May 1st Speech by David M. Boje, Ph.D.
In other universities today, this is a strike, not a march for unity. Perhaps a strike, faculty-cancelling classes, students walking out, is what we need next. source: Click here.
Today we hold a peaceful march to unite all faculty and students at New Mexico State University (NMSU) to resist President Trump’s policies that intensify injustices, build walls, bring us to brink of more endless war.
We cannot dwell in fear, indifference or apathy while NMSU refuses to become a Sanctuary campus or to take a stand like the Las Cruses Public Schools.
Las Cruces school board wants to create a countywide sanctuary for immigrants
The school board in Las Cruces wants to coordinate with other local governments to protect immigrants who could face deportation while Donald Trump is president.
NMSU should be doing the same. We are an Hispanic Serving University. That is what the Board of Regents says. https://regents.nmsu.edu/.
Faculty must stand with our Students at NMSU against all the Donald J. Trump demagoguery appeals to people’s emotions and prejudices. It is a form of manipulation that damages democracy. It tries to divide us. It appeals to greed capitalism. “The astonishing triumph of Donald Trump can be traced to the bitter defeat of Occupy Wall Street, a pro-democracy movement that transcended left and right, sparking unrest in hundreds of cities and rural towns in 2011” source: http://occupywallst.org/. Now we have a Wall Street Trump Tower President on a build up to war.
This March today is at least 10 movements that I support, all combined into unity.
I am the Change, and ‘You’ each are the Change, and We stand together and We change. I am a member of Standing with our Students; A member of March for Science (Earth Day, April 22nd); a Member of veterans for peace.
- I support Students Lives Matter! I am for the Free Tuition & end student-debt movements in our Public Universities. Bernie Sanders had it right. If we don’t do this the days of public university are numbered. The total outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. is $1.2 trillion, that’s the second-highest level of consumer debt behind only mortgages. See https://davidboje.wordpress.com/ for my Valentine’s Day speech on this point. Yes, we must become a Sanctuary University.
- I support Women’s Lives Matter movement. Including their reproductive rights and right to live without violence: “Consider this–a woman in the United States is literally a million times more likely to be hurt by an American than by an ISIS terrorist. More women are killed each year in acts of domestic violence then were killed on 9/11. Which is not to say that we should not fight ISIS or other terrorists, but rather that we should fight for sanctuary and equality for women with the same intensity.” Source: http://duckofminerva.com/2016/10/womens-lives-matter-so-do-elections.html
- I support Black Lives Matter movement. African Americans constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population, and13.3% of police-involved killings. “We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people” source: http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles
- I support Latino Lives Matter movement – we need to raise awareness of police use-of-force in Latino communities. As of today 94 Latinos have been killed by police in 2016 alone, making up 16 percent of the 585police-involved killings this year. Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/black-men-werent-unarmed-people-killed-police-last-week/ The problem: Nestor Rodriguez, a sociology professor at the University of Texas, Austin à“police have been killing black and Latino youth for decades,” the swift response by the black community—first on social media, then offline— made the difference in forming a movement, he said. “When it comes to Latinos, a large percent are immigrants or children of immigrants, so they have a host of issues to deal with in regard to status,” Rodriguez said. “To some extent the Latino community is already overwhelmed by other issues,” such as trying to keep families together. NBC’s Reyes offers an alternative view. He argues the country’s limited definition of race is partly to blame. “Part of the problem is that for hundreds of years this country is used to thinking of race relations, literally, as black and white,” he said during Díaz-Balart’s show. Although Latinos—a group comprised of people from various nations and races—have been in the U.S. since before its founding, Reyes argues the nation has failed to include them in discussions about race. Source: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/03/28/why-you-probably-havent-heard-about-latino-lives-matter-movement
- I support Native American Lives Matter movement, e.g. Standing Rock movement is more than just pipelines. “Unsettling reports of unfair treatment towards Native peoples by law enforcement are not isolated incidents, rather they are endemic of a deeply discriminatory justice system. Native American men are admitted to prison at four times the rate of white men and Native women at six-fold the rate of white women. Additionally, Native Americans are the racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement.” Source: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/native-lives-matter
- I support Muslim Lives Matter movement. 12 Nobel laureates, thousands of academics sign protest of Trump immigration order By Susan SvrlugaJanuary 28 2017
- I support Gay and Transgender Lives Matter movement. According to Black Lives Matter, a guiding principle “We are committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence” source: http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles/
- Can we agree, all Lives Matter! Support peace, not endless war and not a Wall. The Ban the Wall movement is beginning a new anti-war movement. I served in Vietnam War, and I opposed the war, and each new war after that. In 2016 USA spent $622 billion on its military. Trump proposes to raise it 40 more billion to 642 billion a year. The USA spends more than next 7 nations combined
source: https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/us-military-spending-vs-world/ That is 54% of all federal discretionary spending, while Education spending is only 6% and health (Medicare) is 6%, and veterans benefits 6% and housing also 6%, Science only 3%, and Social Security (Unemployment), only 2%
- I support People’s Climate Action movement. I chair Sustainability Council at NMSU. Time to mark your calendars for the next March (March for Science from NMSU to Young Park) on April 22 Earth Day, and just a week latter a March April 29th, 2017 of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Source: https://350.org/april-29-2017-lets-march/ More on MARCH FOR SCIENCE AT NMSU Donate March for Science NMSU
- Farm Workers Lives Matter movement. I support Fight for $15 movement – The Fight for $15 started with just a few hundred fast food workers in New York City, striking for $15 an hour and union rights. Today, we’re an international movement in over 300 cities on six continents of fast-food workers, home health aides, child care teachers, airport workers, adjunct professors, retail employees – and underpaid workers everywhere (http://fightfor15.org/about-us/). Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Source: http://www.ciw-online.org I will be traveling with my wife Grace Ann Rosile and doctoral student, Mabel Sanchez to support – the tomato workers union organizing drive against Wendy’s fast food – Wendy’s has not only refused to join theFair Food Program(FFP), but has stopped buying tomatoes from Florida since the implementation of the FFP there. Justice for Farm Workers.
For more on Standing with Our Students:
StandingwithOurStudents_NMSU (@standingwithourstudents_nmsu) • Instagram photos and videos
Make NMSU a Sanctuary Campus NOW! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvSKkW5wD1H8X9svKdHVXodeBDJGVSwTj7V9ZNZPLjGVnARw/viewform
NMSU-SOS has an informative website (Standing with Our Students) with multiple resources on how to get involved, take action, and stand with our students! https://www.youcaring.com/external-link.htm?target=http-#–_–_-standingwithourstudents.org-_-
https://www.facebook.com/groups/sosnmsu/ and also on instagram (link on facebook). I posted this one today.
I like the values: Inclusion, justice, fairness, opportunity, Access.