Raise Your Voice in 2015

Looking Forward

As we begin 2015, our theme this year is “Raise Your Voice!” As the Congress and the legislature begin new sessions, we need you to Raise Your Voice for higher education. Raise your Voice to your representatives and help them understand the value that public higher education provides to all of us. Raise Your Voice and let them know that you support more funding for public higher education. Raise your voice and let them know that you are concerned about the future of our state. If you have not joined Bruin Caucus, please click here to sign-up.

Go Bruins!

Keith S. Parker, AVC

Keith S. Parker
Government & Community Relations
Assistant Vice Chancellor

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Scott Waugh Meets with California Legislators

Making the Case for State Support

On February 24th and 25th, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Scott Waugh, made his annual visit to the State Capitol in Sacramento to meet with legislators in a series of meetings focused on the impact of state support to our campus, as well as specifically addressing topics that were of interest to individual legislators.

As the Chief Operating Officer of UCLA, Executive Vice Chancellor Waugh is well positioned to deliver a macro and granular perspective on the University’s budget, as-well-as promote development and academic initiatives.

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Governor Jerry Brown presented with Woody Strode’s UCLA jersey

Honoring a Barrier Breaker

On February 10th, as part of Black History Month celebrations, the Legislative Black Caucus held a screening of the film, “The Forgotten Four.” The film is about the integration of the National Football League in 1946 by four African American players. Kenny Washington and Woody Strode played for the Los Angeles Rams and Marion Motley and Bill Willis played for the Cleveland Browns. Both Kenny Washington and Woody Strode were UCLA alumni and played on the same UCLA football team with Jackie Robinson.

Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, the host of the film screening, has nominated Woody Strode for the California Hall of Fame in honor for his athletic prowess, acting career and life long philanthropy. Governor Jerry Brown was presented with the number 27 UCLA jersey commemorating Woody Strode, which he wore while at UCLA.

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Attorney General Kamala Harris Spoke on Human Trafficking at UCLA Law Review Symposium

Human Trafficking

On Friday, January 30, 2015 California Attorney General Kamala Harris spoke at the UCLA Law Review Symposium, “Examining the Roots of Human Trafficking and Exploitation.” The audience was comprised of UCLA students, government officials, and victim rights groups. Attorney General Harris met with UCLA officials, including Chancellor Gene Block.

According to Attorney General Harris, human trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year world-wide industry, and is the second most profitable criminal enterprise after drug trafficking.

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Candidate Forums

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, voters in Council District 14 will get to decide who will represent their district. Please join us at one of two candidate forums in Council District 14 to hear from candidates as they share their vision and position on issues to best meet the needs of the district.

The Downtown Los Angeles Candidate Forum on February 11th will focus on Downtown issues. The Northeast Los Angeles Town Hall and Debate on February 12th will focus on neighborhood issues. You are invited to choose to attend either forum or both forums.

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Honoring 17 UCLA Alumni

UCLA Government & Community Relations is co-sponsoring with UCLA Alumni and UCLA Student Affairs the Journey to Change event honoring the 17 UCLA Alumni who participated in the 1961 “Freedom Rides” protesting segregation in public transportation. These civil rights activists rode buses in the Deep South to test a Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in interstate transit.

Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, will present a proclamation on behalf of the California State Legislature. At this UCLA community event, we also will be joined by other elected officials, community leaders, alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends of the University.

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