DIVEST/INVEST: ORGANIZING THE ABOLITION UNIVERSITY
In the words of The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), “All public institutions designed to serve the people, must cut ties with the police in the interest of public safety.” On June 1, 2020 the LAPD used the university’s Jackie Robinson Stadium as a “field jail” to detain protesters and others arrested for curfew violations, including UCLA students. In response, the DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective was formed to work in coalition with student and community organizations toward implementing the goal of divestment from the police state and investing in reparative public goods towards the horizon of abolition. The UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy has created this repository to organize resources and work toward this goal together.
Communiqués with University Leadership
Letters, statements, and petitions examining the role of universities in structural racism and demanding the end to collaboration between universities and the police state.
UCLA Faculty Communiqués
Letter from DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective Opposing Proposed Changes to the Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures
April 22, 2021 In response to the proposed changes to the set of systemwide police policies put forth by the University of California Office of the President, the DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective demands the UCLA Academic Senate and the UCLA administration publicly oppose the proposed revisions and instate a Divestment/Investment Council.
‘Charting a New Course for Public Safety at UCLA’
April 9, 2021 BruinPost issued by the Office of the Chancellor announcing “an independent fact-finding review and assessment of our campus safety policies and procedures,” and a “third-party review of the June 2020 Jackie Robinson Stadium incident.”
Open Letter from DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective Invite Participation in Abolition May
April 6, 2021 The DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective invite participation in Abolition May, including May 3, a national day of refusal and work stoppage in honor of May Day, and towards #CopsOffCampus.
Letter to UCLA Administration from DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective
December 1, 2020 Letter to UCLA Administration from the DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective to mark six months since UCLA permitted the Jackie Robinson Stadium to be used as a field jail. The Collective gathered on November 1 with abolitionist organizations to hold a remembrance at the space of detention. The Collective notes that UCLA has not made repair for such detention and renews its demands for divestment from policing.
Letter to UCLA Faculty from DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective
September 16, 2020 Letter to UCLA Faculty from the DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective, inviting fellow faculty to join in pledging to undertake four joint actions: 1) Boycott the Public Safety Advisory Council; 2) Participate in the UC-wide Day of Action on October 1st; 3) Address the issue of universities and policing at upcoming UCLA events; 4) Do not participate in research that collaborates with/is funded by police and security agencies.
Response Letter from DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective to ‘Rising to the Challenge’
July 7, 2020 Letter from the DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective in response to the June 30 BruinPost from the Office of the Chancellor. The letter rejects proposed police reforms, provides alternative models that work towards divestment and reparations, and demands the proposed Public Safety Advisory Council be disbanded by July 31, 2020.
‘Rising to the Challenge’
June 30, 2020 BruinPost issued by the Office of the Chancellor and distributed campuswide proposing police reforms at UCLA.
Letter to Chancellor Block and EVC Carter Regarding Response to Divestment Now Demands by UCLA Faculty
June 19, 2020 Letter from the DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective reiterating divestment demands that were not addressed by Juneteeth deadline as requested in the letter sent on June 11, 2020 with more than 200 UCLA faculty signatories.
Open Letter to Chancellor Block and EVC Carter from the Black Feminism Initiative
June 18, 2020 Letter from Sarah Haley, director of the UCLA Black Feminism Initiative, along with other faculty, urging UCLA to divest from the police state and to invest in Black life and study at the intersection of gender and sexuality.
Divestment Now Demands by UCLA Faculty
June 11, 2020 Letter to Chancellor Block signed by the DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective and more than 200 UCLA faculty, demanding the immediate commitment from UCLA leadership to divest from policing and reinvest the university’s resources toward research and teaching in the areas of racial justice, and to support Black students, faculty, staff, and workers at UCLA.
Open Letter to Chancellor Block and EVC Carter from the Department of African American Studies and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
June 10, 2020 Letter from Marcus Anthony Hunter, the chair of the Department of African American Studies, and Kelly Lytle Hernandez, the director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, outlining ten demands to fund and improve the quality and well-being of Black life and Black study at UCLA.
Letter from Faculty Executive Committee of the Luskin School of Public Affairs
June 9, 2020 Letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, Executive Vice Chancellor Emily Carter, Vice Chancellor Michael Beck, and Vice Chancellor Jerry Kang demanding swift action to divest immediately from LAPD and all other policing and security contracts, as well as the adoption of anti-carceral forms of public safety, restorative justice, and initiatives that create an anti-racist culture and climate on campus.
Letter from Faculty Executive Committee of the School of Arts and Architecture
June 8, 2020 Letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, Executive Vice Chancellor Emily Carter, Vice Chancellor Michael Beck, and Vice Chancellor Jerry Kang demanding a complete divestment from LAPD and other police forces, as well as a public accounting of UCLA’s role in the use of Jackie Robinson Stadium and other UCLA facilities by LAPD.
Follow-up Letter from Executive Committee of Concerned UCLA Faculty to ‘A Violation of Our Values’
June 4, 2020 Letter in response to the BruinPost from the Office of the Chancellor demanding a public accounting of all communications, permissions, and agreements pertaining to the use of the Jackie Robinson Stadium and other UCLA facilities in collaboration with LAPD.
‘A Violation of Our Values’
June 3, 2020 BruinPost issued by the Office of the Chancellor and distributed campuswide regarding the LAPD’s use of the Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Follow-up Letter from Executive Committee of Concerned UCLA Faculty
June 3, 2020 Letter in response to communication on June 2, 2020 from UCLA Vice Chancellor Michael Beck that outlines specific demands by UCLA faculty which include: the issuance of a public letter to LAPD Chief Michael Moore, transparency in disclosing documents which led to the incident, and a public pledge to work towards divesting from the police state.
Response to UCLA Faculty Letter on UCLA LAPD Collaboration
June 2, 2020 Letter from UCLA Vice Chancellor Michael Beck, on behalf of UCLA leadership, in response to the use of UCLA facilities by LAPD.
UCLA Faculty Letter on UCLA LAPD Collaboration
June 2, 2020 Letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor Emily Carter demanding an immediate cessation of the use of any UCLA facilities by LAPD and other police forces.
A Resolution to Abolish the University of California Police Department
May 11, 2021 The Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC), the governing body of the Undergraduate Students Association whose membership is comprised of every UCLA undergraduate student, unanimously passed a resolution calling on “university and systemwide administration to affirm the humanity of its students, staff, and faculty and heed our calls to disarm, defund, and abolish the University of California Police Department.”
Systemwide Review of Proposed Revisions to Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures (the “Gold Book“)
May 7, 2021 The systemwide Academic Senate, all ten Divisional Senates, and three systemwie committees (UCFW, UCEP, and UCAADE) responded to the proposed changes to the set of systemwide police policies put forth by the University of California Office of the President. “The Senate strongly opposes the proposed Gold Book policies. We consider them to be inappropriate for a university environment and inconsistent with current national conversations about policing and UC’s own internal discussions about campus safety.”
Council of UC Faculty Associations Response to Proposed Changes to the Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures
April 27, 2021 In response to the proposed changes to the set of systemwide police policies put forth by the University of California Office of the President, the Council of UC Faculty Associations states: “The regressive content of the proposed changes, the undemocratic and opaque processes through which they have emerged, and the administrative hypocrisy around racial justice they reveal are unacceptable…In this moment of unparalleled reckoning with white supremacy and police violence in this country, we must reject reforms that expand rather than contract institutions of policing on our campuses.”
UCLA Undergraduate Student Association Council and Academic Senators Response to Proposed Changes to the Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures
April 24, 2021 In response to the proposed changes to the set of systemwide police policies put forth by the University of California Office of the President, the UCLA Undergraduate Student Association Council and Academic Senators find the policy proposals “and the process by which these revisions have been considered to be disingenuous at best and, at worst, deeply hypocritical and deadly to Black, Brown, and Indigenous students.”
UCSB Council on Faculty Welfare Response to Proposed Changes to the Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures
April 20, 2021 In response to the proposed changes to the set of systemwide police policies put forth by the University of California Office of the President, the UCSB Council on Faculty Welfare, Academic Freedom, and Awards finds the policy proposals “out of step with the current landscape and recommends they be rejected.”
Proposed Changes to the Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures
February 5, 2021 A set of recommendations put forth by the University of California Office of the President, which includes a systemwide approach to the use of body worn cameras, “systemwide response teams,” and the issuance of concealed carry weapons to qualified retired police officers.
UCLA School of Education & Information Studies (SEIS) Black Bruins Demands
January 19, 2021 In response to a lack of racial equity for Black people at the UCLA School of Education & Information Studies (SEIS), a group of more than 50 SEIS students, alumni, faculty, as well as over 100 allies to the Black community delivered a list of grievances and demands to Interim Wasserman Dean Tina Christie and the Division Heads of the UCLA School of Education & Information Studies.
A Statement of Black Solidarity: Cops Off Every Campus!
September 28, 2020 Two dozen conveners across the University of California system and 60 transnational and U.S.-based system-impacted activists, scholars, and creatives sign in solidarity with the Cops Off Campus Coalition, the DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective, and all transnational & local movements envisioning a world free from police, all who are mobilizing for the abolition of carceral systems of injustice and reparations from a university industrial complex that continues to exploit Black labor and Black knowledge to the complete devaluation of Black life.
Open Letter from the No UCPD Coalition Boycotting the Public Safety Advisory Council
August 26, 2020 Open letter to the UCLA campus community and administration from members of the No UCPD Coalition detailing their decision to boycott of the Public Safety Advisory Council (PSAC) in solidarity with the joint demands from the Black Graduate Student Association, the Afrikan Student Union, and the Divest/Invest UCLA Faculty Collective.
Statement by the Board of the Riverside Faculty Association
July 10, 2020 Letter to University of California, Riverside Administration with four specific demands that support and amplify the open letter from the Blackness Unbound Collective and the recommendations from the UC Academic Senate with a requested response by July 30, 2020.
Recommendations for UC Policing
June 29, 2020 Letter to Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California, from the Chair of the Assembly of the Academic Senate, Kum-Kum Bhavnani.
Open Letter from the Blackness Unbound Collective
June 22, 2020 Letter to the leadership of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside from a collective made up of largely untenured faculty that outlines specific demands around restitution and structural change.
UCLA Arts Letter from the Hammer Museum, the Fowler Museum, and the Center for the Art of Performance
June 18, 2020 Letter in support of the demands by the DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective towards complete divestment from the police state, as well as in support of the demands put forth by UCLA students and alumni.
Open Letter to UCLA: End Ties to LAPD and Divest from UCPD
June 18, 2020 Letter to Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor Emily Carter from more than 7,500 UCLA undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, and staff in solidarity with the Black Graduate Association and the Afrikan Student Union, demanding a public acknowledgement and response by June 25th.
Disband the UC Davis Police Force Now
June 14, 2020 Letter to Chancellor May and the administration of the University of California Davis from UC Davis faculty to disband campus police and dissociate from other law enforcement agencies.
Social Justice Agenda
Specific demands put forth by the Afrikan Student Union at UCLA and the Black Grad Student Association.
Justice for Black Lives: Petition to University of California
As students and workers at the University of California, we demand an end to all university contracts with police on our campuses, the abolition of their departments, and the redistribution of their resources to provide for community members in need.
Call for UC Berkeley to Stand Against Police Violence
We recognize that police violence against Black people is not limited to Minneapolis or Louisville – it happens all over the country, including on the UC Berkeley campus and in our surrounding community.
UCSC Black Student Union Letter
A list of demands from the Black Student Union at the University of California, Santa Cruz in response to the unrelenting anti-Blackness of 2020.
UCSC Faculty Letter to the Chancellor and Interim Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
June 2, 2020 Letter to Chancellor Cynthia Larive and iCP/EVC Lori Kletzer with demands around university divestment from police, including to cease city and state police and ICE presence on campus.
American Studies Association Letter of Support for May 3rd Day of Refusal
As active organizers with and/or supporters of the Cops Off Campus Coalition, the President, Past President, President Elect, and soon-to-be President Elect of the American Studies Association encourage their members to honor the nationwide May 3 Day of Refusal and urge their membership to mobilize their students, colleagues, and co-workers to do the same.
Scholars for Social Justice Statement on Police Violence and Universities
Scholars for Social Justice, a formation of progressive scholars committed to fighting for justice for all, especially those most vulnerable, issued this statement for signature on policing and universities.
American Studies Association President’s Statement on Black Lives Matter and the Rebellion of 2020
Statement from Scott Kurashige, ASA President, public scholar, Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and Senior Advisor for Faculty Diversity and Initiatives to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington Bothell.
National Letter for All Colleges and Universities
A graduate worker and union statement that welcomes all members of college and university communities to sign in support of our respective universities immediately terminating all of their relations with police departments and private security companies.
Abolition Democracy’s Forgotten Founder
April 19, 2022 Article via Boston Review
Funding Should be Allocated Away from Drug Enforcement, Toward Harm Reduction
July 8, 2021 Op-ed via Daily Bruin
Inside the Growing On-Campus Abolitionist Movement
June 14, 2021 Podcast via It’s Going Down
UCLA Administration Must Heed Data Supporting Abolishing of UCPD
May 25, 2021 Op-ed via Daily Bruin
UC Runs Counter to Student, Faculty Preferences with Systemwide Special Police Force
May 14, 2021 Op-ed via Daily Bruin Editorial Board
The Cops Off Campus Coalition’s Abolition May Is Underway
May 11, 2021 Article via Teen Vogue
The UC System’s Policing Expansion Belies Its Stated Commitment to Racial Justice
May 10, 2021 Article via The Nation
Care Not Cops
May 3, 2021 Video via DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective
University of California Pushes to Militarize and Expand Its Police Force
May 3, 2021 Op-ed via TRUTHOUT
DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective Talks Abolition in Q&A with Editorial Board
April 27, 2021 Interview via Daily Bruin Editorial Board
Commission to Address Jackie Robinson Stadium Incident is Late and Limited
April 15, 2021 Op-ed via Daily Bruin Editorial Board
UCLA Community Members Express Skepticism Toward Review of Safety Policies
April 11, 2021 Article via Daily Bruin
Yet Another Police Reform Proposal Designed to Expand the LAPD’s Stalker State
March 16, 2021 Op-ed via KNOCK.LA
LAPD’s Use of Jackie Robinson Stadium as Field Jail Was Inappropriate, Report Finds
March 12, 2021 Article via Daily Bruin
Highly Critical Report Faults LAPD for Mishandling Summer George Floyd Unrest
March 11, 2021 Article via Los Angeles Times
Police Surveillance Can’t Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished.
March 10, 2021 Op-ed via VICE
Undoing Property: Feminist Struggle in the Time of Abolition
March 9, 2021 Harvard University Graduate School of Design keynote lecture by Ananya Roy
UCLA Must Act On Its Plans to Replace UCPD Response to Mental Health Calls
March 1, 2021 Opinion piece via Daily Bruin
The West Los Angeles VA Would Prefer You Didn’t Look Into Its Corrupt Land Deals, Thanks
February 26, 2021 Article via KNOCK.LA
Abolishing the Police, Cops Off Campus – Part 1
February 11, 2021 Podcast via When We Fight, We Win!
Letters to the Editor: UC Doesn’t Need Police “Reform,” It Needs Cops Off Its Campuses
February 7, 2021 Opinions via The Los Angeles Times
Defund or Reform UC Campus Police? Sharp Disagreement Surfaces
February 3, 2021 Article via The Los Angeles Times
California Must Lead the Way in Abolishing School and University Campus Police
January 31, 2021 Op-ed via The Sacramento Bee
Campus Safety Task Forces As Police Power
January 29, 2021 Essay via Remaking the University
UCPD Should Not Be Responsible for Mental Health Care Responses
January 29, 2021 Op-ed via Daily Bruin
UCPD Bodycams Will Not Solve Issues of Transparency, Accountibility in Policing
January 27, 2021 Op-ed via Daily Bruin
UCLA Must Divest from Systems of Policing, Adopt a New Model for Safety and Justice
December 8, 2020 Op-ed via Daily Bruin
We Keep Each Other Safe
December 8, 2020 Video via DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective
Stolen Lives, Stolen Land
December 3, 2020 Video via DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective
Prisoners Made Here
December 1, 2020 Video via DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective
The Abolition Open School: How We Spread the Message
November 13, 2020 American Studies Association 2020 Freedom Course via American Studies Association
Abolition Is the Only Way
November 12, 2020 Video via People’s City Council – Los Angeles
Jackie Robinson Stadium: Prisoners Made Here
November 11, 2020 Article via KNOCK.LA
Activists Hold Remembrance Event at Jackie Robinson Stadium
November 1, 2020 Photo essay via Daily Bruin
Activists Gather at Jackie Robinson Stadium to Protest UCPD, LAPD
November 1, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
Campus After Cops: Building Abolitionist Communities
October 29, 2020 Teach In via Critical Resistance, Scholars for Social Justice, UC FTP
Students and Faculty Make Calls to Divest UCPD – Part Two
October 24, 2020 Video via Daily Bruin
Students and Faculty Make Calls to Divest UCPD – Part One
October 21, 2020 Video via Daily Bruin
Student Activists, Organizations Call for End of UCPD Amid Police Violence Concerns
October 16, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
Care Providers Protest Police Violence in Hospitals After Harbor-UCLA Shooting
October 13, 2020 Article via Los Angeles Times
Health Workers Protest After Patient was Shot by a Deputy at Hospital
October 13, 2020 Article via NBC Los Angeles
Cops Off Campus Rally
October 2, 2020 Photo essay via Daily Bruin
Protesters March Down Westwood Boulevard, Call for Removal of Police from Campuses
October 1, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
Opinion: Public Safety Advisory Council Reflects UCLA’s Unwillingness to Heed Student Input
September 14, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
“Summer Take-Over” with Drs. Haley and Hong Discussing Abolition and Feminism
September 9, 2020 Discussion via LA Social Science
Coalition Launches Campaign to Remove Police from UC Campuses
September 4, 2020 Article via The Daily Californian
No UCPD Coalition Boycotts Public Safety Advisory Council, Advocates for Divestment
September 1, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
Editorial: UCLA Needs to Stand Up to Legal Databases with Ties to ICE, Promote Alternatives
August 3, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
What Anti-Racism Efforts Could Look Like on Cal State Campuses
July 21, 2020 Article via LAist
Faculty Collective Pushes for University Police Divestment, Criticizes UCLA’s Plan Forward
July 20, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
At Some U.S. Universities, A Time to Rethink Cops on Campus
July 9, 2020 Article via Los Angeles Times
Op-Ed: If Black Lives Matter to Colleges, They’ll Divest from Campus Policing
July 9, 2020 Opinion piece via Los Angeles Times
Editorial: UCLA Must Divest from UCPD, LAPD to Stop Perpetuating Problematic Systems
July 6, 2020 Response via the Daily Bruin Editorial Board
Op-Ed: It’s Time to Rethink Policing & Systems of Care. Social Work Can Lead by Example if We Face Our Own Historical Shortcomings
June 29, 2020 Opinion piece via WitnessLA
Scholar Robin D.G. Kelley on How Today’s Abolitionist Movement Can Fundamentally Change the Country
June 27, 2020 Interview via The Intercept
Don’t Ask Me How Am I Doing, Ask Me What Am I Doing. What Are We All Doing?
June 24, 2020 Opinion piece via The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Serious About Racial Justice? Then Divest From Policing
June 22, 2020 Article via KNOCK.LA
How Much Money Does the University of California Spend on Its Police Departments?
June 22, 2020 Blog post via reclaim UC
Defund the Police: A Webinar on Police, Race, and Universities
June 20, 2020 Webinar via Scholars for Social Justice
Education Must Divest from the Police
June 11, 2020 Article via KNOCK.LA
Ruth Wilson Gilmore Makes the Case for Abolition
June 10, 2020 Podcast via Intercepted
Opinion: LAPD’s Racial Injustice Should be Met With Defunding, Not Reform
June 10, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
UCLA Faculty Criticize Decision to Let LAPD Use Jackie Robinson Stadium
June 8, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
#BlackLivesMatter March at UCLA
June 4, 2020 Short film by Brandon Soun
‘Violation of Our Values’ UCLA Chancellor says of LAPD’s Use of Jackie Robinson Stadium
June 4, 2020 Article via Los Angeles Times
UCLA-leased Jackie Robinson Stadium Facilities Used by LAPD to Detain Protesters
June 4, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
UCLA Faculty Livid Over Use of Jackie Robinson Stadium to Process Detainees in George Floyd Protests
June 3, 2020 Article via New York Daily News
UCLA Faces Continued Criticism Over LAPD Use of Stadium for Field Jail
June 3, 2020 Article via Los Angeles Times
George Floyd Protests: More Than 3,000 Arrested in Los Angeles County
June 3, 2020 Article via The Guardian UK
George Floyd Protests: LA Police Use Jackie Robinson Stadium as Jail
June 3, 2020 Article via The Independent UK
UCLA Rips the LAPD for Using Jackie Robinson Stadium as “Field Jail” for Protesters
June 3, 2020 Article via Miami Herald
UCLA Faculty Criticize LAPD for using Jackie Robinson Stadium as “Field Jail” During Protests
June 3, 2020 Article via ABC7
Editorial: UCLA’s Deafening Silence on Black Lives Matter Movement Sanctions Complicity, Hurts Bruins
June 3, 2020 Article via Daily Bruin
Police Detain Los Angeles Protesters at Jackie Robinson Stadium
June 3, 2020 Article via HuffPost
LAPD Used Jackie Robinson Stadium as ‘Field Jail’ for Protestors Without Permission, UCLA Says
June 3, 2020 Article via Newsweek
L.A. Police Use Jackie Robinson Stadium as ‘Field Jail’ Without UCLA’s Consent
June 2, 2020 Article via NBC News
UCLA Protests LAPD Using Jackie Robinson Stadium for Protest Arrest Processing
June 2, 2020 Article via LA Times