Charlottesville Statement

We are saddened by the recent violence on the University of Virginia campus where white supremacists and neo-Nazis gathered to purportedly protest the removal of a Confederate statue, and in the process terrorized Americans with threats of harm and oppression.  One woman there to protest against racism was killed and many others injured at the hands of the hate groups.  Targeted groups included people of color, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ folks, women, and others.  This kind of hate and violence is not new to this country, and many have suffered and died throughout history at the hands of those espousing hatred.  The danger is real, so let us not minimize or silence the anxieties of our fellow Americans.  Instead, let us protect and support those of us being targeted.  We are one nation, and when some of us are threatened and terrorized, the health of the nation suffers. There is no place for hate at UCSC.  Student Health Services, including the Health Center, CAPS, SHOP, and CARE, stand in solidarity with those facing oppression and violence. 

We are here for you. We are here to listen and support you.  We treat everyone respectfully regardless of differing viewpoints. If you are struggling with the personal impact of the new administration, the tone of the national discussions; or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats or more subtle forms of oppression because of your race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, country of origin or other aspect of your identity, we are here for you.

We are here to provide support and care to all of the UCSC students for your health and mental health concerns. 

https://www.splcenter.org/20170810/alt-right-campus-what-students-need-know

Additional Resources and Suggestions

If you're overwhelmed by feelings and worries, here are some things you can do right now:

  • Volunteer: There are plenty of organizations out there that simply need your time
  • Combat racism with Showing Up For Racial Justice or http://blacklivesmatter.com/
  • Help your community through AmeriCorps
  • End police violence with Campaign Zero
  • Support your Muslim family and friends through the Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Be a part of your next local election as a poll worker and encourage voters to come out
  • Join an organization that helps immigrants and new Americans
  • Practice self-care: It’s easy to forget that taking care of yourself is just as important as going out and doing something

If you find yourself in need of someone to talk to or you are having suicidal thoughts, reach out to the following:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • Trans Lifeline: (877) -65-8860
  • Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386

Donate:

  • Planned Parenthood: Give women the opportunities for proper healthcare, education, and activism
  • The Future Project: Help the young people of America fulfill their potential
  • RAINN: Assist the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network in combatting sexual violence, aiding victims, and ensuring that perpetrators are caught
  • ACLU: Uphold the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all by the Constitution and the laws of the United States