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FROM: The Public Refusal of Privatization: On the “Political Content” of the US Bank Blockade (A Refutation of Brownstein and Amar)

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

“To recognize the political content of the blockade, one has to understand its context: UC Davis has a special contract with US Bank, which generates funding for the university from US Bank revenue, in exchange for special advertising services and privileged branch and ATM placement. US Bank profits from student loans, and therefore from rising tuition. The administration gathers funds from US Bank profits, and therefore has an incentive to increase tuition, rather than opposing state cuts to UC funding. Moreover, a US Bank logo appears on all UCD student cards, and these can be used as debit cards at US Bank. To recognize the political content of the US Bank blockade is to understand it within this context. Demonstrators argued that, at a public university, this sort of contract with a private corporation constitutes a conflict of interest. That is: they argued that it is contrary to the public character of the UC.”

To read the article in its entirety, click on this link: http://reclaimuc.blogspot.com/2012/05/public-refusal-of-privatization-on.html

Solidarité with the Quebéc Revolt

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Right now, in Quebéc, there is a strike that has been happening for over 100 days.

Protestors have been working to fight a potential tuition hike of 75% over the next five years. Demonstrations have been occurring every night. The government has been trying to suppress activism – especially by passing Loi 78, a draconian law preventing protesting within 50 yards of a university and preventing large bodies from being able to gather.

A beautiful video was posted online a couple days ago, detailing why the strike is happening, who is running the strike, and how it has been functioning on the ground. Follow the link to watch it here: https://vimeo.com/42702955

UCSD Construction Project Named After Multinational Finance Corporation

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2012 at 5:21 am

We couldn’t make this shit up.

Recap of May Day 2012

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Global protests occurred on this International Workers Day.

Here’s a Storify from the Nation with some details about protests in the USA:
http://www.thenation.com/blog/167638/live-may-day-storify?rel=emailNation

and another article detailing some of the global actions:

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/workers-express-anger-gloom-1428917.html

Lastly, this is a great LA Times photo collection with photos from Seattle, LA, New York and other places:

http://framework.latimes.com/2012/05/01/may-day/.

Share your May Day stories if you were able to participate in the comments section!

Candlelight Police Station “Attack”

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm

UC Irvine brought it last Thursday, projecting images of police violence onto the exterior of the UCIPD.

On the night of April 19, we  met at the UC Irvine campus police station at 8:00—undergraduate and graduate students, a few faculty, and a light brown dachshund named Chewy. We plugged a projector and laptop into an outlet behind a tree and threw on the exterior wall of the station facing Pereira St. a compilation of footage of the last few years’ campus police violence: the infamous beatings of protesters last November in Berkeley, the pepper-sprayings of students at Davis, Santa Monica City College, and the CSU Regents’ meeting at Cal State Long Beach;  militarized police confrontations with peaceful students at Riverside and Irvine.

http://aprojectoftakebackuci.tumblr.com/

Undergraduate Experience Survey

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2012 at 3:15 am

Hey Everyone!
You should all take the Undergraduate Experience Survey!
You get in a drawing for iPads and stuff!
here’s the link: http://ucues.ucsd.edu/

At the very end, when they ask for any more comments, please copy and paste this information:
DEMAND 1: CLICS BE REOPENED IMMEDIATELY

DEMAND 2: PERMANENT FUNDING FOR THE CRITICAL GENDER STUDIES PROGRAM AND EXPANSION OF SUPPORT FOR CURRENTLY UNDERFUNDED
DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THOUGH BY NO MEANS LIMITED TO, ETHNIC STUDIES, LITERATURE, VISUAL ARTS, AND HISTORY.

DEMAND 3: WE DEMAND OASIS CONTINUOUSLY RECEIVE MANDATED, PERMANENT, BUDGET-CRISIS FREE FUNDING FROM THE UNIVERSITY SINCE OASIS IS A FORCE ON CAMPUS AT THE FOREFRONT OF RETAINING STUDENTS.

DEMAND 4: FULL FUNDING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DEMANDS OF THE BLACK STUDENT UNION SIGNED IN MARCH 2010

DEMAND 5: FUNDING FOR STUDENT RESOURCES

DEMAND 6: WORKERS’ WAGES, BENEFITS, AND PENSIONS

DEMAND 7: ESTABLISH AN ISLAMIC STUDIES MINOR.

also, in the section asking if I had additional comments about how the cost of my education is affecting me, I wrote:

I believe that the privatization of the University is a despicable trend that must be actively fought against at the University administrative level. It is appalling to know that management outnumbers faculty on this campus – that is not what we, the STUDENTS, should be paying for.
It is appalling to know that the Regents and their lackeys, the Chancellors, are willing to put the burden of debt on students when opportunities and earning-power continues to decrease, and student debt continues to balloon (past credit card debt, even).
The students of this campus have tried time and time again this year to entire into dialogue with the administration – even resorting to camping in your Conference Room for two weeks. We have some of the best-articulated demands this campus has seen in the past decade (other than the demands of the BSU from 2010, which still have not been implemented yet).
Instead of listening to us when we take over libraries and demand dialogue, what do you do?
YOU LIE TO THE WORKERS YOU HIRED AND CALLOUSLY FIRE THEM, DECEIVE AND TRICK US, AND REFUSE TO LET US TAKE PART IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS.
Chancellor Fox, you are a pathetic pawn for the interests of the Regents. Don’t you dare point to any of the activism done here and co-opt it into “letting students express their free voice”.
Suresh Subramani, Penny Rue, Gary Ratcliff, Gary Matthews, Barbara Sawrey, and every other administrator that has pretended to listen to the students, or advertised to incoming freshman that you are “here to listen” – know that the students are becoming more and more aware of your insidious ways. You may think that you can continue to put more money in your pockets, and close libraries, and create more Campus Climate committees where all the dirty laundry can be shoved behind closed doors, but the times are changing. The Public Education Coalition is not going anywhere. We will continue to be a hornet’s nest in your house of cards. We will not leave you alone until the University is restored to its original purpose.
Public Education is a RIGHT, not a privilege.
I hope to personally deliver a pink slip to each and every one of you before I leave this university.
Sean Estelle

I encourage people to copy and paste this and write their names. When the same text is repeated, folks might actually pay attention.

Vigil Tomorrow Night for Civilian Afghan Murder Victims

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

16 innocent Afghan civilians were brutally murdered in their own home late at night by a U.S. soldier. The vigil will be held from 7-9pm at UCSD in front at the silent tree (right in front of Geisel library). We understand that folks are busy preparing for finals but we hope you can take 30 mins of your time to join us at the Silent Tree and show respect for the innocent lives lost.

Please also share with your networks and publicize on your and your organization’s Facebook pages.

Event page
Article about the massacre

Link To Official CLICS survey

In Uncategorized on March 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Now that D1 has failed, and the election is over, the official CLICS question has come out.

Please take a moment to respond to the question.

We encourage you to choose the *Other* option, and then write, in as much detail as possible, exactly what you would like to see done with the space known as CLICS.

24 Hour Studying will begin at CLICS this Wednesday; we encourage as many people as possible to come study at reclaimed student space!

Here’s the link to the question:

http://studentvoice.com/p/Project.aspx?q=11aa1331a0ed606c50f08d3f46eb085a6231571fa93dc3e18ff9fe23bb6d428d137f8fde2d22fd15b89ea1d1cb44724859c17525c9ac11a3186153998d2f623faeac69da6f31c847&r=39101245-f1a7-45d5-b9c0-733f726ee42e

SJP at UCSD Denounces ASUCSD

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

SJP at UCSD Denounces ASUCSD Failure to Uphold Principles of Community and Corporate Responsibility for Palestinian Human Rights

9:05pm 2 March 2012
Students for Justice in Palestine, UC San Diego

Associated Students at UCSD failed the “Resolution in Support of UC San Diego Corporate Accountability through Divestment from Corporations Profiting from Violent Conflict” in a 13-20-0. The decision came after over seven hours of public input and deliberation.

The SJP community and its allies were repeatedly demonized by members of the public as well as university staff and faculty. UCSD students were publicly singled out, followed, and harassed outside the AS chambers. In addition, senators who were seen as sympathetic to SJP’s dedication to corporate responsibility and human rights were sent threats and verbally harassed throughout the night. SJP questions the dedication of administration to Principles of Community as no authority present made moves to protect the student body from such intimidation.

Such open hostility is not new for those who advocate for human rights and corporate responsibility on campus. Earlier this quarter, SJP members were harassed at their event by university staff, fliers for the organization have continually been defaced, and students are continually harassed during Muslim Student Association’s Justice in Palestine week. Despite this, students have still presented issues such as divestment, and will continue to do so.

Furthermore, It has come to the attention of SJP at UCSD that the office of the president at AS sent emails advocating for the rejection of the divestment bill. President Alyssa Wing also attempted to contact outside organizations and individuals to submit open letters aimed to frame divestment as divisive. SJP at UCSD condemns her abuse of executive power as a violation of the Principles of Community. Additionally, the rhetoric she employed in accusing students of playing a “game” is deeply offensive. SJP questions whether advocating for the corporate responsibility and the humanity of Palestinians are what the office of the president believes to be a “game.”

SJP at UCSD encourages students to contact AS president Alyssa Wing at aspresident@ucsd.edu or 858.534.4452 to express distaste with the tactics of her office and the decision reached by Associated Students at UC San Diego regarding divestment.

Students for Justice in Palestine is a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and community members centered at the University of California, San Diego and organized in accordance with democratic principles to promote justice, human rights, and the right of self-determination for the Palestinian people.

International Call to Action and Announcement of Virtual Sit-In

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Citizens of the World:

We the people of Public Education Coalition of UC San Diego seek to globally unite, from Chile to Puerto Rico, from Greece to Spain, from Egypt to Iran, from Occupy Wall Street to Occupied Palestine, from UC Riverside to UC Davis to UC Berkeley, with those who share our commitment to the empowerment of workers, students, and the unemployed through the creation of an equitable and compassionate society. Through collective struggle we will reverse the privatization of our universities and reclaim public education as a human right for all people.

Together, university and state officials all over the world have used the tactics of neoliberalization and privatization to systematically dismantle access to public education by underrepresented, underserved and otherwise invisible communities.

March 1st is one day of action in a growing movement, but there are any number of ways to support it.

When you walk out, teach out, march out, or speak out on March 1st you are demonstrating your commitment to the importance of public education in an egalitarian society. You are demanding your role in shared governance of a public institution, and you are defending future generations who will inherit the political, economic, social and educational systems we create for ourselves today.

This is also a call to VIRTUAL ACTION.

As inheritors of the legacies set forth by millions of student protesters across the globe and across generations, we cordially invite the citizens of the world to become actors in a performance of Electronic Civil Disobedience through a virtual sit-in on bankofamerica.com, universityofcalifornia.edu, and jerrybrown.org.

By taking part in this gesture of Electronic Civil Disobedience, you will align yourself in the traditions of non-violent direct action and civil disobedience established by peaceful dissenters throughout world history. Proponents of Electronic Civil Disobedience are borrowing tactics of trespass and blockade from earlier social movements and applying them to the virtual sphere. Electronic Civil Disobedience, as a form of mass de-centralized electronic direct action, utilizes virtual blockades and virtual sit-ins. Unlike the participants in a traditional civil disobedience action, an ECD actor can participate in virtual blockades and sit-ins from home, from work, from the university, or from other points of access to the Net. The virtual sit-in will begin on March 1st at 12:00 AM and end on March 5th at 11:59 PM. To participate, follow reclaimucsd.wordpress.com or send an email to march1stvirtualsitin@gmail.com. Details will be posted to the blog and sent out via email tomorrow evening about how to participate. In the meantime: take the flyer attached below and print it, email it and spread it far and wide in the virtual sphere.

If not us, who?

If not now, when?

See you on the streets and the virtual networks of the world.

Sean Estelle, Sophia Lawson, Stephanie Nowinski, Shelby Cohantz

Public Education Coalition (marchformarch2012@gmail.com, reclaimucsd.wordpress.com)

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