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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Presente.org: UC President Napolitano’s $5 Million Pledge to Undocumented Students Falls Short

Oct. 31, 2013

Following the announcement by University of California President Janet Napolitano that she would authorize $5 million in UC Funds to aid undocumented students, Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org, the largest national Latino online advocacy organization in the country, issued the following statement:

“UC President Napolitano’s Halloween announcement of a $5 million pledge to undocumented students in the University of California system may be more of a trick than a treat. It’s an important step, but it hardly begins to reassure the undocumented, Latino and other student communities that Napolitano has changed her anti-immigrant ways since she oversaw unprecedented deportations across the country. $5 million doesn’t begin to heal the devastation, destruction and distrust that made Ms. Napolitano one of the single most destructive forces in immigrant life in California and in the entire United States. Across UC campuses, students are protesting and demanding policies that will guarantee their security and safety in the wake of her controversial appointment by the UC regents. Trust is earned, not bought.”