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Hundreds Rally at UCSC in Solidarity with Alette Kendrick
The UC Activist Defense Committee, along with a large network of supporters, rallied at Kerr Hall on May 24th to defend Alette Kendrick, protect free speech and fight the institutionalized racism that is the University of California. The speak out featured the impassioned voices of History Professor Dana Frank, History of Consciousness graduate student Greg Caldwell and Angela Davis, the most famous professor at UC Santa Cruz.
A highlight of the rally was getting "King George" Blumenthal, the "Acting Chancellor at UCSC" to descend from his castle and state over the bullhorn that, "fair or unfair," UCSC has a judicial system. Students called Blumenthal out about one hypocrisy after the next, such as his statements that he can not comment on Alette's case. On October 20th, 2006, he and David S. Kliger, the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, sent an email to the entire campus community which condemned students using unsubstantiated claims and supported the actions of the police on October 18th, 2006.
The May 24th, 2007 rally to defend Alette was an impressive demonstration supported by students of color, UCSC's Queer Network, anti-war and labor solidarity activists, AFSCME workers, graduate students, alumni and social justice activists from UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara. The UC Activist Defense Committee plans to kick Alette's defense campaign into high gear with ongoing actions to defend Alette, fire Blumenthal and fight for social justice within the University of California.
The following organizations have endorsed the letter and demands of the UC Activist Defense Committee
The UC Activist Defense Committee and other students are stenciling t-shirts and circulating petitions and letters of support for Alette.
Kerr Plaza was filled with demonstrators. People lined the pathway to Kerr Hall while listening to the rally.
Professor Angela Y. Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years, she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and organizer; she is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era. (www.speakoutnow.org)
History of Consciousness graduate student Greg Caldwell
"King George" Blumenthal is flanked by UC police, Executive Vice Chancellor David S. Kliger and Assitant Chancellor Ashish Sahni as he exits his castle.
Representatives for organizations supporting Alette delivered stacks of petitions to Acting Chancellor George Blumenthal.
A highlight of the rally was getting "King George" Blumenthal, the "Acting Chancellor at UCSC" to descend from his castle and state over the bullhorn that, "fair or unfair," UCSC has a judicial system.
Blumenthal turned his back on Alette and her supporters and was escorted back into the locked, guarded and monitored building.
Sam Aranke, an organizer with Students Against War
Tessa, one of Alette's biggest supporters!
Julian Posadas, well-respected in the Santa Cruz community as a UCSC food service worker and the vice president of AFSCME 3299, is now living and organizing with workers at UC Santa Barbara.
Katie Davalos, a student activist at UC Davis
Trevor Sangrey, UAW Local 2865
Alette Kendrick, Student and Worker Coalition for Justice