March 2nd

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UC Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, California – Students at UC Santa Cruz held a rally today for public education during the national day of protest. Around 250 gathered in the Quarry Plaza, where speeches were made and the issue of access to higher education for students of color was communicated. As the rally came to a close, the last speakers took the stage and chanted that we should retreat to where we feel safe, the Ethnic Resource Center (ERC), to discuss the budget cuts and how the crisis has affected students of color. As UC Santa Cruz has recently cut several of the few programs that existed where these kinds of discussions could possibly take place, and as students at the university have unsuccessfully petitioned the administration for an Ethnic Studies program for decades now, the ERC seemed an appropriately symbolic space. Students are criticizing the administration for the lack of support for communities of color, and that the ERC itself is insufficient.

Update:

7:00pm: After lengthy discussions, the sit-in at UCSC continues.

8:10pm: [Sit-in reportedly ends]

8:35pm: Sit-in continues after all. Administrator Alma Sifuentes went back on her word. Details unclear still.

8:40pm: Alma Sifuentes, Dean of Students promised students a meeting with the Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC), however she returned to inform them they would not be meeting with the EVC. Now the students are refusing to leave and have decided to stay over night. Sifuentes has promised that no judicial repercussions will come out of the sit-in [corrected]. The sit-in has moved to the Cervantes-Velasquez Conference room down the hall from the ERC.

9:30pm: See Principles and Demands. See their blog.

-The next morning the folks sitting in went to Kerr Hall to speak with administrators and ended the sit-in.

UC Berkeley

BERKELEY, California – Between 100 and 200 students are currently holding a sit-in in the foyer of the infamous Wheeler Hall. In fall of 2009, Wheeler Hall was the site of two occupations, both ending in the arrest of dozens of students. Occupiers have announced to stay past the 10pm closing time of the building.

Update:

9:50pm: Reports coming in that riot police are in front of Wheeler.

10:14pm: Reports of Alameda Police Vans outside. Arrests imminent.

10:21pm: First arrest appears to have been made.

10:30pm: Around 15 arrested so far. A crowd of around 50 stand outside chanting, moving trash cans around to obstruct the police, and banging on windows.

-17 in total arrested and taken to Berkeley jail.

(via FromThoseWhoUseIt)

CSU Monterey Bay

Sit-in at CSUMB.

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Over 50 occupy the UWM Theater on campus.

3 Responses to “March 2nd”

  1. Early arrests at Berkeley and Laney on March 2 | THOSE WHO USE IT Says:

    […] At UC Santa Cruz apparently a sit-in is underway at the Ethnic Resource Center. Details are available here. […]

  2. March 2 National Day of Action to Defend Education « Student Activism Says:

    […] been one arrest at Laney College, a community college not far from Berkeley. There’s a sit-in happening at UC Santa Cruz, and a building is under occupation at the University of Wisconsin […]

  3. March 2nd Rally @ UC Irvine « UC Rebel Radio Says:

    […] from other universities in California including a report on an arrest made at UC Berkeley and a Sit-In at UC Santa Cruz. Below are some images from UC […]

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