The Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success (CCC-USS) is a collective of advocates and educators that challenges anti-immigrant and oppressive ideologies, institutional practices, and everyday actions that threaten undocumented and historically marginalized communities.
We are in solidarity with the Black communities leading the protests against police brutality locally and across the country. We are in solidarity with those who are undocumented and Black, as they face oppressive policing from both law enforcement and I.C.E. We call for Justice for George Floyd, beginning with the arrests of all four officers involved in his murder.
On Monday June 1st, 2020 hundreds of community members took to the streets of San Luis Obispo to call attention to police violence against Black people. Many of our local high school and college students were among these marchers. Soon after the march began, they were confronted not only by the San Luis Obispo Police Department but also by police forces called in from cities across the Central Coast, county sheriff deputies, county correctional officers, and Cal Poly University Police. Some officers were accompanied by police dogs.
Members of the Coalition were present the moment police forces used tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and flashbangs on unarmed protestors who were assembled on the street and sidewalk. In an effort to support the safety of the protestors, Coalition members were in attendance to provide food and water. Due to police escalations and attacks, members proceeded to inform protesters of their rights and provided medical aid to those harmed by tear gas and pepper spray. This scene has played out nationally as supporters and allies engaged in non-violent strategies against the police brutality and violence that Black communities continue to experience.
We are angered by actions taken against Black communities and allies engaged in non-violent strategies throughout the nation. Locally, we demand transparency in the decision making from state and local agencies, elected city officials and city administrators who authorized the use of force on unarmed protesters. The people who made this decision should be held accountable.
CALL TO ACTION FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS
The Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success
Fill out this form to sign onto this letter: https://forms.gle/r9BJH5xR1k2DyCJV8