March 11, 2010
THE ‘STOP THE CUTS’ DEMANDS FOR THE VCEG OF SUSSEX UNIVERSITY
We, the students of the Stop the Cuts campaign, have assembled in Arts A2, in response to the actions of the management, specifically the arbitrary suspension and exclusion of 6 students by the Vice Chancellor last week. These students were not violent, and the demonstration in no way merited the presence of riot police on campus. There has been a widespread response from both outside and inside the university condemning this action as disproportionate. These students are part of a wider campaign involving hundreds of students and workers, which continues to be against the compulsory redundancies of staff at Sussex, and to defend public services nationally.
In order to leave here today, our demands are:
1. The unconditional reinstatement of the six students who were suspended and excluded last week – the terms outlined in the statement on Sussex Direct today were not good enough.
2. No disciplinary action against anyone in the room.
3. No punishment of non-violent dissent, no criminalisation of any form of non-violent protest, demonstrations or occupations.
The students of the Stop the Cuts campaign
Following Thursday, March 4th’s Berkeley to Oakland march and rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza for the statewide strike and day of action against budget cuts, layoffs and furloughs to public education, a second march commenced. 200-250 students, educators, and activists marched from the close of the rally to the exterior of Mark Yudof’s office for a street dance party. The group then made their way toward the I-880 freeway, where 150-200 elected to enter on foot to shut down traffic.
All traffic slowed to a stop, and no individuals were in in any danger of being struck by automobiles. The riot police pursued them as they hopped over barriers in an attempt to make their way to the Jackson street off-ramp. As police closed in, most of the group sat down in anticipation of being arrested.
The police were violent with many of the protesters, using excessive force with their riot batons. None of the arrested were reported to be carrying weapons of any kind, and none were attempting to attack any of the officers. The police shut down the freeway in both directions, handcuffed and escorted the marchers to the Jackson street offramp where police busses slowly arrived to take the prisoners to North County and Sana Rita Jail facilities.
155 individuals were reported to have been arrested, in addition to some minors who were released into the custody of their parents. Francois Zimany was taken to the hospital after either falling, jumping, or being pushed by police off of the freeway, and is now at home with his family. The group was held over night, and released periodically throughout the day on Friday.
You can learn more by visiting indybay.org. All photos were taken by BLR DJ Paisley Cuttlefish who was among those arrested. She sustained a bad fracture to her elbow after being hit with a police baton.
March 5, 2010
-Walk-Out / Indoor demo at CUNY Hunter:
At 1pm students and supporters gathered on the 3rd floor of the 68th street campus. There was a large police presence inside and outside the building. Students attempted to move toward the upper part of the building to get more students to participate but were blocked by campus security. Scuffles broke out as students forced their way past a campus guard and took to the stairwells.
Word has it that, inside the building, the financial aid office had its windows broken, and the much hated security turnstiles at the entrance to the building were attacked and broken.
Before the demo, signs were posted up on the 3rd floor saying that the indoor demo would not be permitted but the simultaneous rally called by the International Socialist Organization (ISO) and others would be. There are also rumors that ‘Student Activists’ were warning other students via text message that unpaid agent provocateurs would be coming to Hunter to cause a riot (more on this when we get confirmation). A New School Student supporting the Hunter walkout was ejected from the building possibly after being pointed out by an ISO activist (there have been conflicting reports).
Students and allies marched through Hunter’s walkways, to the cheering of students standing by, many of whom joined in. The INDOOR DEMO proceeded to the 3rd floor:
The police were in full force blocking the escalators but at least 40 students broke through into the back stairwell and surged up the stairs, only to find yet more police on every single floor blocking every door.
While some ran through the building urging students to walk out of their classes, others began to urge people to leave the building and attend the rally outside. A few scuffles broke out between people involved in the walkout and those running the permitted rally. 3 or 4 individuals have supposedly been arrested inside of CUNY Hunter.
Eventually enough people were pushed out of the building by the police or by Organizers who wanted to have the rally and talk at the crowd:
More info soon…
Hundreds participated in a successful teach in that will hopefully build up to larger actions in the future.
- CUNY Graduate Center
about 30 Graduate Students (also adjunct professors) from the CUNY Grad Center arrived with allies at school this morning, to see five black cop cars parked in front of the building and the cafeteria filled with police. The students, however, were headed towards the elevators (the only means of entering the building), and filled them with their angry bodies, blocking entrance to the elevators while others spoke to people about the cuts, their shitty jobs, and encouraged folks to go to Hunter College. One of the elevators was boarded by a plainclothes police officer who shoved one of the students to the floor. He stayed in the elevator, harassing the students for their names and calling them cowards while the students hurled insults. He left the elevator only when the students exited to find support.
CUNY Grad Center Students also executed a banner drop, small but real (LUV U RIVERSIDE), with only more to come.
The Grad Students exited unscathed and immediately went to join the Hunter walkout.
- Centralized Rally
-There is currently a heavily policed and relatively small march making its way to the MTA hearings at F.I.T.
occupation still going, it needs support!
More to come,
For breaking news from California check:
March 4, 2010
NY1 - Four people were arrested Wednesday night after an argument broke out at a Metropolitan Transportation Authority hearing in Brooklyn.
It happened inside the Cantor Auditorium of the Brooklyn Museum.
Police say a speaker was led away and later handcuffed after she went up to the podium to try and speak out of turn. She was asked to stop and when she didn’t, witnesses say she was taken outside.
“I have no connection to her, but I just felt an adult or someone should be involved because she looked like she was probably under 18,” said one witness. “And then he really started rough-handling her and really kind of backed her out. So then I followed her and I followed him and I kept saying ‘Why are you doing it? What’s going on? Why isn’t any adult involved?’ And then he took her around and locked the door behind her.”
Others in the audience got involved, too. Some were led out into the hallway and handcuffed. One was cuffed inside the auditorium.
In all, four people were arrested for disorderly conduct.
March 3, 2010
Rally at Gov. Paterson’s Office, 4 pm
(633 Third Ave. @ 41st St.)
Then March to the MTA Hearings at FIT
(Seventh Ave. @ 27th St.)
- Stop the school closings and privatization of public education
- Stop the cuts to K-12 and higher education
- Restore the free student MetroCard
- Full funding for all educational needs
- Education is a right – Free, high-quality education for all
March 2, 2010
From: SUNY Purchase:
March 4th is coming and a “University Strike” is in the air. Around 3:30 this morning we climbed the roof of the library and dropped a banner. Budget cuts, increased tuition, layoffs, and the privatization/corporatization of our schools are happening all across the country. Public education is being attacked on all levels from k-12 to higher education and we will not be quiet. At 1pm this Thursday (March 4th) walk out of your class and congregate outside the library for the national day of action to defend public education. Bring pots and pans, noise-makers and your friends.
This is bigger than our school and bigger than students, our entire system is fucked. Thursday is just the beginning of what will hopefully spread through all sectors of society. The priorities of the government are clear; banks and business are more important than people and the earth is a resource to be exploited.
We must fight!
Thursday is just the beginning!
We stand in solidarity with students, faculty and workers everywhere!
March 1, 2010
From The Facebook page:
Affordable education is deteriorating and we’re being drawn further into debt. We’re facing budget cuts, tuition hikes, and the ongoing commodification of our
STUDENTS FROM PRIVATE AND PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE CITY ARE STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH EACH OTHER.
Together we are imagining a university beyond its current state of inequality. This is not about facebook groups, marches, and political slogans. These alone are not sufficient. This is about how our very bodies realize a breakdown in the way things run. This is about how they coalesce and liberate a space through affinity. Through common anger and ecstasy.
Politicians and Admins agree there’s a crisis. They’re right, it’s right here.
This is a call to RECLAIM OUR UNIVERSITIES and ourselves from pseudo-existence.
MEET AT SCHWARTZ PLAZA (BETWEEN BOBST AND THE WELCOME CENTER); ROVE AS NECESSARY.
SPREAD THE WORD.
March 1, 2010
February 28, 2010
February 27, 2010
This morning, students with the Black Student Union at UCSD and allies
began a sit-in at their Chancellor’s office demanding action, after a
noose was found in Geisel Library. Students are demanding that the
campus be closed down for the safety of students.
Beginning around 1:50pm, Afrikan Student Union and at least 100 people
are occupying Murphy Hall, the administrative building of UCLA. They are
meeting with the chancellor as we speak in order to call for the
following, in light of the racist incidents at UCSD:
1. Closure of UCSD until there is a full investigation of events
surrounding Compton Cook Out and the noose left hanging in
2. Expulsion of offending students and dismantling of The Koala newspaper.
3. Diversity needs be met by March 4th. (see BSU demands from UCSD)
(From Occupy California)
5:10pm: The UCSD sit-in has turned into a civil disobedience action. Chancellor Fox apparently has not attempted to meet the demands of the students. Some students have left the office to support outside, but estimates of 80-100 students inside are willing to be arrested. So far no word of police action or likelihood of arrests.
5:20pm: Drum circle forming outside Chancellor’s office. Police are threatening arrests. Students: “We will stay until BSU demands are met.”
5:23pm: According to one source, as many as 300 people still inside the office. A live audio stream is available here.
5:35pm: Students meeting with Chancellor Fox return to the sit-in to discuss the letter they received from the admin, describing it as, “bullshit.” They plan to return on Monday with their response. The student(s) involved in the noose incident is being suspended, although a time frame hasn’t been established. The protesters are not satisfied with this weak response by the administration, considering this new document from the Chancellor to have no new concrete improvements over previous ones.
Video available on CNN ireport: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-413766
Video: dance parties, smashed windows, ghost ridin’, burning dumpsters, whining liberals, and police lines in Berkeley
February 27, 2010
February 27, 2010
Description of a pre-March 4th Pep Rally in Santa Cruz from OccupyCA… this follows the administration sending judicial summonses to 45 campus activists and protests against institutional racism throughout the CA system.
Santa Cruz, CA – Around 10:15pm, a dance party began in Porter college at UCSC.
10:50pm: Now about 60 people. Party has moved onto the small stage in Porter Quad.
11:20pm: Party has moved into Kresge classroom 327. Occupation is on!
11:25pm: Numbers increased to 100+.
11:40pm: Party has moved back outside. Chanting “March 4th!”
12:10am: Party has crossed a bridge, past Sciences, to Colleges 9 & 10. Passed a bus, and at the next stop a dozen people on the bus joined the dance party!
12:35am: The party has moved into Humanities 2.
12:42am: Now 250+ people.
UCSC is divided into ten colleges, all of them paired with another.
The dance party started small in the Porter quad, and after swelling to about 50-60 people, it moved through the college and into the next college, Kresge. There it made a stop inside an empty classroom for a while. The roving dance party made its way around Kresge college collecting more dancers and made its way to the other side of campus (going over a bridge, and up Science Hill). At college 9/10, more students joined, and for a while the party actually made its way through the first floor of a dormitory. They then descended down the street and into the Humanities area of campus, and entering the Humanities 2 building. After leaving the building, the party continued into Cowell college through a central building, and out into a courtyard where the party grew larger. Finally, the group made its way down the hill into the Quarry Plaza (where the Graduate Student Commons resides). The party raged on well after 2am, and then dispersed as quickly as it started.
Through out the evening, multiple buildings were temporarily seized and vacated with ease–leaving only a trail of fading music.
February 26, 2010
Berkeley, CA – Durant Hall (next to Wheeler Hall) is occupied. Hundreds have stormed this building (that is being renovated).
12:10am: some UCPD (~5) present around the building, still trying to figure out what’s going on. They are spotlighting people near the entrance with flashlights, but a green chain-link fence obscures most of their view. People are dancing right outside.
1:30am: About 200 people inside. Doors are wide open but barricades are set up to keep cops out. There’s a few police on each side, a few hundred feet away from the building. Durant is under construction, so random materials and fences are keeping police out for now. Organizers have released a statement: Why Durant Hall?
1:45am: Students have emptied out of Durant, now going down Telegraph Ave smashing windows and turning over trash cans.
1:50am: Riot police have blocked students at intersection of Telegraph and Durant. Source on the ground reported a trash can on fire. Random people are joining the street party that is forming.
1:57am: A dumpster has now been set on fire.
2:15am: From on the ground: “Real battle with cops, rioters winnin”. 25 riot cops, 300 rioters.
2:25am: So far 1 arrest reported. Students/rioters holding their ground against the cops.
2:35am: A 2nd arrest reported. Students not backing down.
2:55am: Still going strong, still breaking shit, no new arrests.
3:00am: Riot dissolves. BART and Berkeley police cars patrol the streets.
Video of one of the 2 (!) arrests:
Berkeley, CA – In Sproul Plaza of UC Berkeley, hundreds gathered for a dance party that began around 10pm on Thursday, February 25. At the peak of the party (around 12am) the 250 people dancing surrounded the loudspeakers as together they moved farther into campus. As we approached Durant Hall, a building currently being renovated, people began handing out communiques. We began to see a yellow light glow from inside the second story windows of the building, and then silhouettes of dozens of occupiers emerged. They rigged a few banners across the front of the building and descended to join the party. Read the rest of this entry »