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hella cops defend chancellor birgeneau's house from hunger strikers
by reclaim uc
Monday May 10th, 2010 11:41 PM
after eight days of hunger strike, with the uc berkeley administration showing no willingness to negotiate, protesters escalate, blocking all doors to california hall (admin building) and marching to the chancellor's house to protest at a dinner for donors. did birgeneau really have to call in every single east bay police jurisdiction (UCPD, berkeley PD, oakland PD, and alameda county sheriffs)?
§west door of california hall
by reclaim uc Monday May 10th, 2010 11:41 PM
§blocking water (herc?)
by reclaim uc Monday May 10th, 2010 11:41 PM
by reclaim uc Monday May 10th, 2010 11:41 PM
§sit-in @ birgeneau's
by reclaim uc Monday May 10th, 2010 11:41 PM
by reclaim uc Monday May 10th, 2010 11:41 PM
by reclaim uc Monday May 10th, 2010 11:41 PM
by reclaim uc Monday May 10th, 2010 11:41 PM

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I think they genuinely feared for their lives

seriously, though, really great photos. thanks
by ntuit
Tuesday May 11th, 2010 10:16 AM
If you will notice, the Alameda County Sheriff's department is well represented. This is a bloated, fascist agency that runs the corporate prison industrial complex in Alameda County. They love to come into Oakland and deal with the locals (if you know what I mean).

When you hear people talk about Alameda County being one of the most progressive in the nation, it is scary when you think this is a county which has the OPD, Alameda County Sheriff's Department and no compunction about handing down death sentences.

If we could just cut AC Sheriff's budget by 25%, think of the money we would have for health care, education, parks and social services. But then it wouldn't be a police state.
by Milan Moravec
Sunday May 16th, 2010 3:06 PM
UCB Chancellor Birgeneau Loss of Credibility, Trust
The UCB budget gap has grown to $150 million, and still the Chancellor is spending money that isn't there on expensive outside consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the "innovative thinking, expertise, and new knowledge" the consultants would bring.

Does this mean that the faculty and management of a world-class research and teaching institution lack the knowledge, impartiality, innovation, and professionalism to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years? The consultants will glean their recommendations from interviewing faculty and the UCB management that hired them; yet solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor were doing the job HE was hired to do. Consultant fees would be far better spent on meeting the needs of students.

There can be only one conclusion as to why creative solutions have not been forthcoming from the professionals within UCB: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility and the trust of the faculty as well as of the Academic Senate leadership that represents them. Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants' recommendations - disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy - the underlying problem of lost credibility and trust will remain.