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[EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the introductory section of an eight-part series sponsored by the Berkeley Daily Planet in cooperation with several other publications, organized by the spot.us non-profit organization. The whole series can be found here on the spot.us site. ]
This week, the Occupy movement drew thousands of California college students to protests on at least 10 campuses, including UC Irvine, UCLA , and UC Berkeley, where police forcibly removed students and arrested 39 people. We get a report from John Hamilton, who reports for KPFA .
In the four months since the launch of #OCCUPY, the movement has infected the body politic with uncanny viral speed. Encampments have sprouted in every state, hundreds of cities and dozens of countries.
Days of Action for Public education 9/10nov2011
By Celeste Langan
Tuesday, as police were shutting down the New York City headquarters of the protesters who sparked the now-global “Occupy” movement, on the other side of the country, thousands of students at the University of California at Berkeley came out with a vengeance after some were beaten during a confrontation with campus police last week, in which 39 were arrested as officers tried to block a campsite from forming.
By Public Affairs , UC Berkeley | November 14, 2011
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, just back from an weeklong trip abroad, has reviewed the video of last week’s police brutality on campus and declared them “very disturbing” and “unworthy of us as a university community.”
This week’s meeting of the Regents of the University of California, scheduled to begin in less than 48 hours, has been cancelled due to concerns about student protest. In a joint statement this morning, the board’s chair and vice chair and the president of the UC system declared that they had “credible intelligence” that “rogue elements intent on violence and confrontation with UC public safety officers were planning to attach themselves to peaceful demonstrations expected to occur at the meeting.”
nov15 General Strike
A debate over the use of police force has reignited at the UC Berkeley campus after videos surfaced showing officers repeatedly shoving and jabbing screaming students who tried to keep officers from dismantling a nascent Occupy encampment.
By Public Affairs , UC Berkeley | November 17, 2011
Late last week we reported that UCPD showed up to a recent graduate’s home the morning after the Regents’ meeting.
Update from a comrade who was posting these fliers today : “Cops are taking the flyers away from folks even if they are posted in ‘designated areas.’ They have written a couple folks up for ‘association.’ They said they are worried for Kemper’s (the cop in the flyer) life.
Occupy the Farm
SACRAMENTO — Around 40 UC Berkeley students traveled to Sacramento Monday to join a group of 2,000 protesters demonstrating in the March for Higher Education, a lobbying effort to increase state funding for universities and community colleges.
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