Ordered from most to least recent:
October 19th, 2020: The Corvallis Advocate published “OSU Racism: Student Group Demands More Action, Less Talk,” detailing the demands of our campaign and our experiences with OSU administration thusfar.
October 16th, 2020: We provided public comment at this Board of Trustees meeting, urging Trustees to question the need for the number of officers OSU intends to hire with the new plans for a crisis mediation team. We also demanded involvement and decision-making power in the implementation of the crisis mediation team. Watch the meeting here.
October 15th, 2020: The Board of Trustees had a meeting including another public safety update. The Public Safety Advisory Board introduced the plan shared on the website to the Board. CAPS director Ian Kellem suggested plans to determine how dispatching will work. Dean of Students Kevin Dougherty stressed the need to hire additional staff for this program. They mentioned that the City of Corvallis is really enthusiastic about the crisis response team implementation, especially the CAHOOTS model used in Eugene. Watch the public safety update here, 42 minutes in.
October 9th, 2020: OSU sent out an email to all students announcing the formation of crisis response networks being added to public safety, maintaining that crisis responders would be accompanied by law enforcement. The email directed to this website.
September 30th, 2020: The Daily Barometer published “Disarm OSU seeks to create informed student body during week one,” which covered our rally on the MU steps.
September 21st-25th, 2020: We hosted Week 2 of #Disorientation, which was geared towards in-person action coinciding with the first week of school. We did...
flyering around campus on Monday,
a chalk blast in front of Kerr Administration building on Tuesday,
banner drops on Wednesday,
on-campus tabling on Thursday,
and a rally on the MU steps on Friday. (Photos courtesy of Alex Reich of the Daily Barometer)
September 14th-17th, 2020: We hosted Week 1 of a series of direct actions titled #Disorientation, which aimed to get outreach to new students and put pressure on admin leading up to that week’s Board of Trustees meeting. The first week of events was explicitly off-campus, virtual action. We did an admin phone blast on Monday, an email blast to the BoT on Tuesday, a social media blast on Wednesday, and then filled the entire public comments section again on Thursday at the BoT meeting. At this meeting, the Board and OSU administration and the BoT stuck to their desire for campus police. Charlene Alexander made it explicit that she’s pro-cop, and administration claimed that they couldn’t disarm like PSU did because our campus is “different.” On the bright side, the Board expressed interest in the implementation of unarmed crisis mediation response as an addition to public safety development. Watch the public safety update portion of the meeting here.
September 1st, 2020: The OSU Ethnic Studies department published a call to action on their website with demands that the university expand the Ethnic Studies program and its resources.
August 30th, 2020: OSU failed to provide detailed budget information regarding the police force as promised on this date.
August 25th, 2020: OSU published this survey to gather feedback on campus public safety. We flooded this survey with calls to #DisarmOSU.
August 25th, 2020: We took this week’s media office hours to formulate a press release to address the university’s weak response to our demands. We included requests for clarification, elaboration, and particularly regarding Demand 1 (#DisarmOSU), complete structural changes to the plans provided in OSU’s response to our demands. Our official press release response is available here and at the bottom of our website's front page.
August 24th, 2020: OSU shared its official response to our demands--over a week late. We found their response to be consistently vague, at times falsifiable, and generally insufficient in both meeting our demands and serving the OSU community. In the document, OSU made no movement whatsoever on disarming and defunding police on campus. Though we requested that the university’s response be shared publicly upon release, and the document itself states that “OSU commits to clearly communicating notices regarding public safety in multiple modalities and making them available on the public safety website,” the university refused to publicize this response. View their response here.
August 23rd, 2020: The Corvallis Advocate published “New OSU Police Chief Resigns; Disarm OSU Expresses Concerns” which publicized the university’s continued lack of transparency and good faith in deliberation with our campaign, and reinforced our adherence to our demands and expectations from the university.
August 15th, 2020: Charlene Alexander promised us a response to our demands by this date, but we didn't receive one.
August 15th, 2020: At the OSU Board of Trustees meeting, we were able to fill the entire 45 minute public comment section of the OSU Board of Trustees meeting with speakers in support of our campaign, and additional statements of support throughout the meeting. Members of our team, as well as UAOSU faculty members, urged the BoT to listen to our demands and do what best serves the community. Yet despite this overwhelming support, OSU still intends on the formation of a weaponized police force. OSU’s updates on public safety can be watched here starting at 2:07:40.
August 14th, 2020: “Mailbag: Defund Police, Fund Resources” was published in the Gazette Times.
August 13th, 2020: Our neighboring institution, Portland State University, announced that it would be disarming its police force. We are extremely happy for the PSU community, and appreciative of the extensive efforts of the #DisarmPSU campaign team towards holding their university accountable to keeping people safe. This advancement is proof that our campaign will work, and OSU indeed has the ability to disarm our campus.
August 13th, 2020: OSU announced that Edgar Rodriguez, the candidate for Police Chief and Associate Vice President of Public Safety, would be resigning within the month, and that Senior Associate Vice President for Finance & Administration Paul Odenthal would fill his position as they conducted a nationwide search for his replacement.
August 7th, 2020: The United Academics of Oregon State University, our faculty union, endorsed our campaign via their organizing committee. Read the full statement on the front page of their website, which is titled “Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter.” Thank you UAOSU!
August 6th, 2020: We launched the FAQ page on our website! We crafted this page as a useful tool for people when approaching conversations with their friends, family, and colleagues about the role of policing in our society, and the need for mandatory anti-racism education at our university. We continue to update this page as we find more information.
August 4th, 2020: We sent out a call to action to community members to write letters to the editor and attend our weekly media office hours. We also urged Corvallis residents to reach out to their city council representative in support of our demands. We created a document with instructions on how to identify and contact a city councilor, including a template of what to say, which can be viewed here.
August 3rd, 2020: OSU hosted a zoom session with President F. King Alexander titled “Conversation with Communities of Color.” As they had done in prior meetings, they continued to silence us by taking 30+ minute introductions to eat up community discussion time, selective answering of questions, and disabling the chat function. In this meeting, OSU administrators promised our team they’d provide comprehensive responses to the demands we have put forth via our open letter, “Dear F. King Alexander,” by Friday, August 15th.
July 31st, 2020: We saw no response from the university to our demands, despite OSU promising a response by this date.
July 29th, 2020: We published this press release coordinating an email blast in response to a leaked disrespectful email below, sent by former Faculty Senate President Dwaine Plaza to other administrators.
July 23rd, 2020: OSU police chief candidate Edgar Rodriguez and senior associate vice president Paul Odenthal agreed to meet with select community members, including members of the We Can Do The Work campaign. They confirmed intentions to hire 17 officers, including 5 sergeants, and spend roughly $4.9 million on the force in the next 2 years. They promised to release detailed budget information on August 30th. They provided many empty justifications for the new police force that we easily debunked. We criticized their decision to allocate unnecessary funding away from resources that the community needs towards a police force that has the potential to endanger students, faculty and staff. They ensured us that we would be involved in the decision-making process, a promise that has yet to be acted upon.
July 22, 2020: “Mailbag: We Need To Implement Change” was published in the Gazette Times.
July 19th, 2020: “OSU Students Call to Defund and Disarm OSU Police Force” was published by the Corvallis Advocate, informing the greater Corvallis community of our campaign and our demands.
July 17th, 2020: OSU police chief candidate Edgar Rodriguez and senior associate vice president Paul Odenthal agreed to meet with a panel of students and staff to answer questions. A few of our campaign team members attended the meeting. Administration took up the first half-hour of this one hour session, stalling as to limit the time for community questions. They refused to provide critical information regarding accreditation, budget allocation, and accountability. Rodriguez committed to more conversations with us and other groups on campus. Watch the meeting here.
July 16th, 2020: Members of our team met with OSU’s Office of Institutional Diversity and discussed how they will be addressing our demands. The OID promised public responses to each of our demands by the end of the next week (July 31st). They also admitted that the Creating an Inclusive Community (CIC) module, the one that everyone takes as a freshman, is insufficient and ineffective, proving our need for a substantial mandatory anti-racism course requirement. The meeting was live-streamed on our Facebook page and can be watched here.
July 14th, 2020: The events page was added to our website, providing a schedule of events pertaining to topics including policing, social justice, organizing and activism, our campaign’s upcoming direct actions, and more.
July 10th, 2020: President Alexander’s insufficient response necessitated an in-person action in which many students, faculty, staff, and even admin gathered in front of Kerr Administration Building to present a physical delivery of our demands--as well as some flower-planting and testimony. We then marched downtown to the Benton County Courthouse to join a concurring Black Lives Matter rally. This demonstration was a huge success at getting OSU admin’s attention, and was strong evidence that this campaign is working.
July 9th, 2020: A week after we sent an email blast with an open letter of our demands, OSU President F. King Alexander provided a brief, insufficient response via private emails to those who participated in the email blast. He failed to address the contents of our letter of demands and tried to put off discussion with us until August. Clearly providing safety and justice to our campus community is not a pressing issue to him. His email response, as well as our team’s official response can be viewed here.
July 8th, 2020: “Mailbag: OSU doesn't need armed police force” was published in the Gazette Times.
July 7th, 2020: “As I See It: OSU must disarm its police force” was published in the Gazette Times.
July 7th, 2020: We began holding weekly media office hours Tuesdays at 3pm.
July 3rd, 2020: OSU announced it would extend its contract with Oregon State Police until the end of the year.
July 2nd, 2020: Our campaign was mentioned in a piece published in the Gazette times titled “OSU leaders address questions about policing.”
July 2nd, 2020: OSU held a “Virtual Community Town Hall” regarding public safety via zoom. The call was panelist-style and chat was disabled, preventing community members from engaging in dialogue. The only way for us to voice our concerns in this “community town hall” was through a Q&A function where others’ questions weren’t visible, allowing administration to handpick what questions they would answer. In response, our campaign started livestreaming the session on Facebook to allow for attendee commentary and discussion. Watch the session here.
July 1st, 2020: On President F. King Alexander’s first day in office, we launched our website wecandothework.com, complete with the letter on our front page deliberating a list of demands for the university to #DisarmOSU and implement various methods of anti-racism reform on campus. The letter was delivered to President Alexander via an email blast.
June 24th, 2020: The Daily Barometer published a piece titled, “OSU student government aims to advance demands of Black students” which detailed student activism towards racial justice on campus, mentioning the efforts of Disarm OSU and the Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU).
June 23rd, 2020: We called our supporters to action in response to an all-students email sent out by Police Chief candidate Edgar Rodriguez, which hypocritically expressed solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement yet refused to halt the formation of the new police force on the OSU campus. In his email, Rodriguez urged students to reach out and start a dialogue. That same day, we coordinated an email blast in response to criticize the inconsistency between the university’s words and their decisions. Read Rodriguez’s email and our response template here. Only a few of us got responses to our emails, and pretty much all of them looked like this:
June 19, 2020: Graduate activist and We Can Do The Work campaign team member Nat Young published a petition to OSU calling for the implementation of a mandatory anti-racism education course for all degree programs. Young and the YDSA members chose to merge and expand our demands of the university, establishing the multi-faceted structure of our campaign.
June 16th, 2020: After holding meetings to discuss concerns over OSU’s plan to establish an armed police force on campus, members of the OSU chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America decided to create a petition calling to #DisarmOSU, publicly launching our campaign.
June 15th, 2020: Community members caught wind of three private interviews being held for sergeants, and swiftly requested to attend these meetings. These requests were ignored, breaking the promise OSU made to involve community members in the hiring of upper-level officers. It is rumored that all three interviews went poorly.
April 6, 2020: OSU made the first statement affirming its intentions on the creation of a weaponized private police force on the Corvallis campus via an all-students email signed by former President Edward Ray. The email lacked any acknowledgement of the public safety plans in its header, and the announcement was buried under an update regarding a tuition freeze, eight paragraphs in.
March 16th-March 20th, 2020: OSU held sessions for community input regarding the formation of a weaponized police force. The sessions were scarcely publicized and scheduled during finals week, failing to consider and accommodate the schedules of community members. Attendees of this meeting expressed their input was largely overlooked, and expressed that OSU promised to involve students, faculty, and staff in the hiring process of upper-level officers.
October 23rd, 2019: OSU announced it would be ending its contract with Oregon State Police on June 30th, 2020.
October 13th, 2019: A queer Black student was assaulted and arrested near the OSU campus by Oregon State Police, sparking outrage in the community towards police brutality.
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