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Update: Solstice Celebration at the Tree Sit

by Moonshiner
The gathering planned on Science Hill in observation of the Winter Solstice will be taking place from three o clock today, on until dark. We plan to observe this change of the seasons with music, a potluck, poi spinning (instruction & practice) and other festivities near the trees occupied by individuals dedicated to protecting the forest of upper campus.
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Those attending should be aware that there has been an increased police presence at the site over winter break, particularly since the ground support camp went into hibernation for the winter. In the past couple of days, there have been detainments and arrests of individuals allegedly providing aid to the sitters or climbing up into the trees. The "campus closure" also begins today.

We are not sure what to expect or what form our celebration will take, but we intend for it to be peaceful and music-filled.

Be the change, be prepared, stay wild and free!
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by (a)
The more folks that show up the better! Campus cops are generally more scared of groups of people than individuals. Those going to the event should bring friends with them if possible. Don't let the pigs (no offense to the animal) keep you from enjoying the longest night of the year! Happy solstice!
by received today as an email
"I heard news yesterday that a UC Faculty member was arrested and cited at the tree-sit when bringing some food for the sitters."

Can anyone confirm this? Can anyone fill in the story here?
by Vigilant
The cops are legally required to keep a public record of any arrests made.
Anyone can request that information, though they may need to request that in person.
The Northern California ACLU has a Police Practices Specialist lawyer- Mark Schlossberg is a good resource. On the local front- Don Zimmerman, Bob Tarren and Ben Rice are local lawyers who are active advocates of justice and potential allies.
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