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COLA Strikers Take Base of UCSC Campus; Arrests Made
Wednesday Feb 12th, 2020 3:51 PM
The main entrance to UC Santa Cruz is shut down right now. Over a dozen COLA strikers were arrested today. (Videos from today. Credit: Kyron Foo)
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As early as September 2019, organizers as part of the GSA, UAW2865, and from across campus have been calling for a Cost of Living Adjustment. The demand has been repeatedly presented to UCSC administration without equivocations. We demand:

A Cost of Living Adjustment for every graduate student, regardless of residence, visa, documentation, employment or funding status, to bring us:

* Out of rent burden
* Without raising tuition or campus fees
* With a guarantee of non-retaliation

At current rates, this amounts to an additional monthly payment of $1,412.

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§Blocking the intersection
by COLA 4 UCSC Wednesday Feb 12th, 2020 4:03 PM
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§Arrests part 2
by COLA 4 UCSC Wednesday Feb 12th, 2020 4:19 PM
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§Earlier arrests
by COLA 4 UCSC Wednesday Feb 12th, 2020 4:55 PM
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Wednesday Feb 12th, 2020 4:44 PM
via Black Rose

After holding the intersection since 11:45 am, the mass of graduate workers and students have unlinked arms and pulled back into a more amorphous crowd.

Police too have pulled back. No more arrests.

The tension has more or less lifted.
by via UCSC Public Affairs
Thursday Feb 13th, 2020 3:30 PM
Statement on Feb. 12 protest, arrests
To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Public Affairs

February 13, 2020

By Public Affairs

Wednesday, on the third consecutive day of unsanctioned strike activity, officers arrested 17 participants who ignored dispersal orders that were repeated over approximately 20 minutes—requests to move out of the city intersection of Bay and High streets and onto the university field to continue their demonstration. Officers repeatedly tried to de-escalate the situation and made clear that blocking this major roadway had to stop or it would lead to arrest. Demonstrators locked arms, sat in the roadway, and refused to move back onto the university field.

During Monday’s unsanctioned strike activity, there were several dangerous incidents between vehicles and picketers when this major intersection was blocked. The safety of everyone in our community is our highest priority. Failing to comply with an order to disperse and obstructing a roadway is extremely dangerous, and it is also against the law. The participants in the unsanctioned strike were arrested for unlawful assembly, failure to disperse, and unlawful obstruction of the free movement of any person on any street, sidewalk, or other public place. While we understand the frustration about housing costs in Santa Cruz, we also have responsibilities to the vast majority of our faculty, staff and students who simply want to do what they came to UC Santa Cruz to do–to study, to teach, and conduct research.

UCSC’s police officers have a critical role in ensuring safety and security to all on campus. They protect everyone’s ability to exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, and assembly. These rights do not extend, however, to disrupting regular and essential operations of the university by occupying offices, blocking roads, or infringing on the rights of others.

It is essential that emergency responders, the Santa Cruz community, and the campus community can freely travel through the city, and on and off the residential campus. Moreover, in addition to the 9,300 students who live on campus, UC Santa Cruz is home to families with young children and elderly residents. We hope today’s protests remain peaceful and lawful.

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