There is a big risk that Kerr hall will be busted by the cops tonight. If at all possible, head down there and join in the fray!
I will keep updating this all night as I hear from occupiers what is going on.
UPDATE 8:23 UCSC Vice Chancellor Felicia McGinty announced that it is almost certain that Cops will come TONIGHT if negotiations fail. In other words, You should be there tonight, as well
UPDAT 8:47 Join the joint chant (inside and out) at Kerr Hall. “When I say ‘People’ you say ‘Power.’ ‘People,’ ‘POWER.'”
UPDATE 9:13 If you aren’t on campus you might have troubles getting in. A friend just texted me saying, “Campus is closed. A cop is calling his boss to see if I can be let in.” This is testament to the militarization of the University. Now we need the cops permission to enter a campus that we pay for! It ended with the cop saying, “Leave campus or you will be arrested.” Friend was already arrested on Thursday at UC Davis, so she turned around.
UPDATE 9:29 Cops haven’t come yet, but administrators are headed over to Kerr Hall en masse.
UPDATE 9:43 “Just a spoonful of sugar…makes the police state go down…” Know any good show tunes? Head over to Kerr Hall and sing with the occupiers!
UPDATE 9:51 The barricades are up! But the student’s work is never done. Currently the 80 occupiers and a number of journalists are cleaning up in Kerr Hall, making sure that OUR University looks good!
UPDATE 10:05 The Administration has flat out rejected the demands of the Occupiers, and instead promised that the cops will be at Kerr Hall by midnight. You should be there by 10:30! I was mistaken about campus being closed. If you have any problems…be sneaky. Oh, and if you know any Queen songs they will help you, as that is what the occupiers are currently singing.
UPDATE 10:28 The occupiers are on the second floor of Kerr Hall (which is the main floor). The cops won’t really be able to get in through the windows without repelling from the roof or from Helicopters (though if they brought helicopters to DAVIS they almost certainly will be at UCSC). Inside the mood is a little tense, but people are calming down by singing and playing music. Currently a few people are still doing security type activities. There are approximately 80 occupiers, several hundred protestors outside and 0 cops at this time.
A student union assembly person remarked that s/he is “pretty sure it will end tonight.”
On a more depressing note, Kerr Hall currently has only a few scrapes of peanut butter left. The occupied building is also–oddly enough–decorated by a letter from Bill Clinton.
UPDATE 11:22 Occupiers singing “Solidarity Forever,” reading, and generally chilling out.
UPDATE 12:02 Bring warm clothes! Still no cops at Kerr Hall, but several hundred supporters have rallied outside.
UPDATE 1:52 Occupation still going strong. Wait, I thought the Administration promised the cops would be there by midnight…it seems they can’t hold to any of their promises.
UPDATE 7:10 Riot cops are at Kerr Hall.
UPDAT 8:16 Riot cops penetrated the barricades and have removed the two largest. All occupiers (about 50) are told that the cops are authorized to let them go free. They freely march as a group to Kresge Town Hall, because UCSC is still occupied! Further interruptions of “business as usual” are being planned.