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AFSCME on Strike During New Student Orientations at UCSC
by ~Bradley (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
Incoming UC Santa Cruz students and their families got an official orientation to college on July 17th while campus service workers were striking for the fourth day in a row. Since 2004, the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice (SWCJ) at UC Santa Cruz has been working to spread awareness and solidarity with the hardest-working and lowest-paid employees at the University of California (UC). In the last year alone, the demand to end poverty wages at the UC has been carried far and wide, including meetings of the UC Regents, dorms, dinning halls and classrooms, an alumni fundraiser luncheon, a $1,000 a plate dinner with Chancellor George Bluementhal, the Chancellor's inauguration, Highway 1, as well as to representatives in Sacramento. Service workers are vital to the UC, however AFSCME, the union representing the workers, reports that they are nowhere near reaching a fair settlement with the UC.
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A DJ spins Reggaetón while workers, students and other community members picket in the intersection of Bay and High at the base of UC Santa Cruz.

To view photos and video from earlier in the day, see:
Day 4 of AFSCME HUELGA at ucsc
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/07/17/18517144.php

For more information on the strike by The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299, check out:
8,500 UC Service Workers on Five-Day Strike
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/07/03/18513200.php
§La Palatera
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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After being under the sun for a while, it can be nice to have a paleta.
§Tim Fitzmaurice Holds Class Outside
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Another Class Meets Under the Shade of a Tree
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§West Entrance
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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The West Entrance is one of two entrances to UCSC.
§SWCJ Orientation
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Service Workers on Strike
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Sandinista
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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Agusto Cesar Sandino Segundo lends support as a born-and-raised Santa Cruz local, an alumn of UCSC, Watsonville Brown Beret, Freak Radio DJ, and a peace and justice activist.
§UCSC Orientation
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Maintenance
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Messy Restroom
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§What About the 1st Amendment in the Bill of Rights?
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§UCSC Grounds
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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Adam Snook, Coordinator for the Community Safety Officer and Emergency Preparedness Programs, talks about health and safety at UCSC while standing by an overflowing trash can.
§Recycle Bins Are Full
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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What about reuse and reduce?
The EPA breaks it down like this:
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Produce Less Waste by Practicing the 3 Rs:
* Reduce the amount and toxicity of trash you discard.
* Reuse containers and products; repair what is broken or give it to someone who can repair it.
* Recycle as much as possible, which includes buying products with recycled content.
http://www.epa.gov/msw/reduce.htm

Corporations are to blame. Please check out "The Story of Stuff" at:
http://www.storyofstuff.com
§Taxi
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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Taxis are not seen very often since county buses and UCSC shuttles normally provide service around campus. However, the UC shuttle drivers are on strike and the county bus drivers are respecting the picket line.
§Strike Picket
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Tree Swing
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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Children explore the ground, kick around a soccer ball and swing from an old Oak Tree at the base of campus.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Didnt happen
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 8:54 AM
I think you either have bad information, or your exxagerating. No such event ever happened.


Unless you're referring the dinner that the Chancellor hosted to raise money for UCSC student scholarships? That one allowed people to pay as much as they wanted, and some generous donors did make contributions that would have worked out to $1,000. But that was voluntary, and well above required costs. And that dinner raised tens of thousands of dollars that went directly to student scholarships, so lambasting him for that is pretty weak.

What dinner are you talking about Bradley?
by ~Bradley
(bradley [at] riseup.net) Friday Jul 18th, 2008 11:13 AM
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Reply to comment above by "Didnt happen"
First you say "No such event ever happened." and then you explain "that dinner raised tens of thousands of dollars that went directly to student scholarships."

The cozy gathering, not limited to UC Regents and executives, did allow some $500 a plate 'cheapskates' past the layers of security. Thanks for keeping me in check on that one.
by ~Bradley
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 11:22 AM
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The Student and Worker Coalition for Justice handed out programs to donors as they were arriving at the Cocoanut Grove on June 5th for Chancellor George Bluementhal's Inaugural Dinner.
by ~Bradley
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 11:23 AM
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June 5th at the Cocoanut Grove
by ~Bradley
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 11:24 AM
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June 5th at the Cocoanut Grove
by ~Bradley
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 11:27 AM
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June 5th at the Cocoanut Grove
This kind gentlemen explains to Ernie, a cook at College 9 and 10, that free speech is not permitted at the Boardwalk.
by ~Bradley
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 11:29 AM
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June 5th at the Cocoanut Grove
UCSC History Professor Dana Frank hands a program to John Laird, Assemblymember for the 27th District.
by ~Bradley
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 11:32 AM
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A student gives a program to a guest arriving at the Cocoanut Grove on June 5th for Chancellor George Bluementhal's Inaugural Dinner.
by Free of charge event
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 12:04 PM
None of the guests at the Cocoanut Grove dinner held in recognition of Chancellor Blumenthal's Inauguration paid a dime to attend. It was invitation only, for friends and supporters of the UC system, but there was no admissions charge.

Please reference any credible source you have to confirm your assertion, or consider admitting that you've made a mistake in this case...because you have.

The single two costliest-to-attendee events that UCSC hosts each year are the Scholarship Benefits Dinner, and the Long Marine Labs "Whale of an Auction" dinner. Both use the proceeds to fund student scholarships and programs for students. Check your facts.
by ~Bradley
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 12:26 PM
Hi, thanks for kindly participating in Indymedia! Your corrections and additional information is appreciated. I should have been more careful and called the event a fundraiser. I believe you when you say there was no admissions charge. Can you let us know how the guest list was decided? The UC system has so many friends and supporters that they could not reasonably fit into the Cocoanut Grove.

Tell us what qualifications people met to receive an invitation to this prestigious event. Was my invitation lost in the mail ;-)
by When you tell me
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 12:49 PM
....how a free dinner with no entrance fee charged and no donations collected counts as a fund raiser; and when you edit your incorrect information.
by ~Bradley
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 12:57 PM
If it was "a free dinner with no entrance fee charged and no donations collected" then please explain how "that dinner raised tens of thousands of dollars that went directly to student scholarships"
by -
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 1:19 PM
The fund raising dinners are not the same events as the one at the Grove that you're referencing.

The fund raising dinners do charge an attendance fee, and they raise money. Neither comes close to $1,000 per plate. A search of the UCSC website shows them costing $200 and $75 respectively.

The dinner at the Grove didn't charge any attendance fee, and didn't raise any money.

I'm not trying to rattle your chain here; I'm trying to point out that you either have incorrect information, or you've confused two disparate functions.
by ~Bradley
Friday Jul 18th, 2008 1:40 PM
I see how I got confused by the first comment. Come on, tell us, what was the process for sending someone an invitation to Chancellor George Bluementhal's Inaugural Dinner on June 5th at the Cocoanut Grove?
by dano
(danony [at] gmail.com) Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 9:03 AM
In keeping with the spirit of IMC, you've really got to start reading more closely. Like almost all universities, UCSC holds events like dinners to raise capital for programs and scholarships for students.

Bluementhal's Inaugural Dinner was to celebrate his new appointment as Chancellor. The fact that you didn't receive an invite would most likely be that you've never donated time, money or anything to UCSC to help student or programs.

Have you ever volunteered to help UCSC? Have you ever donated even $50.00 to go to a scholarship or give a gift-in-kind (e.g., buy a book for the Library)? There's a start for your quest to get an invite.

Best of luck!
by Just saying yo
Saturday Jul 19th, 2008 11:43 AM
Bradley might also want to consider not interrupting the alumni luncheon with his compadres next year.

Maybe it's just me, but I'd probably be less inclined to invite him to dinner after he jumped on stage and disturbed my lunch the month before.
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