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Happy April Fools Day

We hope you are all having a great time and getting laughs out of all of the website gags today. Tumblr’s prank is hilarious! It reminds me of the Tim and Eric movie in particular. Also, we were told that as popular joke blog S***postgenerator has been re-posting old IRIS posts as a joke today. This cracked us up, although we want to make it clear that we have no affiliation with the blog runners and the content on the blog–we just found it today. But we do appreciate the tech-head behind the silly java program for maybe reminding people of us and regaining interest in our work with UCIS, IRIS, EROS…

Anyways, all that aside, we first and foremost want to apologize for not regularly updating on the release and development of UCIS. We are aiming to release everything tomorrow–APRIL 2ND 2015. Mark your calendars! We have no social media manager on our time currently and the rest of us are working constantly and constantly working. Not to mention 3 out of the 5 of us are enrolled in University currently! One of us has volunteered to try our hardest to keep the social media aspect of this at least ALIVE for the time being until we find someone who specializes in it–we want you to feel satisfied and have faith in us as a team. But it’s frustrating when you’re made up of a group of programmers who spend more time behind a computer screen than trying to socialize. We are going to try much harder, and we are sorry.

As it was slightly buried under a paragraph, I’m going to reiterate that UCIS’s release date is tomorrow. April 2nd is when we will open it to the public and set up the ask box replies as we did with the others. We hope you are excited and we hope we don’t disappoint- this A.I. is the most realistic and most functional we’ve released by far.

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic rest of this goofy day.
-Blackbird Technologies

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Please help us gather hundreds of thousands of signatures, including from all major labor, student, and community organizations, by forwarding this out widely. Moreover, please begin organizing on the ground to make February 1, 2012 the start of the largest, most united, and most powerful wave of actions California has yet seen.

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Open Letter to the State Government, UC Regents, CSU Trustees, and All Education Administrators

Quality public education is a basic human right, not a privilege. We call on you to publicly declare your support for the following:

1) Stop cuts to public education. Reverse the fee hikes, layoffs, and cuts in all levels of public education to at least their 2009 levels.

2) Refund education and public services by taxing the rich and the corporations.

3) Fully implement affirmative action to stop the re-segregation of public education. Overturn Proposition 209.

4) Respect free speech and free assembly. No use of force against protesters on school sites.

If you fail to issue such a statement, and if you fail to take concrete actions in this direction, we will begin a wave of actions, up to and including strikes by some groups that are part of our movement, beginning on February 1, 2012 to ensure that our demands are met.

We call on all California students, teachers, workers, and their organizations to sign this Open Letter and to organize and mobilize around it at their sites and in their communities.