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48,000 Academic Workers at the University of California Union System Strike Against Violence on Pro-Palestinian Encampments

48,000 academic workers across the University of California system have voted to strike by a 79% majority across all campuses, demanding an end to the police violence against pro-Palestinians and their encampments in solidarity with Gaza against the Israeli regime’s ongoing onslaught in the Palestinian territory. 

According to Western media sources, the vote is an important stance that highlights the “immense potential” for a wider struggle “linking the fight against war with opposition in the working class to inequality and exploitation.”

While the UC vote was being conducted, Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for vice president in the 2024 US elections, recently made a statement regarding the struggles in a fight against capitalism. 

“Workers are fighting back. I urge you to support the 48,000 University of California academic workers, members of the UAW, who are voting to strike to protect their students and free speech, and to stop the US-backed genocide in Gaza. This is a political strike to halt the police crackdown on campus protests that is being backed by Biden and both corporate parties.” he said. 

The necessity of the strike was allegedly apparent when pro-Israelis attacked the pro-Palestine Encampment at UCLA on April 30 while “police stood by.” Students and members of UAW 4811 were also attacked, while dozens sustained injuries during the assault. 

The following day, instead of arresting the anti-Palestinains who committed acts of violence against the Pro-Palestine protestors, the Police “swooped in to clear the encampment” with the support of UAW officials, who granted them access to the barricades that had been erected.

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