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Kerr Hall on November 21st
There is a big risk that Kerr hall will be busted by the cops tonight. If at all possible, head down there and join in the fray!
I will keep updating this all night as I hear from occupiers what is going on.
UC rejected all demands. Cop raid imminent. Get to UC Kerr Hall ASAP.
-- SC Autonomous Action Alerts.
UPDATE: ~8pm - There is a potluck going on at Kerr Hall
UPDATE 8:23 UCSC Vice Chancellor Felicia McGinty announced that it is almost certain that Cops will come TONIGHT if negotiations fail. In other words, You should be there tonight, as well
UPDATE 8:47 Join the joint chant (inside and out) at Kerr Hall. “When I say ‘People’ you say ‘Power.’ ‘People,’ ‘POWER.’”
11/21 ~7:45: Kerr Hall: currently voting on whether to barricade or sit in. Approximately 69 occupiers at this time.
UPDATE 9:13 If you aren’t on campus you might have troubles getting in. A friend just texted me saying, “Campus is closed. A cop is calling his boss to see if I can be let in.” This is testament to the militarization of the University. Now we need the cops permission to enter a campus that we pay for! It ended with the cop saying, “Leave campus or you will be arrested.” Friend was already arrested on Thursday at UC Davis, so she turned around. [*note, UCSC becomes a "closed campus" at 8pm]
9:30pm: Currently 100 people inside Kerr Hall as negotiations threaten to fail
9:29pm Cops haven’t come yet, but administrators are headed over to Kerr Hall en masse.
UPDATE 9:43 “Just a spoonful of sugar…makes the police state go down…” Know any good show tunes? Head over to Kerr Hall and sing with the occupiers!
UPDATE 9:51 The barricades are up! But the student’s work is never done. Currently the 80 occupiers and a number of journalists are cleaning up in Kerr Hall, making sure that OUR University looks good!
10:00pm: 40+ STUDENTS ARE INSIDE AND BARRICADED
60 STUDENTS ARE SITTING, LINKING ARMS RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DOOR
UPDATE 10:05 The Administration has flat out rejected the demands of the Occupiers, and instead promised that the cops will be at Kerr Hall by midnight. You should be there by 10:30! I was mistaken about campus being closed. If you have any problems…be sneaky. Oh, and if you know any Queen songs they will help you, as that is what the occupiers are currently singing.
UPDATE 10:28 The occupiers are on the second floor of Kerr Hall (which is the main floor). The cops won’t really be able to get in through the windows without repelling from the roof or from Helicopters (though if they brought helicopters to DAVIS they almost certainly will be at UCSC). Inside the mood is a little tense, but people are calming down by singing and playing music. Currently a few people are still doing security type activities. There are approximately 80 occupiers, several hundred protestors outside and 0 [uniformed] cops at this time.
A student union assembly person remarked that s/he is “pretty sure it will end tonight.”
UPDATE 11:22 Occupiers singing “Solidarity Forever,” reading, and generally chilling out.
UPDATE 12:02 Bring warm clothes! Still no cops at Kerr Hall, but several hundred supporters have rallied outside.
UPDATE 1:52 Occupation still going strong. Wait, I thought the Administration promised the cops would be there by midnight…it seems they can’t hold to any of their promises.
UPDATE: Police are moving from base of campus toward kerr hall occupation. Support need immediately.
UPDATE 6:50am: Cops w full riot gear @ Kerr Hall. 150 students & faculty outsd. Yr help needed now!
UPDATE 6:51: Coming around back with teargas, dog, batons
UPDATE 7:18am: Area coming from sci hill to Kerr blocked. Use paths from McHenry Library or theater arts
UPDATE 7:20am: Outside protesters forced off patio by riot cops
UPDATE 7:29am: Male faculty member taken away by emergency personnel in stretcher.
Marc Anderson an Anthropology Professor fell off a 12 foot staircase as police were forcing students and faculty off of the Kerr patio. He was carried away by emergency personnel on a stretcher with his neck and head secured.
UCSC Staff page: http://anthro.ucsc.edu/directory/details.php?id=19
"The research and writing of Mark Anderson investigates the intersection between identity politics within nation-states and transnational processes of cultural exchange and racial identification. He has focused on constructions of racial and cultural identity among Garifuna in Honduras, examining how processes of diasporic identifications as “Black” under the signs of modernity and tradition relate to forms of ethnic organization and mobilization under the auspices of indigenous rights. His book on this work is titled Black and Indigenous: Garifuna Activism and Consumer Cultures in Honduras and is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in November, 2009. Mark is developing a future project on the tourist industry in Honduras and has begun to publish on the politics of race in the history of 20th century U.S. anthropology."
UPDATE 7:55am: fire are cutting front & back doors. cops pushing crowd out of view.
UPDATE 8:10am: All inside exit out back door. No charges, no arrests. Chanting "We'll be back!"
UPDATE 8:28am: Rally at kresge town hall right now.
UPDATE 8:16 Riot cops penetrated the barricades and have removed the two largest. All occupiers (about 50) are told that the cops are authorized to let them go free. They freely march as a group to Kresge Town Hall, because UCSC is still occupied! Further interruptions of “business as usual” are being planned.
UPDATE 11:00am: Mark Anderson is fine. Both spaces are vacant; Kresge Town Hall is now a free organizing space