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Tue Mar 3 2015 (Updated 03/06/15)White UC Berkeley Tenured Professor Offends Graduate Students with Racist Remarks
Tue Mar 3 2015 (Updated 03/06/15)Graduate Students Host Teach-In to Address Institutionalized Racism at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare
A group of sixty graduate students led a teach-in and mediation at UC Berkeley’s School of Welfare on February 24 in response to racist comments made by tenured professor Steven Segal. The action was organized in support of twenty-five graduate students enrolled in Segal’s Mental Health Policy course. During class on February 10, Segal shared statistics citing Black-on-Black crime as the real cause of harm to the Black community. He then encouraged the class to join him in a rap, with lyrics that stated the movement “needed to stop scapegoating the cops.”
Tue Mar 3 2015 (Updated 03/15/15)UC's Capital Projects Races to Remove Trees to Make Way for Development
Tue Mar 3 2015 (Updated 03/15/15)Community in Mourning After UC Berkeley Destroys 60 Trees on Historic Gill Tract Arboretum
Early in the morning on February 26, sixty trees were cut down on the southern acreage of the Gill Tract. The UC’s move to begin clearing the way for their proposed housing and shopping complex came as a shock to farmers and neighbors, as there is an active lawsuit on appeal in the county courts, contesting the development’s detrimental environmental impact. Knowing the community would mobilize to defend the trees, the UC cut down the trees with lightening speed. The last trees were in the process of being destroyed at 9am, as farm supporters arrived.
Wed Feb 18 2015 (Updated 02/25/15)UC Student Association Passes Two Resolutions on Divestment
Wed Feb 18 2015 (Updated 02/25/15)Resolutions Call on University of California to Invest in Socially Responsible Companies
On February 8, the University of California Student Association, the independent official voice of 240,000 UC students, passed two advisory resolutions: Resolution Calling for the UC Regents to Divest from Corporations Violating Palestinian Human Rights and Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California by an 9-1 vote, with 5 abstentions.
Solidarity Monterey writes: On February 22nd, 2014 a CSU Monterey Bay police officer arrived at a student’s apartment because the student was supposedly trying to commit suicide. Now that cop is likely going to be fired for not using excessive force; specifically, for not tasing the student. The details vary according to who recounts the story, and the whole thing has been complicated by a legal shitstorm between the CSUMB cop and their union on one side, and the city of Marina police department on the other.
Mon Feb 9 2015Triple Tech Bus Blockade in San Francisco
On February 6, at 8am, teachers at San Francisco's bilingual public Fairmount Elementary School joined with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project to block three private tech buses. Buses from Google and Facebook were blocked in protest of the takeover of what had been four parking spots for teachers at the school by a tech bus stop. Teachers had not been consulted before their parking stops were privatized, just this past month.
Wed Feb 4 2015A Year in the Streets: Resistance in the Bay in 2014
FireWorks writes: From the blockading of Google buses to the blockading of major freeways. From riots against white supremacy and police in Oakland to anti-tech and gentrification brawls in San Francisco, 2014 was an explosive year. Battles erupted in a variety of places and around various issues. This year in review looks at some of the key struggles and outbreaks of rebellion that shook the bay area to its core.
Fri Jan 16 2015 (Updated 01/18/15)California's New “Recommended Restrictions” for Chloropicrin are Inadequate
Fri Jan 16 2015 (Updated 01/18/15)DPR Recommendations Leave Schoolchildren, Rural Communities at Risk from Pesticides
On January 14, California's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced new “recommended restrictions” on the use of chloropicrin, a cancer-causing pesticide used widely on California strawberries. Health, environmental and rural advocates say that DPR ignored its own scientists in developing the proposal, and that the recommended restrictions fall far short of protecting schoolchildren and rural residents from harmful exposures to the toxic pesticide.