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Title: Sit-In in Support of October 7th National Mobilization for Education
START DATE: Thursday October 07
TIME: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location Details:
Sit-In in Support of October 7th National Mobilization for Education
Event Type: Protest

October 7th, 2010

Action organized by people all over the US.

In solidarity with the October 7th Day of Action for Public Education we call for a virtual sit-in of the websites of the Office of the President of the University of California and the UC Regents. This virtual sit-in will take place for all of October 7th, from 12:00AM the night before to 11:59PM the night of.

We need hosting for this action. Please contact any of us if you can provide hosting for the html files for the action.

Recent actions taken on March 4th by students, faculty, staff and allies around the world were joined online by a virtual sit-in. The swift and violent response to the virtual sit-in from the UC administration and police against Ricardo Dominguez only reveal the effectiveness of the action and must be seen as part of a larger strategy of the criminalization of resistance including the arrest of hundreds of faculty, students and staff around the world who are struggling to redefine what the future of education will be. The UC continues to make efforts to expand the prison-military-education-industrial complex in the face of demands, occupations, strikes and blockades by those willing to put their bodies, physically and digitally, on the line for a better future for education.

By organizing this action, in the tradition of ECD as a distributed tactic as performed by the Electrohippies, the Federation of Random Action and the borderlands Hacklab, we are demonstrating that the hydra has a million heads and Yudof, the Regents and their police cannot stop Electronic Civil Disobedience by putting their boot on the neck of one man. A virtual sit-in is a mass action by thousands of people and we will not be stopped.

More virtual strikes can be expected until:

* The budget cuts across the UC system are turned back
* Those laid off in the past year are rehired
* Charges are dropped and investigations ended against all of those arrested for struggling for the future of their education

Join the actions in the streets, the campuses and the university buildings if you can. If you want to join the virtual sit-in, go here for a list of urls:

http://october7thecd.wordpress.com

If you have any questions about this e-action contact:

(alphabetical)

Zach Blas, zachblas@gmail.com
Xandre Borghetti
Micha Cárdenas, azdelslade@gmail.com
Elizabeth Chaney, chaneyeh@gmail.com
John Falchi, pacerjp14@sbcglobal.net
Autumn Hays, autumnhays@ymail.com
Linzi Juliano
Rashne Limki
Bradley Litwin
Benjamin Lotan, benjaminlotan@gmail.com
Luis Martin-Cabrera
Elle Mehrmand, ellemehrmand@gmail.com

If you would like to help organize the action and be added to the list of organizers, email us.


Stop Racism UCSD | California Democracy Act | UCSD Coalition for Educational Justice | Let This Be Public Now | Mark Yudof | Occupy CA |



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by Looking for new tactics
Friday Oct 1st, 2010 8:57 PM
Can you please explain the concept in general terms for those of us not in the know?
by m
Sunday Oct 3rd, 2010 3:10 AM
A virtual sit-in is a form of electronic civil disobedience deriving its name from the sit-ins popular during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The virtual sit-in attempts to re-create that same action digitally using a distributed denial-of-service attack. During a virtual sit-in, hundreds of activists attempt to access a target website simultaneously and repetitively. If performed correctly, this will cause the target website to run slowly or even collapse entirely, preventing anyone from accessing it.
by a lot of people
Wednesday Oct 6th, 2010 2:14 PM

Please mirror the tgz file attached for the october 7th action on your host or your local machine and post a url here! The extension is pdf now, so it would upload and would be downloadable, so just rename it to tgz and unzip it.


by Michan
Wednesday Oct 6th, 2010 9:34 PM
I can't open the downloaded pdf. I get the message: "Adobe Reader could not open 'oct7th-vsitin.pdf' because it is either not a supported file type or because the file has been damaged (for example, it was sent as an email attachment and wasn't correctly decoded)." I also do not see a list of URLs at the link to where you send us for a list of URLs.
by Cut
Wednesday Oct 6th, 2010 9:58 PM
check the posting above. rename pdf so you can open it.
by coming
Thursday Oct 7th, 2010 1:37 AM

UPDATE: Apparently UCOP.edu is trying to block the virtual sit-in, please use this new updated action code for your mirrors or on your local computer!

Download the pdf and rename it to oct7th-vsitin-update.tgz to extract it.