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Wed Nov 11 2015 (Updated 11/14/15)Indybay Journalist Faces Prosecution for Documenting UCSC Highway Blockade
Wed Nov 11 2015 (Updated 11/14/15)Santa Cruz District Attorney Attempting to Criminalize and Chill First Amendment Activity
On March 3, six UCSC students blocked California Highway 1 using lockboxes and garbage cans filled with concrete. Independent journalist Alex Darocy, long-time Indybay contributor and editorial collective member, shot several photographs of the student demonstrators from his car as he passed the blockade, and for that he is currently being prosecuted, facing the possibility of jail time. A Motion to Dismiss, which argued that the prosecution is attempting to criminalize and chill conduct that is protected under the First Amendment, was heard on November 13. Judge Paul Burdick denied the motion and set a trial date for February 22, 2016.
Sat Oct 3 2015On UCSC Move-In Day, Activists Greet Students with Message: Free Speech For Palestine
On September 17, the first move-in day for Fall quarter at UC Santa Cruz, students and community members at the main entrance of campus displayed signs opposing Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 (SCR 35), which was introduced this year in the California Senate. On its surface SCR 35 is legislation that addresses anti-Semitism on the University of California campuses, but critics caution the measure has the potential to limit the free speech activities of those seeking justice for Palestine.
Wed Jun 24 2015 (Updated 11/08/15)UCSC Highway Six Back in Court on June 29 & 30
Wed Jun 24 2015 (Updated 11/08/15)UC Santa Cruz Students Who Blocked Highway Call for Court Support
The six UCSC students charged in association with the March 3 blockade of Highway 17, where it meets Highway 1 in Santa Cruz, will be back in court on Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30. On June 29 at 10:00am, there will be a hearing in Santa Cruz County Superior Court to finalize their sentence, and on June 30 at 1:30pm there will be a restitution hearing. The students are calling for court support.
On June 1 the Lecturer's labor contract at UC Santa Cruz expired, and union members with American Federation of Teachers Local 2199 and their supporters marked the day by picketing — and picnicking — at the base of campus. Messages in support of adjunct-faculty members and a more democratized University of California system were displayed as individuals held several large, colorful puppets. Food was served, and the day-long event was dubbed "St. Precaria's Picnic."
Fri May 8 2015 (Updated 05/17/15)Students Occupy Stevenson Coffee House at Activists IN! Rapists OUT! Rally
Fri May 8 2015 (Updated 05/17/15)UCSC Under Investigation for Mishandling Rape and Other Sexual Violence Cases
Students at UC Santa Cruz occupied the Stevenson Coffee House for a short period of time on April 27 to expose a person they say is a known rapist who is presently employed at the business. The small cafe, which is privately owned and operated under a lease with the university, is located within Stevenson College on the east side of the UCSC campus.
Sun Apr 19 2015 (Updated 04/23/15)Farmers Protest Sprouts Grand Opening in San Rafael
Sun Apr 19 2015 (Updated 04/23/15)Gill Tract, Occupy the Farm Activists Continue Campaign to Stop Sprouts from Paving Land
On April 15, urban farmers from the UC Gill Tract Community Farm, Occupy the Farm, other food and climate justice communities, and fast food workers joined together at an Oakland McDonalds for Fight for Fifteen protest. By noon, fast food workers and Gill Tract farmers joined for a Boycott Sprouts action at the grand opening of a Sprouts “Farmers Market” in San Rafael to protest the supermarket’s plans to pave the historic Gill Tract Farm in Albany. The action at the San Rafael Sprouts is the third in the last month.
Mon Apr 13 2015 (Updated 04/16/15)Supporting the HWY 6 at Their Second Court Appearance Together
Mon Apr 13 2015 (Updated 04/16/15)Community Members Troubled by Suspension of UCSC Students Following Highway Blockade
The six UCSC students arrested in association with the March 3 blockade of Highway 1 where it meets Highway 17 in Santa Cruz returned to court on April 8. A prosecutor indicated the District Attorney's office will not offer them a plea deal to reduce misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and creating a public nuisance. The Santa Cruz DA also desires a restitution amount of $19,000 be paid. Additionally, UCSC has suspended the students until the Spring of 2016.