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Workers and Students Demand a Fair Contract at George Blumenthal's UCSC Inauguration
by ~Bradley (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
On June 6th, George Blumenthal was inaugurated as the 10th Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz during a ceremony on the East Field overlooking the Monterey Bay. To mark the occasion, students and workers, organized through the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice (SWCJ) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) rallied at UCSC, marched to the Chancellor's Inauguration and blocked California Highway One at Mission and Bay during a 10-hour day of action to deliver a loud and clear message -- end poverty wages at the University of California.
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For more background information, please read:

AFSCME Strike Postponed -- What's Next?
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/05/31/18503339.php

Here are some links to photo coverage from previous AFSCME actions from the 2007 - 2008 school year at UCSC:
§Students Support Service Workers
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§Coronation of King George
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§UC Priorities and Our Priorities
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§Equality
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§Students and Workers Unite Fo' Justice
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§Nico Speaking at Chancellor George Blumenthal's Inaguration
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§East Field
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§Hagar Drive
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§Students and Workers
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§We Want a Say In Our University
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§El Futuro
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§Coolidge Drive
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§mark!
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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As a youth, Mark Lopez grew up in a culture of community solidarity and resistance on the Eastside of Los Angeles. Mark’s grandmother, Juana Beatriz Gutierrez, was one of the founders of the Madres del Este de Los Angeles (Mothers of East Los Angeles), a community based non-profit organization that successfully fought against the construction of a prison in Boyle Heights, as well as the construction of an underground oil pipeline, amongst other things. Mark’s mother, Elsa Gutierrez Lopez, worked as the Executive Director of Madres until his senior year in high school. This set a foundation to fuel an activist lifestyle and drive in higher education.
http://intern.ucsc.edu/cuip/success/lopez.html
§Justici@ y Dignid@d P@r@ Todxs
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§Julian Posadas
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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§Tony Madrigal
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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Santa Cruz City Councilmember Tony Madrigal
§Tony's Unused Tickect to the Inaguration
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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Tony Madrigal called UCSC to let them know that he would not be attending the inaguration unless AFSCME was given a fair contract.
§Sandra Lane
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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Sandra Lane is UCSC's new Organizing Director of SUA. While working to get elected, here's what Sandra had to say:

"I am running for the Organizing Director of SUA because I am passionate about organizing campaigns on campus to better the lives of students and workers. Through organizing, I have been an advocate for lowering student fees, worker's rights, and increasing diversity on campus. I feel that through student-led and student-run organizing we can create concrete change and represent the needs of students! My experience includes: Legislative Liaison for the UC Student Association Board, Office Intern for the Organizing Director of SUA, Multi-racial caucus chair for the United States Student Association board, SUA voting member, and College Eight Senate member. These positions have given me the opportunity to engage in campaigns to reach successes such as registering over 1,000 new student voters during the Get Out the Vote campaign, coordinating lobbying efforts in-district, Sacramento, and DC, and contributing to the Wage Parity campaign to raise workers wages."
http://elections.ucsc.edu/candidates.cfm
§Alette Kendrick and George Blumenthal
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:03 PM
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Hundreds Rally at UCSC in Solidarity with Alette Kendrick (May 24, 2007)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/05/25/18421131.php
§Flyers to Commuters
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:04 PM
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§Bass
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:05 PM
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§Nicholas Gutierrez
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:07 PM
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§Maria Padilla
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:09 PM
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§AFSCME worker at UC Berkeley
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 7:10 PM
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§MORE PHOTOS
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:40 PM
** PLEASE SEE THE SECOND SET OF PHOTOS AT:

UC Workers and Students Block California Highway 1 in Santa Cruz to Protest Poverty Wages
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/06/07/18505111.php
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