L G B T   C a m p u s   O r g a n i z i n g
Phase I:  
er.  Further, the focus on UCLA stemmed
from the fact that Los Angeles considers
The Statement of Conscience.  The cen 
UCLA its hometown public institution
terpiece of FPLA s work was a document
and, as such, it was an appropriate target
called a Statement of Conscience (see
for organizing by members of the com 
Appendix A, pp 245 246 condemning
munity.  Over the course of several
DOD and ROTC policy and calling for
months,the Statement of Conscience sig 
UCLA officials to end the relationship
nature campaign yielded nearly 5000 sig 
between the University and ROTC).
Statements were distributed at campus
For many students, particu 
and community gatherings throughout
larly those who are economi 
Southern California and were inserted
cally disadvantaged and/or
into lgbt newspapers and magazines,
are members of groups that
along with a fact sheet about FPLA and
have historically faced dis 
its aims (see Appendix B, pp 247 249)
crimination based on race or
and a list of suggested steps that could be
ethnicity, ROTC may be one
taken by UCLA s chancellor (see Appen 
of few avenues leading to
dix C, p 250).
education or professional
UCLA officials were frankly puzzled by
the focus on UCLA, as decisions regard 
natures from community leaders; con 
cerned citizens; UCLA students (and stu 
dents from other campuses); student lead 
ers; staff, faculty and administrators; vet 
The dichotomy created by the
erans; the arts community; religious lead 
presence of ROTC (and of
ers and political leaders.  Three part time
military recruiters) is particu 
paid organizers were responsible for col 
larly problematic on the
lecting signatures from the UCLA cam 
growing number of campus 
pus community, the broader Los Angeles
es governed by policies that
prohibit discrimination on
lgbt community, and the broader Los
the basis of gender, race, eth 
Angeles straight communities.
nicity, disability, religion and
sexual orientation.
The Statement garnered a substantial
amount of media attention, thanks in part
to the volunteer efforts of a publicist who
was part of the FPLA organizer team.
ing the University s relationship to the
Upon gathering 2000 signatures, full
DOD were made by the Office of the
page ads were placed in the 
Daily Bruin
President and Board of Regents, which
UCLA s student newspaper and the west
govern all nine campuses of the Universi 
coast edition of 
The New York Times
ty of California.  UCLA leadership
Appendix D contains a copy of the ad (pp
claimed powerlessness in making the
251 258), along with examples of other
requested policy changes.  The response
media coverage of Phase I.  Appendix E
from FPLA was that, on the contrary,
(pp 259 262) contains a report outlining
UCLA leaders may not have been "in
the accomplishments of Phase I and plans
charge," but they were not without pow 
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