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Kudos to CA Assemblymember Richard Bloom for Efforts to Protect Jewish & pro-Israel Students at the University of California 

CA Assemblymember Bloom wrote a letter to UC President Napolitano and the UC Regents in support of an AMCHA-led coalition letter concerning graduate students and faculty bringing political propaganda into the classroom 

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TAKE ACTION: Please write Assemblymember Bloom to thank him for standing up for the safety of Jewish students. You may contact Assemblymember Bloom at the link HERE.

This week, as part of an AMCHA-led campaign, 22 education, civil rights and Jewish advocacy groups wrote to UC President Napolitano and UC Provost Dorr to ask whether University of California (UC) policies that prohibit UAW 2865 graduate student instructors from promoting BDS and anti-Israel, and often anti-Semitic, propaganda in the classroom also apply to UC faculty.

More than 40 UC faculty members signed a statement of support for the UAW’s call for BDS. In addition, according to AMCHA Initiative records, more than 200 UC faculty, including several department chairs and program directors have endorsed the academic boycott of Israel. Faculty who promote BDS on the campus and in the classroom are contributing to the increasingly hostile environment faced by Jewish students nationwide and especially in California.

Out of concern for Jewish and pro-Israel students, Assemblymember Bloom sent a letter to UC President Napolitano and the UC Regents which stated in part:

“I greatly appreciate that Provost Dorr took the time to explicity remind all chancellors that the Regents Policy on Course Content prohibits UAW graduate student instructors from promoting BDS and anti-Israel propaganda in the classroom. Earlier this week, in a letter authored by Tammi Benjamin of AMCHA, 22 education, civil rights and Jewish advocacy organizations wrote to you asking if the Regents Policy on Course Content also applies to UC faculty. I join in asking that question. The classroom must be a place where all views are welcomed and all students feel they can have a voice. The classroom should not be a soapbox for a professor’s political advocacy.”

The full letter can be seen below, or via the link HERE.

Assemblymember Bloom 12.11 Letter to Napolitano and Regents

Jewish and pro-Israel students are lucky to have a courageous representative like Assemblymember Bloom fighting for their safety and well-being.

TAKE ACTION: Please write Assemblymember Bloom to thank him for standing up for the safety of Jewish students. You may contact Assemblymember Bloom at the link HERE.

Warm regards,

AMCHA Initiative

 

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