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Indybay FeatureRelated Categories: East Bay | Education & Student Activism
March Fo(u)rth: Report and Pictures from the East Bay
Protests in the East Bay saw broad participation from university students, faculty, workers and staff, public school teachers, middle school and high school students, and delegations from Japan, Brazil, and Germany. Protesters denounced the privatization of public education, budget cuts, teacher layoffs, and cut programs. A march from Berkeley to downtown Oakland was followed by a smaller snake march through rush hour traffic that ended with the occupation of the 880 freeway.
The March 4 Day of Action started early on the UC Berkeley campus, with picket lines going up at 7 a.m. Strikers blockaded Sather Gate and the campus was noticeably empty as many professors and graduate students canceled classes in observance of the day of action. Protesters denounced what they called a crisis of priorities that has deprived public education at every level.
At noon, the Berkeley strikers held a rally at the intersection of Bancroft and Telegraph. Then, around 2,000 people marched 4.5 miles down Telegraph Ave. to downtown Oakland. Participation in the protest was broad, with public school teachers and middle school and high school students joining the march as it made its way to Frank Ogawa Plaza.
The rally in Oakland was followed by a dance party and snake march, ending with the arrest of 150 people after protesters take the 880 freeway in West Oakland. A local high school student fell 20-30 feet sustaining serious injuries as police moved in on protesters on the elevated freeway.
Members of the UC Movement for Efficient Privatization lay out the red carpet for scabs.
A delegation of students and union members from Japan join the march.
Members of the Pilipino-American Alliance perform at the Berkeley rally.
2,000 protesters march 4.5 miles from Berkeley to downtown Oakland.
The march was joined by middle school and high school students.
UC Berkeley student Marika Goodrich speaks at the Oakland rally.
A crowd of around 200 marched through downtown Oakland after the rally.
A group takes the 880 freeway, resulting in around 150 arrests.