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UC Workers and Students Block California Highway 1 in Santa Cruz to Protest Poverty Wages
by ~Bradley (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 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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** PLEASE SEE THE FIRST SET OF PHOTOS AND LINKS TO BACKGROUND INFORMATION AT:

Workers and Students Demand a Fair Contract at George Blumenthal's UCSC Inaguration
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/06/07/18505046.php
§Circle on California Highway One
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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Some Santa Cruz locals were very supportive of the demonstration. One women, an SEIU member who worked at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, joined the demonstration on Bay Street in strong support. She said that closing Highway One was very significant!
§End Poverty Wages at the University of California
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§J. Guevara
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§Ernie Encinas
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§U-Turn
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§Angry Drivers
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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The confrontational man in the white shirt identified himself as a law enforcement officer. He eventually turned his truck around and took an alternate route like all the other drivers.
§Lilia and Yolanda
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§Taking Back Our University!
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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We Make UC Happen
§Fair Contract Now!!!
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§Police Handycam on Bay St. from an Unmarked Vehicle
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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SCPD Cast and Crew:
D. Forbus on Handycam
and G. Crofts at the wheel
§Firetruck Passing
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
firetruck-passing_6-6-08.jpg
§Construction Worker
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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Born and raised in Santa Cruz, and a former student at Bay View Elementary, this local said it has become very difficult to get work in construction. He also complained that people should protest and shut down traffic in the city where they came from. Many people who grew up in Santa Cruz despise students at UCSC who generally live in Santa Cruz for less than five years.
§Zach Friend
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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Zach Friend, the Public Information Officer for the SCPD said that it cost police $15,000, there were a couple dozen police officers on overtime, however he was not getting overtime. Police were redirecting vehicle traffic which was backed up a 1/2 mile in all four directions. The police were not going to arrest people until it became a safety hazard which he said would probably be when it got dark.
§Meeting in the Street
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§KSBW
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§Rally
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§Paul Ortiz
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§Maria Padilla
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§Solymar
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:15 PM
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§Celebration
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:17 PM
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After about two and a half hours, those engaged in civil disobedience decided to leave the streets and call the day a success.
§Pride
by ~Bradley Saturday Jun 7th, 2008 8:17 PM
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** PLEASE SEE THE FIRST SET OF PHOTOS AND LINKS TO BACKGROUND INFORMATION AT:

Workers and Students Demand a Fair Contract at George Blumenthal's UCSC Inaguration
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/06/07/18505046.php
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localscpMonday Jun 9th, 2008 1:56 PM
maybemaybe notMonday Jun 9th, 2008 1:36 PM
I trust AFSCME will blockade the Graduations?Shut them down?Monday Jun 9th, 2008 1:31 PM
yes, a failure...Afscme organizerMonday Jun 9th, 2008 1:04 PM
Local opinionJDMonday Jun 9th, 2008 11:15 AM
BravoRobert NorseMonday Jun 9th, 2008 9:43 AM
a few repliesbradleySunday Jun 8th, 2008 11:59 PM
Which Locals?barrio residentSunday Jun 8th, 2008 9:30 PM
Great Photos!Mike RhodesSunday Jun 8th, 2008 4:54 PM
also...another localSunday Jun 8th, 2008 2:05 PM
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