We have some positive news regarding our current space campaign. After many lengthy months of advocacy and campaigning against SFSS’ intentional, targeted and harmful decision to evict us on December 14, 2018, we have successfully delayed the eviction to the end of the lease agreement for the current space. This means that we will continue to be housed in the Rotunda space at the leisure of the SFSS, on a month-to-month basis, until the new Student Union Building (SUB) is completed. While this is a temporary solution it is a positive outcome and is a direct result of your campaigning, support and activism. Thank you!
However, the work is not over! We have continuously asked the SFSS to meet with the groups from the Rotunda space regarding long term, allocated space in the new SUB. The SFSS previously committed to being more transparent with the groups in the Rotunda space and have admitted that the current model is not workable, however, the SFSS has rejected our invitation to meet and has doubled down on their decision that will inexplicably block us from having a continuing space in campus. This action by the SFSS to continuously say one thing while acting in an oppositional and adversarial manner without having us at the table perpetuates the negative and adverse effects on our membership and is a direct attack to our advocacy efforts towards creating a long-term space for anti-racism, education and healing.
What does this mean for you? We need support from our members and community at large to continue advocating our campaign for a long term, dedicated space on campus, as was initially understood when the consultations for the SUB started in June 2014.
In this effort, we would love for you to attend the SFSS Board of Directors meetings and call on them to, in the very least, meet with the Rotunda Community. Please sign and share our petition and continue to write letters of support on behalf of the SFU Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry outlining the importance of having a safe space for black students on campus at SFU. We are only asking the SFSS to continue the practice of equity and diversity that has been in place for SOCA since 1997. #BlackSpacesMatter #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs #SAVESOCA