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Hunger Strike for Chicano Studies at UCLA Collection
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Description
This collection consists of flyers, memos, notes, form letters, faxes and photographs that document the events that occurred during the spring of 1993 when several students and one professor began a hunger strike to protest the decision of Chancellor Charles E. Young to close the Chicano Studies Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Background
In 1993, after several attempts by faculty and students at the University of California, Los Angeles to change the standing of the Chicano Studies Program from an interdisciplinary program to a department, Chancellor Charles E. Young announced that the Program would not receive departmental status. The date was April 28th, 1993, the eve of Cesar Chavez's funeral. This decision ignited the passion and activism of many students and set in motion a sit-in demonstration by the Conscious Students of Color group over the welfare of the Chicano Studies Library, budget cuts, and the Chicana/o Studies Program and other Ethnic Programs at UCLA. Around 200 hundred students walked across the Westwood campus to the Faculty Center to protest the Chancellor's decision. The protest turned violent after Los Angeles Police Department and University of California Police Department officers appeared in riot gear at the Faculty Center. As a result, 99 students were arrested and UCLA pressed charges against the students for vandalizing the premises.
Extent
1.2 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Restrictions
These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of materials, including but not limited to infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.
Availability
Open for research.