Sponsored by the UMass Anti-Racism Coalition
UMass ARC Condemns Elimination of Affirmative Action at UMass Amherst
Affirmative Action at UMass
[A web site on the current fight to retain Affirmative Action at UMass
provided by the Amherst College Student Government Organization.]
Mission of the UMass Anti-Racism Coalition: To organize and educate students and the community about racism and its negative, disruptive, and devastating impact on society and the world. Originally called the Chris Hani Anti-Racism Coalition, in honor of Comrade Chris Hani who spoke here at UMass in 1991, two years before he was slain by an assassin's bullet in South Africa for his just fight against apartheid, the ARC seeks to continue Comrade Hani's work by working for a just, non-racial, society where divisions by race and class are eliminated.
The ARC has sponsored or cosponsored here at UMass such notable speakers such as ANC and SACP leader Chris Hani, CPUSA and Native American activist Judith LeBlanc, Political Affairs Editor Joe Sims, political scientist and author Dr. Michael Parenti, U.S. Communist Party Vice-Chair Jarvis Tyner, W.E.B. Du Bois scholar Dr. Anthony Monteiro, civil rights activist Dr. Angela Davis, United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez, Indian journalist, scholar, and author of Everybody loves a good drought: Stories from India's poorest districts (Penguin India, 1996) P. Sainath, Puerto Rican anti-colonial activist and Massachusetts CPUSA Chair Josť Cruz, and many others. In conjunction with the W.E.B. Du Bois Petition Coalition, the ARC provided organizational and logistical support in the Coalition's successful effort to have the 28-story tower library at UMass named in honor of W.E.B. Du Bois on October 5, 1994, assisted with the purchase of a plaque for the Du Bois Library, and, along with the W.E.B. Du Bois Club/CPUSA assisted with the dedication of the Du Bois Library on the 128th anniversary of Dr. Du Bois's birth, February 23, 1996.
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