Lara’s Ethnic Studies Resolution Named In Hunger Strike At UC Berkeley

April 29, 2011

SACRAMENTO –Assembly Concurrent Resolution 34, authored by Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), is at the center of a hunger strike at the University of California Berkeley where students are protesting the university’s lack of commitment to Ethnic Studies. ACR 34 highlights the importance of ethnic studies as an academic discipline and recognizes its research, scholarship and programs that study and teach the experiences, history, culture and heritage of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanas/os and Latinas/os, Native Americans, and other persons of color in the United States.

“At a time when Ethnic Studies programs throughout the nation are under attack, it is imperative that we take a stand and recognize the important contributions of  California’s Ethnic Studies departments and programs, including their faculty, staff and students,” said Assembly Member Lara.

Assembly Member Lara sent the attached letter in solidarity to the students at the University of California Berkeley.