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Tue Oct 14 2014 (Updated 10/16/14)Students Say Housing Crisis Stems from University's Poor Relationship with Community
Tue Oct 14 2014 (Updated 10/16/14)Petition Initiated at UCSC Due to Inadequate Housing Also Opposes Upper Campus Expansion
A petition started by a student at UC Santa Cruz is calling for Chancellor Blumenthal to take the necessary steps to provide adequate housing and transportation on the campus. The petition also calls out the university's plans for expansion, stating, "we also believe that building into Upper Campus is NOT an adequate solution to this problem and will only add to the over-enrollment issue."
On October 9, Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin is scheduled to speak on a panel titled “Police Legitimacy in Communities of Color” presented by the Center for Conflict Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Under Chief McMillin’s command, four unarmed Salinas community members — all Latino men — were shot and killed by officers in a span of four months. Sin Barras, a group that works to eradicate the prison industrial-complex, authored a letter to the hosts requesting that they ask Chief McMillin to step down as a participant.
Thu Oct 2 2014 (Updated 10/04/14)Privatization of Public Resources Confronted with Sit-In at UC Berkeley Campus
Thu Oct 2 2014 (Updated 10/04/14)Sit-in Held Following UCB Rally for 50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement
Uniting students, workers, community members, and veterans of the Free Speech Movement, Cal Progressive Coalition (CPC) led a surprise sit-in at Capital Projects following the rally for the 50th Anniversary of the birth of the Free Speech Movement. Capital Projects is the real estate arm of the University of California Berkeley that is actively privatizing public resources, such as in their proposed commercial development of the historic Gill Tract Farm. The CPC action sparked dialogue across campus on how the UC continues to silence students through the privatization of the public university and increasingly militarized police violence.
Tue Jun 3 2014 (Updated 06/04/14)March and Prayer Vigil Held in Response to Racial Bullying at UCSC
Tue Jun 3 2014 (Updated 06/04/14)UC Santa Cruz Students Fight Racial Harassment and Ongoing Threats on Campus
Recently, students at UC Santa Cruz reported to the NAACP that two incidents of "serious racial bullying" had occurred on the university's campus. In response, the Santa Cruz Branch of the NAACP together with the UCSC Women's Center organized a "March and Prayer Vigil to Stop Hate Crimes and Racial Bullying in Our Community" on May 29. Community members, including students from UCSC, marched down Pacific Avenue and to the Town Clock where songs were sung and a prayer vigil was held.
Tue Jun 3 2014 (Updated 06/04/14)Committee for Justice in Palestine Divestment Resolution Passed at UC Santa Cruz
Tue Jun 3 2014 (Updated 06/04/14)UCSC Students Move to Divest from Companies that Profit Off Israeli Occupation
At approximately 2:45am on May 28, the University of California, Santa Cruz Student Union Assembly (SUA) passed a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians with a majority vote of 22-14. While official discussion of the Divestment Bill was scheduled at 11pm, a SUA member motioned at approximately 8:15 to indefinitely table the bill. The motion failed, and the Divestment testimonials were initiated at 11:30pm.
Sun May 4 2014 (Updated 05/07/14)May Day Holiday Brings Calls for Resignation of UC President Janet Napolitano
Sun May 4 2014 (Updated 05/07/14)UCSC Students Stand in Solidarity with Undocumented Workers, Peers at May Day Rally
While reflecting on a long year of labor struggles at UC Santa Cruz, students looking to the future continued to call for the resignation of UC president Janet Napolitano at the 'No 2 Napolitano' May Day rally held at the university. The opposition of Napolitano is central to their fight for justice for workers, especially those who are undocumented. In addition to calling for Napolitano's resignation, students also called for the university to settle a fair contract with UAW Local 2865, the labor union that represents Graduate Student Workers, and for all charges against the UCSC 22 to be dropped.
A new report documents, for the first time, widespread pesticide use near California schools, including in Monterey County. Many of the pesticides profiled are used in large amounts and linked to impacts on children’s health and learning. A coalition, which includes Californians for Pesticide Reform and the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, has called for reforms in addressing pesticide use to protect children in Monterey County.