We would like to acknowledge the many people who may be unable to participate in this teach in due to systemic oppressions that create direct and indirect barriers to accessing education. Barriers to access are created by, for example, restrictive immigration laws and policies, detention of asylum seekers, deportation policies, undocumented status, poverty, imprisonment of political dissidents, and/or restrictions on movement and education that individuals living under military occupation face (such as Palestinians residing under Israeli rule (http://right2edu.birzeit.edu/). We stand in solidarity with those individuals who may be potentially interested in engaging in our teach in, yet are unable to join us due to these types of systemic oppressions. Understanding these barriers and the need to take action against systemic oppression is why spaces like this teach in are necessary to engage our campus community with these issues.
Where we stand are the traditional homelands of the Massachusett People, who are the traditional stewards of this place, and are still with us today. We also acknowledge their near neighbors, the Nipmuc and Wampanoag Peoples.