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Weeping Wednesday: A Protest Against the UC Regents
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
The first big protests of the 2006-2007 school year at UC Santa Cruz took place on October 18th, 2006, the day the UC Regents came to visit campus. It had been five years since all 26 UC Regents came to UCSC. During the second demonstration of the day by hundreds of students outside the new Humanities Building at Cowell College, police pushed, swung and jabbed with their batons before taking three students hostage and hurling streams of pepper spray directly into the eyes of demonstrators.
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In the first protest of the day, which began at noon, AFSCME workers and students held a rally in the Bay Tree Plaza and then marched to the base of campus calling on UC President Dynes to release funds promised by the California Legislature to low-paid UC workers. AFSCME workers and students are also demanding wages comparable to those of neighboring colleges and universities where people are paid up to 30% more for doing the same amount or less work.

More information and photos from the first protest can be found by visiting:

AFSCME and Friends March for Wage Parity, Justice
Action Kicks off Day of Unrest During UC Regents Visit to Santa Cruz


The second demonstration of the day got started at 2:45pm with a rally in the Bay Tree Plaza. Hundreds of students then marched to the new Humanities Building at Cowell College. There, a community speak-out was held while the UC Regents, flanked by University police, made their way into the building. UC administrators told students that the public comment period was cancelled by the Regents because they were worried about the large demonstration taking place outside the new Humanities Building.

"one of many" students at the demonstration outside the new Humanities Building at Cowell College published a summary of the protest. Please read this summary:

Summary of Events: UCSC Protests Regents Visit

The summary is "one student activist's attempt to provide one perspective of the story." I read the summary and feel that it is an accurate retelling of events.

Also, please be sure to read:

Why We're Here and What We're Fighting For (on the UC Regents protest)

The article was authored by "concerned members of the ucsc community" and the text was extracted from a flyer passed out by organizers during the UC Regents protest.

The following is an excerpt from "Why We're Here and What We're Fighting For"

But why mess with the public comment period?

We know that many in our community have serious issues that need to be communicated with the Regents. But we also know that the Regents have no real desire to address our concerns. It’s been 5 years since they’ve visited UCSC – and yet they just hold a couple short comment periods, giving us mere seconds to speak? Even this they do not because they’re interested in what we have to say, but because they’re required by law to hold public comment periods whenever they get together.

We’ve been to Regents’ meetings. We’ve made our speeches. We’ve tried to make them listen. But all they do is laugh, turn their backs, take naps, and kick us out of their meetings. The public comment period is not our few minutes of opportunity, but a farce intended to hold up an undemocratic and unaccountable system. When we reject this comment period and hold our own community speak-out, we are taking back our voices, taking back our university, and showing the world how we really feel.

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please see more Indymedia coverage and photos at:

UCSC Community Confronts Regents, Cops Respond with Violence, Pepper-Spray
§Fix-It Citation
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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The action was an attempt to highlight the undemocratic, unaccountable, and illegitimate nature of the Regents, asserting the need to democratize the UC system, while demanding that the university fix a score of core problems before considering expansion.
* from Summary of Events
http://indybay.org/newsitems/2006/10/21/18322107.php
§Xing
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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§Surveillance
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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§Brian Hughes
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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Brain Hughes (left) is looking sharp in his uniform on October 18th, 2006, but some people may also remember him as an infiltrator...

UC Students Demand Answers about Spying Scandal
Brian Hughes, UCSC Police Infiltrator
http://indybay.org/newsitems/2006/01/25/17980511.php

WANTED -- INFORMATION ABOUT UNDER-COP
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/17474/index.php
§Not In My Name
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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§Welcoming the Regents
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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§Living Wages Now!
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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§.... tha Police
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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Fuck tha Police
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuck_the_Police
§Stop the LRDP
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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Leave Our Trees Be.
Stop!

L ong
R ange
D evelopment
P lan

UCSC Upper Campus is the wild, forested refuge located above the developed portion of the University, and bordered by Henry Cowell State Park, Wilder Ranch State Park, and the Pogonip City Park. The new LRDP (Long Range Development Plan) for UCSC calls for almost double the existing buildings on campus, and much of the planned expansion is aimed at the upper campus area. Learn more about the LRDP and resistance to it at thes “Undo UCSC” website:
http://www.resist.ca/~undo_ucsc/
http://indybay.org/newsitems/2006/07/09/18286694.php
§Humanities
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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The 1980 United States Rockefeller Commission on the Humanities described the humanities in its report, The Humanities in American Life:

Through the humanities we reflect on the fundamental question: What does it mean to be human?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanities
§Linked
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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The action started with a rally at the Bay Tree Plaza, before marching up to the new Humanities Building at Cowell College. There, a community speak-out was held for a good period of time before more direct action was taken. Then, what was supposed to only have been a 30 minute 'public comment period' turned into a three hour standoff, as protesters, after a failed attempt to prevent the Regents' entry to the building, eventually encircled the area, blocking all 5 exits.
* from Summary of Events
§Organize
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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Make the Regents listen
We deserve a say in the system
§Long Live the Trailer Park!!
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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Living Off the Beaten Path
http://chp.ucsc.edu/paper/campus/alternative_housing.txt?39_24
§Lecture Hall
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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As protest tactics escalated and the police became increasingly angry and frusterated with their inability to control some of the protesters, they targeted three activists, took them to the ground, and dragged them inside the building. As students struggled to prevent the abduction of their friends, they were met with a barrage of batons and pepper-spray sent forth from the retreating officers.
* from Summary of Events
§Pain
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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§Rinse
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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With the police inside and all doors closed, the stunned crowd sat dazed while a few students assisted those who who were hit by the cops and their pepper-spray.
* from Summary of Events
§Riot Squad
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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More than 35 riot-cops from the Santa Cruz Police Department and Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department were ready to dish out as much violence as they felt necessary to 'control the situation'
§Phil Gomez
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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KSBW 8
§SCPD
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:00 PM
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§Juggle
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:13 PM
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Students juggle as 'concerned parties' discuss what to do next...
* faculty, staff, administration, students and others
§Negotiating
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:16 PM
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After a long period of negotiations involving students, workers, faculty members and the administration, a deal was finally made. First, a student and a faculty member would be allowed into the building to ensure that the 3 students detained inside were ok. Then, the students, who had agreed to the deal by a group consensus process, were to not cross a specific line and allow all the Regents and police to go out a back door into their University-supplied buses. Finally, the 3 detained students would be cited and then they, and the two sent in to check on them, would be released.
* from Summary of Events
§Waiting
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:16 PM
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An odd sight this was. Hundreds of protesters, silent, standing behind an imaginary line, so as not to jeapardize the release of their friends. Some may say that this was a sign of compliance with authority but I see it a very different way - it was a sign of power. They proved that if they stand up and be bold, they can reclaim what is rightfully theirs. The only power that the administration and the police had was to abduct their friends - using violence and the threat of imprisonment to assert their control over the protesters. Keeping activist hostages in cuffs and in custody was their only way of ensuring that the students wouldn't interfere with the Regents not-so-sweet goodbye.
* from Summary of Events
§Going
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:21 PM
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A bus arrives for the UC Regents, some police officers and others
§"Us Kids Know"
by ~Bradley Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 3:22 PM
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"Only 1 out of 26 regents is an actual UC student. Pretty shitty representation, don't you think?"

"You make bombs in Livermore! I aint paying tuition 4 that nonsense!"

"Our money, our decisions - not the regents"

"Raise UC worker wages!!!"

"Our $ should not go toward the promotion of violent EDUCATION!"

"No money for bombs! No taxation w/o representation"

"Only 15 minutes? What are they afraid of? We should have a say in our money and our education. this is a democracy"

"I'm paying to learn, not2kill!"

"No nuclear weapons in the UC name!"

"I want my money for my education! (not nukes)"

"We deserve a say in the UC system"

"Cut the connections with Livermore & Los Alamos Labs. We do not support Bio/Nuclear weapon creation! Listen to the people, we oppose site 300!"

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Excerpt from Wikipedia about LLNL and Site 300:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

LLNL's main facility is located on a one-square-mile site in Livermore, CA. A larger (10 square miles) remote explosives/experiments testing site (Site 300) is situated 18 miles to the east. Lawrence Livermore has an annual budget of about $1.6 billion and a staff of over 8,000 University of California employees, as well as 1,500 contract employees. Additionally, there are approximately 100 DOE employees stationed at the laboratory to provide federal oversight of LLNL's work for the DOE.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by question
Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 5:03 PM
Why do you guys oppose the long range development plan? Are you in alliance with NIMBY upper-westside affluent homeowners?
It seems clear to me that this is in direct opposition to the goal of diversity as well as liberal immigration into the state. It's almost ridiculous what it takes to get into UC these days - students have to pass several AP tests and essentially know the material in their college textbooks before they get into college. If there are no more spaces created at the university, then less than the desired 12% of graduating Californian students will be admitted (which is already happening), and instead only kids from private school who were able to take AP Latin, calculus, physics, comparative government etc. will be able to come here.
by semillas
Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 5:25 PM
good job covering this action!!!!!! thank you for the report and information. make media, make trouble!!!!!!!!
by student
Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 6:15 PM
The UC system needs to expand for purposes of diversification as well as to allow more students access.

BUT, the current expansion model is highly flawed. Why?

1) Expansion doesn't have to mean adding #s to current universities. Ideally, it should mean building more campuses in other regions of the state. Right now, the only inland UCs are Davis and Merced, while the rest (UCB, UCSB, UCSC, UCSF, UCLA, UCI, UCR) are, for the most part, on the coast.

2) UCSC is the only UC on a nature preserve. Expansion means the elimination of thousands of rare redwoods, in addition to the decades-old trailer park.

3) UCSC's reputation is not that of a huge research university. It's value is that it's a smaller more alternative space with an emphasis on teaching. An editorial by the UCLA student paper touches on these subjects:
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=38444

3) 'Expansion' is not the best way to describe the LRDP. In fact, what it's doing is RADICALLY CHANGING THE NATURE of UCSC. All you have to do is look at the programs that are being cut or having significant financial issues (writing, journalism, American Studies, Politics, the languages, the arts, etc.) and look at the programs that are growing (the physical sciences, engineering and computer-related fields) and you can see what exactly is going on. In fact what we're effectively talking about is the PRIVATIZATION of UCSC and the UC system. Private corporations will provide millions in funding for the physical sciences and engineering, yet leave the humanities and social sciences hanging. Rather than to respond to this and say that you can't educate the next generation with only science and business skills, the UC and UCSC top-management has EMBRACED this PRIVATIZATION.

Just look at the leadership of the UC system and UCSC. President Dynes (see http://www.fiatpax.net/dynes.html) used to be a physics professor who played a vital role as a board member for Los Alamos (where nuclear weapons are produced). All the Regents are, in some way or another, businessmen and women with much to profit from the privatization of the UC. Former UCSC Chancellor Denton was an Engineering professor brought to UCSC to advance Science Hill. She was a sort of compromise 'cus of her value in diversity, but her core concern was ultimately the sciences. And now the current UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal was an Astrophysics professor. Then you've got Executive Vice Chancellor David Kliger, who many argue is the person who really calls the shots, who used to be a Chemistry professor.

This leads you to ask the question, what about the humanities and social sciences? They don't hold leadership positions within the state UC power structure. They don't bring in the corporate bucks like the physical sciences and engineering. And they don't hold the leadership positions at UCSC (unless you consider the faculty senate chair). Even though the humanities and social sciences are some of the largest majors on campus (such as phychology), the students have very little power (besides protest), and the elimination of programs (such as journalism) means that as time goes on, the percentage of the campus involved in the humanities and social sciences will get smaller and smaller.

Look back at UCSC 30-40 years ago and you would see a COMPLETELY different university than you see today. The Long Range Development Plan isn't anything new - this process of privitization and the growth of Science Hill has been happening for some time now. The introduction of grades (rather than plain Evals) was one of the significant moments that predicted this shift, but now the LRDP is, in effect, the 'final straw' - as the LRDP's passage may mean the final end of UCSC as an alternative school focused on teaching.

4) What pisses off us students the most is that our education is SUFFERING right now and the UCSC administrators have the DISRESPECT to simultaneously claim there's no money to help with our dying programs, WHILE pushing for expansion. How can you have money to expand but no money to fix a fucked up university? What do I mean? Well.. try getting into a language class. Go to the first class and you'll see 3 times as many people wanting to get in than can fit. Try being a politics major, having NO T.A.'s for upper division classes. Try being a student interested in Art, but not being an Art major and being DENYED from taking any art classes 'cus there's only money to have classes for those that are majors. And this is all while our tuition is going up...

Halting expansion is our ONLY tool to bring awareness to our struggle as students.

TUITION IS UP
CLASSES ARE DOWN
IT'S TIME TO TURN IT ALL AROUND!
by schools not jails
Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 6:20 PM
I want youth to go to schools, not some place to be locked up.

How many colleges have been built in California since 1976?
How many prisions have been built in California since 1976?

I do not support the expansion of UC Santa Cruz, especially with all the current injustice on campus.

Why We're Here and What We're Fighting For
http://indybay.org/newsitems/2006/10/18/18321441.php

Build Schools, not Jails
http://ellabakercenter.org/bnb
by thoughtcriminal
Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 7:15 PM
Good job on getting Officer Brian Hughes on camera - well done indeed. That same individual was also present at an organizing meeting of the recent Santa Cruz Cannabis petition drive (which is on the ballot in November), though I have no photos; the main organizer took a few photos of everyone present, so there must be a record - Compassionate Care Inn was the organizer of the meeting. More illegal spying on community organizing...

This is yet more evidence that undercover police are involved in these protests at multiple levels - and they're probably using people that are a lot younger - they 'fit in' better. Nothing to worry about; the right to assemble and protest peacefully (and vocally!) is protected by the US Constitution (just don't allow yourself to be goaded into doing anything violent).
by scoop
Sunday Oct 22nd, 2006 7:43 PM
PLEASE pursue this information about Brian Hughes infiltrating an off-campus cannibus support meeting. This is vital information, especially considering he's just a CAMPUS officer. We need to build up a file on this guy! Post photos!
by El Voz
Monday Oct 23rd, 2006 5:55 AM
no such thing as a "campus officer" if he is a 'badged' officer of the law, and/or law enforcement official, what is unknown to many of you is that on the UC and CSU campus... the police force has full authorization to operate within a 1 mile radius of ANY university owned property, i.e. an actual campus site... in places like San Jose for example, wherein the university is literally in the middle of downtown San Jose, that one mile distance basically means that the SJSU police force, can act as a fully legal supplemental police force, within that juristictional area... which just happens to be the ENTIRE downtown.

This fact, is also shared at UCSC, understand that UC's in general own more property than any CSU, and much of it is spread not just throughout the city, but the entire county.
by 4646464
Monday Oct 23rd, 2006 12:27 PM
demo'ing on campus on 10/22
by roknich
Friday Dec 8th, 2006 8:24 PM
I spent a year in Santa Cruz working on my own alternative media project -
during much of that time, I was followed around by the man I only knew as "videocop" until I saw is name published here. It got to the point that I had to test my possible paranoia by changing (city) buses at the last minute, just as they were leaving. Yes, the campus was NOT his only territotory. He is a government infiltrator who has been allowed free rein on campus. He was often seen in a knitted cap, and sometimes would wash himself in the bathroom of the music department, leaving puddles of water. he would then sit shirtless at one of the electric pianos. I have a few photos, enough to verify the distinctive shape of his head. The knitted cap was a lame attempt to hide that precious asset of his. YTou've also got a few prize specimens amongst your campus pigs: Andersen and Robinson who thing there on a mission from God combatting terrorism at whatever cost. Pigs with pull on the local kangaroo court. Your tax dollars at work.