We on the coordinating council of SAVE condemn acts of violence taken against persons or property on our campus. We were shocked about police violence on campus a few weeks ago, and are now extremely saddened by the attack to the Chancellor's house by a small group of protesters yesterday night. This is our campus by virtue of our shared responsibility to the rights of free speech and personal safety for all. Actions that address the terrible crisis we currently face through violence, be it instigated by police or protesters, are in our view fundamentally at odds with our goal of protecting and enhancing public education as itself a fundamental public right.
There are reasons for feelings of shock, dismay, and sadness in response to events of the past weeks, but we ask the campus community, as we ask ourselves, to consider deeply what violence means on and around our campus. We urge peaceful discussion, debate, and negotiation as we try to work through the problems facing UC and beyond. The question of violence itself should be part of these discussions, as should ways to address the corrosive divisions felt by many across campus.