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#OccupyUCDavis

18 November 2011

DAVIS, California – Students set up tents in the Quad at UC Davis on Thursday in response to the police raids and brutality both here, at UC Davis, as well as at UC Berkeley. They have declared their solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet. We even have a mailbox!

Update:

Friday, 18 November

4:10pm – The encampment was told to vacate the UC Davis quad by 3pm. However, occupiers refused to move. As of about half an hour ago, around 50 police in riot gear came to remove the camp. Several demonstrators are in zipties. The crowd has allegedly surrounded the police and refused to allow police to leave until they release the ziptied demonstrators. Police have allegedly drawn their batons, and guns [probably pepper bullet guns]; they have also pepper sprayed some demonstrators. It appears police have begun to withdraw from the quad due to the overwhelming crowd refusing to leave. Unfortunately, 10 demonstrators were arrested. Alongside demonstrators, reporters from CBS13 were pepper sprayed, and reporters from the campus paper, the Aggie, were [pushed by police]. See video(s): 1.

(see other video(s): 1.)

4:34pm – Firefighters are on the scene to help treat the maced students. Some have already been treated with baking soda as a part of first aid.

5:50pm – It appears arrested demonstrators will be released from campus police station rather than being sent to jail, organizers are calling for support to stand outside.

7:15pm – At least one of the arrested demonstrators appears to be hospitalized.

Demonstrators held a brief general assembly after the police left to call for a rally on Monday at noon.

Saturday, 19 November

8am – As of last evening, all hospitalized demonstrators are now out of the hospital, and all of the arrested demonstrators have been released.

See More:

  • Video of a response demonstration to the police brutality and the lack of accountability of the chancellor: a long line of demonstrators sit quietly as the Chancellor walks past them on the way to her car.
  • Interview with one of the demonstrators pepper sprayed here.

Related:

UC Berkeley Strike & UCD Occupation

15 November 2011

BERKELEY, California – Last week, demonstrators including students and faculty attempted to #Occupy a lawn on campus with tents in conjunction with the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Police responded by beating demonstrators with linked arms using batons. In response to police brutality, demonstrators held a general assembly and called for a strike for today. Since then, to add insult to injury, the UCB chancellor declared that demonstrators had been acting violently by merely linking arms.

As of noon, thousands of demonstrators have amassed in sproul plaza. A variety of teach outs and other events have been scheduled for the day. See the schedule here.

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2:15pm: UCPD shoots an individual at Haas school of business for allegedly carrying a weapon. UC officials have not stated if the incident was related to #OccupyCal.

~2:30pm: Around 400 demonstrators at UC Davis march to Mrak Hall, the main administrative building on campus, and occupied the lobby of the building in solidarity with Cal.

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Students take over Mrak Hall

4pm: University officials state during a press conference that the police shooting appears to be unrelated to the #OccupyCal protest

~4:30pm: The solidarity march from the oakland commune to UC Berkeley is on telegraph spanning several blocks.

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4:45pm: Oakland marchers join Berkeley demonstrators in Sproul plaza. GA to begin at 5pm.

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5:05pm: crowd estimate around 2-3000

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6:50pm: Demonstrators are still inside Mrak Hall at UC Davis. Some UCDPD are outside, but no signs of Davis police. UC Berkeley demonstrators are still holding at General Assembly.

8:15pm: Estimations of crowd size at Berkeley is difficult, but probably between 3-7000. It’s so crowded people are climbing on top of nearby buildings.

9:35pm: Doors u-locked open as droves of cops arrive at UC Davis. Many people in the building. An on-campus co-op (that brought us dinner) is having its weekly house meeting here.

Wednesday, 16 Nov

3:00am: Berkeley students are regrouping their tents while some police surround the encampment. Its unclear if they’ll be raided tonight. Word from San Francisco is that one of their satellite encampments, at Market st. next to Bank of America, is being forced to leave, but the police are saying the other encampments (eg. Justin Herman Plaza) will not be raided. Read more: dailycal, oaklandtribune. UC Davis Mrak Hall is still occupied! UCD livestream: 1, 2.

4:00am: A good 90+ people in Mrak Hall.

~2:30pm: Mrak Hall was raided by police. No one appears to have been arrested. Organizers are calling for a General Assembly at 4:30pm in front of Mrak Hall.

Other News:

  • Demonstrators at CSU Northridge formed an #OccupyCSUN encampment on campus on Tuesday.
  • #OccupySD holds its largest General Assembly on Tuesday, with some 1200 people.
  • #OccupyOakland demonstrator is under threat of deportation after being arrested while meditating during a police raid of one of the Oakland encampments a few days ago.

UC Davis Faculty Association Endorses Occupy Cal’s Call for Strike

11 November 2011

DAVIS, California – The UC Davis Faculty Association has endorsed the call for a system wide strike that was initially called for by students at UC Berkeley on Wednesday night following a string of brutality by police. The strike is scheduled for November 15th, next Tuesday.

The Big Regent is Watching You!

1 April 2011

from RebelRadio:

Along with the recent discovery of an administrative infiltration of activists’ circles at UC Davis and surveillance at UC Berkeley (read here and here), it has just come to our attention that the administrative violence is rampant and quite widespread.

Information suggesting that UCIPD has been working with the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center, a local Joint Terrorism Task Force affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI’s National Security Network, to monitor student protests and student activists has just become available after John Bruning, a local activist on the UC Irvine campus, retrieved the information requested as per a public records request made earlier in January. He comments, “I don’t know what the relationship is, other than that a member of OCIAC, also a Detective with the Huntington Beach PD SWAT Team, forwarded a YouTube video of the protest I was arrested at in November 2009 to Sgt. Arnold with my name in the subject line.” Due to “public safety exceptions”, 24 pages of the report were redacted.

Because, as UC Davis professor Joshua Clover writes in an op-ed in UC Davis’ California Aggie,

Over the last year, the UC Davis administration has pursued an extensive program to place staffers in and around student-worker protest. They have done so not, as you might expect, to join in the struggle against indecent cuts and backdoor privatization, but to deliver surveillance on participants.

And, because this problem as it is being discovered is endemic to the overall institution, we recommend that all activists who have participated in previous actions throughout the UC in the past three years  make public records requests from their institutions. The Big Regent is watching you!

Community or Constituency?

19 November 2010

from bicyclebarricade:

Events in UCD’s Mrak Hall Thursday evening unfolded according to a familiar pattern: fees tuition goes up, so students get angry and march on the admin building. A sit-in is staged, demands are made, administrators pretend to dialogue while mobilizing police. Speakers speak, drums drum, and catharsis is reached. Or not. In the end we either stay or we go.

What is the purpose of a sit-in? Is it to force the administration to negotiate? If so, it’s a poor tactic, in itself, because it rarely works. Last November, after the Mrak arrests, the administration was reluctant to send in police during the second building occupation because, well, arresting another 50 students would have made them look even worse. So they “negotiated.” We all remember Janet Gong’s list of empty promises. Negotiation with the administration is futile because it allows them to retain the appearance of reasonableness and because students have no way to force them to keep their word.

When a sit-in refuses to disband itself, the dynamic changes. A minor nuisance becomes a threat to authority and productivity. The riot cops must be called, with them come the media, and the UC receives another black eye. It no longer seems quite so reasonable to raise students’ tuition and then arrest, club, pepper spray and, quite possibly, shoot them into submission. Administrators are nothing if not aware of status and public relations. Still, demands are unlikely to be met–so why bother making them? Public opinion begins to shift, though, in the wake of stubborn student resistance. More scrutiny is brought to bear on administrator salaries, the regents’ dirty investments, the capital building projects, the bond ratings, and the worsening conditions under which we work, teach and learn.

While the tactical value of a sit-in is rather limited, there is much we can learn from the dynamics of these actions. We either stay or we go, but our choice depends on our level of commitment and solidarity. Commitment, to let the situation play itself out; solidarity, with the community of the event.

There is a sense of empowerment that comes with declaring one’s identity, with saying where one is from, as a response to institutionalized racism and the alienation of modern university life. To belong to a community is a basic human need, ignored only by the most damaged and reified libertarian consciousness. But a community based on identity formations always draws limits around itself, even as it ignores its internal discrepancies and fractures, leaving them unresolved. When appeals to this abstract notion of community are made, solidarity evaporates and the actually existing community of the sit-in acquires a half-life measurable in minutes. It happened in Mrak a year ago, when self-styled leaders repeatedly made attempts to divide protesters into “arrestables” and “non-arrestables.” It happened again Thursday in Mrak, when one student decided that “his community” would negotiate with the administration.

In these cases, the self-appointed “community leader” appears as what he always was, an individual committed to his own self-aggrandizement and to no position other than the one that guarantees that his voice will be heard at the rally, the sit-in, and the bargaining table. Traditional politics thus disguises itself within the real movement, which is slowly learning to mistrust such leaders and abstract community formations. What does it mean when someone stands up, claiming solidarity with a community of all those present, affirming his commitment to stay all night, until demands are met, only to declare that his community has decided to leave after the administration agrees to a mock negotiation at some future date? What of the others present? When they disagree, they are declared to be “outside the circle” or blamed for disrupting the (false) consensus. The leader thus simultaneously engineers his constituency and the failure of the concrete action in progress.

A community based on identity formations is only ever a constituency, whose political energies can be focused through the prism of the community activist, the labor leader or traditional politician, and be easily manipulated by the ruling class and its media or, in our context, by the administrators. We need a different vision of community as shared praxis, as absolute solidarity toward a concrete goal.

What are some goals worthy of a movement that has persisted now for well over a year despite police beatings, the injustice system, arbitrary student conduct proceedings, and its own internal contradictions?

We have only a few suggestions:

Cops off campus as a necessary condition for our own safety and ability to organize toward student and worker self-determination.

Tuition-free education for everyone.

Communism. We’re not afraid to say it. Are you?

UCD: Sit-in at US BANK, then Mrak Hall

18 November 2010

DAVIS, California – Around 2pm, around 20 protesters held a sit-in at the US Bank branch on the UC Davis campus. After police arrived, the demonstrators left. Now around 50 or 60 people are sitting in at Mrak Hall, the main administrative building on campus.

UCD Banner Drop: Welcome to a Failing System

23 September 2010

from bicycle barricade:

Charges Dropped for UCD Student

7 August 2010

DAVIS, California – Last November, students across the UC system were in an uproar over the 32% tuition increase; protests and occupations sprouted up throughout the 10 campus system in response. Students at UC Davis took over the lobby of their main administrative building, Mrak Hall. Only one student was arrested while being outside of the building in support—for allegedly assaulting an officer among other spurious charges. Nearly 10 months later, her ludicrous charges have now been dropped. UC and CSU students at several campuses still face charges and sanctions for occupations and other protest activities last fall and earlier this year; some only face judicial charges inside the university’s kangaroo court.

Davis 2-day Tent City

20 May 2010

DAVIS, California – On May 18-19, students at UC Davis demonstrated by holding a tent city on campus.

March 4

4 March 2010

News & Updates from March 4

In California hundreds of rallies took place (more than listed below). Other good sources: SocialistWorker, Indybay.

(Feel free to comment with corrections. Last update: 10:10am mar.7.10)

University of California

UC Santa Cruz

5:00am: Students out blocking streets at the intersection of High & Western, Hagar and Coolidge, and the western entrance of campus effective shutting it down. Only people on foot can enter campus.

6:30am - High and Western

7:00am: Some people have been hit by cars breaking the picket line, breaking someone’s leg and hitting another 3 or so people.

Tan volvo plowing through strikers despite it was being let through slowly. The car accelerated as strikers were trying to control traffic flow traveling down High street.

8:00am: Campus administrators activated the CruzAlert messaging system with the following message “Please avoid both campus entrances due to safety concerns. Check web or 459-INFO at noon for update.” (source)

9:40am: Currently a rally is being held at the main entrance (i.e. the east entrance) with 250 participants. For a while 2 helicopters were flying above. The students blocking the intersection of High and Western have left after most of the workers were blocked from entering campus (it would appear some dining hall workers were able to get on campus, but many others were unable to get on campus). Many of the workers are now here supporting the students.

Earlier this morning, multiple students were injured by two separate incidents where cars rushed the strike line (one at the intersection of Hagar and Coolidge, and the second at the intersection of High and Western). The car at Hagar and Coolidge was tailgating a police car being let through, students then approached the vehicle to stand in front of it and tell them about the strike. The car hit the gas and drove into the mass, injuring a student’s leg, fortunately not broken. In the incident at High and Western, a tan volvo began accelerating into the crowd blocking the street, despite the fact that cars driving down High (away from campus) were being slowly let through. The volvo hit around 5 students, one student flipped over the hood of the car and over the top, breaking the rear window as the student fell off the back. As the volvo sped away, students kicked the car, denting it. Several cars and motorcycles have tried to slowly push through the crowd through out the day, but all failed. Rumors of other car incidents exist, but the others have yet to be confirmed.

Also, earlier this morning a banner was hung over highway 1, stating “March 4 Defend Education!”

11:40am: While most of the protesters are at the main entrance and the west entrance, some of the protesters are at Hagar and Coolidge to watch out for supervisors forcing workers to trek up the long and steep hill to get to work. Supervisors began leading the workers up the hill past a handful of students in the intersection before the students could organize themselves. As more students came to support the other students in the intersection, they realized the workers and supervisors were already around 50 feet away up the hill to campus. So around 15 students ran up the hill to form a line to blockade the workers. The police arrived and dispersed the line, telling the students that they had made a “physical threat” on the workers. As the workers passed by, they shouted that there was no physical threat. So as the police returned to their vehicle, the students yet again ran up the hill the block the workers from getting further into campus. The police immediately turned around and approached the students to disperse them. However by now, the workers turned around and spoke to their supervisors claiming they couldn’t get through, the supervisors conceded and the workers were allowed to go home

1:00pm: Around 500 have rallied at the base of campus. Video below was taken around 12:45pm, the rally as of 1:15pm is still going.

1:55pm: Students are redistributing themselves around campus for maximum effectiveness. Around 60 people are at Hagar and Coolidge warning people that they may not be able to re-enter campus if they leave. They are also watching out for supervisors forcing workers to get onto campus still.

2:50pm: Strikers are now relaxing on the grass at the main entrance listening to a live band. The strike is mostly split up into three locations, Lower Campus (Hagar and Coolidge), Main Entrance (i.e. East Entrance), and the West Entrance.

3:20pm: Earlier story about a prius running into students and driving onto sidewalk at High and Western has been confirmed. At least one student broke some fingers when the car recklessly plowed through the crowd.

5:30pm: A general assembly starts

6:30pm: The general assembly decides to take the protest downtown.

7:11pm: 300 Students walk through Pacific Ave.

7:30pm: The students have rallied at the clock tower.

9:10pm: Students dissipate.

UC Berkeley

1:20pm: Around 1000 people walking down telegraph (currently crossed at 66 ave.) for a rally with students from community colleges, CSU’s, and elementary school folks at city hall in Oakland.

3:10pm: The march has reached Frank Ogawa plaza.

After the rally, protesters marched to highway I-880. Around 150 protesters were arrested.

7:00am: Most all of the ~40 arrested taken to North County Jail in Oakland out, charged with 2 misdemeanors and an infraction (obstructing traffic, unlawful assembly, failure to obey signs).

8:00am: Approximately 80 of the arrested at Santa Rita jail should start being released around 11am. They need rides!

Frank Ogawa Plaza

Ogawa Plaza around 3:30pm

More photos on indybay here.

UC Davis

12:50pm: Students at UC Davis have shut down the bus terminal and the main street in Davis.

1:12pm: Students march down Russell st. and are now shutting down the freeway.

3:10pm: One student has been arrested, dozens of others have been shot by rubber bullets. They are currently on the street near the offramp and have been given a deal from the police stating that they will release the student arrested if they leave the offramp now.

3:30pm: Police using pepper spray pellets!

4:00pm: Students walking back to campus.

4:30: Students march through buildings pulling fire alarms, and from there they returned to Russell and La Rue where they shut down the intersection for several hours.

UCLA

1:40pm: Soft occupation at Murphy Hall

2:00pm: correction, sit-in

6:20pm: Outside supporters have been lead to believe that students sitting inside will be arrested.

6:40pm: Sit-in protesters all released.

UC Irvine

1:50pm: Around 400 students are walking around campus urging others to join them in striking.  According to OC Weekly, numbers increased to 800.  One of the largest protests in recent campus history.

2:00pm: Students take to the streets and head towards freeway 73.  Students clear one police line and continue down University Avenue.

2:34pm: Students moving back to campus after being stopped by police again.  Police: “Immediately return to campus!”

2:50pm: Students gathering at Langson Library.

2:55pm: UC Irvine temporarily occupied with barricades at Langson Library.  Students move to Gateway Study Center and lock down several doors before clearing out.

3:30pm: Students were unable to hold down the occupations, so they are now out and marching again.

3:45pm: Aldrich Hall, the admin building, was locked down with 15-20 police inside, so students held an impromptu general assembly in front of Aldrich.

Students blocking traffic on Campus Ave. (from local news)

UC San Diego

4:00pm: According to one source, 2000-3000 people, another source 1500-2000, (mostly students, with some teachers and parents) marched from Balboa park to the Governor’s Office downtown.

March 4 Banner Drop

UC Riverside

3:21pm: According to Daily Cal, somewhere near a 1000 students marching downtown.

UC Santa Barbara

According to one commenter:

12:00 noon rally at UCSB Arbor plaza draws 1000+ students, workers, teachers, biggest rally in UCSB’s recent history

1:30 PM – Rally heads downtown, most people use free bus service while about 50 take part in a Critical Mass ride downtown

3:40 PM – UCSB students, students and teachers from other schools gather at De La Guerra Plaza downtown, ~500 people take State St. for an unpermitted march down State.

4:00 PM – March has turned around and marches back up State, grows to ~1000 as it passes De La Guerra Plaza again.  State St. is totally clogged with a massive march.

4:30 PM – Marchers arrive at the courthouse for a rally, with speakers including students, faculty and local politicians.  Crowd disperses following the rally.

(special thanks to coyote)

UCSB ~4pm

California State University

San Francisco State University

They held a rally that ended at 2pm with 500 people. The rally later turned into a dance party. Another party is going to be held Thursday night at 10pm at Malcolm X plaza.

San Francisco (General)

According to Socialist Worker, [20,000+] people are protesting at the civic center.

CSU Northridge

DailyCal says that a Rally with thousands come out for a “funeral service”. While Socialist Worker is stating that nearly 6000 come out for a protest in Northridge resulting in at least one injury and several arrests. Protesters are apparently waiting outside the jail.

According to one commenter:

A few of us started organizing for the day around 10AM; making posters, mostly.

Around 11:30AM, we ran screaming for a walk-out with noisemakers/pots/bullhorns throughout various campus buildings.  A lot of people joined us and we marched to a nearby busy intersection (Nordhoff/Reseda).  There was an invasion through the library and some more buildings with a long line of people calling for a walk-out.

We met back at the busy intersection and invaded the center…police came soon and cleared up the streets.  A few people refused to move.  A couple local news stations came to report, and the occupation of the middle of the street continued.

Around 2:30PM, we went back to campus and gathered a huge crowd on the Oviatt Library quad.

At 3:45PM, we began the march with CSU Channel Islands students/faculty.  We all took to the streets and marched around campus.

By 6:30PM, enough of us had begun an occupation of yet another intersection (Reseda/Prairie).  This was when police threatened to arrest due to “unlawful assembly in the streets” and “trespassing.”  A little while later, they began to threaten tear gas.  Two people got arrested so far.

By 7:30PM, five people had been arrested and one of our professors, 74-yr old Dr. Olsen, was knocked down and her arm stepped on by the police.  She’s currently at the hospital.

By 8:00PM, we invaded the space outside the library and talked to the media, reorganized, and planned for a press conference March 5th (today).  Word started to go around that the students who got arrested were getting booked/released.

Summary ?  Huge misrepresentation by the media. Police not the nicest of nice. Lots of people from the surrounding community made this CSUN protest big. Anger at our president for misrepresenting what happened last night through her statement. Good energy going around those who were part of the event; plans of having CSUN fund buses for the March 22nd rally at Sacramento.

(special thanks to Billimarie)

CSU Los Angeles

According to the blog EastsideLA, a March 4 rally started at CSULA which later traveled through parts of Los Angeles, through areas like Little Tokyo. Sometimes the marchers were on streets, other times they were corralled by police to stick to the sidewalks. EastsideLA remarked how controlled the march felt, from both police and some organizers. They also commented how elements of the march were joyous and fun as such a protest should be. Crowd estimates appeared to be a little over a thousand.

special thanks to Julio at EastsideLA.com

special thanks to Julio at EastsideLA.com

Los Angeles (general): Socialist Worker says 4000 rally in downtown.

CSU Fullerton

At noon several fire alarms were pulled and hundreds of people poured in to Humanities Plaza for a rally and march through the campus.

CSU Monterey Bay

from indybay:

Around noon, students, staff and faculty participated in a walkout and marched from either end of campus to a rally in front of the Student Center. A few hundred people attended the rally. Some student bands played throughout the day while students danced to the music. Student, staff, and faculty members spoke about cuts to public education and related issues, from spending money on wars and prisons to the systemic injustice that prevents so many people from attaining higher education.

In the evening, some of the protesters from campus went to a community rally at Colton Hall (the sight of the first public school in California) in downtown Monterey. They joined people from local community colleges, K-12 schools, and members of various labor unions.

video here at indybay

CSU Fresno

4:32pm: According to DailyCal, an occupation of administration’s offices with 30-40 people.

5:17pm: They say 32 occupiers still holding it down.

10:30pm: Occupation ends. Occupiers leave without being arrested. see indybay.

Watch a video of an interview inside the Joyal Administration occupation.

California Community College

Cañada College (Redwood City, CA)

200 walk-out

Skyline College (San Bruno, CA)

500 march through campus and almost every building, then hold a rally. Carloads of Skyline College stakeholders join those at SF civic center.

City College of San Francisco

An original rap at CCSF.

Lyrics:

We got all these corporations erasing education
standarized testing placement exam evaporation
this is no exaggeration; let’s get rid of this abberation!
Student Occupation- it’s now ours for the taking
what should have been all along, this is democracy in the making
not a fire evacuation or a sly accusation
THIS IS NOT A DRILL, now you know were not faking
aint gonna hide under desks of leave the classrooms vacant
just teach-ins reclaiming the history you were debasing
free food with Food Not Bombs special catering baking
Love and knowledge; it’s a collage at City College
all the cultures reconnecting and solving the problems from the bottom

[Chorus]
[i]Put your hands in the air if you want books not war
Democracy (what?),Tthat’s what the people is for!
Put your hands in the air if you want books not war
Democracy (what?), That’s what the people is for![/i]

Grass Roots, we’ve all got em- in the soles of our feet
and the souls that is a part of every energy being
every day they working hard to try to tear up your dreams
racism on the radios and consumerist bling
but now it’s time to shine and let freedom sing
The future is now; we’re the ones here to claim
The Rosenberg Library? I say it’s time to rename it-
repaint it like all the murals that made the Mission famous
aint gonna let a business suit calm us down or try to tame us
we’re WILD and free; we love it can you blame us?
Sorry Swarzinagger but we broke out of the cages
with solidarity K through 12 and all ages

[Chorus]
[i]Put your hands in the air if you want books not war
Democracy (what?),Tthat’s what the people is for!
Put your hands in the air if you want books not war
Democracy (what?), That’s what the people is for![/i]

Textbooks is now free; take copyrights off of pages
Don’t need leaders or sages to mold our consent
when our rights is threatened it’s our time to dissent
throw up your middle finger to this one-party government
I didn’t vote for this war; I say you bring back our men
That’s my word and it’s as sure as the ink in this pen
that causes hysterics with these lyrics to throw me back in the pen
but I’ll do it again; a no compromise kinda guy
we comprised a bee storm after you swapping us like flies
like a video game set to unlimited lives
the people never give up and they infinite as the skies
We took off your disguise and blocked your deflectors
The board of directors is just a horde of rejectors
aint gonna listen to us until we unite as protectors
Call out to all sectors; we’re here and we’re permanent
The powers that be; you better be learning from it
We’re sick of your greed and sick of your rules
you wanna gut education well…
you about to get schooled!

Cabrillo College

check out more photos and information from Cabrillo Solidarity

from CabrilloSolidarity.wordpress.com

California K-12

Pajaro Valley/Watsonville

Around 200 protest, more from indybay.

Castro Valley

400 rally in busiest intersection

Out of State

SUNY – State University of New York

3:00pm: SUNY purchase occupied (see website)

Solidarity to all students, workers and faculty!

We ‘ve taken over the Student Services Building. We started on the bottom level, turning a meager rally into a protest-party on the inside.Students are chanting, singing, dancing. The energy moved upstairs to the second floor where a folk group is performing right now. Downstairs another band is about to play. We are holding space and reclaiming it as ours. We will not leave!

The local media showed up for the rally outside but left before we went inward. Channel 12 and other local media sources watched as the president of our school spoke. Students were the real stars, the expression of solidarity was fantastic. Food not bombs came out to feed everyone that was hungry, we screened the occupation of wheeler hall so passerbys could connect with the struggles in the west. Students are making noise!!!!, and celebrated our ability to come together. It’s more than just tuition hikes and budget cuts,

WE are not leaving! This IS just the beginning!

Slideshow & Audio from SUNY Purchase occupation.

CUNY Hunter

CUNY – Brooklyn College

Hundreds participated in a successful teach

New York (general): Check out takethecity and reoccupied for updates.

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

a big protest (~250), major police repression. 18 students arrested for trying to peacefully visit their chancellor!

Info and videos here: http://sdsmke.com/

University of Oklahoma

Warren Wilson College


University of Illinois, Chicago

250 protest, joined by SEIU Local 73

University of Massachusetts

from occupyboston.wordpress.com

An Open Letter to UC Davis Faculty from Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-Doc Students

20 February 2010

Dear UC Davis Faculty Members:

On September 24th we began the year by walking out of our classes and workplaces in solidarity: students, faculty, workers, and staff who faced furloughs, lay-offs, pay cuts and tuition hikes, all left their buildings, classes and jobs to rally and march together against the privatization of education.

Workers and students showed overwhelming support for faculty grievances that day. We called attention to the lack of budget transparency and to faculty issues around self-governance. When administration claimed the Sept 24th walkout was led chiefly by faculty concerns, we refused to let that claim stand. We insisted we shared one struggle, and wouldn’t be divided by departments, titles, age or salary. We called ourselves equals—and took the future of our education, workplace, and university into our own hands. But since the walkout, the faculty voice has been almost entirely absent from the opposition to student fee increases and worker layoffs.

From September 24th to November’s UC-wide Days of Action and Strike against the 32% Fee Hikes, the UC protests have escalated and spread to include state colleges, junior, and community colleges and K-12 public schools throughout California. What began in the fall is now the largest coordinated protest movement in UC history. While the UC Davis students and workers continue to act, organize, and protest, the UC Davis faculty has all but disappeared.

We want to know why.

All but a small, committed handful of you have been absent at rallies, assemblies, a 3-Day Strike, three open occupations, bike protests, teach-ins, and recently, a weekend-long study-in at Shields Library.

As the March 4th State-Wide Call to Action to Defend Public Education approaches, we call again for your solidarity and participation. We invite you to join us to discuss the barriers to faculty participation at UC Davis, in a Public Forum on Wednesday, February 24th, at 8pm in Wellman 6.

Please join us in the conversation on Wednesday.

AFTER THE FALL: PDF and Conclusion Now Available

19 February 2010

After the Fall: Communiqués from Occupied California is now available as a pdf for download and for viewing on-line at issuu. We have also posted the original conclusion of the publication No Conclusions: When Another World is Unpopular for you to read on-line and repost widely. 10,000 copies of After the Fall, a 44 page compilation of texts that emerged from the struggles on California Campuses in the last months of 2009, were released on Valentine’s day. They have all now been distributed to various sites across California and the world and the stacks that cluttered a living room have dwindled to a few bundles to be handed out locally.

Individual copies can still be obtained through Little Black Cart for the price of shipping and handling. We can also help put people in contact with those in their regions distributing the paper, to the best of our abilities. Please email paper@afterthefallcommuniques.info for more information.

Our decisions to embark on this project came from a collective desire to experiment with print as a weapon for the struggle we currently find ourselves in. While much of the writing published in After the Fall was previously available on-line, we felt that the act of compiling it into one place, formatting it for maximum accessibility and readability, and distributing 10,000 printed copies hand to hand was an exercise worth pursuing. After the Fall spans a range of styles and ideas to emerge within this ongoing moment and does not adhere to any singular political goal. In releasing this compilation, we aim to extend the reach of these ideas far beyond their original circulation among the blogs as well as to strengthen our resolve and tighten our individual connections with one another. After four days, that initial phase of our distro has been completed and we are now excited to bring this print project back into the digital realm with the release of the PDF.

Please note that we designed this document with its tabloid web offset print format in mind and thus the PDF is not sized or built to be easily printed on a home printer. Each page is slightly smaller than 11×14″ and the type is set in 10pt Bembo over 12pt leading which means that it will be hella small if you try to reduce it down to a standard 8.5×11″ sheet. It can be read easily online with issuu’s reader and if you do decided to download it and print it out we recommend you center it on an 11×17″ sheet and print it front to back. This PDF does not include the two color poster pullout that is included in each printed copy.

We look forward to hearing your comments and meeting you on the barricades as we continue on towards March 4, the summer and beyond.

The original introduction to the paper, We are the Crisis, can be read here. And we have also made a special March 4 edition of the pullout poster available for download and distro here.

Shields Library Weekend

5 February 2010

DAVIS, California – The Shields library study-in at UC Davis to keep the library open during the weekend is underway. On Thursday, the UC Davis chancellor announced plans to keep the library open this weekend in response to the announcement of the study-in. The students responded to the chancellor, rightfully stating that, “the library will be open all weekend, because we opened it!”

The Study-In at Shields Library this weekend was planned and publicized openly by activist students, staff, faculty and workers at UC Davis. The action was not discussed or negotiated with library or campus administration: it was announced. The following letter–wherein Chancellor Katehi agrees to leave the library “open”  all weekend–is in fact a response to our collective planned action. Her decision to keep the library “open” is in no way a result of negotiation or mutual concession: It is instead a recognition of what will happen this weekend, and that she can not stop it.

A detailed press release was posted here.

update:

Saturday, 3:00pm: the study-in is going well. A good amount of people are present and there are no police or problems.

more updates are available at ouruniversity.

There is a lot missing from the library: Study-In and Slumber Party at Shields, UC Davis

2 February 2010

Take Shields Library!

29 January 2010

DAVIS, CA – Need a place to study?

STUDY-IN @ SHIELDS LIBRARY

Friday February 5 – Sunday Feb. 7
4pm Friday >>ALL NIGHT>>THE WHOLE WEEKEND,

DEFEND student spaces on campus
PROTEST cuts to library funding, student co-ops, and public education
LEARN workshops, talks, discussion groups, film screenings
STUDY for your midterms!
SLEEP in the library! with your friends! bring your sleeping bag and a pillow!

4pm Friday MEET at the MU Patio for DJs and live performance
5pm Friday GATHER in the library for talks on the crisis of library and co-op funding
Friday night all night STUDY-IN & SLUMBER PARTY @ Shields

SCHEDULED SPEAKERS

Friday:
6:30 Robert Samuels (President, UC-AFT)
8:00 JaRue Manning (Professor, College of Biological Sciences)
9:00 Bob Ostertag (Professor, Music, Technocultural Studies)

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