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Highlights from UC Regents Protest at UCSC
Much has been said and written about the UC Regents protest at UCSC on Wednesday, Oct. 18. These photos aren't meant to explain the situation in full, but to fill in some gaps in coverage and highlight some of the most interesting and inspiring moments.
See my series of photos on the victims of UC police violence at the event:
See a summary of what happened:
See Bradley's great run-through of events:
See Jamie's summary and photos:
See Sarah's great action photos:
And see the reasons behind the protest:
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After arriving at the new Humanities Building at Cowell College and holding a Community Speak-Out for a while, the protesters rushed over to try and prevent the Regents from getting off a bus and sneaking in through a back door.
For a second there, I thought we might have a repeat of the 1968 UCSC protest of the UC Regents. Photo on the right from Covello and Covello (see: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/extra/century/61/index.html)
"Are you all registered to vote?" The crowd laughs.
All the doors of the building were blocked except this one, which had a group of people with linked arms surrounding it. Alan Pagano, the Superintendent of the Santa Cruz City School District and some guy from the Chamber of Commerce tried to get out. The crowd wasn't hearing it though. Maybe they thought they were Regents.. maybe it didn't matter.
The cops realize there's not much of a chance that they're gonna get these guys out of the crowd without a big struggle.
So back inside they go...
One of the many blocked doors. As mentioned earlier, only the main door where the cops were stationed wasn't completely controlled by students. So 4 of 5 doors were inaccessable for a few hours, with the last being a site of frequent tension.
This student was grabbed and dragged a bit by some cops, then some other students pulled him back. I guess it's illustrative of the tug-of-war between cops and protesters that happened for a good hour. But the actual incident itself wasn't a key part of the day.
Here's the beginning of all the ruckus. The police targetted an activist here - good 'ol Steve on the ground there. His friends tried to get him back, but in the process the cops snagged 2 more people - Alette and Tani.
The students are still trying to get at their friends who were grabbed. The cops, who are getting anxious now, pull out their pepper-spray in about 1 second, before slamming the door shut.
I've put all the pepper-spray photos and images of hurt people in a different post, so check it out:
35 cops from the City of Santa Cruz and the County Sherrif's office arrive in the Stevenson parking lot. I go down there to take some friendly photos of 'em, and I get the big guy in the middle there (the one with no hair), telling me that if I take one more photo, he'll take my camera as evidence. The whole area's off limits, he says. I didn't see any signs.
You've got your administrators on the left, and your students, professors and union folks on the right. They're talking about what they're gonna ask each other before they regroup in a minute. Keep in mind that the deal they made was eventually approved by consensus by all the student demonstrators.
This one may have been the most fortified of 'em all.
Profs from Left to Right: Dana Frank (History), Tim Fitzmaurice (lecturer, city councilmember) and Paul Ortiz (Community Studies). They're up there with Sam and Jose who are helping to facilitate the decision-making.
'cross the line and you won't get your friends back' - UCSC administrators scared of students preventing the Regents from leaving.
Why they're standing in that far off corner over there? Who knows... on call in case they're needed but out of sight as to not intimidate?
From left to right: Steve, Tani, and Alette. Keep an eye out for the petitions to drop the charges against 'em.