ill-fated attempt
to cut a canal through Nicaragua
in 1852. This failed foray into Latin
America was followed by his successful work to recover nearly $ I
million from the Mexican government for the Catholic Church of
California.
The most famous member of the
first board of Regents is probably
William C. Ralston. Ralston's elaborate financial empire organized
through the Bank of California was

,~

~ he Battleof IV: 1,000studentsgatherat makeshiftBanl£of """'•......,..,.._
•tie Battleof IV: Theday after Presiden
t Nixonannouncesplansto start
Americafollowingthe "Isla VistaPleasureFaire." Students .,., .
- ..
miningthe harborsof NorthVietnam,3,000studentsrespondby march•
shatterthe bank'swindowswith rocks and Molotovcock• 'f 'J ··.: .: · ,;;' . . ..
ing from Isla Vistato Highway101 at Los Carneros,wherethey stage
tails. Theprotestis quickly brokenup by 247"mutualaid" ti;~ . . ~ r-,"'t11ifo"~
f.
a blockadeof the freewayfor severalhours. As bonfireslight up the
forces (Venturaand CHP)and dozen_s of City Police.The ~°;"" '._, •t~
roadway,severalcars drivefull-speedinto the crowdand havetheir win•
, next day, GovernorReaganordersLA SpecialRiot Squad
,. ·
dows smashed. Thenext day,1,500 protestorsonceagaintry to block
forcesto descendon Isla Vista and occupythe town.
off Highway101 at Los Carnerosbut aredivertedliy policeand chased
I June10 • 700+students,faculty,andstaff stagethe Perfect
Parksit-in. Afterwards,the policeendtheir occupationof IV,andtfie and Beatenlfy p61iceon ttieir way baclr to IV up HollisterAvenue. Duringan ensuingbonfire in
i;i>mmunitysetsaboutrebuildingitself,with hundredsof thousands RerfectPark,800 peoplevote to marchto the JROTCbuildingon campus,wherethey engagein a
of dollarsof funding from universityadministratorseagerneverto stand-offwith policewith awaitingpolice,in a repeatof studentprotestors'attemptto burn JROTC
out of UCSBin February1971. Thestudentscause$6,000in damageto IV that night.
seea repeatof the IV battles.

!!1'·

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invested in shipping, commodities,
construction, public utilities, but
most importantly in silver mining
and other precious metals in the
Sierra Nevada. Ralston's robber

the Russians on retooling their
industries to build warships and
weapons.

that the current Regents direct,
mostly software. electronics, media,
finance , military-industrial, and
real estate. The current board of

baron style eventually led to an
Enron-like meltdown of his bank,
after which Ralston committed suicide by swimming out into the cold
waters of the San Francisco Bay.
Other Regents of the University in
its early days included Irving Murry
Scott and Isaias Hellman. Both are
good examples of the kinds of men
who oversaw the University in its
infancy.
Scott's Union Iron Works was
one of the largest producers of
industrial machinery used in mining the Comstock Load. Union
Iron Works ultimately shifted
from industrial machinery and
construction iron to warships. At
its height, Union Iron Works was
the largest industrial plant on the
West Coast. Scott's factory built
many battleships for the U.S. Navy,
including Admiral Dewey's flagship, the U.S.S.Olympia, and much
of the Pacific fleet that destroyed
the Spanish Navy and sailed into
Manila in 1898, beginning the U.S.
colonization and occupation of
the Philippines. Scott's Union Iron
Works also built ships for the rising imperial Japanese Navy. In the
same year that the United States
was putting down Filipino freedom
fighters, Scott traveled to
St. Petersburg to advise
May10, 2,500p.eQple
occupy,the Santa
Barbaraairport resultingin the cancellation of all flights for the day. At 9:30
p.m., the crowd is finally dispersedby
police. Severalshut-downsof Highway
101take placeover the next few days.
4,000peoplemarchthroughdowntown
Santa Barbara. The combinedefforts
of UCSBstudentsand other protestors
aroundthe countrymarka majorintensificationofthe anti-warstruggleduring
tliis period. The US finally withdraws
from Indochinacompletelyin 1975.

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I ..·
Image taken from URS Corporation's web site www.urscorp.com. Current UC Regent
Richard Blum isVice Chairman of URS Corp .

Regent Isaias Hellman arrived in
California from Germany to run
a dry goods business in the mid
1800s. In little time he expanded
to banking. In 1890 he established
Wells Fargo Bank, now the fourth
largest bank in the United States,
and also the institution that handles banking for the UC's nuclear
weapons laboratory in Los Alamos,
NM. Hellman went on to sit on
the boards of numerous corporations.
The UC Regents remain a board
composed mostly of wealthy
businessmen, lawyers , bankers,
along with the occasional educator or civil servant. The overall
role of the university has changed
little since its founding. Changes
in the economic base and leading
industries of California are
reflected in corporations

Regents are senior level executives
or directors of a total of at least
55 major corporations, and banks.
Some of the most recognizable
include Northwest Airlines, Walt
Disney Company, San Diego Padres
Baseball Club, Westwood One, and
Gottschalk's Inc.

Cal and the Westward Course of Em•
p1re
The University of California was
founded on the 23rd of March
1868 by an act of the State Legislature. This paralleled other state's
efforts to establish public colleges
and universities via the U.S. Congress's Morrill Act land grant act
that gave property over to states
for the purpose

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Women's Liberation!: A coalition
of feminist groups declare UCSB
Women's Weekin May. The festival OiabloCanyonProtest:487
featuresa seriesof eventsand dem- peoplearearrested,includ•
onsti'ationson the topic of women's ing manyUCSBstudents, in
rigfits. The organizingcoalition is• one of the largest protests
suesa list of demandsin association againstthe OiabloCanyon
witli the events,which include tlie NuclearPowerPlant being
-reationof a Women's StudiesDept., built in SanLuis ObispoCounty.Althoughthe protestfails to
reactor,the antithe end to the i1 s contraception stop the constructionof the 1,100-megawatt
examfee,andtile hiringof 2 full-time nuclearpowermovementas a wholeultimatelyprovesa major
gyneco~
at the Healtli Center. success. Therehas beenno nuclearpowerplant built in the
USsince OiabloCanyon.

1978

of establishing universities. These
new public schools stood in contrast to the entrenched private
universities located mostly in the
Northeast. Whereas many of the
private universities would remain
ecclesiastical institutions to educate and socialize the sons of the
upper class, the new public universities were intended to further

destiny.American empire , and unquenchable economic growth were
legion in these early universities.
California and the United States
were rising among the powerful
states of the modern world sys-

the development of technical and
scientific knowledge for American
industrial enterprise. Public universities had an applied focus from
day one.
Public schools were also more
inclusive from the start. Although
access to the UC and similar institutions for women and minorities
was still a hard fought goal made
difficult by discrimination , sexism,
and institutional inequalities, public
schools still stood shoulders above
the lily-white male academies like
Yale, Harvard , and Princeton. This
was especially true for opening
colleges up to women. California 's
1879 constitution stated that;"No
person shall be debarred admission
to any of the collegiate departments of the university on account
of sex:•
From Florida to Washington State,
public schools were chartered for
the explicit purposes of educating
a generation who would propel
the U.S. economy to a position of
hemispheric dominance in agriculture, industry, and commerce.
Unabashed talk of manifest

1980

Hell, Nol l:lraft Reinstated:President
Garterreinstatesdraft registrationfor
menages18-25in January,and hun•
areds of students immediatelymobi•
lize in resistanceat UCSB. A February 12 UC-wideday of actionfeatures
alliesof 2,500at UCSanDiego, 2,000
at UC Berkeley
, and roughly 1,000at
l!JCSB.

Bishop George Berkeley whose
name and ideals were adopted
by the founders of the UC.

tern through territorial expansion ,
economic growth, and military
conquest during this era. The
founding of public universities was
an effort to bolster the scientific
and technical might of the nation ,
while educating the future political
leaders and business owners of the
rapidly growing system of American monopoly capitalism. The UC
was an archetypical college in the
new American political economy.
The first UC campus was located
to a sloping rural hillside just
north of the city of Oakland. As
the town site around the University began to grow it was named
Berkeley in honor of British philosopher and Bishop George Berkeley. In 1729 Berkeley had traveled
to the United

States hoping to establish a missionary school to prosthelytize and
civilize the "p rimitive aboriginal"
native peoples of the New World.
His dream to save the indigenous
from themselves went unfulfilled
in his lifetime , but the founders of
the UC named the first campus in
honor of Berkeley and his values.
Daniel C. Gilman, second president
of the University ennobled Bishop
Berkeley and the ideals he represented in his inaugural address to
the university in 1872:
" I hail it as a omen of good, both
for religion and learning , that the
site of this University bears the
name of Berkeley, the scholar and
the divine. It is not yet a century
and a half since that romantic voyage which brought to Newport, in
Rhode Island, an English prelate ,
who would found a college in the
Bermudas--the Sandwich Islands of
the Atlantic--for the good of the
American aborigines. He failed
in seeing his enthusiastic purpose
accomplished. He could not do as
he would ; he therefore did as he
could. He gave the Puritan College
[Yale University] , in New Haven, a
library and his farm, and endowed
in it prizes and scholarships which
still incite to the learning of Latin.
There , his memory is "ever kept
green." ... His fame has crossed
the continent, which then seemed
hardly more than a seaboard of the
Atlantic; and now , at the very ends
of the earth, near the Golden Gate ,
the name of Berkeley is to be

1981

!JC Nuclear free: 25 peGpleare arrest~ inside CheadleHall in May in at
a sit-in to protestthe UC'smanagementof the Los Alamosand Livermore
nuclearweaponslabs and call attentionto the Regents'upcomingvote on
'Whetherto continuemanagingthe labs. "I here'sblood on the handsof the
UC Regents,and they can't hide it," one protestorsays. Over 100 UCSB
and UCLAstudentssubsequentlyspeakout and protestat the June 19 UC
Regentsmeetingat UCLA, despiteits being summer,includinga group of
protestorswho approachthe tableare evictedfrom the room by university
police. TheRegentsneverthelessvoteto renewtheir contractwithLosAlamos and Livermore.

II

a household word. Let us emulate
his example. In the catholic love of
learning , if we cannot do what we
would , let us do what we can. Let
us labor and pray that his wellknown vision may be true:

"Westwardthe course of
empire takes its way;
The four first acts already
past,
A fifth shallclosethe drama
with the day;
Time'snoblestoffspringis
the last."
The course of American empire
had by the closing of the 19th
century led to the edge of the
continent, to the conquest of the
Spanish colonial possessions of the
Philippines , to the taking of Hawaii, the looting of Latin America,
and the American occupation of
strategic island outposts across
the Pacific Ocean too numerous
to list. The course of American
empire was oriental, and the UC
was instrumental in this drama.
California was envisioned as time's
noblest offspring, and the UC, as
its early presidents, regents, many
faculty, and patrons would ensure,
was a servant of this burgeoning
American empire, as much as it
was anything else.
As a school for the advancement
of mechanical arts, agriculture, and
mining , Berkeley excelled in educating several generations of

miners and engineers who transformed the western landscape, and
amassed fortunes in the process.
Early UC graduates went on to
mine precious metals from the hills
of Nevada to South America, to exploit mineral deposits throughout
the Pacific Basin, to engineer massive water projects, among many
other things. The University also
provided for the personnel and
technical skills to build up many
fledgling California businesses into
some of the most powerful transnational corporations like Bechtel
and Wells Fargo Bank, among
many others. The engineers and
entrepreneurs educated at Berkeley in these early years were the
vanguard of American capitalism's
colonization and transformation of
Latin America.Asia, and the Western North America.

roles fulfilled by the University are
ensured by the careful management of those who oversee the
long-term direction and growth of
its resources and personnel; the
Regents of the University of California.

The University 's role in the larger

Gray Brechin. Imperial San Francisco:
Urban Power, Earthly Ruin. UC Press,
1999.

political economy of global trade,
warfare , and politics has only
grown over time. As the largest
university in the United States,
with enormous scientific and educational resources, the UC stands
among the elite circle of American
academic institutions that help to
shape state policy , carry out the
intellectual and scientific work
of military and state authorities,
educate the future economic,
military , and business elites, and
train the upper stratums of managerial and technical workers for
state and corporate enterprises.
These structural

Further

Reading

Fiat Pax. The Direction of Higher
Education. www.fiatpax.net/dohe.htm
Searchable web page of all UC Regent
biographies from 1868 to the present:
http://sbdisorientation.org/ regentbios 1868-2005.htm
UC Berkeley Professor Charles
Schwartz's web site on the UC
http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/
~schwrtz/

University of California History Digital
Archives. http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/
uchistory/
Upton Sinclair. The Goose Step:A
Study Of American Education. Haldeman-Julius Publications, c 1923.
Jennifer Washburn. University, Inc.:
the corporate corruption of American
higher education. Basic Books, c2005.
Benjamin Johnson, Patrick Kavanagh,
and Kevin Mattson (Eds.). Steal this
university : the rise of the corporate
university and the academic labor
movement. Routledge, 2003.

1983

1982

SalvadoranSolidarity: 700 people rally
in downtown Santa Barbara in May to
protestthe US' support for the El Salvadoran deathsquadsand its other imperialist policies in Latin America. Over 50
US and Mexicanlegislatorsare staying
in SantaBarbaraat the time. The rally is largelyorganized 15ytlie UCSB·
basedCommitteeIn Solidaritywith the Peopleof El Salvador(CISPES).
US-SouthAmericansolidarity movementultimatelyproves to be one of
most powerfulanti-warmovementsof all-time.

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[Darwin BondGraham is a graduate student in sociology]

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The CheadleHall 57: Over a hundredstudentscon•
duct a sit-in inside CheadleHall to protest UC man•
agementof the Los Alamosand Livermoreweapons
labs,and USmilitarism at large. Thedemonstration
is titled "Ban the Bomb - and Ron!" 57 of the stu•
dents are cited for trespassing,so they utilize their
court casefor the next several months to raise fur•
ther awarenessaboutthe UC-nuclearweaponslabs.
Severalother anti-nucleardemonstrationsoccur at WCSBthroughoutthe year.

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millions in stoc k and serves as
By Darwin Bo ndGrah am

Richard C. Blum
A wealthy financier and Democra t ic
Party insider, Regent
Blum is married
to Senator Dianne

vice pre sident for URS Corporation , a major militaryindustrial company that hold s innumerable co ntra cts
with the U.S. military and is currently making millions
of dollar s off the " rebuilding of Iraq" through its Perini
Construction , EG&G , and other subsidiarie s. URS
is the corporate parent of Lear Siegler Services and
--------------.
Sample Contracts Held By
Blum's URS Corp. , and Perini
Corporation with the US Military.

Feinstein , and has
provided cash and a
funding network that
has fueled her rise

Peri ni Corp. - $52,083,473 firm-fixed -price
cont r act for design and construction of an Af ghan National Army Regional Brigade facility.

in politics over the
last two decades. Blum's net worth is probably in t he
level of several hund red million dollars. Blum is the
quinte ssential power elite. Hi s financial contributions

URS Corp. - Cose plus contract co provide
Tactical Control System (TCS) software
engineeri ng co support Raytheon in the Navy
Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
integrat ion onto the Littoral Combat Ship.

to the Democrati c Party and related political action
committees often exceeds $100,000 in a given year.
He also serves on the boards of several influential
policy organizations such as the Brookings Institutio n.
His financial holding s are primarily leveraged
through his Blum Capital Partner s, and Richard C.
Blum and Associates capital investment co rporations
based in San Francisco. Through t hese entities Blum
invests in numer o us global co rpor at ions and business
ventures. Blum hold s considerable stock in CBRE,
the largest co mmercial real estate firm in the world.
Blum is also an owner of the Korean banking outfit,
Korea First Bank, Northwest Airlines, and Playtex
Products.
Blum holds

End Apartheid

1985
~ nti-Nuke

"[i)i .1n": Students
stage a "die-in" nextto the UCen
featuring
spectatorsand dozens of participants in an effort to
ilramatizewhat the aftermathof a
nuclear explosionwould be like.
Afterward,200 studentsmarchon
theChancellor
's UniversityHouse,
toting the "NuclearBill of Rights"
recently passed by Associated
Students'l:.~islative Council.

'Wo

URS Corp. -Awarded a $25 million per year
contract to prov ide engineering design and
construct ion services at the U.S. Department
of Energy's Los Alamos Nationa l Laboratory
in New Mexico.
From www .urscorp .com & denfenslink..mi l
______________

EG&G Inc., two
companies that
URS acquired
from the Carlyle group. The
deal handed
$170 million in
URS stock over
t he Carlyle
group, making
t he Washington D.C. based
merch ant bank
a major shareholder in URS
along with

Regent Blum.
Carlyle sold of its stake in URS in 2003 (Engineering
News Record, 5/3 I /2004 ). The exit of Carlyle has not
reduced URS and Blum 's stake in the military-indu strial sector.
Through URS, Blum remains a major player in
the military-industrial complex. One not able example
is URS's co ntra ct for co nstructio n servi ces at the UC
managed Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory
(LA NL). As a UC Regent Blum is responsible

South
~ frican~ estmiffii~ p• f the system-wideUCOivestm
.
ay,100studentsrallyonApril
10in StorkePlaza, wheretheydisplaya petition signedby 11,200studentsdemandingthat the UCRegentsdivesttheir $3 billion in investmentsin companiesthat help upholdSouthAfricanApartheid.
Jhe $3 billion figure representsover 30 percent of the total Regents investmentportfolio. At the
vent, AS PresidentDarryl Nealoffers a pento UCChancellorRobertHuttenback
, but Huttenback
efusesto sign the ~ition . By April 24, near!Y,1,000 studentswereprotestingat CheadleHall, 150
of whomdecideto occupythe building.Sixty-nineof themarearrestedfor trespassing.
0n May16, over 3,000 studentsfrom acrossthe UGsystemconvergein a protest at the R'egents
eetingat UCBerkeley
, andthe Regentsagreeto Jllace a moratoriumon investmen
ts in Apartheid.
-urther, theyagreeto form a committeeto investigatethe possibilityof dives}j_ng all their holdings
n companiesdoingbusinesswith the country.

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for overseeing the overall operations of LANL, a
" non-profit public service" according to Blum and
the Board of Regents. As a Vice President and major

of state military forces at the expense of nearly everything else. To put it simply, war is peace, freedom is
slavery, ignorance is strength.

shareholder in URS, Blum is responsible for increasing
profits through contracts secured with the U.S. military and other clients like LANL. In July of 2000 URS
was awarded a contract for "design and construction

If Regent Parsky and President Bush seem
to share the same definition of peace, that's because
they're close allies. Parsky is Bush's main man in

services at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico." This five-

ily meant that Parsky was responsible for tapping the

year contract (with a five "optio n" year extension)
will enrich URS and Richard C. Blum by $25 million
per year. It also builds up the U.S. nuclear weapons

state's wealthy republican donors. Parsky raised enormous amounts of money for Bush's campaign through
his network of business associates and friends in high

complex to the profit of many men like Blum. The
line between Blum 's management of the University
and his profit driven management of URS is blurred

places. Parksy was a Bush Pioneer in 2000, and Bush
Ranger in 2004. This means he successfully raised
$100,000 for Bush in 2000, and $200,000 in 2004.

beyond distinction.

Regent Parsky got his start in politics in the
Nixon administration working in the Federal Energy
Office (FEO). The FEO was charged with managing

Gerald L. Parsky

the fuel crises of the 1970s caused by Arab oil embarges against the United States. In little time Parsky
was promoted as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

At the UC Regents
board meeting on May 25,
2005, Regent Parsky was
asked by a group of UC
students to define the word
"peace ." The students were

where he worked under George Schultz (who would
leave the post to become an executive at Bechtel
Corporation). After this stint in government Parsky

referring to the ultimatum
he had just given them: you

joined forces with William French Smith to found a
legal practice specializing in the transnational movement of capital. (The Daily Princetonian.com I 1/5/04).

students can only stay in
this room and observe the board meeting if you
"rema in peaceful." He was threatening to remove

Not coincidentally, William French Smith would also
become an executive at the Bechtel Corporation.
Parsky and Smith's legal practice was located in Los

the students by force if they continued to speak out
against the UC 's management of nuclear weapons labs.
"W hat do you mean by peaceful?" asked the students.

Angeles but had offices in places as far away and intriguing as Saudi Arabia. This period of Parsky career
is worthy of more research.

Regent Parsky replied , " Peace means you don't speak!"
Perhaps Regent Parsky gets his definition of
peace from his friends in the Republican Party. Peace

Nowadays Parsky owns and manages Aurora
Capital Partners. His Holdings in Aurora Capital are
chartered in Delaware and the Cayman Islands. It is

and Security is increasingly defined by the Bush
administration and its allies as the severe restriction
of civil rights, a perpetual war on terror, and unprec-

very likely that California sees few tax dollars from
his business enterprises. Incorporating in Delaware is
nothing unusual in American business, but the Cayman

edented buildups

Islands remains a relatively more uncommon practice,

TakeBackthe Night: May
also b!ings the first "Take
B,.ackthe Night" rally at
UCSB,Ifs350womenand
menmarchthroughUCSB
anaIslaVista,therebylink•
ing themwith the dozens
of other campuses and
communities who hold
the annual rape awarenessrally andmarch.

14

California. In 2000 and 2004 Parsky chaired George
W. Bush's California election committee. This primar-

Ji~~t~enl

inpaignContinues:F.ollowinga largeanti-Apartheicj,rajly,
:io'o
students

moveintothe lob6yof the administrationand refuseto leave. "/ feelit wasnecessary
to showmy commitmentand strongfeelingspattly becauseotjj,er avenues- letters,
phonecalls, etc.- didn'tproveto be working,"said BruceRandall,a junior Religious
Studiesmajor.
[ater inth e year,the Regenis1give in to the 11ressure
' andbaclp1\'6
1iSify6ro1!9lit!i¥t!i~
UC-widestudentmovementand agreeto withdrawtheir holdingsby 1990in all companiesdoingbusinessin SouthAfrica. WIienApaiffieidcollapsesunclerthe outside I
economicpressureand SouthAfrican liberation leaderNelsonMandelais released
fiom jail, liis first stop on his USs11eaRing
tour is at UCBerkeley,wherehethanRstHe
studentsfo_.r
tHeircritical supportfor his people'sstruggle.

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mostly one designed to avoid all taxes whatsoever.
Several branches of Aurora Capital are chartered
in the Cayman Islands in order to avoid U.S. federal
and state taxes, as if Delaware hadn 't set the bar low
enough. Parsky sits on the boards of several corporations owned in part by Aurora Capital.

Paul Wachter
If ever a seat on the
Board of Regents was a kickback for the governor's most
loyal cronies, Paul Wachter
proves it. To say that Wachter and Schwarzenegger
are close friends is a gross
understatement. To say that
they 've done a little business
together is equally off the
mark. According to Daniel Weintraub, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee , within Schwarzenegger's
inner circle, "t he most important are his wife, Maria,
and longtime friends Paul Wachter and Bonnie Reiss."
Weintraub notes that Wachter is, "Schwarzenegger's
personal financial adviser, [and] has known him since
1981, when they met through Maria's brother Bobby.
Wachter began managing the actor's financial portfolio in the mid- I990s and served as his spokesman on
personal financial issues during the campaign. But his
influence now extends beyond money." (Weintraub.
Sacramento Bee, October 19, 2003).
Paul Wachter is Schwarzenegger's money-man.
Before Schwarzenegger's run for governor the two
were business partners on innumerable deals. Wachter currently manages the blind trust into which
all of Schwarzenegger's investments were liquidated
when he became governor. Blind trusts are required
of elected officials to avoid conflicts of interest. But
given Wachter and Schwarzenegger's buddy-buddy
relationship it's hard to see how Wachter acts as an

independent disinterested manager of the governor's
assets. Schwarzenegger's financial holdings were
briefly and partially disclosed during the recall campaign in 2003. They revealed a financial empire of tens
of millions of dollars invested in securities, private
equity funds, and over I00 business ventures , many in
parternship with Wachter.
In addition to Wachter's position as the
governor's most trusted advisor, Schwarzenegger has
also appointed Wachter to his state Commission for
Jobs and Economic Growth to serve alongside the
Rand Corporation's Chairman Ron Olson, billionaire
investor F.Warren Hellman , and the Gap's Chairman
Donald Fisher.
Wachter's financial company, Main Street
Investment Partners , has managed Schwarzenegger's
money for decades. A particularly incestuous aspect
of Wachter and Schwarzenegger's relationship is that
Wachter's firm is actually located in a building owned
by Schwarzenegger. Called Main Street Plaza, the
building nets Schwarzenegger over $100,000 in rent
each year from tenants like Wachter's firm. If you'd
ever like to visit the address is 31 IO Main St., Santa
Monica, CA , 90405.
Now with Schwarzenegger's money in a supposed blind trust , Wachter is expected to give advise
to the Governor Schwarzenegger as a UC Regent, as
a member of his state Economic Commission, and, not
without serious conflicts of interest, as Schwarzenegger's financial guru and possibly business partner? If
it appears the Governor and the Regents are running
the state like a business , to the profit of himself and
his associates, that's because they may very well be.

What About the Other UC Regents?
Yes, there are 23 more. Check out the DisGuide 's
web site http://sbdisorientation.org/whoaretheregents.htm for extensive information on the UC
Regents.

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IS

Horizontal Reasons
To Be Radical
warfare will take place between major state powers
contending for the world's few remaining major oil
reserves. Unfortunately, the theory is essentially bullet-proof, and even major petroleum companies have
quietly starting admitting to its validity in recent years.
There 's no solution to this problem in our present
political system, but that doesn 't mean there isn't a
solution (BigHint: wait until you get to No. 13).
Recommended Reading: The LongEmergency:Surviving the End ofthe OilAge by James Howard Kunstler;
www.lifeafteroil.org
By the DisOrientation

Guide Collective

Although it's common ly used nowadays as a synonym
for "extreme" or "crazy;• the actual definition of the
word "ra dical" is "of the root," or "pertaining to the
root. " Radical activists, then, seek to address the root
causes of our major social problems,
instead of merely treating the symptoms. The list below is chock -full of
the aforementioned type of problems - namely, major ones - all of
which our present political system
is woefully unequipped to deal with.
For our proposed radical solution
to all the radi cal problems, you'll
have to wait until lucky number 13.
Once you're done reading this, we
strongly encourage you to go out
and fuck some shit up!

I. Peak Oil Theory:A s the theory goes, global oil supply will " peak"
sometime between now and 2012,
after which the price of so-called
" Black Gold" will skyrocket; travel
and food delivery will become exceedingly diffi cult;
the petroleum products we take so much for granted
(plastic, for example) will no longer be viable; the
global economy will collapse; and a cascade of major

l. What Uncle Sam REALLY Wants: In
short, he wants to dominate the globe and extract
economic resour ces from the vast majority of the
regions of the earth, regardless of the implications
for the people living there or the natural world. The
US spends nearly as much money on its military as

every other countryin the worldcombined. In an effort to project its global
and economic rule on a global scale.
our government has poured billions of
dollars in weapons sales and economic
aid "cl ient regimes " to enact genocidal
policies against their populations; ordered numerous CIA-organized co ups
of democratically-ele cte d governments;
and waged several of the bloodiest
wars of conquest in world history ,
inclu ding the massacre of over three
million Vietnamese from 1960-1975, 1.5
million Iraqis from 1991-2005, and 1.4
million Filipinos from 1899-1902. Proof
of the maxim that, in the current global
system, countries are only as powerful
as they are violent.
Recommended Reading:W illiam Blum, "Ki lling Hope"
- http: //www .thirdworldtraveler.com /B lum/America n_
Empire_KH2004.html ; What UncleSam ReallyWants

RodneyKingAftermath: Studentserupt in
outrage upon hearingthe verdict. An allPro-Choice Rally,
Anti-War Revival: In the largest
whitejury found severalwhite policemeninUCSB demonstrations since the
Students stage a
nocentof beating Mr. King nearlyto death,
lvietnamWarera,separateanti-Perpro-choice rally
despitea video featuringthe beatingin full.
cSian
GulfWarralliesdraw2,500and -against the Sus rioting consumesthe streetsof LA,newly•
preme
Court's
~.000people,respectively.li'ollowelectedAS Presidentand currentAS staffer
ingthe January17 rallythe dayafter
~aring of a case
Aaron Jones leads a march of 1,000UCSB
threatened
tfle war breaksout, 2,000protestersmarcli 1::
ross1::ampus
anclat- that
s udentsthrough the streetsof IV. "This is
temptto initiatea boycottof campus.Nearly200studentsarethen women's
rights
t just
1people so antantlya miscarriageof justice," Jones says. ''J.
arrestedfor occupyingChancellorUehling's office. "TheCheadle arawing400
goesto show that the system'snot working."
at StorkePlaza.
Hall200" are put on trial and acquittedthe followingyear.

1991

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by Noam Chomsky (available online at www.zmag.
org/chomsky/sam); A People'sHistoryofthe United
States by Howard Zinn

Recommended Reading:A LittleMatter ofGenocideby
Ward Churchill; www.thirdworldtraveler.com/history/
american-holocaust.htm

3. The Iraq War: From the moment petroleum
was first discovered in Iraq, the biggest fear of US
business, government, and military leaders has been
that the country's vast oil reserves will fall into the
hands of an autonomous Iraqi government that would
use them to enrich the country's starving and impoverished people, rather than further enriching and empowering those in power
in the US. That's why a
brutal thug like Saddam
Hussein enjoyed a mutually-beneficial alliance with
the US government for
over 30 years, it's why the
US turned on Saddam as
soon as he got just a wee
bit too ambitious by invading Kuwait, and it's why the
US military continues to
occupy and exert nearly
an iron-fisted influence over Iraq's "democrat ic"
government today. Consequently, tens of thousands
of people have died in this repulsive war, the natural
environment of Iraq has been wrecked, and the US
government increasingly can't afford to fund basic
services for its people (educat ion , health care, disaster
relief , etc.).
Recommended Reading: IraqUnderSiegeedited by
Robert Fisk; http://www.occupationwatch.org/
; http://
costofwar.com/

4. The American

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Recommended Reading:

Confessionsofan Economic
Hitman by John Perkins ;
The GreatTransformationby
Karl Polanyi; GlobalVillage
or GlobalPillageby Jeremy
Brecher and Tim Costello

6. Global Ecocide:An
estimated 214,000 acres of
forest are cut per day, an
area larger than New York
City (North America alone
has lost 84 percent of its forest since European arrival). About 50,000 animal species are driven extinct
every year. Thousands of pounds of plutonium and
scores of other radioactive toxins continue to irradiate the earth. We all know about global warming. For
the sake of the dead tree this guide is written on, we
won't bother continuing this list in much more detail,
but suffice to say that if things continue as they are,
the planet will soon be totally uninhabitable.
Recommended Readings: A Green Historyofthe World
by Clive Ponting; A LanguageOlderThanWords by Derrick Jensen

7. Topsoil Erosion:An incredibly serious and
under-reported environmental problem is that the uppermost layer of soil in the ground, which plants generally concentrate their roots in and obtain most of
their nutrients from, is being blown and washed away
at an unprecedented pace. Modern industrial logging
and agriculture have increased topsoil destruction to
levels never before believed possible. To date , the US
(which is far from alone in this trend) has lost roughly
80 percent of its topsoil. Estimates say we won't be
able to continue life as we know it in 20 years unless

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Ji~r~~ Occupation: Concerned Students take over
,
til e library and stage an all-night teach-in to protest
1i1 "· ·
t"e admin's decision to shorten the library's hours,
- .
'lihe action is part of a UC-wideday of action protest•' .
·
'"
ing fee increasesand dwindling student services in the
·•, '
l!JCsystem, Due to a cut-back in state support fore
·, ~ ~ • •
education,the library's operating costs at the time are
"""' ··
,
lleing paid for fully through student fees. Ultimately,
t"e pressure from the campaign causes tlie UCSB
administration to redirect student fees being used to
construct new buildings to the library, to allow it to return to its old hours.

Economics (i.e., "Globalizatio n") :

The set of ideas used to justify the increasing concentration of wealth and resources in the hands of a marginal number of global elites. See our article posted at
www.sbdisorientation.org for more details.

Holocaust:

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, landed on the mass of land
known today as "Ha iti ," and promptly oversaw the
systematic mass murder of thousands of Arawak indians. By conservative estimates, the population of the
land mass now known as the "United States" prior to
European contact was greater than 12 million. Four
centuries later, the count was reduced by 95% to
237 thousand. US termination policy against Native
Americans was perhaps every bit as genocidal as the
Jewish Holocaust, if not as efficient. Today, indigenous
peoples continue to fight to stave off cultural genocide in regions all over the world, and little has fundamentally changed.

5. Neoliberal

l~n~~r Strike II for Et~nic Studies: ©ver
two dozen El Congreso students stage
a hunger striRe in May to pressure UCB
administration into allowing more input
from Chicano studies students, including
a greatervoice in the hiring of department
chairs. The strike ultimately leads to the
creation of an ethnic and gender studies
undergraduaterequirementsand an eventual Ph.D.program in Chicana/oStudies,

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cA:ction
,
More: 0n
JTine 20, the l:JCRegents vote to
end affirmative,action in !He UG
sy stem des11ite the Jlrotest of
f'~
ooostu11entspresent. lmmediately UP.On
4eturning to Cil,!!)PUS,
sTudents go to work Jlrotesting.
©.n OctobeF12, 400 attend a demonstration at Storke Plaza to sup(10rtthe restoration of Affirmative
Action.

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Recommended Reading: Topsoiland Civilizationby Vernon Gill Carter and Tom Dale

8. Global Racism: A problem that manifests itself
in all spheres of life and complicates all of the ecological and economic processes, such as those
mentioned above. The co ncept
of race has been used throughout history by certain groups to
legitimize exploitation and crass
injustice. Racism, as an individual
perspective , and a social structure
is alive and well. It's not enough
to not be racist. In this world, one
must be a vigilant anti-racist.

Recommended Reading: The New
NuclearDangerby Helen Caldecott;
www.wag1ngpeace.org

12.The Prison System and
the "War on Drugs'': The US

.
,
Reading: The World : ~·; ,
r I ,,
;,

Recommended
is a Ghetto by Howard Winant;

Harvest ofEmpire,AHistoryofLatinos inAmerica by Juan Gonzalez

F·,••:

9. Global Patriarchy : Probably the most fundamental of problems, male dominance, violence, and
masculinity gone awry is everywhere in our culture
and politics. Major inequalities between men and
women can be found in almost every society. Violence
and ostrication of anyone whose sexuality differs from
the heterosexual norm is everywhere.
Recommended Reading: UndoingGender by Judith
Butler ; FeministTheory,Fromthe Marginto the Center by
Bell Hooks

10. 1984

= Now: "When you

go to work, stop at
the store, fly in a plane, or surf the web, you are being
watched. They know where you live, the value of your
home , the names of your friends and family - even
what you read:' Sound like a description of Oceania
from George Orwell's 1984? Nope, it's a quote from
WashingtonPost reporter Robert O'Harrow's ultradisturbing 2005 expose, No Placeto Hide. The society
he's referring to is the United States in the year 2005.
Recommended Reading: No Placeto Hide:Behindthe
Scenes ofOur EmergingSurveillanceSocietyby Robert
O'Harrow; www.noplacetohide.net; Welcometo the
Machine by Derrick Jensen and George Draffan

I I. WMD,

All Around: There are over 30,000

nuclear weapons in the

1996

world, with more than a thousand of them ready to
launch at a moment 's notice , 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. To make matters worse , the US seems
increasingly intent on leading the world into a new
nuclear arms race and, earlier this
year, reaffirmed its so-called right to
wage a "pre-emptive" nuclear strike.

prison population now totals well
over two million people , roughly
500,000 more than any other
country (China is a distant second).
Fueling the prison boom (from
IIM,,j.,.::~LJwhich numerous private corporations profit mightly) is largely the US' farcical "Wa r on
Drugs ," which has prompted the number of non-violent, drug-related arrests in the country to skyrocket
in the past 20 years. What makes this expanding
system of incarceration all the more appalling is its
fundamentally racist nature. Relative to population,
roughly seven times as many black males are incarcerated as white males.
Recommended Reading: Are PrisonsObsolete?By Angela Davis; www.ednotinc.org; www.booksnotbars.org;

I 3. The Answer is Us: We can't rely on this
broken system of corporate "c harity " and "re presentative democracy " to provide a magical remedy to
these problems. As I 950-60s Civil Rights organizer
Ella Baker observed, " People have to be made to understand they cannot look for salvation anywhere but
themselves:• We have to take matters into our own
hands, in ways both big and small. While problems of
this magnitude will ultimately require a mass collective solution, propelled by the grassroots participation of millions of people , don't feel like the only way
to be radical is to go out into the street and protest:
get confident by calling someone out in class, discussing your new-found consciousness with your friends
- being radical is a process, and find the starting
point that 's right for you.
Recommended Reading: 2005 UCSBDisOrientation

Guide

Oil Drillingon Gampus
·?: Followj119
a
AnotherFormof AffirmativeAction:In ©ctober, the yearmarkingthe 30thrannWersa!Yof tile
yearsof negotiations, MobilOil aban•
Departmentof BlackStudies, UCSBparticipatedin a UC-widetwo-daywalkoutto protest
dons its plan to drill for oil one mile
anti-affirmativeaction legislation and a proposalby Universityof CaliforniaRegentWard
from UCSB.Studentsare instrumen•
Connerlyto eliminateethnic studiesprograms.1,500studentsmarchto CheadleHall,200
,
tal in convincingChancellorYangto ~
~
of whomtake overthe 5th floor, whichincludesChancellorYang's office.
oppose the project A Daily Nexus
·he studentspresentYangwith a list of nine demands, and, althoughhe,does not have
poll in 19,95revealsthat over 60%
authorityto implementsomeof them,he doespublicly speakin supportof the list at the
of studentsopJ):Ose
the project, wjth
nextUCRegentsmeeting.Lateron, moreclassesareofferedin queertheory,andprograms
only 8% in favor. the CommunityEnvir.onmen
al 11.ouncil
is in IslamicanaNearEasternStudiesand JewishStudiesareestablishedin the Departmentof Globaland
alsoinstrumentalin the campaign.
Internationa
l Studies.

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KNOW[EDGE OF, BY, AND FOR TRE PEOP[E
by the DisOrientationCollective
For nearly 40 years, UCSB
students have struggled to make
this campus' curriculum and institutions relevant to the most fundamental issues facing their lives.
UCSB's Black Studies, Chicano
Studies, and Environmental Studies
departments; the Resource Center
for Sexual and Gender Diversity;
and the Ethnic Studies Requirement were all products of student
activism, most of them created
only in spite of inevitably reluctant
upper-administrators.
The following information
was compiled through conve rsations with faculty , staff, and students, as well as from a variety
of department Web sites. These
stories represent one of the central but little-recognized themes of
UCSB's history: stude nts organizing
to claim their educations as their
own, rather than passively accepting the education that is handed to

Black Studies Department
Black students at UCSB joined
with the national civil rights movement in 1968 to end racial segregation on campus and to remove
institutional racism from the
university curric ulum .They wanted
something other than a mere supplement to the academy's course
offerings: they wanted to move
real knowledge of real people back
into spaces of institutional power.
Over 4,000 students had signed
a petition demanding more racial
and cultural diversity , but univer-

sity administration ignored them.
A core group of activists persisted,
and put their bodies on the line by
occupying North Hall. " It was like
going into South Africa," one commented, " People looked at us like
we were lost."
The students presented
the university administration
with a set of demands
that changed this
campus forever:
the creation of
a Black Studies
department and
a Center for
Black Studies to
monitor, coordinate , support, and
encourage research in
the community.
Rece ntly ranked
ninth in the nation, today's
department of Black Studies includes nine ladder
rank faculty and four lecturers coming from an array
of disciplines concerned with the
Black Diaspora (the United States
and Caribbean) , as well as Africa.
Scholarship within the department creates new knowledge on
topics of religion and sexuality,
media studies, music and black
popular culture , critical and feminist theories, traditions of black
radicalism in and outside the U.S.,
global political economy, multicultural education, and Francophone
African and Caribbean literatures.
And just as the notions introduced
by Copernicus shifted perspectives
from a geocentric to a heliocentric

2001

March for Eeonomic Justice: 800
'people from around Santa Barbara
Countyflood StateStreetfor the First
AnnualPeople's Marchfor Economic
Justice. the eventis organizedby the
UCSBCampusLaborAction Coalition
~CLAC),with the help of variousother
;groups, including the Isla Vista and
E!rpinteria Tenant's Unions and the
E alition for a LivingWage.

Santa Bar bar a
March for Economic Justic
,v"·

.peoples,narch.org

universe, Professor Cedric Robinson reminded the audience at the
department 's 30th anniversary ce lebration, " Black Studies knowledge
yields consequences ....When you
introduce Black Studies, the field of
History is transformed, Economics is revolutionized, and Political
Science is disturbed. It doesn 't stop
there, it moves on."
More than 4,000 students
take Black Studies
co urses each year, and
the department offers
an undergraduate
honors program option that provides
year long engagement with original
research . In testimony
to the outstanding quality of its students and to
the excellence of its faculty,
the department has produced
three valedictorians and a
number of other prestigious
recipients of academic awards.
Parti cularly popular undergrad ,
lower-division co urses include
Intro to African-American Studies,
Intro to African Studies, Blacks &
Western Civilization , and History
of Jazz.
A doctoral program is
envisioned to advance the department 's reputation for excellence
and broaden the fields of knowledge. But according to Professor
Gerard Pigeon, who chaired Black
Studies for over 15 years, institutional resistance to retaining
visiting faculty and scholars must
first be overcome to guarantee a

On March 6, a thousandantiwar protestersmarch
throughUCSBas partof a nationalstudentwalk-out
to protestthe invasionof Iraq. The sizeof the turnout pleasantlysurprisesthe organizersand speakers. Sociologyprofessor Dick Flacks,one of the
speakers,saysin a post-rallyteach-in, "Until today,I
waswondering, 'Whereare the students?"' Several
anti-warrallies havetaken placesince, but no sustainedanti-warmovementor organizationhasyet to
form at UCSBto protestthe IraqWar.

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solid base of support for incoming graduate students. Perhaps just
as student demand and initiative
founded the department , student
demand and of the department's
graduate program options. For
more information, see:
http:I/www.b/ackstudies.ucsb.edu/in itiative will determine the future

Ethnic Studies G.E.
Requirement
In April 1988, students commemorated MLK's assassination
in protest to the lack of progress
made in increasing the numbers
of minority faculty and minority
students on campus. They presented then-Chancellor Uehling with
a 5-part plan to combat racism
and followed up for nearly a year

before pulling out all stops. Seeing insufficient progress by February 1989, the students pledged to
hunger strike until their demands
were met.
Nine students denied food
for 15 days while 30 others

2004

Educationfor,SustainableLiving:The Education
for SustainableLiving Programdebuts in the
spring at UCSB,tHe largest statewide,studentinitiatedcourseever in the UCsystem(if not !He
first). The course takes place simultaneously
at five UCs,with a combinedenrollmentof 300·
400. TheUCSBwing of ESLPincludesa lecture
seriesfeaturingpioneeringthinkers and leaders
on sustainability,a small discussionseries,and
student-ledgroup studies projects/courseson
topics relatedto sustainability.

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abstained for 3 days. They set up
camp with more than IO tents
and held ground across the entire
lawn of Cheadle's entrance for 15
days in rain and 40-degree weather. A few faculty and university
staff showed their solidarity by
fasting and visiting the encampment. Black Studies Professors
Girard Pigeon, who fasted
with students for 4 days, and
Cedric Robinson set up a " Faculty Club" at the site. Six days
later, students at all UC campuses
unified to end institutional racism
and lack of student participation
in university governance.
The struggle lasted for
several months , with students renaming several university buildings ,
staging rallies and threatening to
resume the hunger strike. The Academic Senate
finally agreed to
a vote on the
resolutions.
UCSB's
MultiCultural
Center, the
Asian American
Studies department , the
Native American Studies
program , divestment of university holdings
from companies
with ties to
South Africa and
the undergraduate Ethnic Studies
GE requirements are a few of the
fruits born from that struggle.

Chican@ Studies
Department
In Spring 1969, a group of Chicano
activists and intellectuals met at
UCSB and prepared the foundational document El Plan de Santa
Barbara:

"Chicanismodraws its faith
and strength from two main sources:
from the just struggleofour people
and from an objectiveanalysisof
our community'sstrategicneeds.We
recognizethat without a strategicuse
ofeducation, an educationthat places
value on what we value,we willnot
realize our destiny.Chicanosrecognize
the centralimportance ofinstitutions
of higherlearningto modern progress,
in this case,to the development of
our community.But we go further:we
believethat highereducationmust
contributeto the informationof a
complete person who truly valueslife
and freedom."[http://www.panam.
edu/orgs/MEChA/st_barbara.
html]
Inspired by their communities, these men and women
generated an educational program
to represent the histories, knowledges and experiences of Chicanos

Summerof 2005and beyond...

The war and occupationsof Iraq and Afghanistancontinue. A
massivehurricanedevistatesAmerica's Gulfcoastexposingracial
inequalityand masivepoerty in the UnitedStates. Local activist
continue to opposewar and work for economicand socialjustice in SantaBarbara. The 1st edition of the UCSBDisGuideis
produced. Somedayyour childrenwill ask you, "what wereyou
doingin 2006?"
{Thanksto the followingpeoplefor their-invaluablehelp with this j
time/ine: ElizabethRobinson,Dick Flacks, Geoff Green,Aaron
Jones,and TedCoe.)

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and provide a bridge for a new
generation of Chicanos into higher
education. Highlighting the central
role of knowledge in power structures and in producing real social
change, the Plan was the intellectual model for the Department
of Chicana and Chicano Studies
at UCSB and continues to exert a
profound influence on the teaching
and activities here.
UCSB is the only UC campus with a Chicana and Chicano
Studies department, a Chicano
Studies research center, and a
library collection devoted to the
field. Over the past three decades,
the department has developed an
interdisciplinary curriculum that
focuses on gender, culture, and institutions. Courses probe the roots
of a cultural tradition beginning
with the pre-Columbian cultures
of Mexico and extending into
the many areas of contemporary
American society, including politics,
education , literature, the arts, and
religion. At the present time, the
department has more majors and
double majors than ever before
and is expanding its course offerings.
Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCSB is organized around
various support units: the Department of Chicana and Chicano
Studies, the Center for Chicano
Studies, the Colecci6n Tloque
Nahuaque Unit and the California
Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
(both in the Davidson Library) ,
the Luis Leal Endowed Chair , the
Educational Opportunity Program ,
El Congreso, Chicanos for Higher
Education , and various student
groups.

Environmental Studies
Department
It was over 35 years ago when Santa Barbara experienced the worst
oil spill in U.S. history up to that
time. The University of California,
Santa Barbara was within sight and
smell of the littered channel and its

beaches.
In the wake of this unfathomable disaster, in February 1969,
a group of twenty-one faculty
-- calling themselves The Friends
of the Human Habitat -- met to
discuss the possibility of promoting some form of environmental
education at UCSB. The members
of the ad-hoc committee were
geologists, geographers, engineers,
biologists, an economist, and a
historian. By the fall of 1970 the
Environmental Studies Program at
UCSB was established: one of the
first of a new breed of educational
programs in the country. It was set
up as a multidisciplinary program
drawing on the strengths of many
fields and providing a generalist approach to complex environmental
issues.
Adapted from www.es.ucsb.edu

peer. Another formal proposal was
made to the Chancellor in 1998 by
the Queer Student Union.
In October 1998, the day
after the vigil for Matthew Sheppard, the Queer Peer Intern Uanet
Mallen) spoke to the Chancellor about the lack of support for
LGBT students at UCSB and the
need for allies. Soon after the
Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of
Student Affairs pledged funds for
a LGBT Coordinator and small
operating budget. In Winter, 1999, a
large group of students protested
for the protection and growth
of Ethnic and Queer studies on
campus. Out of this protest came a
commitment from the Chancellor
and Vice Chancellor to find a space
for a LGBT Center on campus.

The first LGBT Coordinator, Debbie Bazarsky, was hired
in June, 1999 and the Center was
Queer Resource Center
officially opened in Fall, 1999.The
compiledby DeAcker(acker-d@sa.ucsb.edu
)
Center was called the Queer Resource Center until the name was
The establishment of UCSB's
changed to the Resource Center
Resource Center for Sexual &
for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Gender Diversity can be credited
in Spring, 200 I. Maurice Hudson
to the efforts of many different
and Stacey Shears served as subsepeople and organizations throughquent directors. CC Sapp,and Reout the years. These efforts includbecca Chapman served as the first
ed students, staff and faculty whose
office managers and Erin Pullin and
presence, requests, demands and
Stephanie Lee as Assistant Direcactivism led to the creation of the
tors. Kyle Richards is the current
Center in 1999.
Director of the Center.
The student organization,
thinkanyof these historiesare incomplete?feel
the "Gay People's Union" was
free to emailus at sbdisoriemation@riseup.net
created at UCSB in 1977.A faculty, staff and student LGB awareness group was formed in 1989
and one of their first goals was
the creation of a LGB Center at
UCSB.This group led to the first
UC system-wide LGBT conference
that was held at UCSB.A formal
bid for a Center was made in
1994 by a number of LGB groups
including the student LGBA, GLB
Graduate Student Network, LGB
Faculty Group, LGB Staff Association, University Committee
on LGBT Concerns, and the rap
groups and LGBs of Color. In 1997
the Women's Center developed a
Queer Peer Intern ship and Sergio
Morales served as the campus' first
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UCSB,-moreraclicalthaniou know,
by Heather Buchheim

"We must un.,
derstondwltere vJe've been to know wherewe're
-=P-eginaSmith, Black Studies alumna
W~re all fa iliar wfth the classic Imagoesfre{ll the peace movrent
of tne Vietnam-war era-rallies
~nd sit~inS!at UC · keley, marches on ~sh1-n
f and the horrifle, need · ss,.::ragedy of Kent State. But
what about UCSB. ~anti!:Barbara's k'l'!'~
ore fir its scenery and rich
ownoos than radical politics,
right? Thirty-five years ago, this town feurst int ~ flames-figuratively
and itenaJly. Loo~
at Qheadle
and Embarcadero hall today, xou'd never kno'1,tw : t
nee provided V e setting fgr some of the most
determined and effective student activism this ee
· s ever seen. U~B. stude nts and faculty dared to
challenge the status quo throug
eative protest, and we're still enjoyin~ the fruits of their success today.

Here are so11,e of the com
ity org
that have bee
ssed down lly our p
predecessors:

Watch out for ... The IV Master
Plan
In 1970,our humble college
town was affectionately called the " Isla

M
The IV Recreation
parks, public venues,

and Par
and pla

Vista ghetto," and wasn't recognized as

tri
the

of IV's

today it 's probably the most densely

city hood

populated town west of the Mississippi,

M
IV Foot Patrol: Cops with
than Sheriffs of the ''Operat·
M
IV Credit
America

being separate from Goleta. Though

nity ties
in" days

IV remains unincorporated , so it can't
be called a city. It receives its resources
and municipal services from the county ,

Union:

and has only one elected official on the

An alt

County Board of Supervisors.

M
IV Open Door Medical Clinic: Pro,cJd••
medical care to students and the unde"l)t4

governance and the sustainable devel-

alike

opment of IslaVista, a planning team

M
IV Food Co-op: Offers SB's largest
of organic food, and.easily accommoda

headed by the Santa Barbara County

se
i

diets
way to sho our appiJ!cl
sacrifices
those that came before ~
porting the ~oCfllinstis-,tlons they Ins
rylng
their l~cy
of positive ch

For the sake of the democrati c

Redevelopment Agency, UCSB and the
IV Recreation and Park District (IVRPD)

are sponsoring 'Master Plan for the
a. The Plan will approve de'(,gp.Rlellt
licies and specific projects to improve

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you insightinto the strongroots of what might on the surface seem ltke an all too transientcommunity,and hope for the potentialthat it has.
By Bob Potter
June I 0, 2003
A third of a century ago, our
forefathers ... and
foremothers-and
fore-motherfuckers-hippies and
yippies; speed freaks and Jesus
freaks; Students radicalized by their
professors; Professors radicalized by their students;Anarchists ,
Pacifists and Registered Republicans; Flower Children , Franciscan
Friars and pissed-off Football
Players; Marxist-Leninists and
Proto-Feminists ; Surfers, Sorority
Sisters and Sexual Revolutionaries;
Space Cadets and Vietnam Vets; the
Hare Krishna and the Woodstock
Nation;Visionaries in all colors
and Mindblown lead guitarists of
non-existent bands; not to mention winos, transients , alcoholics
Anonymous and Otherwise, the
Chairman of the Sociology Department and ordinary college students
caught up in the pure adrenalin of
the moment-All
of these people,
and indescribable hundreds more,
made history with their asses,
by sitting down on them here in
Perfect Park, in violation of a Police
Curfew Order , linking arms to
defend their community.
To begin with, there was the
Vietnam Crisis. By early 1968,
with the February Tet Offensive,
the American public had begun
to wise up to the fact it had been
lied to {does that sound familiar?) and that the Vietnam War
had become unwinable , though
young Americans continued to be
drafted and killed in action by the
thousands. This quickly brought
on a Political Crisis , as President
Lyndon B. Johnson was driven
from the race in that Presidential

Election Year by antiwar activists
led by Eugene McCarthy and later
Bobby Kennedy-whose
assassination after the California primary
in June brought chaos and deceit
in its wake , a tumultuously rigged
Democratic Convention and a
bloody police riot in the streets of
Chicago.And this coincided with a
perilous turning point in the Racial
Crisis in America. The non-violent insurgence of the Civil Rights
movement to overturn segregation
ended in calamity , with the murder
of Martin Luther King on April
4, 1968, touching off catastrophic
urban riots across the country , and
calls for Armed Struggle. The backlash from all of this brought the
election in November of Richard

"IslaVistaburst into
flames...putting this most
improbabletroublespot
on the worldmap forever."
Nixon as President of the United
States.
It was in the long shadow of these
events that activism--violent and
non-violent--<ame to the sunny
shores of Santa Barbara.Thanks
to the EOP program , an early
example of Affirmative Action , the
previously lily-white UCSB campus was integrated-though
the
Black students who arrived were
unhappy enough with their treatment by campus bureaucracy and
local law enforcement that one day
they took over North Hall-the
campus Computer Center! That
every bit of the campus' computing
went on in one small building tells
you how long ago that was. The

peaceful settlement worked out by
the UCSB administration, brought
the promise of more minority faculty and students , and new
Black Studies and Chicano Studies
Departmentsbut triggered a vicious denunciation from Governor
Ronald Reagan, who had won his
job in the first place by attacking
student demonstrators at Berkeley ,
an ongoing Educational Crisis.
Concurrently an Environmental
Crisis had erupted , with the Santa
Barbara Oil Spill of January 1968,
the single worst ecological disaster
of our times , and the opening gun
in a war of attrition between developers and environmentalists that
continues along this coast to this
very day.The oil-soaked dead birds
on the beach turned surfers and
ordinary beach goers overnight
into radical activists.
Meanwhile, thanks to the baby
boom , UCSB had doubled its
enrollment between 1954 and 58,
doubled it again by 1963, and again
by 1967.Too busy building classrooms to bother with dormitories ,
the University solved its problems
by steering this avalanche of students into substandard overcrowded apartment houses thrown up
overnight by private land speculators and slum landlords , creating
a demographic dystopia called Isla
Vista, and precipitating a Housing
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Crisis (well , there 's always a Housing Crisis in Isla Vista }.
And all of this , let's remember , was
unfolding generationally in the
throbbing context of the Countercultural Crisis of the I 960 's, that
sexually-pioneering , musically-energized , chemically-induced metaphysical vision quest and psychedelic light show. Oh , you should
have been here!
In the fall came news
of the firing of a popular (and decidedly
countercultural ) Anthropology professor.
The Bill Allen Crisis,
which culminated in
massive demonstrations and a petition
signed by 7,776
students demanding
an open hearing on
his personnel case,
was at once a carnivalesque assault on
academic pomposity
and a serious protest against the ivory
tower obliviousness
of much of the faculty, at a time when
the world seemed
literally to be coming apart. Bill
Allen had the temerity to speak to
students about what was on (and
in} their minds , and it seemed he
had been fired precisely for doing

so.
And speaking of injustice , there
were nightly TV news clips of the
bizarre show trial of the Chicago
Seven, with Judge Julius Hoffman
railroading criminal Conspiracy
charges against antiwar activists
who barely knew one another , with
Black leader Bobby Seale gagged
and bound in the courtroom.At
the year's end , as Tom Hayden, one
of the defendants , came to speak
on campus, a Crisis of Justice was
palpable across America. Could we
trust our traditional institutions , or
were they in the process of failing
us, precipitating anarchy and revolution-or
maybe fascism?
It was in such incendiary times that
IslaVista burst into flames 33 years
ago, putting this most improbable
trouble spot on the world map for-

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ever after. In the first few months
of 1970 there were to be three
major civil disorders.
In January came huge campus protests against the firing of Bill Allen ,
and the calling of Santa Barbara
Sheriffs to clear the Administration
Building of protesters , with Captain
Joel Honey , the loose cannon of
the Sheriffs Tactical Squad, leading
the charge.As Allen 's appeal for an

open hearing was turned down ,
with the arrest of 19 student leaders , matters careened off campus
and out of control. On February
26, after a rousing speech by William Kunstler , the lawyer for the
Chicago Seven, and the beating of
student leader Rich Underwood by
police , crowds gathered in the Isla
Vista streets and attacked Realty
Offices and the Bank of America ,
seen as the prime local symbol
of the Establishment. Later that
night , having chased off the police
presence , the crowd set a fire in
the lobby of the bank and then
watched in amazement as the place
burned to the ground.
The ashes of the bank were still
smoldering the next day as Governor Ronald Reagan arrived in
town to vilify the bank burners
as " cowardly little bums" and call
in the National Guard.The Bank
of America took out nationwide
full-page advertisements offering a
$25 ,000 reward for the arrest of

the arsonists , vowing to rebuild the
bank. Reagan's call for a campus
crackdown seemed to be heeded
shortly afterwards , when Chancellor Vernon Cheadle banned Chicago Seven defendant Jerry Rubin
from speaking on campus, saying
it would " seriously threaten the
welfare of the University. " Unappeased, Reagan made a speech to a
Growers Convention on April 7, in
which he made the
following infamous
statement about
campus disorders:
" If it 's to be a
bloodbath , let it be
now."
It seemed he didn 't
have long to wait.
On April 16, after
a campus speech
by Berkeley radical
Stu Albert calling
on students to " rip
off the pigs;' there
was an angry rally
in Perfect Park,
then a vacant lot
at the end of the
Embarcadero loop
that had become
an informal community gathering place.As night
fell the new temporary bank was
attacked , as were realty offices ;
other students-protesting
the
violence
defended the bank
and extinguished fires. The police
waded into the middle of this melee, firing tear gas and birdshot into
the crowd indiscriminately , from
dump trucks specially outfitted for
the occasion-an action that was
dubbed " Operation Wagontrain " .
The next night the violence (and
the resistance against it } resumed-with
tragic consequences.
As police arrived in riot gear, amid
reports of sniper fire , anti violence students were attempting to
defend the temporary bank from
assault. One of them , Kevin Moran ,
was shot and killed.
KCSB the campus radio station
was covering these events live, with
reporters in the field , as they had
previous demonstrations. Fearing
that the reports were giving away
police tactics and deployments ,

SheriffJames Webster demanded
vened once again.On June 3 news
that the University authorities
leaked out that 17 people stuclose down the station-an order
dent leaders and activists, the "usuwith which Vice Chancellor Steven al" suspects-had secretly been
indicted, accused of burning down
Goodspeed complied. So it was
that the only recorded silencing
the Bank of America. One of those
of a radio station by government
indicted had in fact been in jail
order in American history took
the night of the bank burning.The
place, right over there on the
resulting outrage led to further
UCSB campus.The death of Moran street and campus demonstrations ,
was attributed to snipers, and a
including attempts to torch the
dawn-to-dusk curfew was imposed, temporary bank.With disorder in
with heavy police
patrols and reports of beatings
and apartments
broken into. On
April 20, as Governor Reagan made
a speech blaming
Moran's killingon
those who "take
the law into their
own hands," it
was revealed that
a Santa Barbara
policeman had
admitted that his
rifle had "accidentally" discharged
at the time of
Moran's shooting.
In a subsequent Coroner 's inquest, IslaVista once again, State officials,
held with little public scrutiny, the
apparently acting on instructions
from Governor Reagan's office,
shooting of Kevin Moran would
be ruled to be accidental, and the
ordered the Los Angeles County
policeman, Officer David Gosselin, Sheriffs to dispatch their Special
exonerated and returned to duty.
Enforcement Branch to restore
Less than two weeks later Presiorder. Instead, this notoriously
dent Nixon astonished the world ,
violent paramilitary outfit, which
escalating the Vietnam War by
had cracked heads in many urban
invading Cambodia.The resulting
riots, brought a reign of terror into
firestorm of protest spread from
IslaVista. On June 8 and 9, enforccoast to coast.At Kent State, Ohio ing a dusk-to-dawn curfew, the LA
National Guard troops fired into
Sheriffs, accompanied by local law
enforcement units, kicked down
a crowd of protesting students ,
doors , dragged IslaVistans from
killing4 of them. UCSB students
their houses, beat them bloody
occupied and closed the Santa
Barbara airport, and surged onto
with their nightsticks, sexually hathe IOI Freeway, blocking it for
rassed and intimidated, destroyed
many hours.As Universities across vehicles and personal property ,
the country began to close down,
sprayed mace and threw tear gas
the UCSB faculty was energized at canisters into private yards and
last, moving quickly and effectively dwellings, threatening to shoot to
kill.
to keep our community together ,
by offering special "national crisis"
At this very dark moment came
IslaVista's finest hour.With their
courses focusing on the circumstreets under siege the next day,
stances of the times.
It seemed that the school year
June I0, a group of faculty, student
might end quietly, but events inter- and community leaders met in

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the Methodist to seek a collective
strategy.They decided to organize
a sit-in in Perfect Park that night, to
protest the police repression. By
the time of the 7:30 curfew a quiet
and determined crowd of some
700 had gathered , including UCSB
faculty and staff and students of
all social and political persuasions.
When the police began arresting
them for curfew violations, they
reacted with calm, non-violent
acceptance in the
tradition of Gandhi
and Martin Luther
King.At 9:20, with
nearly 300 arrested ,
police ordered the
remaining crowd to
disperse. When no
one moved, the police sprayed pepper
gas from a machine
directly into the
crowd. Then, as the
Santa Barbara NewsPress described it the
next day, "gas-masked
deputies swarmed
into the crowd, flailing their nightsticks in
all directions." Those
arrested were hauled away to the
still-unfinished New County Jail
where many were subjected to further beatings, denied bail, abused,
stripped naked, sprayed with mace
and thrown into solitary confinement.
But a crucial moral point had been
made. Judge Joseph Lodge ordered
charges dismissed against all those
arrested and, faced with an ultimatum from University officials,
Governor Reagan agreed to end
the curfew and withdraw the L.A.
Sheriffs.Peace returned to the
streets of IslaVista.The promised
bloodbath had been averted, and
the task of creating new institutions for the IslaVista community
had begun.

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STUDENT COMMISSION ON
RACIAL EQUALITY
[ tuesdays

at 7 p.m. in the multi-cultural

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oming to UCSB from any
school is a significant change
in many ways; especially socially and
culturally because UCSB is home
to students with varying ethnic,
gender and sexual identities ; we
encounter a new vocabulary and
way of seeing and understanding
a world including many identities
we had not yet encountered
or stopped to consider in our
everyday lives. Of those many
identities and ideas The Student
Commission On Racial Equality
(SCORE) is dedicated to creating
a safe campus environment for
students of color. Get involved
with an influential force in student
government on our campus
and open networks of students
who share similar questions and
experiences.
SCORE organizes two annual
events: " The Gathering " is an open
mic space for students to express
their opinions and thoughts
through poetry , song, dance and

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spoken word. Our
annual Facing Race
Conferences included a
variety or workshops ,
panelists , speakers and
performers to provide a
space for students and
community members
to confront multiple
current issues. Over
the years SCORE has
worked on campaigns such as
" Education Not Incarceration ",
a UC Statewide Campaign. We
co-organized the 13th annual UC
Statewide " Students of Color
Conference:The War on Education
and the Militarization of Our
Community :'
SCORE has had a long legacy of
creating change within our campus
as well as voicing our needs within
the UC System. It is a body funded
by the UCSB undergraduate
students dedicated to creating
a safe environment at UCSB for
students of color and the identities
encompassed by
people of color. We
want to continue this
history to create a
welcoming environment
for students of color
and other identities
students of color may
claim through gender
and sexual expression.
We have access and act
as a bridge between
academic departments
and various campus
communities and
provide a space for
people to express

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their individuality and their voice
through mediums such as artistic
expression , organizing , political
action , education and dialogue to
combat a wide variety of issues.
In the past, we have provided
spaces for people to act think ,
express , educate and speak out
against racism and the multiple
oppressions that link racism
such as xenophobia , sexism
and homophobia. We also
acknowledge the intricacies
encompassed within people of
color identities , such as various
backgrounds , experiences and
individual struggles. As well
as confronting racism on the
individual level , we also critically
challenge racism through the
structure of society in institutions
like the military and prisons and
how these forces affect higher
education.
If you 're interested in meeting with
others who believe in working
for equality , and having your
voice heard within a progressive
movement, we welcome you to
our meetings.

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Education for Sustainable Living Program
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Education for Sustainable
Living Program (ESLP) is a program
to empower students to set up
their own courses , inspire students
by bringing in speakers on sustainability , and to encourage collaborative efforts between students , staff,
administration , faculty, and community members. We were founded
as the research and outreach component of the California Student
Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) and
have been working hand in hand
with UC Berkeley , UC Davis, UC
Santa Cruz , UC Los Angeles , and
Santa Barbara City College. Since
our conception we have been
evolving from a student-initiated
program to a student-community
collaborative. Students con-

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people at the lectures is a powerful demonstration of how dynamic
and incredible IslaVista can be.

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increased student involvement, the
retreats have blossomed from 40
participants with 20 students in
2003 at La Casa de Maria to 200
participants with 130 students at
Zaca Lake.

Another one of our annual events
is a retreat at Zaca Lake. One
student recalled: " The ESLP Retreat
has given me a much-needed op•
portunity to express myself in ere•
ative activities and in love towards
others. The University setting is
filled with various opportunities to
learn and expand your
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The last part of our program
consists of group studies projects
which empower students to design
their own education through the
creation of courses that directly
apply to the local community. Any
undergraduate can come to us
with a project that they think is
needed in the community and we
will help support them in
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creating a course. Then
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Our classes provide an innovative
projects that meet the needs
or freedom
to be
way for under funded services to
of both the campus and broader
creative and fully
explore
meet their needs. For example
community.
your individuality.
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funding for outreach has been
enough, there is
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reduced at a statewide level. So,
During 2004-2005 , ESLP at UCSB
little room to realize your
students got together and created
connection with the rest of the
was composed of a lecture series,
the Asian Pacific Islander film projsmall discussion series, retreat,
universe. We fall in suite with the
ect. T his project brought together
student-led group studies projects/
schedules, guidelines , assignments
film studies majors and Asian
courses , and trainings to support
and expectations of academia and
American Studies majors to crethe above. During spring 2005, we
our culture of modernity. "
ate a video for the Asian Resource
had our 2nd annual ESLP lecture
Center which depicted the issues
series that explored how we can
These intergenerational retreats
and comp lexity of the API commureweave our communities utiliz•
engage students with perspectives
nity at UCSB.
ing a vision grounded in ecology ,
on reverential ecology. We are
sustained by ethics and propagated
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projects crossing over I I campus
vides a theoretical background and
diversity of life forms: bio-diverse
departments and has collaborated
inspiration for students researching agriculture instead of chemical-inwith Engineers without Borders
these issues within the university
tensive mono-cultures , upstream
and the Mechanical Engineering
and interested community memwatershed preservation and restoDepartment to support several
bers.
ration rather than large dams, local
more. We have formed working
economies and trade enriching
relationships between the staff and
As a result of the lectures in Isla
culturally and biologically rich loVista, students and members of
calized communities not large scale administration that have helped
ensure implementation of our
Santa Barbara and Goleta comglobalized trade.
programs.
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ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS BOARD (E.A.B.)
[ tuesdays

by Katie
The Environmental Affairs Board
(EAB) is a student organization to
protect, preserve , and enhance the
environment, principally at UCSB
and its surrounding communities.
EABconnects the community and
campus through raising ecological
awareness, enhancing open space,
teaching K-12 environmental
education, hosting the annual Earth
Day Festival, and building partnerships and programs for addressing
sustainability. In the past year EAB
has been active on several fronts.
Last fall, EAB's Sustainable Foods
campaign became an official campaign of the California Student
Sustainability Coalition at the convergence we hosted at UCSB.This
means that schools all over the
state are making sustainable foods
a priority. We also continued our
commitment to community education. Every Friday, the EAB education chair and other EABers met
at Isla Vista Elementary School to
teach a class of 3rd grade students
about various environmental topics.The teaching includes hands-on
learning in the school's organic
gardens , and field trips to the
Devereux tide pools and Ellwood
butterfly preserve.
Throughout the year EAB established academic courses through
the Education for Sustainable Living
Project (ESLP). ESLP is a unique
collaboration among students,

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community members, ESLP alumni,
staff, and faculty to realize sustainable community. ESLP has four
main components: 7-12 studentled, student-initiated Group Studies
Projects per quarter, a nine-week
lecture series featuring internationally recognized speakers, a concurrent film series, and a weekend
retreat. In only a year we have
expanded from one department
to I 0, ranging from Environmental Studies to Womyn's Studies,
and Ecology Evolution and Marine
Biology. We believe sustainability
includes everything that goes into
meeting the constantly evolving
needs of a community. (See http:!/
orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/esl/
to learn more
about ESLP's work)
In the winter, EAB hosted a movie
on ANWR (Artie National Wildlife
Refuge), titled "Oil on Ice." We also
attended the Winter CSSC Convergence in Santa Cruz. We also
held a tree planting at Trigo-Pasado
Park. Winter held a lot of planning
for the big event of the spring ...
Earth Day! The festival drew a huge
crowd and included informational
exhibits, local bands, cultural performances, vendors, and of course,
the human wave. The theme was
" Baile con Pachamama" or "Dance
with Mother Earth." The spring
also saw the attempt at a lock-in
fee increase to fund EAB's growing
activity and ESLP personnel posi-

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tions, which fell short by 4%.The
composting program, which began
in the fall, continued to grow, led
by EAB co-chair Aaron Gilliam.
We completed a contract with Isla
Vista Recreation and Park District
for use of People's Park to place
worm bins in. We also created a
brand new Associated Students
group,AS Department of Public
Worms, which will have paid positions to compost food from local
businesses in People's Park.
EAB truly had a super year, as
evidenced by our selection as the
AS Board of the Year. Throughout
the year we worked with the Long
Range Development Plan to plan a
sustainable UCSB campus for the
next twenty years. Our leadership is also very dynamic. We have
many new chairs, and Abby Horn
and Eric Cummings will replace last
year's co-chairs, Alisha Dahlstrom
and Aaron Gilliam.

EABalso goes on scenic hikes, had
delicious potlucks , and memorable
camping trips.The result is lasting
friendships with others who share
a love for nature , life, and peace.
Environmental Affairs Board has
been actively involved in the
school's institutional orientation
process and has been thankful
for their openness to allowing us
to work with them. We are also
very thankful to be included in this
submission for this sort of space
has not been set up before to our
knowledge and will help to build
acknowledgement of the activism
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tu dents , staff, faculty, and local
community members have come
together over the years to envision and create a more sustainable
campus. In roughly the last decade,
the Transportation Alternatives Program of Parking Services ,A.S.Bikes,
Campus and A.S.Recycling, UC
Go Solar, the Community Environmental Council, California Student
Sustainability Coalition (CSSC),
Shoreline Preservation Fund, Green

ID and can travel to farther reaching communities by using Associated
Student's online rideboard. The
campus has also worked with the
Metropolitan Transit District to influence their bus routes and scheduling, particularly around campus.
There is currently a UCSB undergraduate student on the board.

Campus Council , Education for
Sustainable Living, and Isla Vista's
chapter of the Surfrider foundation
have each worked to address the
issue of how to create a collaborative environment in the university
directed towards environmental
change.

organizations and waste disposal
businesses are working towards
institutionalizing recycling on
campus. Bins are available around
campus for newspaper, glass, plastic,
and aluminum, buildings have both
cardboard and paper dumpsters.A
new program has drop off places
variously located for safe battery
disposal.AS. Recycling has begun to
offer a "technot rash " program for
eds , cellphones, etc. and there is a
toxic materials drop off that serves
the entire community located on
campus. AS. recycling also runs a
notebook recycling drive at the end
of each quart er.

n Transportat ion, A.S. Bikes has
worked hand in hand with the
Office of Sustainability, and Transportation Staff to develop a good
series of bike paths through campus. Examp les are the restoration
and redesign of the Goleta Beach
Bike Path and the current project
to complete the bike loop around
campus t hrough the creation of
the Broida Bike Path. Students can
travel via bus throughout the community for free using their student

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A.S.Recycling , and local recycling

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hese are only a few accomplishments. Much more has been
achieved such as the agreement of

the university to strive for LEED
Silver or equivalent buildings (LEED
is a nationally recognized system
for evaluating the sustainability of
buildings) , saving energy throughout
the campus and creating healthier
working environments; Explosion of
native habitat restoration and educational programs ; the creation of a
fully booked beach clean-up program. Students are making change
through more open communication

and building relationships; learning
what is prohibiting the university
from becoming more sustainable
and brainstorming with staff and
faculty about how to get around
these barriers.

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his coming year the campus will
be continuing work on its Long
Range Development Plan (LRDP).
This document will guide decisions
related to land use , building construction, landscaping, and much
more over the next thirty years!
With increased student involvement
and collaboration we can: recycle
mor e than we send to the landfill,
reduce energy usage, conserve
water, and have a major impact on
the long-term health of the places
where we live and learn.

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article compiled by Amara Allenstein & Courtney Weaver
[ http://www.ucsbvox.com]

V

OX, Voices for Planned Par-

enthood , is an education and
activist orientated group on campus.We work to educate and raise
awareness about reproductive
rights and health care issues and
promote pro-choice activism on
campus and in the community.

I

n April of 2004 several VOXers
had the privilege of attending the
March for Women 's Lives in Washington , D.C. After several months
of rigorous fundraising , we had
the chance to join over 1.3 million
women and men in the Capitol
Mall to march for access to family
planning services , equitable healthcare , reprodu ctive freedom and
justice for women here in the U.S.
and all over the world. Activists
from all over the nation came to
tell Congress and President Bush
that reproductive rights are human
rights , and that there ISA PROCHOICE majority. Many women
there had also attended the original march for choice in the 1970s.
Seeing the massive unification and
concern for choice issues was a
moving , gratifying and inspirational
experience.

I

n January of 2005 , we celebrated
another anniversary for Roe , this
time by having a rally in Anisq 'Oyo '
Park. The rally featured live music ,
spoken word , monologues, and
personal stories as well as some

ES

n January of 2004 VOX held a
vigil to recognize and celebrate
the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
Though small, we commemorated
the day on the women 's center
lawn by recognizing the lives lost
and contribution to the movement
made by all women who died from
back-alley abortions prior to the
protection of the right to privacy
recognized by the landmark case.

words from Assembly Member
Pedro Navo and Council Member
Das Williams. Student and community members as well as organizations such as the Santa Barbara
Pro-Choice Coalition , Mujer , The
Women 's Studies Program , Santa
Barbara Rape Crisis Center , WETT,
Students ' Co-op , and others
joined in coalition to celebrate Roe
and discuss her preservation.

A

hortly after , in February 2005 ,
VOX , with the help of the UCSB
Women 's Center, held its first
Fem* Sex event. Fem* Sex was a day
of workshops focusing on various
issues dealing with sexuality. We
had workshops such as Reproductive Rights, Eco-Sex, the Sexuality

I

fter the 2004 presidential election between George W Bush
and John Kerry served as a defeat
in the pro-choice movement ,VOX
participated in a Women Respond!
Rally, designed to bring together
women 's groups on campus to discuss the results of the election and

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their effects on women in the U.S.
and abroad.The Global Gag Rule,
Sweatshop Labor, Forced Prostitution , Supreme Court Appointments
and Reproductive Rights were
all discussed in rousing speeches
from Campus Leaders. Movement
unity and coalition building are an
important part of the VOX experience.

S

of Childbirth , Sexual Health , Representations of Women of Color in
the Media , Sexual Violence , Orgasm, Sensual Massage and Tantric
Breathing , and Sex Toys. Again , this
could not have been possible without the help of great facilitators
from Planned Parenthood , Mujer ,
Students ' Co-op , Santa Barbara
Rape Crisis Center, Students Stopping Rape, and the community.
We are planning to have another
workshop day in Spring 2006 , so if
you have workshop ideas or want
to participate , contact us; it was a
lot of fun.

A

fter the workshops , VOX
member Marina Carleton
was inspired to facilitate an actual course on Women 's Sexuality. Thanks to ESLP,Education for
Sustainable Living Program , she
was able to teach the course for a
full 4 units of upper division credit
in the Women 's Studies Program.
The course was small, ran by the
students , and opened a space up
for women to talk about different
issues of their choice surrounding
sexuality.At the conclusion of the
course , we put together a zine that
talked about some of the topics we
covered in class and why we liked
the structure of the ESLPclass. If
this sounds appealing, contact ESLP
because we want to pass the torch
and have a facilitator for another
class dealing with such issues.
OX covers a lot of ground surrounding reproductive rights ,
health care , and sexuality. I find
that the organization is able to do
as much as we want to work for.
Fem* Sex and the ESLPcourse are
examples of how our organization has expanded its interests and
wor~ed with other campus groups
and 1n the community. Whether it
is within our group , or while working with other groups , we hope to
meet you soon!

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I went to the Universityof Californiaand All I Got
Was This Stupid Thermo-nuclearWeapon
By Darwin BondGraham

a yield" warheads (bombs that can

and UC President select all of the

The United States military
possesses I 0,500 nuclear weapons.
Many of these are contained on
the tips of ballistic missiles that are
stowed in the launch tubes of 14

explode with as little or as much
force as desired). All of these and
more exist in the US arsenal.

leadership at these labs, and steer
the UC's tremendous scientific

nuclear powered submarines that
move beneath the waters of the
Atlantic, Pacific , and Arctic Oceans.
Many more are deployed in missile
silos ranging across Montana .Wyo -

Pentagon , White House, and the
Congress managed to build and deploy such an overwhelmingly large
and absurdly sophisticated nuclear
weapons arsenal? By asking the

The UC has managed these labs
since their ince ption. Los Alamos
was founded in 1943 by Berkeley
physicist Robert Oppenheimer, and
General Leslie Groves. Livermore

ming , and the Dakotas. More still
are stored atAir Force bases in the

University of California to build it
for them.

was founded almost a decade later.
Currently both labs have budgets
of over 2 billion dollars. While
both conduct a variety of scientific
work (st ill mostly related to mili-

How have warmongers

in the

United States and many foreign nations.
Each of these weapons is capable
of killings millions in mere seconds.
This is what they were designed
for. Since the atomic
bombings of

The UC manages both the Los
Alamos and Lawrence Livermore

tary projects ), their main mission
remains nuclear
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the vast majority
of each lab's work
(see the National
Nuclear Security
Administration's
budget - http://
www.nnsa.doe.
gov/). The NNSA
budget line for
"tota l weapons activities'' accounted

$1.27 billion at Los Alamos, and
$928 million at Livermore in 2004.

again. In addition to the massive
overkill targeting of Russian and
Chinese cities, U.S. leaders have
contemplated using nuclear weap-

two primary sites for the research
and design of nuclea r weapons.
Both sites have also manufactured
components for the nuclear weap-

for

ons in wars against Korea,Vietnam,
Cuba, and elsewhere. They have
also explored using nuclear weapons in more hypothetical scenarios.
This has led to an enormous

ons complex on a limited basis.

weapons design labs, they are
increa singly sites of production
for nuclear weapons components,
especially Los Alamos. UC's Los
Alamos lab has been producing

demand for numerous nuclear

falls under the authority of the
UC Regents and UC administration. It means that every bomb
designer's paycheck comes from
the UC . It means that the Regents

weapons designs, and even more
numerous modifications to these
weapons including everything from
"ea rth penetrating" models, to " dial

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Hiroshima
and Nagasaki
in 1945,U.S.

resources into each weapons lab's
orbit.

What does it mean that the UC
"manages" these labs? It means
that the operations

of these sites

While they have traditionally

been

plutonium bomb cores for several
years now. Last year the government paid UC's LANL $217 million
to manufacture plutonium bomb
cores for nuclear weapons.

Bidding for the Bomb Lab
UC is not guranteed its contract to manage the bomb labs anymore. By December Ist, 2005 the DOE
will select LANL'snext manager. Competing against the UC is a team headed by Lockheed Martin Corp.
and the University ofTexas.
To take on this pair (the world's largest weapons contracting corporation, and the university
of Bush's home state) the UC has formed a partnership with the Bechtel, BWX Technologies Inc., and
Washington Group International, corporations all intimately involved in the whole nuclear cycle. Among
many other things Bechtel manages the Nevada Test Site where the US tests its nuclear weapons. BWXT
operates the Pantex Facility in Texas, where all US nuclear weapons are assembled. WGI operates nuclear
waste disposal sites and handles other aspects of the nuclear cycle for private and government entities.

On wednesday May 25, 2005 over 50 UC students converged on the Regents meeting at UCSF. The students called
for the abolition of nuclear weapons, and democratization of the University. After the Regents vote to bid for the
cont ract to manage Los Alamos the students disrupted the meeting until UC police forced them from t he room.

This is not all that these labs
produce. Each is also a powerful
source of a particularly militaristic
ideology. Senior officials at both
labs have historically promoted increasing budgets for nuclear weapons activities in addition to more
aggressive weapons policies. Many
at the labs are at the forefront of
promoting biological and chemical
weapons research in the U.S.
Both labs have also produced tons
of radioactive toxins. Livermore
Lab has released tritium into local
groundwater , while Los Alamos
has released nearly every known
radioactive substance into the
atmosphere. Both sites store large
quantities of plutonium , uranium ,
and other deadly elements. Daily
operations at both labs create

piles of radioactively contaminated
equipment, clothing , and materials. These labs are environmental
disasters.
Both labs are at the forefront of
the renewed nuclear weapons
complex. With new weapons
designs, new arsenals , new targets ,
and new roles for nuclear weapons
planned for by the Bush administration and many in the US congress, both labs are eager to begin
work. Nuclear weapons spending
is higher now than it was during
the Cold War. Unless it is challenged the UC is likely to remain a
willing participant in this irrational
and inhuman arms race .
There is opposition to the status
quo. The Coalition to Demilitarize the UC is a group of students ,

community members, and nonprofit organizations working to
see that the UC is no longer
complicit in the production of
weapons of mass destruction. We
share a larger vision of a world
free of nuclear weapons and war.
We 're working not only to end
the UC 's role in nuclear proliferation , but for a much saner, sustainable, and just world. This is one
step along the way. To get involved
with the Coalition contact any of
the following members.
Will Parrish - Nuc lear Age Peace
Foundation: wparrish@napf.org
Tara Dorabji - Tri -Valley CAREs:
tara@triva lleycares.org
Jackie Cabasso - Western States Legal
Foundation: wslf@earthlink.net
Darwin BondGraham - Fiat Pax:
darwin@riseup.net

33

Thought Wal-Mart Treated Workers
Poorly? Workers & the University
By the DisGuide Collective
Last spring quarter the janitors , cafeteria
workers , groundskeepers , and other UC service
workers went on strike to protest the University's
continued mistreatment of its employees. The strike
was held at every UC campus, with students and faculty joining in to call for a more just university.

The strike last spring succeeded in winning
a better contract for those who clean, cook , and
maintain the university . The new contract included
better pay, necessary benefits like healthcare , and
much more. The strike succeeded because it was the
right and just thing to do, and because many students ,
faculty, and other staff
The strike ocmembers joined the sercurred because the
vice workers in solidarity
University's administraby walking out of classes,
tion refused to negotiate
joining the picket lines, and
in good faith with the
voicing their support. At
worker 's unions ,AFSCME
UC Santa Cruz the whole
(Association of Federal,
campus was literally shut
State, County , and Mudown by a coalition of stunicipal Employees), and
dents and workers. It was
CUE (Coalition of Unia powerful and extremely
versity Employees). For
effective show of solidarmore than a year both
ity, and along with actions
unions had been working
here at Santa Barbara,
Photo from: www.rasq uachemedi a.o rg and sbindymedia.org
without a contract, the
at Berkeley , Los Angeles ,
Irvine , Davis, Riverside , San
agreement between the
University and its workers that establishes pay scales,
Francisco, and San Diego , the strike succeeded in makhealth care coverage , career advancement structure ,
ing the UC Regents and administration listen to and
and other basic conditions of labor. The UC adminisprovide for worker 's needs.
tration claimed that the workers demand 's for higher
There 's much more work to be done. The
wages, for good healthcare, and other necessities was
current UC service workers ' contract is an improvetoo much , and that the University could not afford it.
ment, but it 's not all that it needs to be. Many UC
All of this while top-level administrators were receiving raises exceeding tens of thousands of dollars push- service and clerical workers are still paid much less
ing many of their individual salaries beyond a quarter
than the cost of living. According to the National
of a million dollars.
Economic Development and Law Center, " UC service
workers ' wages are too low to cover the bare-bones
As if the absurd pay inequalities weren't
costs of raising a family : 93% of UC service workers
enough , UC has also been diverting money intended
earn wages that would not meet basic needs for a sinfor staff wage increases, often spending the money
gle adult with a child , and 46% earn wages that would
on other things, or simply putting it in reserves. The
not meet basic needs for a two wage-earner , two
administration diverted approximately $20 million
child family (if both adults earn the same amount) :'
in such funds in 2004 alone. According to Gerald R.
These 7000 UC service workers are mostly immiMcKay, an arbiter selected by CUE and the University
grants , women , and minorities. Their plight is known
to investigate wage stagnation , there is " no question
by millions of workers in the United States who have
that the University is in a position to afford a wage
experienced a drastic decline in their quality of life for
increase for the clerical employees."
decades now. Wages have dropped , employers have

34

withdrawn healthcare, childcare, pensions, and
other benefits, and job security has crumbled.

Problems still loom large for UC workers and
students, as there is no indication that funding for higher education will increase, that UC
administrators will get their priorities straight,
or that massive state spending on prisons ,
wars , and corporate subsidies will decline. As
worker's wages decline relative to prices,
as benefits are slashed, student fees are
raised .

The University's support for these
7000 employees is so poor that the average food serv ice worker qualifies for nine
state and federal assistance programs. These
include: food stamps, housing subsidies,
and the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs. In this respect, UC's
mistreatment of its workers results
The strike last spring was part of an
UC Regent John Moores: Net
answer to these problems. Workers and
in the same kind of shenanigans that
Worth, $750 Million
Wal-Mart has been pulling for years. By
students proved that by joining forces we
paying its workers next
can successfully oppose the
to nothing the University ,
unjust system of exploitalike Wal-Mart, is profiting
tion that is draining all of us.
off publicly funded programs that cover healthA Quick Guide to
care, housing , and other
Campus Unions
needs that should be
AFSCME Local 3299 - The
paid for by the employer,
American Federation of State,
but are not because of
Academic Provost
UC President
Average UC
County, and Municipal Employees
MRC Greenwood:
Robert Dynes:
"represents 17,000 workers at
Chancellor: Salary,
the worker's vulnerable
Salary, $380,000
Salary, $395,000
the University of California. Our
$300,000
position and inability to
union represents workdemand more withli.;;F\3
ers from every UC facility
in the state, including the
out the risk of losing
ten campuses,five meditheir jobs.
cal centers, agricultural and
marine research stations,
and all other facilities that
employ UC workers." This
includes nearly 7000 service
workers. (From the AFSCME
Local 3299 web site, www.
afscme3299.org

Here at
UCSB many of our
friends and colleagues who cook,
clean, and maintain
the University are
CUE - "The Coalition
struggling to survive.
of University Employees
(CUE) is the independent,
The cost of living in
member-run union which
Santa Barbara county
was elected in November,
is incredibly high and
Maximum UC Service Worker's Pay: UC Cafeteria Workers Average 1997 by clerical employees
Pay:$8.50/hr or $16,400
throughout the UC system to
rising, while average
13.02/hr or $25,000
represent them. CUE, which
pay for workers is
was founded in 1995, is made
incredibly low and stagnating. Students know about
up entirely of UC clerical employees." (From the CUE web site,
these issues. Rent is robbery , constantly increasing
www.cueunion.org
alongside our fees.
The UC 's clerical workers are struggling
alongside the service workers. Their pay is equally undervalued and they haven't seen a sufficient increase
in pay or benefits in years. Meanwhile the prices of
housing, food, and gasoline soar.

UPTE - Represents UC's 4000 technical employees, 2000
health care professionals and 4000 researchers (From the UPTE
web site, www.upte.org
UAW Local 2865 - is the union representing over 12,000
academic student employees,TAs, tutors, readers, and others at 8
campuses of the University of California. (From the UAW Local
2865 web site, www.uaw2865.org

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By Will Parrish
For as long as there have
been IFor as long as there have
been fee increases at the University of California, there has been
student resistance to them.
Back in 1967, it cost a
grand total of $ I 50 a year
to attend the UC for undergraduate California residents
(adjusting for inflation).When
Ronald Reagan announced his
plan that year to cut the UC
budget by 25 percent, several
thousand students responded
by marching on Sacramento.
Since then , UC students have
engaged in rallies , occupations of administrative buildings, walk-outs , boycotts, and
various other demonstrations against the skyrocketing cost of their education.
Occasionally , these actions
have made a concrete impact ,
causing a reversal of some
portion of the CA State Legislature 's planned UC funding cuts or the UC Regents'
planned fee increases.
But that impact has invariably
been limited , and it seems
that the same gut-wrenching cycle takes place every year.
The State Legislature cuts funding
for higher education, the Regents
announce a fee increase , students
protest. student governments lobby, a new batch of student activists
graduate , and still the fees go up.
In short, campaigns to
counter fee increases have been
failing for 38 years , despite some
great organizing on the part of
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several generations of students.
The first step, if we are to come
to terms with this failure , is to
recognize the circumstances that
caused the cost of a UC education
to begin its steep climb in the first
lace.

The second step is to
reformulate the strategies of past
anti-fee increase campaigns in a
way that takes into account the
real source of Student Power.
As the price of a UC education becomes increasingly unaffordable , the decline in diversity at
UC campuses has been staggering. Meanwhile , the average debt
of college graduates in 2003 was

$17 ,000. As we strive to transform
this staggering injustice, let's keep
in mind a popular slogan of the
May '68 uprising in Paris:" be realistic - demand the impossible. "

Fee Increases in a National and International
Context
Fee increases are inevitable
unless we pursue the goal of
cheaper or free higher education as part of a campaign for
much broader and deeper
social change. To take only one
very obvious example , there
certainly won 't be cheaper
or free higher education at
the UC , or anywhere else in
this country , as long as the US
in engaged in a $200-billionand-counting war of conquest
abroad. Likewise , the war in
Iraq connects with countless
other local , national , and global
injustices.
During the '60s, the student
movement at UC Berkeley
emerged as a major political
force , but it also induced serious resentment among a
significant portion of the voting
population of California. Ronald
Reagan was elected as governor in
1966 based largely on his promise
to clean up " the mess at Berkeley."
Reagan's election was historically significant largely because
his repressive approach to student
Over the past 40 years, this backlash has brought to power a series
of reactionary politicos who have
colluded with their corporate

sponsors and partners to continually expand public spending on war , corporate
give-aways, prisons and the " War on Drugs'' - at the expense of education and
social services.
George W Bush and his administration are strong inheritors of this tradition. Most Democrats currently in power are not fundamentally much different.
To quote the Long Road Collective , a group of UCSC graduate students who
published a pamphlet on UC funding priorities in spring 2005, what is happening
in the UC system is " not happening in a vacuum. " What goes on at the UC "connects with what goes on in California state politics, which must be understood in
a national and
international
I I
context:'
In a nutshell ,
here 's the complex task before
us:We must
come to understand how efforts to address
the cost of a UC
education are
related to other
efforts to bring
about the kind
of transformation that would
make free higher
This is only a small preview of what a UC student strike would look education poslike (UC Berkeley students protesting the Iraq war in 2003).
sible.

What

is to Be Done?

Just as Argentine students in 1918 and 1919 mobilized a highly successful
student strike in which virtually all of their demands were met (mainly , student
involvement in decision-making); just as students and workers went on strike
in Paris in 1968, nearly precipitating revolution; and just as students all over the
world have conducted general strikes dating back to the 1600s, it's high time that
we in the US learned from our forebears and simply stopped going to class.
As the folks in these past movements realized full well, the main power
students wield is their power to withhold their cooperation from a system that
depends on this cooperation for its very existence. By attending class, buying
textbooks , supporting campus businesses, etc., students are like the pillars propping up a top-down educational apparatus. When we act from underneath this
oppressive structure , our impact is invariably limited. But if we remove the
pillars (by withdrawing
our support), the structure will collapse , and suddenly those in power will be in an extremely vulnerable position indeed. 1
We're at least a few years away from a ripe time for a national student strike, so let's start with something more modest: a UC student strike
in , say, the fall of 2006 or the winter of 2007.
The demands of the strike don't even have to stretch beyond the
UC.

How Student
Fees Work
,iTechnically, most UC
students don't pay tuition.
Other than non-California
residents, who pay "nonresident tuition ,'' everyone else
pays a combination of different " fees," the biggest of
which is the Educational Fee
(essentially, the same thing
as tuition). The other fees
mandatory to all UC students include a "registration
fee" and a health insurance
fee. The variety and size
of other compulsory fees
vary by campus, but usually
include fees for such basic
services as"free" bus transportation.
,iThe UC receives the vast
majority of its funding from
the State of California, as
well as a comparatively
small amount from private
donations, particularly from
alumni. As the share of funding the State provides has
declined through the years,
the UC Regents have invariably opted to make up the
difference by increasing the
educational and registration
fees.
,rshortly after the UC was
founded in 1869,it was established that "for the time
being, an admission fee and
rates of tuition such as the
board of regents shall deem
expedient, may be required
of each pupil. ...As soon as
the income shall permit,
admission and tuit ion shall
be free to all residents of
the State."
,rt guess we're all still waiting
on the income to perm it.

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Democratizing
the UC

we 're talking about
some really major
19i8 - 200 3
changes.
Mandato ry
Average
Non.residen t
Take another
SyC'.temwi
d.
e
Fees
Campus
Fees
Year
Tuition
The UC
look at the chart on
Regents get away
1978- 79
$
671
$
49
1,905
thia page. Compul19·79-80
685
51
2,400
with increasing our
7 19
57
1980-81
2,400
sory fees for in-state
fees on an annual
1981-82
938
60
2,880
1982-83
1,236
66
3,loO
undergraduates have
basis for the same
1983-84
1,315
72
3,360
soared by over $2 ,000
1984-85
1,2.45
79
3,564
basic reason they
1985-86
1,2 45
81
3,816
in the last three years
get away with ex1986-87
1,245
100
4,086
alone. When you look
1987-88
1,374
118
4,290
ploiting campus
1988-89
1,434
120
4,956
at that chart, realize
1989-90
1,476
158
s.'i99
workers , overseeing
1990-91
1,624
196
6,4 16
that , given the US' curthe nation 's nuclear
1991-92
2,274
7,699
2 12
rent political direction ,
1992-93
2,824
220
7,699
weapons laborato1993-94
3,454
273
7,699
things are poised only
1994-95
3,799
3 12
7,699
ries , and investing
3,799
7,699
1995-96
340
to get worse - much
billions of dollars in
1996-97
3,799
367
8,394
worse.
1997-98
3,799
413
8,984
businesses that prop
1998-99
3,799
428
9,384
When you take a
1999 -200 0
3,79 9
474
9,804
up oppressive politi3,799
look at that chart , also
2000- 01
535
10,24-4
cal regimes: namely,
2001- 02
(I)
3,799
430
10,704
realize that the trend
2002- 03 (Anllua lized)
(I)
4,204
453
12,~80
a lack of democracy.
2003 -04
( I)
5,464
546
13,730
it displays is only a
For example , when
tiny microcosm of the
was the last time
sort of injustices being
you were asked to
staff , and perhaps some full-time
perpetuated at every
provide meaningful input into
administrators. The highly sucmoment of every day by the
any important decisions regardcessful " participatory budgeting"
present global system of cening the institution you 're paying
system that o r iginated in Porto
tralized power and corporatetens of thousands of dollars to
Alegre, Brazil, provides one posstate-industrial domination. As
be a part of?
sible model that the UC could
maddening as it is to be paying
That 's exactly what I
adapt. 2
over $7 ,000 a year and countthought_
While democratizing
ing for something that very well
As the extremely opthe UC wouldn 't solve all our
ought to be free , the burden of
pressive and undemocratic
problems , it would be a tremendoing so is nothing compared
institution that it is, the Board
dously important step , one with
to the misery wrought on those
of Regents deserves to be
the potential to inspire similar
who really suffer at the hands of
severely disempowered , if not
processes of democratization
this system ,.
entirely abolished. In its place
at scores of institutions all over
The ange r students feel
should be instituted a system of
the country and world.
over fees being increased at
shared governance on the part
Students acting in isolaan unprecedented rate presof students , faculty members ,
tion often lack the
ents a unique opportunity for
power to challenge
masses of students to connect
institutions based
the dots and recognize this ugly
on extremely consystem for what it truly is. If
centrated power ,
we transform the UC , we can
which is one reason
stop student fee increases. If we
it 's vital that we
transform the UC , we can begin
continue to build
to transform the world.
on the promise of
I. T his idea is based heavily o n a concep t
the student-worker
called " Peo ple Pow er." For more inforcoalitions that have
mati o n, visit http:// glo baljusticeec o logy.
formed at the UC in
org/peo plepow er.
recent years. Make
2. For mo re informa t ion, Goo gle "par t ici pathis a UC-wide
tor y budgetin g Porto A legre"
student
and
worker
Last Spring students in Q uebec went o n a " greve generale"
strike , and then
(general strik e) to op pose plans to raise the ir fees.

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TOTAL TUI110N A.'ID FEE CHARGES
FOR :SONRESW ENT UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

[ queer

terminology

Queer folks are often the victims
of verbal, emotional, physical,
and sexual abuse in their homes ,
schools , and communities. One
step in being a better ally to the
queer community and rejecting
the institutions that
discourage you
from familiarizing
'
yourself with queer
identities is to learn
~
the terms that
members of the
'
queer community
embrace. Word choice
is important when certain
terms have historically
been used to perpetuate
violence against the queer
community. While
some terms have
been reclaimed
in order
to restore
justice,
many terms
are still a
source of
discomfort
and pain for
queer folks.

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No one of
these definitions
is authoritative
and this list is in no way
complete. Many terms were left
out due to space considerations.
Many of those terms are contested
and require much explanation, but
at the same time, are sources of
verbal and emotional abuse for
many people who embrace those
terms.
In order to be an ally to the queer
communities, it is not enough to
familiarize yourself with this list.
People self-identify and select the
terms (ones that may not appear
on this list) that they feel most
apply to them, so please respect
everyone's choice of terms. For

I campaigns

I how to be a better

example, if a person says that she
identifies as female, use "s he"/" her,"
regardless of what kind of body
that person may have been born
into.
If you are not sure which pronouns
a person prefers, ask,
~ "W hich pronouns would
,
you like me to use / do you
prefer?" Be patient with a
person who is questioning
~ their gender identity. A
person may shift back
and forth before deciding
on what gender expression
best matches their identity. A
person may ask to be called by
one name one day and another
name another name another
day. Do your best to be
respectful and call the
person by the name
they request. Selfperception is the key
to many of these
identity labels.

..._

For example, a selfidentified lesbian
may have emotional,
sensual, and/or
sexual relationships
with male-identified
folks and still maintain
her identification as a lesbian.
Also, embracing a bisexual
identity, for example, is not about
demonstrating bisexuality through
one's behavior and actions, it is
about attraction and identity.
Many people engage in sexual
activity with people of both sexes,
yet do not identify as bisexual.
Likewise, other people engage in
sexual relations only with people
of one sex, or do not engage in
sexual activity at all, yet consider
themselves bisexual.

ally)

resourcesavailableat the RCSGD
(see directoryon page 65 for more
information).

Terminology
Sex - medical term referring to
genetic , biological, hormonal , and
physical characteristics used to
identify a person at birth as female,
male, or intersex.

Gender- psychosocial construct
most people use to classify a
person as a man, woman , both , or
neither.

Genderroles- set of socially
defined behaviors based upon a
person 's sex.

Genderpresentation/expression/
performance- way a person
presents themselves as "masc uline"
or "fe minine " or something else
entirely and communicates their
gender to other people, including
dress, speech, body language, etc.

Genderfuck- deliberately sending
mixed messages about one's
gender. For example, a man
wearing women's clothing and a
beard is genderfucking.

Genderqueer- describes nonbinary gender expression. Includes
people who feel like no genderincluding "ma n," " woman ," or
"tra nsgender" adequately describes
their experience. Can be neither
" man" or " woman " or bot h.

Gendervariant- those who cannot
or choose not to conform to
societal gender norms associated
with their physical sex.

Formore ideas on how to be a better Transgendercommunity- the
allyto the gender variantltransgender/ loose association of people who
transgress gender norms in a
queer communities,please see the
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variety of ways. Terms include ftm
(female-to-male) or mtf (male-tofemale).

Transsexual- person whose
gender identity is incongruent with
their sex and who is preparing
to undergo or has undergone
"sexual reassignment surgery"
(SRS) or hormone therapy.
Sexual orientation varies. Male
transsexual refers to ftm's and
female transsexual refers to mtf 's.

Transvestite/crossdresser
- person
who gets (sex ual) enjoyment
wearing clothing identified with
the "op posite " gender. Calling a
transgender person a transvestite
or crossdresser can be offensive
because this implies that the
transgender identity is " just a
phase."

without gender being an important
factor in their attraction. People
in the latter group often are called
bisexuals for lack of a better
term, although many prefer to call
themselves " pansexual," "sex uallyfluid," or "o mni-sexual :'

GenderFuckterms compliedfrom
OutWrite Newsmagazine,Winter
2005 (outwrite@media.ucla.edu).
Otherterms compiledfrom various
pamphlets availableat the Resource
Center for Sexualand Gender
Diversity(see page 5 7 for more
information).

Others are unsafe and uncomfortable to people who do not
fit existing gender norms, who
may identify as transgender or
genderqueer. Because of the lack
of safe, accessible, gender-neutral
bathrooms on this campus, student, staff, and faculty are forced to
travel across campus just to find a
bathroom to use. Safe gender-neutral bathrooms are important not
only for transgender people, but
also to traditional targets of hate
crimes, families, people with caretakers or aides, and many others.
Currently, PISSAR has three main
goals:
I. To raise awareness about what
safe and accessible bathrooms are,
how bathroom access affects both
disability and genderqueer communities , and why action is necessary.

lntersexual- a person having both
male and female sexual organs or
hormonal makeup ; having sexual
organs or hormone makeup
that does not align with what is
conventionally defined as "ma le"
or "female"; approximately I in
I 000 births are intersex babies,
bodies that doctors cannot neatly
classify and on which doctors
often perform involuntary
medical interventions. For better
information , visit www.isna.org

Hermaphrodite- an old medical
term describing intersex people.
Many intersex activists reject this
word due to the stigmatization
arising from its roots and the abuse
that medical professionals inflicted
on them under this label. Some
intersex people use this work as
a "pr ide word " like "q ueer " and
" dyke," but non-intersex people
should avoid this term.

Bisexuality- the potential to feel
sexually attracted to and to engage
in sensual or sexual relationships
with people of either sex.A
bisexual person may not be equally
attracted to both sexes, and the
degree of attraction may vary over
time. Some bisexual people are
attracted to both men and women
and some are attracted to people

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2. To find, map and verify existing accessible and gender-neutral
bathrooms at UCSB.

3. To demand conversion of exist-

The Campaign for
Gender-Neutral
and Accessible
Restrooms at UCSB
PISSAR (People In Search of Safe
and Accessible Restrooms) is a
UCSB-based coalition of disability
and genderqueer activists. Our
groups began to address a major
health and safety issue on our
campus: the fact that restrooms
are not available or accessible to
all members so of our community.
We believe that all people, regardless of their ability, gender identification or gender presentation ,
have the right to access safe and
dignified restrooms without fear of
harassment. judgment. or violence.

At present, many campus restrooms illegally violate ADA codes
and are not wheelchair accessible.

ing sub-standard university restrooms and the creation of accessible and gender-neutral restrooms
in new and renovated campus
buildings.
It is imperative that the university
show commitment to restroom
safety and accessibility, and actively
work to repair and improve the
current restroom situations on our
campus.

Some Resources:PISSAR(pissar_
ucsb@yahoo.com),PISSRSan Francisco (www.pissr.org)

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·f you have any questions or
com ments regarding this article
r have proposed changes for the
r,ext edition of the DisOrientation
Guide, please contact Tanya
: aperny at tpaperny@gmail.com
'For genderqueer-related (and
ther) on-campus student
organizations, see the directory
page 65 of this guide.

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COVERING ALL THE BASES

[ 5 other ucsb-related campaigns you should know about]
The DisOrientotionGuidecoverso lot
of UCSBstudent campaignsin quite
o bit of detail,but there ore also o
lot of reallyrighteouscampaignswe
didn'tget to coverin much depth this
year. fn on effort to make up for this
lock of depth,we'll at least attempt
to be comprehensive.Belowis o list
of five other current UCSB-connected
campaignsfor change.
I. Military
cruitment:

Counter-Re-

Military recruiters
are notorious for lying and/or
severely exaggerating the opportunities available through military
service. In fact, it's virtually part
of their job description. These
recruiters have monthly "recru itment " quotas to fulfill , and naturally, they're willing to say just about
anything to convince you to be a
statistic they can report back to
their bosses.
An important element that makes
military recruitment unjust :The recruiters disproportionately target
the most economically vulnerable
citizens with their sales pitches,
which in turn means a disproportionate number of socio-economically disadvantages people of colo r
are joining the military and being
killed overseas.
The counter-recruitment movement has been part icularly strong
at college campuses, where demonstrations against military recruitment and draft registration have a
very rich history . UCSB students
and faculty have increasingly become a part of the trend. Last
May,about 20 stu dents stormed
Cheadle Hall and strongly urged
Chancellor Yang to support a ban
on military recruiters on campus.
Later that month, the Student
Commission on Racial Equality
(SCORE) dedicated its seventh
annual " Facing Race" co nference
to the theme "Demilitariz ing Our
Minds and Communities," with a
series of workshops and speakers
on counter-recruitment being one
of the main highlights.
As stu dent s at campuses nationwide work to create a ban on
military recruiters at their cam-

pus, UCSB may soon become one
of the first universities to do so:
In January, Professor Emeritus of
sociology Thomas Scheff drafted a
proposal to the Academic Senate
proposing a ban on military recruiters on campus. The proposal
has been co-signed by 17 other
faculty members, and it will likely
be put to a final vote this fall. In
the meantime , students will be
working to create the critical mass
necessary to influence the Academic Senate decision. For more
information , check out the article
on SCORE on page 26.
www.youthandthemilitary.org
www.counterrecruiter.net
www.wagingpeace.org/youth

l. Divest from Israel:

For
the past several years, UC students
have been building a campaign
that stands on the shoulders of
the historic South African Divestment campaign of the '70s and '80s.
The Israeli occupation of Palestine
represents a global injustice, but
also one that UC students have the
ability to significantly impact . The
UC Regents bolster the occupation through over $3.5 billion in
investments in compan ies with
operations in Israel. General Electric, for example, has strong ties to
the Israeli military and receives an
average of $650 million from the
Regents per year. Students and
faculty across the US, including at
the UC, have drafted petition s and
staged protests to convince their
university directorates to divest
t~eir holdings from these companies.

www.ucdivestorg
3. Divest from Sudan:

The
UC's endowment currently inclu des $133 million in investments
in companies operating in Sudan.
These investments enable the
Sudanese dictatorship to pur chase
weapons and co nt inue a military
campaign that Congress and the
State Department call genocide.
http:llwww.iabolish.com/campaigns/campaign.php?id=uc
www.sudanactivism.com

www.divestsudan.org

4. Anti-Sweatshop:

Th e
labor rights organization United
Students Against Sweatshops
(www.studentsagainstsweatshops.
org) was formed in 1998, the same
year the student led anti-sweatshop movement got its start at
Duke University. Today, trademark
licensing codes of cona uct which
ensure retail items with a university logo are produced without violating human rights have become
common practice all thanks to
protests , sit-ins and teach-ins on
campuses nationwide, including our
own. UCSB removed sweatsho p
items from its bookstores after
stu dent s and professors like Rich
Appelbaum (known internationally
for studying and fighting injustice
behind the label) lobbied the UC
to pass its own code of co nduct in
2000.
www.nosweatapparel.com
www.americanapparel.com
www.gxonlinestore.org

S. Stop Killer Coke:

Another
campaign spearheaded by United
Students ~ainst Sweatshops.
Coca-Colas been in hot water for
its reckless corporate practi ces,
to say the least-it 's been charged
violent union busting in Turkey , and
implicated in the torture, kidnapping, and murder of union organizers at Coke bottling plant s in
Columbia.
If your outrage has you thirsty,
unfortunately, you won't find many
alternatives to Coke produ cts at
UCSB-the soda giant has got a
monopoly on what you drink on
campus.
That's why the UCSB Student
Lobby Labor Coalition, in partnership with other UCs and universities across the country are pressuring schools to investigate and
reconsi der doing business with
Coke. We com prise a key marketing demographic for the company,
and as students, again find we have
unique leverage to push the powerful to change.
www.killercoke.org

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PUEBLO(PeopleUnitingfor Economic
Justice
BuildingLeadership
throughOrganization)


From Santa Barbara PUEBLO 's web site www.sbpueblo.org
PUEBLO is a multi-issue grassroots membership
organization that is building the power and leadership
of low-income Santa Barbara residents by working
towards economic and environmental justice.
Santa Barbara is one of the wealthiest communities in the United States, yet there is tremendous
poverty.The high cost of living is forcing
working families to hold multiple jobs ,
commute long distances for lowwage work, and live in crowd ed apartments. Many
are frequently forced
to make hard choices
between paying the rent,
feeding their families , or
going to the doctor.
Since 2000 ,
PUEBLO has fought for
living wages, affordable
housing , public transportation , immigrant rights ,
affordable housing , health care , child care , tenants
rights , and homeless issues.We believe in a future for
Santa Barbara that respects workers , honors diversity ,
and builds strong communities .
PUEBLO (formally the Coalition for a Living Wage) was formed in July of 2000 to pass a living
wage ordinance in Santa Barbara.Through the living
wage campaign, PUEBLO was able to build a powerful
coalition of over fifty labor , faith-based , and community organizations to win real victories for low-wage
workers while raising awareness in Santa Barbara
about economic inequality.
PUEBLO has spearheaded several successful
campaigns including saving the Cleveland Child Care
Center , winning a discounted I 0-ride and unlimited
30-day bus passes, spearheading the local campaign
that defeated Proposition 54, lobbying and gaining key
local support for SB 60 which expands drivers license
access to immigrants , and turning out working family
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voters for the City Council election , resulting in two
PUEBLO members being elected to City Council (see
" victories ") .Through these victories , PUEBLO has
emerged as a leading voice for economic justice in
Santa Barbara.
We welcome you to join the struggle!

The Living Wage Campaign in SB

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In December 2004 , PUEBLO
decided to launch a new living wage campaign in Santa
Barbara. PUEBLO formed a
coalition , now called " Santa

Barbara for a Living Wage ",
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made up of several labor ,
faith-based , and community
organizations to push for a
living wage ordinance.The
living wage ordinance would
require employers who
benefit from local tax dollars
through contracts or subsidies, to pay their workers a
living wage of $13.40 with health insurance , and $2
additional without health insurance.
Santa Barbara functions in large part because
of service workers. All over Santa Barbara , low-wage
workers clean houses and offices, beautify downtown ,
sort through recycling , sell souvenirs to tourists , clean
police and fire uniforms , pick, transport, and serve
food , work in the hotels, and care for thousands of
children and elderly members of our community.
Almost all of these jobs in Santa Barbara are
non-union poverty-wage paying jobs .The vast majority of workers in these industries are Latino. In Santa
Barbara , most service workers must work two jobs
to support their families. Low wage employers rarely
provide health insurance , and most workers cannot afford health care. Santa Barbara County has the
highest rate of uninsured children in California. The
skyrocketing cost of rent and health care creates a
situation where one medical emergency can thrust a

family into homelessness.
In t he meantime , large co mpanie s are getting
million s of our tax doll ars in City contracts , yet are

paying their workers poverty wages.
A living wage ordinance will enable hundreds
of hard working families to lift themselves out of
poverty . Workers will spend the added income in the
community , which will benefit local small businesses.

VOTE! PUEBLO's Recommendations for
the Ballot Initiatives this November
PROPOSITION 74-NO
If passed , this measure would require new classroom teachers to serve a
5-year probationary period rather than the current two years. They " 'ould
also lose the right to have a fair bearing on their dismissal during this
period. Current la" ' already allows for firing teachers who are not performing in the classroom. Job security and fair treatment are crucial for
attracting qualified, motivated people to careers in education. Proposition
74 does nothing to alleviate the underfunding , overcrowding and the lack
of materials and resotu·ces which plague our public schools. Instead , it
punishes new teachers. We say: NO on 74.
PROPOSITION 75-NO
This act requires nurses, teachers, firefighters, police and other public
emplo yees to sign a written form every year , if they want their dues to be
used for union political activities. No such requirement would be given
to corporate or special interest groups. Unions are already required to
ask permission to use dues on most political activity. This measure is designed by corporate and ultra-conservative activists to hamstring unions
in their ability to respond when politicians try to harm the environment,
education , health care and public safety. We say: NO on 75.
PROPOSITION 76-NO
This proposition to give the Governor new powers to single-handedly
slash state funding, while gutting the voter -approved education funding requirements in Proposition 98. Poorly ,vritten , it could also deprive
cities and counties of hundreds of millions of dollars for police, firefighters, health care and social service programs. This act would devastate our
public schools and other vital services, cutting school funding by over $4
billion every year- that's $600 per student! Our schools lost two billion
dollars when the Governor broke bis promise to repa y the money be took
from education. If this initiative passes, Schwarzenegger will never have
to repay that money to our schools. California already ranks near the bottom in education spending, why let the Governor mortgage our childrens'
future? We say: NO on 76.

When subsidized emp loye rs are allowed to
pay their worker s poverty wage s, tax payers end up
footing a double bill: the initial subsidy, and then the
food stam ps, emergency medical, hou sing and othe r
social services neede d to sustain low-wage workers
and their families.
More than 25 com munitie s in California have
passed living wage ordinances , including Ventura ,
Oxnard , Pasadena, Los Angeles , Port Hueneme, Watsonville, San Fernando , Los Angel es, San Jose,West
Hollywood, Santa Clara , Hayward , Richmond , Santa
Cruz , and Marin County. Santa Barbar a should not be
an exception.
Although the Santa Barbar a City Council has
yet to pass a living wage o rdinan ce, the two highest
vote getters in the November 2003 City Council election , Helene Schneider and Das Williams , both publicly
supported a living wage in their campaigns.
Santa Barbara for a Living Wage is pushing the
City Council to adopt a living wage ordinance this
year. For mo re information, see the living wage website at www.sblivingwage.org.

PROPOSITION 77-NO
This measure amends the process for redistricting California's Senate,
A'iSembly, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts, putting the
process in the hands of a three-member panel of retired judges , selected
by legislative leaders. It would require immediate redistricting, a costly
and unnecessary process which will produce unfair results using outdated
census data. Even Republican Secretary of State Bruce McPherson believes this measure is fatally flawed. We don 't need this expen.~ivedistraction. We say: NO on 77.
PROPOSITION 78-NO
The big drug companies are going to spend millions trying to fool voters
and keep them from passing the real prescription drug relief contained in
Prop. 79. This phony measure says only that drug companies can enter a
•voluntary" program to reduce prices ...but why would they? A "No" vote
on this measure is necessary to provide consumers with real relief from
soaring drug prices , because whichever measure gets the highest number
of votes becomes law. We say: NO on 78.
PROPOSITION 79-YES
We all know that health care is in crisis. The same life-saving drugs that
are sold at outrageous prices here in the U.S. are affordab le in Canada,
Germany and other countries where action has been taken to bring prices
dO\\'ll.Supported by seniors and consumer groups, this initiative would
make it mandatory for drug companies to provide low-income residents
with cheaper prescription drugs, or risk being barred from state MediCal contracts. The discounts would come in the form of rebates that are
negotiated between the state and drug makers. This measure also calls for
an oversight board and would make certain prescription drug profiteering
illegal. We Say: Yes on 79.
PROPOSmON 80- YES
A response to the deregulation disaster that brought us the energy crisis
of the late 1990s , this measure aims to bring stability and reliability back
to California's electricity grid It will prevent the kind of Enron-style market manipulation that led to rolling blackouts and slqrrocketing electricity
bills, and further commits California to increased reliance on renewable
energy sources. The ultimate result will be affordable, reliable energy for
ALL Californians. We say: Yes on 80.

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Peace

Be Upon You

"Asalamu Alaikum!" (Peace be upon you).This
is what Muslims say when they greet other Muslims
or when they greet Christians and Jews who speak
Arabic. When a Muslim says these words , they are
talking to the person or people they are greeting ,
along with the angels. This is a
powerful statement that reflects
the nature of Islam. A Muslim is
someone who finds or has found
peace in his/her heart through
submitting to God. We believe
that Christians and Jews are
our brothers and sisters
because we are all " people of
the book " and we all have the
same God.
It breaks my heart to
experience and watch my fellow Muslims experience hate
crimes , dehumanization , and
discrimination of all kinds in
America , a country that values
and celebrates diversity. Many
Muslims have emigrated to
this country for political freedom , job
opportunities , and education. However, even though we Muslims love this
country and its peoples , we are dehumanized on a daily basis. I cannot bare to watch
the propaganda shown in the American media at this
time , which dehumanizes Muslims (in particular Arab
Muslims) , resulting in many American people becoming more and more angry and hating Muslims so much
that some of them have chosen to deeply hurt us
verbally, emotionally and physically.The propaganda in
the American media is full of deceptions about Muslims ,Arabs , and peoples in the Middle East in general.
I understand the purpose of propaganda - uniting a
people together to fight " the enemy:• But we are not
your enemy ... Muslims are not " the enemy." Demonizing an entire people is like what the Nazis did to the
Jews during and prior to the Holocaust, and what the
Americans did to the Japanese last century. That is
what many Americans are doing to Muslim Americans
and Arab Muslims right now and have been doing for
the past years. This country has dehumanized us for
so long and to such an extent that people forget that
yes, Muslims are humans , yes, they do have emotions
and feelings , yes, they are cultured and civilized just as
yourselves , and no, we are not " terrorists: ' That is a
name that we have been branded with to dehumanize
us.The " enemy " identified with us are radical terrorists. They represent Muslims no more than the Ku

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Klux Klan represents Christians. We students , with
the benefit of higher education , should not succumb
to the temptation of stereotyping any people , religion or culture.You have no idea how much it hurts
me when people look at me like I am a terrorist , just
because I am a Muslim.
I am a Muslim. I have a heart. I have
feelings. I believe in justice and
equality. I respect everyone , no
matter what they believe , where
they came from , or what they look
like. I treat people how I would
want to be treated, and I believe
in peace. I am a student at UCSB
and I have experienced a lot of
intolerance because I am a
Muslim , and I have witnessed
other Muslims being treated
unkindly and disrespectfully on
campus and in Santa Barbara
in general. You may remember
one of my fellow Arab Muslims
(also a colleague) who was walking down the street in Goleta ,
was pulled into a car, taken to a
place where there would be no
witnesses , and was almost killed.
He was later found beaten and
stabbed several times.Why did
those young Santa Barbara men do this? What was his
crime? Why did Nazis pick up Jews off of the street
in Germany before WW2 and beat them almost to
death?Why?
I peacefully ask Santa Barbarans , UCSB students specifically, to please be respectful and kind to
the Muslims around you. If you have a lot of anger and
have not found peace inside your heart , I beg you to
use whatever method you choose to help you find
inner peace. When you see a Muslim woman wearing
a hijab (head shawl) , please be kind to her and smile.
Thank you to those of you who already do.:) There
are almost 2 billion Muslims in the world. Most of
them are in Asia (Indonesia, China and India are at the
top of the list) , not to mention the Middle East. So if
you intend to travel the world , you will eventually find
yourself in a Muslim culture. The Muslims you visit will
most likely be very warm , welcoming , and hospitable.
Can't we show the same kindness here?
If you want to learn about or meet Muslims to understand
us better, then I suggest meeting w ith the UCSB Muslim
Associated Students.
PeaceBeWith You.
- Anonymous

BUSH'S IRAQ WAR: FACTS AND STATISTICS
by the DisOrientation Collective

[ getting wise to the facts of the U.S.'s illegal war in Iraq]
The official U.S.combat
operation in Iraq, Operation
Iraqi Freedom , lasted from
March 20-May I, 2003. May
2003 marked the officialend
of host ilities, however, civilian
and military casualties mount
daily and the American press
avoids these numbers like the
plague that they are. Because
it forms the larger and most
deliberate context of our
activism,we want to disorient
you to the war as well.War
is not about freedom .War
is not about demo cracy. It is
sheer, utter brutality.A policy
of cowardice and moral
bankruptcy.
While shareholders and
executives at Halliburton,
Bechtel, Lockheed, Zapata
Engineering and Raytheon
- to name a few - grow fatter
profits from the war, blood
runs, hatred grows, and lives
continue to be destroyed.
By the time you read this,
these figures will already be
inadequate.We ask you to stay
informed, and to do whatever
you can to wage peace .
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24,712 - 27,963 (as of 9/ 12/05)
Civilian deaths
U.S.Military deaths
1,897 (as of 9/ 14/05)
U.S.soldiers wounded in action
14,265 (est. 9/ I4/05)
Contractors killed
264 (est. 9/14/05)
Journalists killed
52 (est. 9/14/05)
Cost of stationing troops in Iraq:
$4 billion per month*
Estimated total costs of Iraq war
>$ I00 billion
Estimated costs to Californians
$10, 159,000,000.00
Number of insurgents in Iraq (est imates):
Nov. 2003
5,000 fighters
June 2005
16,000-40,000 fighters and 200,000 Iraqi Sympathizers
Average# of attacks by Iraqi resistance per day
% of Americans who believe the U.S.is bogged down in Iraq
% of Americans who think the U.S.is well liked in the world
% of Iraqis expressing "no confidence" in U.S.civilian
authorities or coalition forces

70
62%
26%
80%

Fraction of U.S.soldiers in Iraq who are Guard members/reservists: 4/ I0
Army National Guard recruitment: missed April 'OS target by 42%
% of reserve troops who earn lower salaries while deployed: 30-40%
% of U.S.police departments missing officers due to deployment: 44%
Deployment: More than 300,000 coalition troops deployed to the Gulf
region: about 255,000 U.S.,45,000 British, 2,000 Australian, and 200 Polish
troops (60 of whom served as combat soldiers).
[http://www.infoplease.com/i pa/A0908900. html
* U.S.government figures;New YorkTimes, March 21, 2004

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UCSB

FACULTY

[ by the

disorientation

PROFILES
collective]

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They lectureto us. They mentor us. In many cases,they politicizeus. In this section,we spotlightthe lives and ideas of
five of UCSB'smost politicallyactivefacultymembers.
UCSBis home to so many compellingand inspiringfacultyactiviststhat the biggestchallengein compilingthis sectionwas simplyto narrow
down the list of who to include.We soughtto profilea rangeof professorsand instructorswho representa diversityof academicinterests,as
wellas culturaland ethnicbackgrounds.The five we featurehere - DickFlacks(Sodology),EileenBoris(Women'sSwdies), CedricRobinson
(BlackStudies), GraceChang(Women'sStudies),and HowieWinant (Sodology)- are as insightfula collectionof people whom you couldever
find yourselfstuck in a SOD-personlecturehall with.
Unfortunately,we didn't have nearlyenoughroom for everyonewe wanted to profile,so you'llfind at the end of this sectiona list of other (acuity members whojust as easilycouldhave been includedhere.
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UCSB in 1969,after completing
a tumultuous year as a sociology
For anyone looking to get acprofessor at the University of Chiquainted with some combination of cago (he was there from 1964-69).
Santa Barbara progressive politics, Only months before moving to
US student political organizing,and the west coast, Flacks was brutally
the history and theory of US politi- assaulted -- and nearly murdered
cal organizing at large, the obvious
-- in his sociology office by a man
place to start is inside the office
posing as a newspaper reof UCSB sociology professor Dick porter. The man's identity
Flacks.
was never discovered.

Dick Flacks

Now entering his 38th year on
the university's faculty,Flackswas
a leading activist of the '60s and
a contributor to Students for a
Democratic Society's seminal 1962
Port Huron Statement. He draws
on a unique range of personal
experiences as a basis for one of
his primary research and teaching
focuses: the study of social movements.

Upon arriving in Santa Barbara, Flacks and his wife,
Mickey, hoping to attain some
semblance of peace and quiet,
instead received a scathing
denunciation from then-Governor Ronald Reagan. That set the
tone for what was often a controversial beginning to his tenure (the
university even refused to accredit
one of his courses in 1973). According to Reagan, bringing Flacks
"My whole identity as a teacher
to the politicallyvolatile UCSB
and a sociologist was formed in
campus was "like hiring a pyroma[the '60s], and I still say the Port
niac to be a fuse-maker in a fireHuron Statement and the idea of <tcracker factory."
'participatory democracy' shaped '
what I think of as my work,"
') Months later, UCSB student
Flacks said. "I think that participaburned the Bank of America
tory democracy -- the concept
, branch in IslaVista to the ground.
that people should have control
'm Naturally, Flacks was strongly
over the decisions that affect
f.;f involved in post-Bank Burning
them -- is a standard you can
efforts to realize vibrant alterapply to every kind of human
native institutions and
institution and relacommunity democracy
tionship."
in IslaVista. "A lot of
us had sort of romanFlacks arrived at
tic

g

46

hopes that the counter-culture
would spawn a kind of utopian local politics," he said,"and for some
period of time, that was the case."
In most respects, Flackscompares
the social movements of today
favorably to those in which he
was so intimately
involved in the '60s,
particularly in regard
to the protest movement leading up to
the Iraq war in 2002
and 2003.
"Even the biggest,
most monumental
demonstrations didn't compare;'
Flacks said. "Someth ing's there that
deserves respect and understanding,even if we're not in a revolutionary era."
At the same time, Flacks is somewhat troubled by the lack of current student organizing to oppose
the Iraq War, a problem he says
stems partly from a "willed detachment" on the part of many students, who prefer to think the war
doesn't affects them, lest the moral
imperative to take action against it
were to interfere with their dayto-day lives. However, the main
factor he attributes the current
lull in student political activity to is
the economic stress of skyrocketing tuition and rent, which forces
today's students to devote considerably more time to earning an
income.

Flacks says his primary goal has
been to encourage his students to
take a critical stance on issues both
inside and outside his classroom.
" As a teacher , I think my job is to
encourage students to be participatory citizens. Everything I do as
a teacher tends to revolve around
that , which I think it ironically what
education should be about anyway,
so I don 't see it as a very radical
. "
perspective.

Recommended

Reading:

Making History:The AmericanLe~
and the AmericanMind, ( 1998)
Fall courses: None , but will
teach Political Sociology in Winter.

Eileen

Boris

When UCSB Women 's Studies
Professor Eileen Boris was first
cutting her teeth as an activist,
racism -- not sexism -- was her
primary concern.
" The women 's movement was just
beginning, and I was kind of interested , but for me in ' 68, race was
the burning issue - as inner-cities
did literally burn. Race was just
structurally and politically more
important to me:'
As a student at the University of
Massachusetts , Boris also participated in various anti-Vietnam , antidraft , and anti-JROTC activities.
But it was her various summer
Work Studies jobs , most of which
were related to racial issues, which
she found the most instructive. In
one case, she served as an intern
at the Massachusetts Commission
Against Discrimination.
" It was a real eye-opening experience because, as a new leftist, I
learned that government agencies
are contradictory spaces. They 're
set up to stymie the very goals
they are set up on the surface to
address."

By the time Boris received her
masters from Brown University
and received a fellowship to study
and teach in Chicago in 1974, the
women 's liberation movement had
long since emerged as a national
powerhouse. She found her calling
as a socialist-feminist -- a branch of
feminism that stresses capitalism 's
role in female oppression while
critiquing traditional Marxism for
failing to connect patriarchy and
classism -- and became a member
of the Chicago Women 's Liberation
movement.
" We used to say we had to go to
double the meetings - we had to
go to the feminist meetings , and we
had to go to the male New Leftist
meetings , too ," Boris said.

before the global sweatshop issues
it largely addresses became a dominant theme in grassroots social
movements later in the decade.
As with her academic interests ,
Boris ' interests as an activist have
consistently focused on the various links between class, gender , and
racial issues on a local, national , and
global level. In the Santa Barbara
area, she has been involved in the
Coalition for a Living Wage , El
Pueblo, and Women 's Economic
Justice Project, which builds the
leadership capacity of low-wage
working women in Santa Barbara
and Ventura counties.
In her teaching , Boris stresses
the importance of theory not for
theory 's sake, but as a means of
social change.
" I'm interested in using theory as
a tool to understand the world
so we can act within it - not just
theory for the sake of theory. But
we 're all doing theory all the time
- it 's just not explicit, it 's implicit. "

Recommended

Reading:

Home to Work ( 1994)
Fall courses: None , but be sure
to check the Winter

catalogue!

After receiving her PhD in " American Civilization " from Brown in
1981, Boris went on to teach at
Howard University in Washington , D.C. , where she spent 14
years. She moved on to spend two
years on the University ofVirginia
Women 's Studies faculty , before
arriving at UCSB in 200 I as the
first endowed chair of a women 's
studies program in the UC system ,
the Hull Chair , a position she says
" gives me a certain kind of status
that I'm willing to use."
Boris is widely known for her
scholarship on welfare justice ;
women 's history ; motherhood and
the politics of industrial homework
in the United States; and the intersection of race , class, and gender. She has authored six books ,
including Home to Work, which was
published in 1994, only a few years
47

Howard

Winant

The son of Jewish refugees from
fascism, sociology professor Howard Winant learned at an early
age that US society is structured
along racial lines. When he was I 5,
Winant joined the front lines of
the Civil Rights movement, thereby
setting him out on a lifelong struggle to see racial justice realized in
global society.
Today, Winant serves as the director of the New Racial Studies Project , a UCSB-based think tank he
founded in 2002. The goal of the
project is to develop new academic
perspectives on race and its social
construction . This field of research
is especially relevant, Winant says,
in a post-Civil
Rights era
where growing numbers
of people
claim to be
" color blind ,"
and anti-racist
movements
are struggling to move
beyond the
fruits of past
victories .
" I don 't know
how many
people tell
me , 'I' m not a
racist - I see
everyone as an
individual .' That perspective tends
to paper over the ongoing nature
of racism and white supremacy.
'We 're not seeing color now ; it
must be their own fault - their
own fault - that they don 't have
equal opportunities. "
According to Winant, much of the
trouble faced by current anti-racist
struggles stems from an inherent
dilemma faced by virtually all social
movements.
" There 's a kind of a trajectory that
critical struggles go through where,

48

when you win something , you
want to get incorporated into the
institutions you 're fighting against
- getting a civil rights law passed
by Congress , for example. But
once that happens, it diffuses
the struggle in
some ways.''

" I think we have to be conscious
of the processual aspect of politics ,
that politics is a process. As you
move forward toward your horizon , the horizon doesn't just stay

"I don't know how many people
tell me, 'I'm not a racist- I see
everyone as an individual .' That
perspective tends to paper over
the ongoing nature of racism ..."

Among the
research focuses
of New Racial
Studies are
the meaning of
mixed-race identity, the nature
of whiteness ,
the link between race and empire ,
and the " intersection " between
race, gender, and class. In analyzing the notion of white supremacy ,
Winant 's perspective in some ways
diverges from
that of most of
his colleagues ,
many of whom
see no inherent
value in what is
known in sociological terms
as " white racial
identity. "

" There 's a part
of blackness
that 's tied to
Americanness
that 's not entirely alienated
- that 's where
the claims for
justice and equality come from.
'I' m an American , so how come I
have to drink from a colored fountain?'" Win ant said. " White people ,
too , I think, experience some form
of double-consciousness. Otherwise , where would white people 's
notions of anti-racism come from? "
In striving for social justice , Winant
emphasizes the dynamic nature of
radical social change, which he sees
as perpetually unfinished business,
rather than merely a series of set
goals and accomplishments , victories and failures.

there - you can see farther now.
We want to accomplish a little bit
more than what 's possible , and
when we have accomplished it , we
will see that there were limits to
what we thought was possible."
According to Winant , the struggle
against racism in the US is as old
as the US itself , a factor in this
country 's life that has strongly
influenced everyone , regardless of
racial identity.
" The US is such a fundamentally
racially structured society. Settlers
and slavers - that 's the dynamic
that made us who we are today.
But also the resistance to that
made us who we are today. It's not
a question of getting beyond race
- it's a question of reinventing
race."

Recommended

Reading: The

World is a Ghetto (200 I)
Fall Courses: Intro to Sociology
(Sociology I )

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Cedric J. Robinson
& Elizabeth Robinson
'We can't be cautiousor responsible
about the truth - you have to let it
do what it has to do,let it out of the
box." -Professor Cedric J. Robinson, speaking at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Department of Black Studies.
Born in Oakland, California , Professor Cedric J.Robinson's activism
go back to his days as a high school
and then university student in the
Bay Area , where he joined with
other Black radical students in
struggle for justice and intellectual
freedom on college campuses, and
protested the iniquities of American foreign and domestic policies.
He received his BA in social anthropology from the University of
California at Berkeley and completed his graduate work at Stanford University in political theory.
Professor Robinson came to UCSB
with his wife , Elizabeth (Station
Advisor to KCSB-FM) , in 1979, five
years after
the birth of
their daughter
Najda.
At UCSB
Cedric Robinson has served
as director of
the Center for
Black Studies,
the chair of
Political Science; and then
chair of Black
Studies. He is
currently Professor of political science and black
studies , teaching and researching questions of modern political
thought, radical social theory in
the African Diaspora , comparative
politics , and media and politics.
Professor Robinson teaches BLST
5, " Blacks & Western Civilization ,"
a popular lower-division course
satisfying one of several GE requirements.

Cedric and
Elizabeth are
co-founders
and regular
correspondents of
" Third World
News Review,"
a weekly television program
on SB Community Access
Channel-17
and the oldest
public access
television show in the country. In
addition to serving as Station Advisor to student and community programmers at KCSB-FM , Elizabeth
co-hosts a weekly news and public
affairs program there , No Alibis.
She serves as Treasurer on
the International Board of
AMARC , an international
non-governmental organization serving the community radio movement.
For the past several years ,
Elizabeth has given life to
her belief that " another
world is possible " by
participating in the
World Social Forum ,
an international
peoples ' movement
dedicated to sustainable development
and social and economic justice. She
continues to share
her knowledge and
real-world experiences with members of the campus
community through
presentations at
conferences , talks at
the Women 's Center ,
through her community activism ,
and her ongoing mentorship as
campus advisor to S.C.O.R.E. and
budding media-makers.
Robinson cites his grandfather,
Winston Whiteside, C.L.R. James,
and Terrence Hopkins as individuals and thinkers who have had the
greatest influence upon his work.
He was most recently honored in

2004 at a two-day conference organized at UCSB by colleagues and
former graduate students which
established an annual lectureship in
his name.
The conference on " Radical
Thought and the Black Radical Tradition " was attended
by more than I 00 scholars ,
undergraduates , and graduate students in celebration
of the 20th anniversary
of his seminal book , Black

Marxism:The Making of the
BlackRadicalTradition.Originally published in 1984, the book
is considered to be one of the
most important works on radical
black thought in print. Robinson
is also the author of The Termsof

Order:PoliticalScienceand the Myth
of Leadership, BlackMovements in
America and The Anthropologyof
Marxism. He is currently working
on a book about early black films
in the United States.

Recommended

Reading:

Small samples of Elizabeth Robinson 's work can be found at www.
kcsb.org , in the archives of 'Voices
Without Frontiers ' at http://rvsf.
amarc.org /site.php?lang=EN , and in
the hearts and minds of those who
know her.
Also , check out Cedric 's Black
Marxism (2000).

Fall Courses:

None , but check
out the Winter catalogue!

49

Grace

Chang

Women's Studies Professor Grace
Chang often tells her students
that political activism doesn 't
mean the same thing for everyone.
Every individual needs to find out
what form of activism works for
them. Her first political action was
participating in a " Take Back the
Night " march in Washington, D.C.
"At the time I felt more comfortable just walking, not screaming or
chanting," she said. After participating in a number of campaigns
and actions, she has since " liberated her mouth," for a variety of
political causes.
As a graduate student working
towards her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies
at UC Berkeley, she saw clear links
between her academic research,
politics, and personal struggles as a
single mother and woman of color.
"Gra duate school and my political involvement coincided because
I was studying immigrant women
workers' rights while observing
how parents managed to work and
raise children,"
she said. " I found
that one of the
most prevalent
solutions was to
exploit immigrant
women of color."

so

Around this time, -----------"
Proposition 187
was introduced in California, an
initiative to exclude undocumented
people from social services and
public assistance, including public
education, healthcare and welfare.
Grace commented, " The irony was
that immigrants were doing all the
work to support the economy, yet
Proposition 187 grew out of the
attitude that immigrants should not
even have their basic needs met."
So Grace joined this campaign;
phone banking, canvassing and talking to people on street corners.
She dragged her children with
her to organizing meetings and

outreach efforts, and still doesn 't
regret a moment of it, even after
Prop 187 passed in 1994.
Soon after Grace arrived at UCSB
in 2003, she became acutely aware
of predominantly white, westerncentric perspectives presented in
the VaginaMonologues,
which she says portray
women of color as
the most oppressed,
but don 't represent
the many ways these
women lead resistance
movements for their
own liberation. Grace
was active in creating an
alternative called the Vagina Dialogues
, a "ve nue
for women of color and
allies to express their
struggles in their own
words ".
When Grace first began
offering a critique of the Monologuesin her classes, she encountered a lot of resistance from
students. " I think [some students]
think [the Monologuesare] the
gospel, which was exactly my fear,
because there are many
problematic aspects to
them and they're being
taken for truth."
Grace says,"I think that
Eve Ensler [producer of
the VaginaMonologues]
does a disservice to
many women when she
puts out these misrepresentations that
get so widely consumed, because
the VaginaMonologuesare everywhere. " Grace's aim in the Vagina
Dialoguesis to provide a more accurate representation of the issues
facing women of color. The fir st
showing of the Dialogueslast spring,
received very positive feedback
from viewers.
As her work on the Dialogues
reflects, Grace is a great resource
for students. " I always tell students,
there are lots of ways to be political - it doesn't mean you have to
be yelling and screaming on the

streets or chaining yourself to a
building , or getting beaten up by
cops. There are so many ways you
can participate, like writing, speaking, doing outreach, research or
popular education".
This coming year, Grace plans to
continue her active role in countering people's
misconceptions
about women of
color. The Vagina
Dialoguesis open
to on campus
and off campus
women. Organizing for this year's
production will
begin in the fal I.
See page 30 for
more information
if you are interested in any aspect,
including writing,
performing, directing, outreach, or
tech support, contact Grace Chang
at gchang@womst.ucsb.edu.

Reading: Dis-

Recommended

posableDomestics:ImmigrantWomen
Workersin the GlobalEconomy
Fall Courses: Winter: Grassroots and Transnational Feminist
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RalphArmbuster-Sandoval
- Chicano
tudies; Chuck Bazerman- Education; AaronBelkin- PoliticalScience;
Kum-KumBhavnani- Sodology;Di~ne Fujino- AsianAmericanStudies;
:'\veryGordon- Sociology;Usa Haj1ar- Sociology;MarkJurgensmeyer
- Sociology;WalterKohn- Physics; NelsonUchtenstein- History;
1Michael
McGinnis- Environmental
tudies; BillRobinson- Sociology; LeilaRupp - Women's Studies;
il"homasScheff- Sociology(emeritus); Ines M.Talamantez- Chicano
Studies& NativeAmericanReligious
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Chan

e the media, chan e the world

--by Heather Buchheim

"The media is absolutely essential to the functioning of a democracy. It's not our job to cozy up to power.We're
supposed to be the check and balance on government." -Amy Goodman
, host of DemocracyNow! (www.democracynow
.org)
A free and independent media is
not just a central tenet of democracy, but potentially one of the
most powerful resources of the
peace and justice movement. The
success of both hinge on the ability
to effectively raise public awareness of injustice embedded within
the current economic and political
systems. People first must be given
an understanding of the need for
change, along with alternatives to
the prevailing systems before they
have the strength and impetus to
take action .
If in the right hands, the media
can provide information that will
engage the public and encourage
civic participation , and an informed
public will be more likely to advocate sound policy choices. But as
long as mass media are operated
in the interest of rich corporate
investors , progress towards a
more equitable , peaceful, and
just society will stagnate and
the public will remain misled
and in silence.
So logically one of the first steps
in challenging institutionalized
oppression and igniting positive
social change is to change the
media. You'll find out what you
can do in the next couple pages.
First, here 's where the fourth
estate has gone wrong.

Concentrated media
diluted objectivity

=

Pro-business conservatives
bolster media consolidation by
passing deregulation bills , giving
big conglomerates free reign
to tighten their grip on the

airwaves through mergers , further
narrowing the broadcasted range
of perspectives. Permissive legislation allows companies to vertically
integrate, meaning the Viacoms
and Time Warners of the industry
will own the means of production
along with the distribution channels to guarantee their content
gets an audience.
As news outlets are concentrated
in the hands of corporations with
holdings in multiple industries ,
conflicts of interest inevitably arise
and disturb proper newsgathering.
Media moguls have
the power to refuse to broadcast
information if it goes against their
own self interest or the interests
of those with whom they have
financial or political ties.
Beholden to " free market " advocates for their monopoly status,

YOU WRITE WHAT
YOU'RE TOLD!

vertically integrated conglomerates
shelter politicians from bad publicity, acting as a sounding board for
conservative special interests. But
of course when it comes to diagnosing political bias on the airwaves, you ' ll only hear about that
darn " liberal media," and its fear of
the liberal label and loss of republican funding that keeps media
outlets desperate to remain in the
right 's favor.

Sacrificing diversity
In hawking propaganda-for-profit ,
the commercial media must appeal
to the affluent elite if they are to
stay in business, thereby shuttering the viewpoints of the less than
ultra rich and powerful. Gearing
information towards such a narrow audience inherently promotes
class and racial bias, along with the
misrepresentation and disenfranchisement of those voices
that don 't fit the corporate media
consumer profile. By decentralizing the power to produce and
distribute the news , more people
with a greater variety of perspectives find the encouragement to
participate as newsmakers.

One of the greatest benefits of
noncommercial media is the ability to bypass the need to sell in
favor of having the freedom to
choose our audience. Community media outlets generally make
it their mission to ensure that
marginalized voices are given the
opportunity to make their viewCOOtrol
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The goal of maximizing profit
is often in conflict with the practice of responsible journalism.
The mainstream media is sorely
lacking when it comes to honest ,
hard-hitting investigative reporting-because it 's expensive and
time-consuming. But ultimately , is
the public better served by shameless 24 hour coverage of celebrity
court cases, or probing analysis of
political rationalization for wholly

If the public continues to
be distracted from government
wrongdoing by Washington shills
and lulled into a false sense of
security by hours of mind-numbing infotainment, few will have the
impetus to perform their civic
duty and resist the status quo.
And there won 't be much room
for dissent if we allow ourselves
to be intimidated and distracted

from real issues by color-coded
alerts fabricated by fear-mongering
conservative leadership in cahoots
with media alarmists. It's time we
demand objectivity in news and
resist being browbeaten by the
ideological extremism of unscrupulous talking heads-sultans of spin
like Faux " Fair and Balanced" News
anchor Bill O ' Reilly and hatemongering talk radio tyrant Rush
Limbaugh.

... there are alternatives
Educate yourself

Advocate good journalism

Learn about media ownership and concentration

Recommended

issues

reading/watching:

RichMedia1 Poor Democracyby Robert McChesney
The Repub1icanNoise Macflineby David Brock
What [ibera/Media by Eric Alterman
IndependentMedia in a Time ofWar ,
A film featuring Democracy Now! 's Amy Goodman
OUTFOXED:
Rupert Murdoch'sWar on Journalism
A documentary by Robert Greenwald

Alternative

news online

Common Dreams-www.commondreams.org
AlterNet-www.alternet.org
Truthout-www.truthout.org
Buzzflash-www.buzzflash.com
Raw Story-www.rawstory.com

Be the media
KCSB-radio

Join watchdog and reform organizations

---~-----------------Free Press

http://www.freepress.net
A media reform network P.roviding the latest information on FCC rulings ancl a beginner's guide to the
::omplex issues surrounding media diversity.

Media Matters
httP.://www.mediamatters.org
eb-based non-profit progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoril_lg,a_nalyzing, and c~rrecting conservative misinformation 1n the O.S. media.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
http://www.fair.org
national media watch group that offers well-documented criticism of media bias and censorshio.

be the change you want to see
that thinks for itself

http://www.kcsb.org ,
New audio technology has made it much easier for grassroots reporters to create broadcast-quality sound.
If you'd like to do some sound recording at an event, voice a story , record an interview , etc. , drop by KCSB's
newsroom beneath Starke Tower-we 've got user-friendly MiniDisc recorders that students and community
members can borrow , along with staff who can help you write a script, and voice and edit sound. The newsroom has everything you need to get your story on the air to thousands of listeners all over Santa Barbara
County. Plus if you 're interested in a career in journalism (or just need some units) , you can get an internship
for credit through the newsroom.

Free Speech Radio News-Pacifica

Reporters

Against Censorship

http://www.fsrn.org
Report on local issues of national interest for Free Speech-the only independent daily progressive newscast in
the U.S. Born of a strike in defiance of network attempts to mainstream Pacifica news, FSRN is run by a grassroots collect .ive of freelance reporters across the globe , and is broadcast on I 00 stations nationwide. Anyone
can be a reporter , and if your story is broadcast , you ' ll be compensated-always welcome, especially when
you 're living on a student 's budget. For tips on pitching , reporting , and technical assistance, see http://www.fsrn.
org/guidelines.html or drop by KCSB's newsroom.

Santa Barbara

Independent

Media Center

http://www.sbindymedia.org
Post articles and upload pictures , sound , and video to the Santa Barbara branch of the global IMC network. SB
lndymedia is a community collective that offers those of us who don't have access to corporate media's resources the training and channels to be news makers , along with the means to link local and global struggles.

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MSNBC
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Court TV
Time Warner Cable
Road Runner
New York 1 News
Kablevis ion
TBS

New Yor k Post
The Lon don Times
The Sun
The Weekly Standard
InsideOut

TNT

Car toon

Network

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Film

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Fox Searchlight
Pictures
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...a digital revolution
blog (blog) n: a personal
website
that provides
updated headlines
and news articles
of
other sites
that are of interest
to the user; also may include
journal
entries,
commentaries
and recommendations
compiled by the user; contraction
of web log
They 've been hailed as the"new journalism"bytheir champions and likened to a"one man circle-jerk"by critics
like New York Times editor Bill Keller. Either way you see them, biogs are the biggest thing to hit cyberspace since
broadband (well. ..almost). Biogs are like the instant message of web publishing,andwith the advent of free, userfriendlyonline host applications like Blogger,overthe lastfewyears it's become as easy astyping an e-mail to give
everyone on the web a piece of your mind.
Biogs are providing much more than just live journal forums
ogspea - rom
.com
forteenangst-they
'rerevolutionizingthewaypeopleshareideas.
Blogger: person who keeps and/or writes
lnparticular,theblogospherehasbecomeavaluabletoolforgrassbr9g; also the name of Google's blogging
roots organizers, making it much easier for activists to network
service.
and collaborate on alternative policy ideas and actions. Skirting
Blogosphere: used to describe the world or
ommunity of biogs and blogging
FCC regulations and not beholden to corporate owners and the
demands of news for profit, biogs also provide a medium for truly
Blogroll: a collection or list of links to other
biogs and websites commonly featured on independent grassroots journalism. Biogs place a premium on
biogs. The word came into popular uses from attitudeandinstantaneity,andunlikesomebignewsoutlets,bloghe service of the same name. Sometimes
gers tend not to mince words or pretend to be"fair and balanced"
referred to as link lists or bookmarks
when they're not.
Post: the term used to refer to an individual
Th
h h , b
d ·d db
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story or article on a blog, literally to post to a
. o~~ t e~ ve een en e ytra 1t1ona1sts or ac 1ngJourblog istovyriteanartic;leorcontribution,and
a nahst1cintegrity , bloggers have won some measure of respect for
blog consists of multiple posts.
theirabilitytodoin-depthresearchandfact-checkingandcorroboRSS:~ic~ Site Summary, or ReallY.Simple .
Synd1cat1on:a form of Xrytlus~d 1nthe dehvry of blog feeds, comes in various st a nd ard s
swell, 0.92 1 and 2 are the most common
orms of RSS.

ratequicklyondevelopingstories.
Blogshavestartedtoberecognized as legit news sources over the last couple years for pushing
stories that would other ·se be ignored byma ·1nstream press You
wi

can thank bloggers (Josh Marshall of Talking Point Memo, in
particular )forheadlinesthatforcedformerSenatemajorityleader
rackBack/ PingBack: A SY,stemthat allows a
Trent Lott to give up his seat to Bill Frist in 2002, and for pushbloggertoseewnichotherbloggershaverefer
ncea or written about a particular post.
ing network news for coverage of military mothers for peace and
he system works bysend1nga'ping'between
he biogs, and therefore providing the alert. government negligence in precipitating the crisis in New Orleans
more recently.
poste
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Not all biogs are political or progressive- in the blogosphere, as in the realm of mainstream punditry, right-wing blowhards have insidiously established a solid foothold. Here are some of the heavyweights that are part of the"reality
based community" blogging from the left:
DailyKos- the king of biogs, with 500,000 hits daily
Juan Cole - Middle East expert
http://www.dailykos.com
http://juancole.com
Josh Marshall - progressive columnist
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com

AmericaBLOG- focusing on gay civilrights
http://www.americablog.org

Rox Populi - a witty female perspective
http:/ /roxanne.typepad.com/

Huffington Post - everyone from Eve Enslerto RFKJr.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com

OliverWillis- "like kryptonite to stupid"
Think Progress - blog of the Center for American Progress
http://www.oliverwillis.com/
http://www.thinkprogress.org
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Getyer own blog hostedforfreeat http://www.blogger.com. You can also join existing blogging communitiespost at Daily Kos, MyDD , Guerrilla News Network, and Campus Progress, just to name a few.
Search the blogosphere using http://www.technorati.com

The Underground Beneath the Not-So-Ivory Tower
[ www.kcsb.org]
How often do you get to produce ,
or even co-produce , the scripts
and scores of your inner listening?
May I remove the narcotizing lpod
from your ear for just a second?
Imagine your mind as a waste
dump of digitized images, false
philosophies, cocky gestures, and
recursive sound loops ...the University grooms us to arrange these
items in lexicons of order , sustains
their perpetual recirculation , and
then delivers unsolicited quantities
of more , and more ...and....Get the
picture?

you could create your own inner
program, what would it sound like?
What sorts of conversations would
it include? Would you share it with
the world? Would you stream your
naked revolutionary sounds and
visions across the globe?

cial justice movement.

Programmers at KCSB-FM (91.9)
have a healthy panic about Big
Brother media maneuvers and a
near renegade passion for democratic values. Recall that KCSB was
probably the first and only licensed
There is a war being waged for the
radio station in the U.S. to be shut
territory between your ears.And
down by local sheriffs for their
I suggest that here is one " checkfield reporting (of the IslaVista ripoint " you guard very carefully, in
ots of 1969-70, see www.kcsb.org).
your earplugs and cars as well as in Broadcasts of those events are
your classrooms.
gems of UCSB/lsla Vista political
history. Several staff members from
In these coveted territories of
that time are still programming at
Welcome to The Program.You
sound, voice and vision, relentthe station, most notably Sociology
have ostensibly come to " higher
less land grabs abound. Consider
Professor Dick Flacks, whose proeducation " - let 's insist - to
for a moment that out of the 20
gram " Culture of Protest " (music
clean and grow your brain ...not to
broadcasting entities within a
and commentary of social struggle
suggest you have a " dirty " brain
21-mile radius of Santa Barbara, 7
past and present) spans over 20
(after all, growing needs good dirt... are owned by one company: Clear
years.There are some truly amazas long as you can tell healthy mud
Channel Communications , Inc.,
ing people at work in KCSB stufrom a Ghengis fungus). --------------------dios. Not your stereotypiAcademia demands a ton
cal radio geeks (although ,
of listening, and prob" programmers at kcsb-fm (91.9) have fortunately , there are
ably little of this content
a healthy panic about Big Brother
some of those) , but very
- outside of that pocketmedia manuevers and a near renediverse , creative and intelsized narcoleptic device
ligent people committed
of yours - involves your
gade passion for democratic values." to remaining publicly vocal
conscious selection. Does
and active around matters
anyone within these
of peace and justice. Corey
revered institutions - bastions
{remember? ...the entity affectionDubin and Faviana Hirsch , producof intellectual freedom that they
ately known for pulling the Dixie
ers of " Latin American Journal,"
are - ever invite you to create
Chicks off the air and putting John
have been broadcasting the news
your own programming? And if
Lennon 's " Imagine" on a ' No Play'
and views of first-nation peoples
list after 9-1 I?). Following closely
behind, Cumulus Media is runner-up, owning 3 stations within
the same radius. [See http://www.
publicintegrity.org/telecom/ for
more information on these bastards.] Pirate radio stations and
independent web news networks
have become the latest targets of
FBI-led shutdowns. The seizure
of lndymedia Center's web servers [www.indymedia.org] , which
provide news and internet radio
streams in eight languagesto every
continent, by FBI agents outside
of their domestic jurisdiction illustrates the growing power of
independent media and Internet
communications to the global so-

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for many years at KCSB and KPFK.
Learning radio as a UCSB student
in the '70s, Dubin helped produce
" Radio Chicano :· KCSB's first
Spanish-language program , as well
as the only live broadcasts of the
historic Diablo Canyon anti-nuclear protests. In similar spirit, and
more recently , KCSB was the only
local media outlet which covered
the growing local ,
national and international demonstrations against the
first GulfWar and
the present invasion
and occupation of
Iraq, and contested
the mainstream
media's line that the
hundreds of thousands protesting in
this country were
small in number. The
station 's broadcasts
are part of historyin-the-making.

the National Council on Drug
Abuse and Focus on Disability ; and
" Third World News Review," analyses of political issues from " third
world " perspectives.All produced
by local amateur professionals ....all
ordinary extraordinary freaks like
you.

But if your rebellion
isn't in political reporting , the station 's
open-programming formats offer
a blank canvass to
creative cultural
expression through
audio documentary ,
talk radio , music
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
~~-~~~~~!!!!!!!~~!!!!!!!!~~-~~--~
programming (live
Geoff Green , Executive Direcin-studio and recorded , from
ragtime jazz to hip-hop and extor of The Fund for Santa Barbara
perimental) , spoken word/poetry
states matter-of-factly: " By every
and story telling. Its eclectic menu
measure we have one of the finest
includes, among others , locallystations in the country - yet it is
grown programs such as " Panties in the single most underutilized coma Twist," a feminist, queer , antiracist , munity resource in Santa Barbara."
anti-imperialist show of music and
In the past year the station has
commentary ;" Speaking of Sex,"
extended its national recogninew research and information on
tion by becoming the first college
reproductive health and sexuality;
station to organize and host the
national Grassroots Radio Confer" The Paradigm Shift, an inspirational talk show committed to generat- ence , attended by 250 people from
ing new visions ;" The India Show,"
radio stations around the country.
KCSB's news and public affairs
Indian music ranging from lndipop
to classical;" Fire Pon Rome ", conprogramming has gone national as
scious reggae and dancehall dub ;
well , with station staff producing
" African Kaleidoscope ," an edu13 editions of the nationally-distributed " SPROUTS: Radio From
cational program shared with the
Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center ,
the Grassroots. " There 's something
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happening here ...
If you lack the drive to become a
programmer at KCSB you can still
hang, become a member, and have
fun helping out behind the scenes
around the station. Our 'Annual
Fund Drive ' runs from November
7-16 and - given the flatulent
political climate and
Gropenfurher economics - this year's
drive needs to be
our best ever.While
KCSB's basic operating costs are covered by the Associated Students through
a lock-in fee, its real
potential relies on
grassroots financial
support. If you were
cute enough to take
an empty gallon jug
and, with a piece of
masking tape , affectionately label
" KCSB love pocket "
across the top , you
could probably collect enough coinage
to express real love
for independent
community radio.
[Please don 't bring
us the coin rolls ,
cash them in first.]
Better yet, show and
grow your love by
showing up. Come
check out the studios at the base
of Storke Tower , hang out , post
your flyers , move in and make it
home ...but keep it tidy. KEEP
YOUR EYES OPEN FOR KCSB
orientation meetings - all are welcome!!

KCSB broadcasts 24-hours
a day, everyday, at 91.9FM or on the web at www.
kcsb.org. You can find the
programming schedule, as
well as extensive information about KCSB's news
and public affairs programs
at the website. Become
the media, before the pods
colonize your mind.

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We're sorry, but we still live in a society structured
by multiple forms of oppression and privilege. One of
the biggies intersecting all other forms is patriarchy,
or sexism. The term "patriarchy" may seem a little
outdated.After all, it literally means"rule of the fathers"
and many of us would say that our fathers aren't ruling
us. Still, patriarchy is a good term to keep around,
because it names a form of gendered power that is
still very present in all of our lives.We're talking here
about a complex web of ideas,everyday practices, social
systems, and ensconced institutions that form some
people into men, other people into women, punish
those who refuse to conform, and give social and
material power to men. "Power" here means having the
ability to influence important decisions and formations
- about politics, money, and relationships on a scale
that runs from government all the way down to our
kitchens and bedrooms.
Here at UCSB we can see lots of examples of patriarchal
power at work in our daily lives.You might see sexism
in your classrooms. The articles and books you read
might all be written by white men, or the course might
include token reference to one or two women , usually
also white and straight. In lecture, you might notice that
profs andTAs remember men's names more frequently
than women 's, or call on men (also usually white and
middle class) more often and with more respectful
attention. Sexism also likely affects the grades you get,
though also always in relation to other kinds of privilege
you're partaking, or not, in. You might see patriarchy
manifesting in social settings - parties, cafes, on the
bus (checkout who 's wearing the "Freshman girls - get
them while they're skinny" T-shirts, and notice how you
feel). You might see it in whether you feel comfortable
walking down the path to the library after dark. You
might see sexism in how you're t reated at t he health
center (especially if you have to go there once a year
for a pelvic exam!) - does your doctor assume that
you're incapable of using contracept ion correctly and
recommend that you get a carcinogenic Depo -Provera
implant?
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stand alone . Systems of
oppression
and privilege
- patriarchy, racism and white
supremacy, class stratification
under capitalism, heterosexism
and gender binarism, and others
- intertwine in all aspects of our
lives. All of us here - students,
janitors, professors, bus drivers, food
service workers, and so on - live
lives in relation to our gender, who
we want to have sex with, how much
money we have, how others read our
skin color and ethnicity, etc. For instance,
being white and middle class affords
considerable opportunity in this university
setting and in Santa Barbara - both in who
can come here and who can live here. These
forms of privilege, in turn, deeply affect how
each of us experiences gender oppression or
privilege, and vice versa . It's important to think
about patriarchy in relation to other ways we're
positioned, because tearing it down will involve
challenging it all.
We also see, here at UCSB, daily struggles against
the way patriarchy warps, limits, and messes with all
of us - weekly self defense trainings for responding
to sexual harassment and assault, Women's Studies
classes, institutional resources like the Women's Center,
individual people naming the sexism they see around them
and challenging gender binarism, and (more powerfully)
groups of people coming together to work against the
normalization of patriarchal power. One way to understand
many of these struggles is as expressions of feminist practice.
"Feminism" is another term that sometimes seems outdated.
Feminism is often attached to the Women's l iberation
movement of the 1960s and 70s. Imperfectly, it attempted
to challenge the disparities and power imbalances affecting
women, including sex-role stereotypes, wage gaps, private
and public violence against women, inequities in household
labor, and more.Through interventions by women who were
often marginalized by the women's liberation movement
- frequently working class and queer women of color much feminism has taken on a more radical, comprehensive
analysis. It is a theory and practice that seeks to challenge
not only sexism but all systems of oppression.
Happily, this theory and practice is available to everyone.You
don't have to be a woman to fight patriarchy. In fact, it will
take people of all genders to fundamentally transform our
society into a place where we all want to live. Let 's start
now!

58

esources
]

Women 's Center -A safe space to hang out, nap, get
work done, eat, hold meetings, etc. Services include the
Rape Prevention Education Program, an art gallery, and a
space for student organization meetings. (805) 893-3778.
Building 434 - open M-F I OAM-7PM / F I OAM-SPM.

]

]

"Intersections: Organizing All the Oppressed to End
All Our Oppressions" by Malik Guevara - http://
colours.mahost.org/articles/guevara.htmll
Bell Hooks, Feminismis for Everybody(South End Press,
2000)

[Shotwell and Dixon are graduate students at UCSC]

SANTA BARBARA HOUSING CO-OPERATIVES
[ non-profit I.V housing alternative for the students I staff/ faculty of UCSB]
[ http://www.sbcoop.org
]
Santa Barbara Student Housing
Cooperative (SBSHC) was started
in 1976 by a group of UCSB
students concerned about the cost
of housing and slum conditions
in Isla Vista. The students decided
to form a cooperative to master
lease buildings ,
r
thereby lowering
rates and giving
members greater
quality control over
the housing they
occupied.
Currently , SBSHC
owns four houses:
L
Biko , Dashain,
Newman and Manley. All of the
houses are located in IslaVista
and each have their own distinct
goals and culture. As a themed
vegetarian house , Dashain was the
first building within the co-op to
have it 's own meal plan. Initially it
was going to be called the House
of Seitan, but Dashain sounded
friendlier as it also paid homage to
a house pet.
Biko House is named for Steven
Biko, the Black Nationalist student
leader and revolutionary who
fought and died in the struggle
to end apartheid in South Africa.
Biko is a house for people of color
and their allies committed to
fighting racism. Biko is also home
to a garage space used
for community events and
music performances.
Newman House provides
" apartment style living "
for its members who wish

to live in smaller units or with
friends. Newman is known for
its socially and environmentally
conscious residents. Newman
house residents recently began
composting and working with
worm-bins.
7

Manley House is
located close to
campus and offers
I two separate living
I spaces: an upstairs
with its own separate
kitchen facilities , and a
communal downstairs
_J
kitchen and living
space. This past summer , the Board
of Directors remodeled Manley,
giving the house a new study space,
kitchen , living room and solar
panels.

The Board of Directors is
SBSHC's main governing
body. It is comprised of eight
members and two community
representatives. Since the BoD is
primarily comprised of members ,
SBSHC residents control all of
the Co-op 's major decisions.
The BoD is another example of
resident ownership and control
over aspects of their homes that
landlords would normally control.
In addition to student management
and BoD direction , there are
two full-time staff members who
oversee centralized operations.
While the full-time staff provides
continuity and expertise for
the organization , major policy
and organizational decisions are
still reserved for the Board of
Directors.

All house management is
Santa Barbara Student Housing
supervised and/or performed by
Cooperative offers a unique living
house residents. This includes meal alternative to the existing Isla
service , housekeeping, maintenance , Vista " slumlord " culture. SBSHC
gardening , and finances. House
empowers its members to exert
members clean for each other ,
control over their living standards.
organize their own social events
Education , skill-sharing , doing-itand educational activities , cook for
yourself and community building
each other , make their own rules
are all valued by SBSHC. While
and govern themselves. Issues
world domination may be a lofty
that pertain to all of the houses
goal , Isla Vista domination is in the
and the organization as whole
works. Feel free to stop by any of
are addressed by the Board of
the houses and say hello!
Directors.

59

D~ing In The Name of Cleanliness
The Toxic Toll of Consumer Sanitation
thispierewasaiginally
pu~ished
inin LOUDmouth
, availa~e
onthewebatwww.calstatela.edu/usut1oudmoulh
, written
byjennifer
a5hley

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Tips for Getting Involved; Tips for Activists
[ by the (dis)orientation guide collective]
o you ve read the Dis
rientation
uide rom cover-to-cover; you've poured over the articles, the graphics
have soaked your consciousness and imagination, and now you're ready to dive right in and start a revolution,
or a protest - or maybe just a constructive conversation or two. Or maybe you're a seasoned student organizer, and you're looking for some tips that will take your work to the next level. The (Dis)Orientation Guide
Collective has compiled a practical list of steps for people looking to get involved in the fine world of activism
at UCSB, as well as (later on down the list) some tools we've found useful in enhancing our own effectiveness
as or anizers. Take them in, and don't hesitate to send us our feedback at sbdisorienation
riseu .net.

Getting

Involved ..•

I. Keep Your Eyes Peeled: Fliers,
class announcements, calendar
postings - political organizers
have a variety of ways of getting
the word out about their activities.
Just keep your eyes and ears open,
and you'll be sure to get word of
some group 's event or meeting.
The Santa BarbaraIndependentand
KCSB have highly recommended
calendars.
2.Attend a Meeting: To count
yourself among the ranks of the
truly politically active, you'll be
required to attend more than
your fair share of meetings (on the
bright side, a lot of them have free
food). When you're first starting
out, we recommend that you attend as wide a variety of meetings
as possible, so that you can assess
which group(s) or cause(s) is (are)
right for you.
3. Believe in Yourself: If at first you
have trouble actively participating
or feeling comfortable in a given
group, it may be that you're taking a little time to adjust to this
fabulous new world of heightened
political consciousness. But it's
just as likely that the organization
you're a part of isn't functioning in
a democratic or empowering way.
Most of the time, activists are the

nicest, most interesting, and enjoyable people you could ever hope
to hang out with. Every so often,
though, you'll encounter folks in
activism who are way over on the
self-righteous and/or controlling
side. So, if a loud, know-it-all white
guy (fo r example) is taking up a lot
of conversation space, don 't hesitate to call him on it. You may not
be as informed or experienced as
he is, but you're just as entitled to
make your voice heard in any given
situation.

Stay lnformed:A necessary starting
point for anyone's political involvement is a basic level of awareness
and knowledge of the pressing issues of the day. Check SBlndyMedia regularly, and listen to KCSB's
news & public affairs programs! We
also highly recommend Web sites
like www.zmag.org, www.counterpunch.org, and www.commondreams.org for cutting-edge information and analysis you're sure not
to find in the mainstream media.
...continued on next page...

4. Get Used to a
Lot of Acronyms:
Activists are notorious for using
a lot of acronyms.
Sentences like "I
went to the CSC
meeting , and a lot
of SEC people
were talking about
the CSSC instead
of the SUA, until some SCWSJ
members brought
it up" are not
uncommon. If you
don't know what
in the name of
SCORE and the
EAB they're talking
about, just ask.

5.Get

Informed -

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Once You're Involved .••
6. Utilize Consensus Process and Good Facilitation: Consensus process,
consensus deci sionmaking, and quality
facilitation of
meetings are
indispensable tools,
ones
that we
wholeheartedly
recom mend for
any active
change-maker. Consensus
and facilitation serve a
number of valuable functions :They
equalize group participation , create
a more creat ive and open discussions, and give your group at least
a fighting chance of being truly
democratic. To read more about
consensus, check out www.consensus.net; or simply Google "conse nsus" and you'll be sure to come up
with dozens of informative pages
on the subject.
?.Analyze Yourself: If you're not in
the process of unlearning one form
of privilege or another, the odds
are you're not being complete ly
hone st with yourself.Analyze your
position in society: your class, racial, gender, sexual, and age identity.
What privileges - or lack thereof
- have accrued to you as a result
of this position? How do these
privileges - or lack thereof - affect your day-to-day interactions
with the people around you, particularly among those you organize
with? Look around for workshops
on racism , sexism and deconstructing privilege. The Women's Center

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and various other
camp us resources
often have great
.
consciousnessraising workshops
and talks.

8. Practice NonViolent Communication: A
growing network of people
across the globe
have adopted this
method of communication and are re-learning
how to express themselves in com passio nate ,
non-oppressive ways.
Very useful for activists.
More information: www.cnvc.org.
9. Build Continuity In Your Organization: A group of students get
motivated, they start an organization, they graduate - the organization dies. Goes with the territory, right? Although sometimes
this process really is unavoidable

(frankly, it may even be benefi cial),
there are some practical ways to
make your organization a lasting
one: For example, always be developing new leadership (that means
putting trust in other people to
ste p up and take responsibility) ,
and keep good documentation of
your activities so that the next
crop of leaders don 't have to reinvent the wheel.
I 0. Build Your Library : Read
- books , magazines, more books,
whatever you can get your hands
on. There 's an endless range of
information and rich perspectives out there to inform your
social change work. The Top 13
[Horizontal] Reasons To Be Radical
reading list on pages __ is a great
place to start.


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Directory of Community
and Campus
Organizations
This directory is intended to be a living document of activist oriented organizations and counter-culture ways to have fun! If your organization is not
listed, please tell us so we can add it to the directory on the DisGuide's web
site, and print it in next year's guide!
Some of the contact information (and maybe even the existence) of some
of the organizations listed here may be incorrect. We've tried to bring
everything up to date, but if you have corrections please email them to
sbdisorientation@riseup.net.
We've separated student and campus organizations from community organizations. Community orgs are organized by the kind of work they do (although most
could probably easily fit in two or more categories.
Apologies to all we've ommitted! Happy networking.

Student/Campus

Organizations

UCSB Student Affairs web site maintains a list of student orgs: http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/index.asp
Black Student Union - Exists to create a safe,supportive and inclusive Black student community and
to provide opportunities for all students to increase awareness of Black culture with an emphasis
on Black social, political, and intellectual traditions. http://www.geocities.com/bsuatucsb/
Campus Greens - The Green Party at UCSB -- http://www.ucsbgreens.org/
Campus Democrats - Yes,it's Democrat with a big D, but at least they're not Republicans.
http://www.ucsbdems.com/
Capoeira in Santa Barbara - Once a creative adaptation to the brutal slave trades during the 16th
century by captive Africans, has now become a unique art-form that synthesizes martial arts,
dance, and song into an enchanting demonstration of the potentials of the human body and spirit.By
utilizing this practice.African slaveswere able to out-fight and defy their Portuguese slave owners.
http://www.capoeirasantabarbara.com/
EAB / ESLP - We are a group of dedicated students who love getting together to
make our campus, community, and world a better place co live. Our past and present
projects include: Education for Sustainable Living Program, which lets YOU teach
your own class for upper-division units in your department! Topics include increasing recycling, purchasing organic food, and using renewable energy... all at UCSB!,
Working with the CSSC to implement a vision of clean energy, green buildings,
green transportation, and education for sustainable living at UCSB and the wider
UC community, and more!
http://as.ucsb.edu/eab/ -- eab@as.ucsb.edu -- (805) 893-5165
El Congreso - Working to promote community empowerment, create political awareness
through activism, and provide an atmosphere of cultural pride for the Chican@/Latin@ Community. El Congreso is composed of I 5 sub-committees ( La Escuelita,Los Curanderos, Los lngenieros,
M.U.J.E.R.,Carnales in Aztlan, LBA, Psychology/Sociology, M.E.N.T.E.,Pre-Law, Protesta y Apoyo Zapatista, Radio Chicana, Cultural Arts, LaVoz, Estudiantes Para Avanzar la Communidad) that target
specific areas of el movimiento.
El Centro, Building 406 on campus
Greenhouse and Garden Project - Many students live in apartments that do not allow anywhere to
plant a garden, which is what makes the GHGP so unique. We currently have over fifty members,
each with their own plot(s) and full access to the greenhouse.
http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/ghgp/ -- ghgpucsb@yahoo.com
lnterEthnic Relations in Sisterhood - IRIS consists of female UCSB students dedicated in the promotion of multicultural awareness through community services and social networking.

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bilingual tutoring services; and volunteer fieldwork experience at our local schools.
http://orgs.sa. ucsb.edu/laescuelita -- la_ escuelita_ ucsb@yahoo.com
MeCHA de UCSB (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) - a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia. M.E.Ch.A.
was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our
people.We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for
change in our society. -- http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/mecha/index.html
Men Against Rape - seeks to combat sexual assault/rape via education and
discussion and community outreach. -- http://www.menagainstrape.org
Muslim Student Association - Providing Muslim students with a space to enrich their faith, to provide accurate information about our faith, and to contribute diversity to the UCSB campus.
http://www.geocities.com/ucsbmsa/ -- ucsbmsa@yahoo.com
N.O.R.M.L - National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, at UCSB has
been aiding the struggle for marijuana legalization for some years and is continuing the
fight. We need your help. -- http://www.normlucsb.org
Queer Student Union - We are a social and political organization fighting for the rights of lesbian,
gay,bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning people. Through instigating overt political actions and through creating safe spaces for various queer-identified folks to socialize, learn,
and interact, we envision a safer and more-queer friendly campus. Both students and community
members are welcome, as are our allies! QSU activities include attending many LGBTQIA conferences, organizing the annual UCSB Queer Pride Week, National Coming Out Day, and the Queer
Wedding. For more information or for our meeting times (usually Mondays at 6pm in the MCC),
email tpaperny@gmail.com. -- http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/qsu/
Students Stopping Rape - We are undergraduate and graduate students who help educate the
UCSB & surrounding community on how to prevent, create awareness, and facilitate discussion
about sexual assault. -- http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/ssr/
Shoreline Preservation Fund - A student initiated funding entity, provides support to enhance, protect and restore the shoreline associated with UCSB through preservation, education, open access,
research, and restoration. -- http://spf.as.ucsb.edu/ -- (805) 893-5166
Surfrider - The Surfrider Foundation is a non- profit environmental organization dedicated to the
protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. -- http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/sf/ -- (805) 967-9938
Student for a Free Tibet - SFT works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for
freedom and independence. We are a chapter-based network of young people and activists around
the world.Through education.grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, we campaign for
Tibetans' fundamental right to political freedom. Our role is to empower and train youth as leaders
in the w orld w ide movement for social justice.
tribalqueer@gmail.com; www .studentsforafreetibet.org; listserve: : ucsb_ sft@yahoogroups.com
Student Commission on Racial Equality (S.C.O.R.E.) - a body funded by UCSB undergraduates dedicated to developing a comfortable learning environment for people of color. The Student Commission on Racial Equality recognizes and is inclusive of all other identities encompassed by people of
color, such as gender expression and sexual expression. Its purpose is to confront and pro-actively
resolve issue of ethnicity and race related concerns through political involvement and lobbying efforts, educational training and organizing, artisitic expression, and the creation of social messagesin
different mediums. The commission shall network with other groups and campus
departments to find and promote programming with the purpose of combating racism, colorism,
sexism, xenophobia and homophobia.
ucsb_ score@yahoogroups.com. Tuesdays@ 7, MCC Meeting Rooms
VoX - To educate and raise awareness about reproductive rights and to promote pro-choice activism on campus and in the community. -- http://www.ucsbvox.com
Womyn's Commission - works to empower womyn identified individuals by providing them with
a safe space to address issues pertinent to womyn by challenging institutions of power through

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education, lobbying, coalition building, and artistic expression on a local, state, and national level.
Womyn's Commission also serves as an umbrella organization for other womyn groups by providing support, space, and funding.Womyn's Commission recognizes that we as individuals encompass
multiple identities; therefore, we consistently incorporate the intersectionalities of race, class,ability, sexual, and gender identity in our organizing. We meet 7pm mondays at the women's center.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/womynscommission/

Queer / Women 's Resources
Gay and Lesbian BusinessAssociation - Offers annual scholarships for local queer students.
http://prideguide.net/glba/default .htm
GenderQueerSB - A safe, supportive and confidential all-identities-welcome support/discussion/
activist group for the transgender, transsexual, gender warrior, gender bender, gender questioning, genderqueer, and gender activist communities. Come and meet others, exchange information,
discuss issuesthat are important to you, and be involved in education and outreach planning. Email
genderqueersb@yahoo.com or schess@umail.ucsb.edu for information.
Men's Group - Confidential weekly discussion group for gay and bisexual men. Email Peter Russell
at Russell-p@sa.ucsb.eduor Gary White white-g@sa.ucsb.edu
Questioning/Beginners Discussion Group - Overwhelmed? Struggling with sexuality? Small, supportive and confidential group meets weekly to discuss sexuality, family, college, relationship, and
religion. Email Gary White at white-g@sa.ucsb.edu
Queer Studies Minor - The Minor provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination
of the lives, experiences, identities, and representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and
queer individuals; their families and communities; their cultures and subcultures; their histories,
institutions, languagesand literatures; their economics and politics; and their complex relations to
the culture and experience of a heterosexual majority. The minor emphasizes the intersection of
sexuality and gender with race, class, ethnicity, and nation. Courses are offered in the Women's
Studies Program as well as from other disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. See
http://www.womst.ucsb.edu/lgbtq/lgbtq_general.htm for information.
FinancialAid for LGBTQI Students - http://finaid.org/otheraid/gay.phtml
People In Search of Safe& Accessible Restrooms (PISSAR)- pissar_ ucsb@yahoo.com (see pg. 38)
Rainbow House - This house is a supportive residential community for gay,lesbian, bisexual, and
transgender students (GLBT) and their allies. The Rainbow House is committed to providing a
specifically "queer-friendly" atmosphere for students to live and interact. The Rainbow House is
committed to providing a safe space for any student to visit when facing challenges in their life in
regards to their sexuality such as roommate problems or coming out issues.The Rainbow House
will also serve as a social outlet for GLBT students and allies. If
you are interested in any of the 41 spaces in Manzanita Village,
contact (805) 893-5513 or email contracts@housing.ucsb.edu
Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity - includes a
library of books, videos, and resources you can check out for
free, informational materials and resources for LGBTQIA folks,
a rainbow lounge for meetings, educational/social events, napping, reading, or hanging out, a computer center with internet
access,and more. 805-893-5846 - UCEN 3rd floor - M through
F I OAM-5PM - rcsgd@sa.ucsb.edu for mailing list or visit www.
sa.ucsb.edu/sgdfor more information.
Sexual Harassment Complaint - call the Sexual Harassment/
Title IX Complaint Resolution Office at 805-893-2546 or any
of the people on the following list: http://www.sa.ucsb.edu/
women'scenter/sexualharassment/contact.asp
UCSB Counseling and Career Services (for UCSB students) 805-893-4411; Bldg. 599; Services include the LGBTQ Mentoring
Program which pairs gay,lesbian, bisexual, questioning, and/or

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transgender students with more knowledgeable, self-accepting gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning
or transgender mentors (http://www.career.ucsb.edu/students/lgbmentoring.html), stress management, group counseling, career advice, and more. See http://www.career.ucsb.edu/counseling.html
Women's Center - A safe space to hang out, nap, get work done, eat, hold meetings, etc. Services
include the Rape Prevention Education Program, an art gallery, and a space for student organization
meetings. (805) 893-3778. Building 434 - open M-F I OAM-7PM / F I OAM-SPM.
Also serves to resolve issues of sexual harassment or hate crimes: any complaints of sexual abuse
can be directed to the director De Acker at (805) 893-3778.
http://www.sa.ucsb.edu/women'scenter/index.asp
Women's Group - confidential support group for all women. For more information, call Tina Panteleakos at 805-636-1021. Time and meeting location TBA.

Santa Barbara
Contacts

Community

Organizations

and

* Note: If your organization is not listed it's probably because we don't know it exists. Pleasetell us
so we can add it to the directory on the DisGuide's web site, and print it in next year's guide!

Justice!
Coalition for a Living Wage
Santa Barbara for a LivingWage is a Coalition of labor, faith and community based organizations that
is proposing a living wage ordinance for the City of Santa Barbara.
60 I E. Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93 I 03
(805) 882-2484
www.sblivingwage.org
Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara - inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold through our structured
enrichment programs. All programs are developed and specifically focus on the needs of girls.
http://www.girlsincsb.org/index.html
(805) 684-6364
IslaVista Tenants Union
The Isla Vista Tenants Union (IVTU) is a group of concerned residents interested in providing
services to UCSB students who are tenants in IslaVista, along with other tenants in the Isla vista
community.We aim to educate tenants on their rights and responsibilities, and to act as a resource
when problems do arise. lvtenantsunion@hotmail.com
IVTU has temporarily relocated to the 2nd floor Conference Room of the A.S. Building (next to
the UCEN).
http://ivtu.as.ucsb.edu/
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens
in government. It influences public policy through education and
advocacy.We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.
328 E Carrillo St., Suite A Santa Barbara CA, 9310 I
(805) 965-2422
http:/ /www.lwvsantabarbara.org/
La Casa de la Raza
Chicano/Latino community center offering a variety of services
to low-income individuals and families. Meeting rooms are available.
60 I E. Montecito St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 965-8581
PUEBLO (People United for Economic Justice, Building Leadership Through Organizing):
A social justice organization working on bread and butter issues

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for workers, families, and young people in Santa Barbara.
60 I E. Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA. 93 I 03
(805) 882-2484
pueblo@sbpueblo.org
www.sbpueblo.org
Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee
The Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee is a PAC dedicated to furthering gender equality
and feminist values through political and social action, education, and electing representatives who
will be accountable to these values.
(805) 564-6876
http://www.sbwpc.com
Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN)
The Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) is a countywide, grassroots, non-profit dedicated to promoting social justice and preserving our community's environmental and agricultural
resources. SBCAN advocates for the passageof progressive policies; educates and organizes the
public; and actively works to elect leaders who will promote progressive public policies in office.
SBCAN works in cooperation with a broad range of progressive activists and organizations to
ensure that all members of our community share a voice in our future.
P.O.Box 23453,
Santa Barbara, CA 93 121
(805) 963.7379
www.sbcan.org
SEIU Local 620
The strongest, fastest growing labor union on the Central Coast of California! Our workers are
dedicated to providing quality public services and Local 620 is dedicated to making their working
lives better.
http://www.seiulocal620.org
Santa Barbara Progressive Coalition
jon@tablerockers.com
groups.yahoo.com/group/sbprogcoalition

Moth er Ea rth
Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara
www.communityenvironmentalcouncil.org
Environmental Defense Center
The Environmental Defense Center is a nonprofit, public interest organization that provides legal,
educational and advocacy support to advance environmental quality.
www.edcnet.org
906 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93 IO I
(805) 963-1622
Free Our Forests
(805) 565-1853
www.freeourforests.org
Pesticide Awareness & Alternative Coalition
Dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of pesticide use in our schools, parks, homes and
agriculture and available safe alternatives
(805) 965-4491
Santa Barbara GE Free
Working to educate the community of Santa Barbara County and convince the County Board of
Supervisors that the public wants a 24-month moratorium on GE crops in Santa Barbara County.
www.sbgefree.org

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Santa Barbara Organic Garden Club
563-2089
lbuzzell@aol.com
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
www.sbpermaculture.org/
The Sustainability Project
www.sustainabilityproject.org
229 EastVictoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93 IO I
Phone: (805) 966-3355

News and Information
RAIN - Founded in 1991, the Regional Alliance for Information Networking was one of the first
public Internet access Networks established in the United States. RAIN's National Public Internet
Network provides over 2,500 local dial access number for high speed dialup Internet. RAIN also
provides broadband Wireless, DSL, Frame Relay and other Internet Services, including GIS,Video
and K-12 Curriculum.
http://www.rain.org
Santa Barbara Independent Media (SBIMC)
The Santa Barbara Independent Media Center (SB-IMC) is an autonomous, community-based collective committed to using media production and distribution as a tool for promoting social, environmental and economic justice. We generate alternatives to the current profit-based and statedominated media and to contribute to the development of an equitable and sustainable society.
http://www.sbindymedia.org/

Health and Wise Ways
Breast Cancer Resource Center
525 W. Junipero St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105
569-9693
http://www.breastresourcecenter.org/ -- brcsb@breastresourcecenter.org
Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara
Join us in our vision of creating a community where every child is a wanted child, where people
make informed and responsible health decisions, and where everyone has accessto affordable, quality reproductive health care and the right to choose.
518 Garden Street Santa Barbara, CA 9310 I
Clinic Phone Number: (805) 963-5801
www.ppsbvslo.org
Pacific Pride Foundation
Proudly provides services to the HIV/AIDS and Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual andTransgender communities
of Santa Barbara County.
www.pacificpridefoundation.org
805.963.3636
Rape Crisis Center
We are dedicated and committed to ending sexual assault in our lifetime.
www.sbrapecrisiscenter.org

Getting There
Coalition for SustainableTransportation
Working towards a vision of well-planned communities that encourage walking, bicycling and transit
for access to all daily needs.
www.coast-santabarbara.org
Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
Promoting bikes in SB!,ask for a free bicycle trail map.

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685-1283
www.sbbike.org
Traffic Solutions
Carpooling & other local ride sharing resource
963-7283
www.sbcag.or'lfts.htm

Peace!
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear
weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, to use technology responsibly and sustainably, and to empower youth to create a more peaceful world.
www.wagingpeace.org
INTERNATIONAL PEACE PROJECT (An Affiliate of The Fellowship of Reconciliation) - Promoting peace through educational outreach, humanitarian aid, cultural exchange, music celebrations,
retreats, interfaith dialogue and more, from headquarters in Santa Barbara, California, USA
http://www.intlpeace.org/
805.683.4749
Pax 2100
PAX 21 00 is dedicated to fostering the research and development of initiatives that will lead us to
a "culture of peace" in the timeframe of I 00 years.
http://www.pax2 I 00.org/
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) Supporters, Santa Barbara
To raise awareness about the situation in Afghanistan, and to raise funds to support humanitarian
aid projects run by RAWA in Afghanistan.
569-2331
www.rawasb.org
sbrawa@aol.com
Veterans for Peace,Santa Barbara Chapter
A national non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war.
www.vfpsb.org

Foundations
Fund for Santa Barbara:
A 50 I (c)3 non-profit foundation that supports grassroots organizations working for social, economic and environmental justice in Santa Barbara County.
www.fundforsantabarbara.or'lf

Spiritual
SB Center for the Healing Arts
http://www.sbhealingarts.com/

Music / Art Spaces
Local Music Venues
http://www.freewebs.com/sbdiy/venues.htm
City at Peace,Santa Barbara
City at Peace is a national , award-winning program in Santa Barbara which utilizes mediation and
performing arts to teach peaceful alternatives to violence and healthy life choices for teens. Youth
creates and presents a theatre production based on their lives in a venue in the community.
963-8165
http:/ /www.fsacares.or'lf 4i0q 7gvt.htm

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CAMPUS/ISLA

VISTA

I .Associated Students Bike Shop, On Campus , in
parking lot # 29
The AS Bike Shop has everything needed to get your
bike running safely and smoothly. Bring your student
ID card , your bike , your time , and an inclination to
learn and the helpful staff provides the tools and
instruction , teaching you how to fix any of your bike 's
problems. If you don 't want to get your hands dirty ,
leave your bike with their professional mechanics
and it 's fixed in no time.The shop also supplies compressed air, 24 hours a day.
2. Blue Dolphin cafe, 910 Embarcadero Del Norte
A great location for breakfast, and one of the few
places you can find excellent Malaysian cuisine in
Santa Barbara area.
3. Hempwise 971 Embarcadero Del Mar, Unit B
Hempwise is dedicated to supplying Isla Vista with
eco-friendly hemp products , and is one of the largest
retail hemp stores on the west coast.
4. Java Jones, 6560 Pardall Rd.
Great place to meet up in IV, have some good coffee
and conversation , or study all night during finals. Wi-fi
hot spot.

DOWNTOWN

& GOLETA

6.Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens
At Micheltorena , between Garden St. and Santa Barbara St.
A beautiful and very well-landscaped park, complete
with duck pond. A lot of us here at the DisOrientation Guide collective prefer the non-landscaped to
the landscaped when it comes to the great outdoors ,
but Alice Keck is an irresistible place to meet for a
picnic , snuggle up with a book , or simply hang out
amidst beautiful surroundings.
7.The Book Den , 11 EastAnapamu St.
Want to browse a heavy-duty collection of used and
new books , or finally unload those dog-eared copies ofThe Hardy Boys volumes 19-33, that you 've
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kept since you were 9 years old? As good as it is, The
Book Den probably can't help you with The Hardy
Boys problem , but it does buy a wide range of used
books , and it has an excellent book selection and very
friendly staff.
9. Elsie's, I 17 W de la Guerra St.
A local favorite and a great alternative to some of the
more typical bars on State. The SB chapter of Drinking Liberally meets there Wednesday night.
I 0. Kava Lounge , 508 E. Haley St.
Where else can you go to find kava, an herbal muscle
relaxant, as the centerpiece of a given establishment 's
menu? Though the high price of the kava drink itself
borders on the outrageous, there are lots of other
quality menu options and frequent good entertainment options.A popular hang-out spot among many
local progressives.
I I. Natural Cafe , 508 State St., 361 Hitchcock Way,
5892 Hollister Ave.
Offering non-dairy vegetarian dishes that are rich in
carbohydrates and protein , naturally low in sodium
and fat , and cholesterol free makes the Natural Cafe a
natural choice among many Santa Barbarians.The Cafe
recycle its glass, cans and paper and encourages guests
to do the same.
13. Red's Cafe, 21 I Helena Ave.
A delightful place to pass the time with your favorite
hot-brown liquid friend , or else devote it to hatching
revolutionary plots and plans amongst your closest
comrades. The combination of great art, decorations
and good people makes this perhaps the best cafe
atmosphere in Santa Barbara. The only drawback is its
relatively early closing time.
14. Sojourner Cafe, 134 E. Canon Perdido St.
Famous for its home-style flavor combined with a
creative international flair. Sojourners feature an
extensive menu of tasty, fresh , wholesome & hearty
dishes, award-winning chef 's specials, and outrageous
desserts.

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"This DisGuide is
a threat to respectable Americans.
The fools responsible for this abomination should be
strangled with my
bowtie
-Tucker Carlson ,
Pundit

"DisOrienta tion? You mean
like drunk and
disoriented?
I'm all for it!"
--"President "
Bush

"DisOrientation Guides
that say that something
hasn 't happened are
always interesting to me ,
because as we know,
there are known knowns ;
there are things we
know we know. We also
know there are known
unknowns; that is to say
we know there are some
things we do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns -- the
ones we don 't know we
don 't know." - Donald
Rumsfeld , Really powerful

Brilliant!, a sophisticated analysis
of our contemporary crisis and its
roots in the larger political-economy of global capitalism , and the
various intersectionalities of race ,
gender , and class difference .
-Spongebob Squarepants

Ghrrr ... Girly men! UCSB ,
you are alll girly men .
Arnold Schwarzenegger ,
Governor/Barbarian

"If anyone who wrote
this crap were married to a CIA operative , I would totally
leak their name to the
press for this! " -Karl
Rove, the most powerful unelected official in the U.S. , and
Bush's brain

"Publishing unAmerican ideas
like these is a
violation of
Academic Freedom®! "
- David Horowitz,
Right wing
ideologue

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