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First Night of Live Week, Victory at Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley, 12/7/09: photos
by dave id
Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley has been reclaimed for "Live Week" as a public space for use as a 24-hour university open to everyone, students and non-students alike. The reclamation continues throughout the week and supporters are encouraged to come and participate at all hours of the day.
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On opening night, police first said they would close Wheeler Hall at 7:30pm. Those inside remained. Bob Meister, Professor of Social Sciences and Political Thought at UCSC, was able to give his scheduled talk in the evening. Other UCPD deadlines, including the last one of 11pm for building closure, came and went with the majority of those in the building remaining. Occupants danced to music, watched movies, studied, cleaned the hall, and discussed and planned their next steps.

Police locked the doors after 10pm, but those inside continued to open the doors from the inside allowing anyone who wanted to enter the building. Eventually, police gave in and participants were allowed to come and go as they pleased, with many in sleeping bags sleeping throughout the building while others maintained a night watch.


Updates on student victory from first night, with photos and short video: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/12/07/18631717.php

Video tour of first night: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/12/08/18631747.php

Live Week announcement: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/12/07/18631640.php

http://liveweek.net


Previous coverage of November 20th Wheeler Occupation: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/11/20/18629379.php
§We have a voice
by dave id Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
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§Knowledge is a right ... not a commodity
by dave id Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
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§Our University
by dave id Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
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Intimidation, surveillance, or both? At 11pm, police walked aisles videorecording everyone inside.
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short video excerpt from this moment at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/12/07/18631717.php#18631742
§Response: turn up the audio system, dance...
by dave id Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
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§...and show videos on the big screen
by dave id Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
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Mario Savio's Historic Call to Action in Berkeley 45 Years Ago Today: December 2nd, 1964: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/12/02/18631228.php
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§Dance party continues to Latin beats
by dave id Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
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§Opening doors for more to come in becomes commonplace
by dave id Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
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Some on the inside run out for needed supplies to stay all night.
§Victory set as doors wide open for first night of Live Week
by dave id Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
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§Welcome to *Your* University
by dave id Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
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§Grand Opening of Live Week at "Freeler for All" a success
by dave id Tuesday Dec 8th, 2009 5:18 PM
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Support will be needed throughout the week. Check it out and participate. Teach. Learn. Dance. Reclaim public spaces. There are no prerequisites, so come on down.