The Che Cafe is a multicultural centre in San Diego, a community space, a d.i.y. venue, a server of vegan food, a safe and sober LGBTQA space, and a not-for-profit collective run by students and community members on the UCSD campus. It fosters critical thinking, diversity, anti-capitalism, and community; acts as a space for learning and sharing; fights oppression through education and a lack of acceptance for oppressive behavior and actions; and is a historical space which has been operating in the community for the past 35 years.
Currently the university is attempting to evict the space. The Che is not only a landmark in the San Diego community, but an example of collective thinking and the sharing of art. To lose the space would be to lose a source of cultural and artistic wealth.
The Che is still alive and being occupied. It has won against the university before through direct action. Save the Che. Save spaces of positive growth. Fight for and foster spaces in your community which make it what it is.
So today one of my friends and I’s favorite bands was playing and the show was sold out, but we went and were sitting in the parking lot just to listen and hang out and walk around the UCSD campus and we were about to leave when the lead singer was out by his car. He asked us if we had tickets and we said “No, we didn’t get them in time” and he was like “Fuck that, follow me” and so long story short the lead singer of a band that is going to be really famous in like two years snuck me and my friends into his concert
The Che Cafe will proudly be screening “If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”, the remarkable story of the rise and fall of an ELF cell, and the transformation and radicalization of one of its members.
After the film the Che will be hosting a Prisoner Writing Workshop.
If you wish to participate in the workshop and are interested in writing to political prisoners, bring envelopes, paper and writing/drawing material.
The event is free. The film will be screened at 8. Come early for some coffee and discussion.
YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN THIS ACTION FROM ANYWHERE - AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A PHONE!
The first time around, the phone zap tactic was extremely successful!
With your support and solidarity the Ché Café was able to force the
administration of UCSD to begin negotiations with the collective during
This time around, our intentions are not only to
force the administration into serious negotiations, but also to put
pressure on them to place a permanent stay on the eviction notice that
has been issued against the Ché Collective.
Starting at 10 a.m., call Vice Chancellor of student affairs Juan Gonzalez and demand that:
1. UCSD place an immediate stay on eviction proceedings against the Ché Café.
2. Ché Café Collective be included included in upcoming Master Space Agreement negotiations.
VC Gonzalez phone number: (858) 534-4371
Don’t just call once! Keep calling!
Leave messages with his secretary.
Our goal is to overwhelm them - if they sound annoyed, it means that we
are getting under their skin (exactly what we want to do).
In the past week, The Che Cafe and The Dial Collective have both lost their physical locations. Keep in mind that this is not the end of either collective, just the end to the four walls that fostered them and helped them grow. No matter how hard they try, they won’t be able to kill out DIY spaces in SoCal, especially with how tight nit we all are as a group.
URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Che Cafe has been served a 30-day notice of eviction! After being called in for a meeting with no agenda we were informed that our lease was being terminated. More info soon on the specifics behind the University’s reasoning, or lack thereof, to come soon.
During the meeting Vice-Chancellor Alan Houston noted that the major reason for this decision was a lack of student support. If you are a student/alumni, know students/alumni or are able to reach out to students/alumni, please express your support in writing to:
Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs, Alan Houston: firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Vice Chancellor-Student Life, Gary Ratcliff: email@example.com Associated Students (AS) President, Robby Boparai: firstname.lastname@example.org Graduate Students Association (GSA) President, Rahul Kapadia: email@example.com
Keep it cordial. Thanks for the continued support, La lucha sigue
IMMEDIATE ACTION NECESSARY! We need everyone to sign this petition to continue funding Che Cafe. The University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB) want to cut Che out of its budget indefinitely. Please sign and let them know that Che must be funded, because of its importance to you!
We will also be attending their meeting Tuesday May 13 between 2:00pm -3:30pm in Price Center West, Earl Warren room.
Meet at Che at 1:30pm if you want to attend the meeting with us and show solidarity!