The Coup’s Boots Riley Cancels Speaking Engagement in Support of Striking Workers

boots.jpgBoots Riley of Oakland based group The Coup recently cancelled an appearance at the University of California at Berkeley in support of striking campus custodians. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, actor Danny Glover—who was scheduled to give the keynote speech at the school’s graduation ceremony on Wednesday—also pulled out at the last minute. Boots, who was set to speak at the school’s African American Studies Department commencement on Saturday (May 12), originally planned on using the event to address the situation. “However,” he said, “being that the speaking theme I was given was ‘Revolution: Command Change,’ I feel the best way to embody the theme is not to give lip service to it but to show that we must be involved in the struggles that are happening to us every day.” School custodians are demanding pay raises for workers at the UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz campuses. According to their union, a custodian at the University of California earns just $12.00 per hour compared to the $18.25 earned by workers at Peralta Community College in nearby Oakland. In a posting on The Coup’s Myspace blog, Boots notes that, should the union and the university reach an agreement prior to Saturday, he will deliver the speech.

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  • Real Hip Hop

    1st bitch

  • K-OH NO!!

    1st BITHCES

  • x-mas kid

    and the struggle continues…damn thats fucked up…do ya thang boots…

  • Duro

    and what dose this have to do with Hip-Hop ?

  • Mrs. Brown

    Biguups to Boots Riley…. when asked are you ready for the revolution, many individuals don’t know what to do or how to act when asked that question….but what he’s doing I can’t help but say to myself..that’s how we are supposed to keep the revolution alive! Those custodians have families to feed! We don’t live in a 3rd world country,they deserve to have standard wages comparable to that of their peers.

  • god

    this has everything to do with Hiphop you fuckin’ retard.

  • Thee Imperial Grand CEE

    Boots is a HipHop artist you fuckin moron

  • Rob

    Duro Says:

    May 10th, 2007 at 11:13 am
    and what dose this have to do with Hip-Hop ?

    Come to the light Duro.
    It’s beautiful out here.

  • Duro

    i never herd of him! he must be wack

  • Beav

    na u must be straight gay. boots is aight, but duro must be white, only jams what his mom and dad say are approriate