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Sunday April 12th

The Settler Colonial University - the UC’s Role in Settler Colonialism, from the Morill Act to Mauna Kea

Facilitated by Karli DeRego & Will Parrish (UCSC)

This class describes the nuts and bolts of settler colonialism, with a focus on the UC’s significant role in the colonization of Indigenous lands in what is now “California” and how it has enacted settler-colonial relations throughout its history. Examples include nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands and Newe Segobia (Nevada), as well as the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. We will also talk about the campaign for the UC to withdraw from the TMT.

Karli DeRego is a Native Hawai’ian and former UCSC archaeology PhD student whose resesrch focused on Mauna Kea, and who was forced out of UCSC for striking for a living wage. Will Parrish is a UCSC PhD student in History of Consciousness and investigative journalist who has written extensively about contemporary Indigenous resistance movements.


The people’s university. 
Think tank for resistance movements 
Training school for a new generation of university labor organizers.

About the strike


Public education free and accessible for everyone - without student debt.
Critical thinking and skills - not bound to the imperatives of the market.
Communities of care and shared struggle - not competition for grades & grants.
Brilliance - without ‘experts’.

Learn your power to organize personal and social transformation.
Decolonize, democratize, queer, and abolish the university.