UC Berkeley College Republicans excluded from coalition town hall meeting

“We were told that we were not part of the community that needed healing and refused entrance to the meeting,” said Mia Lincoln, external vice president of the Berkeley College Republicans.

Community members assemble in the Rochdale apartments Common Room to discuss the Increase Diversity Bake Sale event being held September 27, 2011 on Upper Sproul Plaza.

Members of the Berkeley College Republicans were excluded from the town hall meeting of a coalition of UC Berkeley students seeking to promote multiculturalism and open dialogue on Friday night.

The coalition was meeting to discuss a response to the highly controversial “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” being organized by the campus Republican organization.

The bake sale plans to incorporate a sliding price scale, with students being charged based on their race and sex. Prices begin at $2 for whites and drop incrementally based on race or ethnicity down to 25 cents for Native Americans.

The meeting originated in the Rochdale Village Apartments and was subsequently moved to the Multicultural Community Center in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, where over 200 people were in attendance.

According to Berkeley College Republicans President Shawn Lewis, a member of the Republican group who gained access to the meeting later that night in the campus multicultural center, an announcement was made barring admittance to Republicans and members of the press.


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