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UCSC Tree-sit Occupation Continues
by JS
Thursday Dec 13th, 2007 2:19 PM
During UCSC winter break, the campus will be subject to campus closure. However, the tree-sit and the autonomous zone beneath will continue. While students are gone during break, there is a strong chance of an attempt by campus administrators and police of a surprise attack to remove the tree-sitters and their ground support. In the event of an attack, they could use your support.
The occupation of UCSC's "Science Hill" continues.

To get emergency notifications about the UCSC tree-sit,
send a message from your cell phone or your computer to
lrr-add@riseup.net

Last month, a tree-sit was erected on campus by activists opposed to UC Santa Cruz's Long Range Development Plan. Just some of the reasons for opposition to the LRDP include:

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  • 120 acres of Upper Campus Forest slated for destruction
  • Addition of 4500 new UCSC Students
  • Uncontrolled UCSC development and expansion
  • A planning process with insufficient student and city input
  • Stress on city resources such as housing, traffic, and water
  • Degradation of undergraduate education
  • Creation of biotech facilities including live animal testing
  • Increasing corporate funding of the UCs

These are just some of the reasons why the LRDP is opposed by an increasingly vocal coalition, including students, staff, faculty, and people in Santa Cruz.

During UCSC winter break, the campus will be subject to campus closure. However, the tree-sit and the autonomous zone beneath will continue. While students are gone during break, there is a strong chance of an attempt by campus administrators and police of a surprise attack to remove the tree-sitters and their ground support. In the event of an attack, they could use your support.

You can get emergency notification in case the tree-sit is attacked by sending an SMS email now to lrr-add@riseup.net

Historically, UCSC has a pattern of cutting trees during winter and summer breaks while students, staff, and faculty are absent. During winter break 1991, for instance, Elfland, a spectacular riparian redwood grove, was cut to make way for Colleges 9 and 10. More about elfland resistance: elfland history

For more about the UCSC tree-sit, read more about it on Indymedia at www.indybay.org/SantaCruz

To learn about the LRDP and judge for yourself, go to lrdpresistance.org


Comments  (Hide Comments)

by It's what you did to them
Thursday Dec 13th, 2007 6:48 PM
Strikes me as a bit two faced to embrace guerilla tactics when they suit your needs, but try to discredit them as foul play when they work against your needs.
by It's really quite simple:
Friday Dec 14th, 2007 7:24 AM
It's only ok when they do it.

You can't resist a resistance, that's just not allowed. Anarchists only support the law when they think their rights are being violated.
by theanimalsmatter
Friday Dec 14th, 2007 10:55 AM
I wish the ground support would bring up the real issue of why people went up in the trees, which was to PREVENT ANOTHER ANIMAL TESTING FACILITY BEING BUILT.

but to most "progressives" and "radicals" the issue of animal testing seems not to be an issue (and you make the apparent)

by So what?
Friday Dec 14th, 2007 11:56 AM
The press release states simply, "there is a strong chance of an attempt by campus administrators and police of a surprise attack to remove the tree-sitters and their ground support. In the event of an attack, they could use your support."

No one's whining about fair or foul play or judging the tactic of surprise attacks except for a couple of wanking internet commentators. It's a war, anything goes...from both sides. The press release states that there is a threat to the tree-sit of such an attack, and asks people who care to respond in solidarity if such an attack occurs. Simple.
by gnome
Friday Dec 14th, 2007 9:51 PM
the first three posts don't appear to contain much critical thought, just provocation. seems like someone wants to drive a wedge in the movement. I don't think it's totally accurate to say "anything goes" but it's clearly true that the author isn't crying "foulplay" about suprise attacks. keep it up tree-sitters and friends!
by give me a break
Saturday Dec 15th, 2007 1:36 AM
"It's a war, anything goes...from both sides. "

This is one of the most ignorant things I've ever read on this site. This is WAR? Give me a fucking break- war is what's going on in Baghdad, the Gaza Strip, Afghanistan, Darfur, the Congo, etc. Mindless intellectual masturbation and post-left philosophizing from a heated room in California isn't "war," it's pedantic. Ditto spending weeks in a tree when there's better ways to oppose the LRDP (which I agree is a totally worthless and destructive endeavor) that don't involve alienating the sizable majority of people who oppose it. To call this a "war" cheapens everything and anything that people risk torture and death for. At least have the intellectual honesty to admit that.

by J. Bertram Smith
Tuesday Dec 18th, 2007 11:22 AM
What BS. Time for everyone to sit down and talk. But that time may have been lost.

What? Won't sit down and talk like civilized people? OK, continue to marginalize your cause. Go ahead and sit (and sh!t) in the trees. Because THE CAUSE has been marginalized. Dumb-sh!t tactics have taken the attention away from the people that used to care (i.e., the populace) and have turned this into a circus.

The overwhelming consensus on campus and around town, is that the tree-sitters are not accomplishing anything. The entire police-baiting event was a losing proposition. You lost respect from virtually everyone that was on your side to begin with.

Nice job: stinky outcome.
by oehlberg
Wednesday Dec 19th, 2007 8:18 AM
Unfortunately I am hearing more and more comments like those made by J. Bertram Smith and give me a break. The tree sitters need negotiations and they need a set of demands that the University can meet. With neither the tree sitters will be acting and will be viewed as a pointless group that continues to lose support.
by Meeeee
Wednesday Dec 19th, 2007 11:16 PM
In response to Gnome, I totally agree with that. But also, I think it's important to say that there should be some sort of resistance/coalition of some sort in which all people feel welcome and included, and not alienated (which is actually happening right now, a coalition is being formed) However this isn't anyone's responsibility. But let's not undermine the goals and passion of the those associated with the tree sit, if we want to create a resistance where there is little alienation and most feel welcome, then let's do it ourselves instead of placing that responsibility on another group of people who have already invested a lot of time and energy in this, even if we don't completely agree of the way they are doing it.