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News :: Education & Youth : Police State : Resistance & Tactics

Fuck the Corporate Media; Guerilla Screening at Tent U. Santa Cruz

As the University of California Administration engages in a public relations campaign of lies, Santa Cruz Indymedia's open-publishing newswire is being utilized by UCSC students, staff, faculty and members of the community to expose the truth about the events that took place on Monday evening (4/18/05) at Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC) and some of the many reasons for organizing TUSC in the first place.

On April 20, Santa Cruz Indymedia volunteers presented an outdoor midnight guerilla screening of A Call To Media Arms, Ring of Free Trade, To Protect and Serve (6 minutes of abuse at TUSC), Fuck The Corporate Media, and The Miami Model in the Quarry Ampitheater as part of Tent Univeristy Santa Cruz.

[ Guide to Downloading and Watching bit torrents || videos from the resistance || ]


News :: Education & Youth

Students and Workers take Action in Defense of Education

On April 20, the AIDE (Action In Defense of Education) network held its first statewide action against budget cuts to education. Representing the Santa Cruz chapter of the network, roughly 150 students and union members from UCSC took over the streets in a march to the county buildings in downtown Santa Cruz. There they met and rallied with elementary school and high school students, as well as Santa Cruz and Pajaro school district teachers and parents. Cece Pinheiro, vice president of the Santa Cruz County School Board, came to show support for the cause as well.

The march took over the entire right side of Bay Street, turning left onto the right lane of Mission Street, then down Walnut Street past Santa Cruz High School (where high school students joined the march). The marchers then took over the entire width of Pacific Avenue before turning onto Water Street towards their final destination.

Protestors carried picket signs addressing the issues of budget cuts to public education and teacher and worker pay, while yelling chants such as "Students And Workers United For Justice" and "They Say Cut Back, We Say Fight Back".

Simultaneous marches took place statewide, in the Bay Area (roughly 1,000 people), San Diego (roughly 350 people), and Los Angeles (roughly 800-1,000 people).

Photos: Downtown and at the County Building || At the County Building || At Ocean and Water Streets

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: Statewide Student Walkout

See also: Students and Workers March in Solidarity to Santa Cruz Courthouse

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Announcement :: Government & Elections : Health & Drugs : Police State

Rocking Reggae Benefit For Medical Marijuana Provider Roger Mentch!

On Friday, April 22, a reggae extravaganza featuring Rocker-T, Soul Medic and R-evolution was held at the Vet's Hall (846 Front St.) from 8:00 pm to midnight. The evening of music, food and raffle drawings was a fundraiser for the legal defense of Roger Mentch, a medical marijuana provider and caregiver who currently faces up to seven years imprisonment for possessing 1 1/2 oz. of marijuana. (.pdf flyer for 4/22/05 benefit)

On June 6, 2003, the home of Roger Mentch was raided by the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs drug task force. A warrant was issued because the money smelled funny, Monterey Bank stated. At 7:30am guns were drawn on Mr. Mentch as well as his girlfriend and 8 year old daughter.

Previous coverage: Medical Marijuana Provider and In-Home Caregiver on Trial in Santa Cruz


Commentary :: Education & Youth

Tent University -- Toward A Common Platform

Below are the notes from a discussion 50 of us or so had on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 19. The purpose of the discussion was to initiate a conversation about the forging of a common political platform -- a list of demands different constituencies on campus can unite around and win. The last two days of Tent University are focused on platform building. Our discussion, and these notes, are meant as a resource for those who participate in these vital discussions on Thursday and Friday.

The discussion has been organized into three categories:

1) Our Targets
2) Our external demands
3) Our internal resources, and work we need to do

Photos: TUSC Tuesday

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News :: Police State

UCSC's Vice-Chancellor of Communications lies about police brutality at TUSC

UCSC Vice-Chancellor of Communications lies to the media about police brutality at Tent University.

This is a copy of the email that has already been sent to Liz Irwin (

Hi Elizabeth,

My name is Max Glick and I am an undergraduate student at UCSC. I am writing to inform you that your name will be included with press releases and flyers that will be posted throughout campus and the community tomorrow, Wednesday April 20. You were quoted giving the following statement to the KSBW news crew:

"'No, no, there were no batons, there were no Tasers. Someone said there was a Taser (gun) used. No, there was no force of that sort,' UC Santa Cruz spokeswoman Elizabeth Irwin said."

I was personally batoned by a cop in my stomach as were several other students. We have pictures of bruises to prove it. Also, we were not locked down in the tent. We were peaceful bystanders who happened to be standing in the path of riot police. They did not ask us to move, they simply started attacking students with batons. We have documented these attacks with several photos and videos and everything will be online within the next 24 hours.

Video: Monday Night Arrests at TUSC

Photos: Cops Spoil Fun at TUSC || The Tent University Outrage - A Photo Editorial

See also: Phone-jam the UC Regents || UCSC rep explains reasons for crackdown || Send this letter to chancellor Denton

Previous TUSC features: Tent University Santa Cruz, April 18-22: Claiming UCSC As Our Own || An Open Letter to the Campus Community from Lit Grads || TUSC Direct Democracy Forum Votes To Stay Put || Suddenly, the Cops Ran Away and the People Rejoiced!

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News :: Education & Youth

Suddenly, the Cops Ran Away and the People Rejoiced!

Police Brutalize Students for Sitting on Lawn at UCSC

On Monday, April 18th at 9:53 pm, University of California police descended on Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC) and declared an unlawful assembly at the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus. Then at 10:17 pm the police began trying to arrest about 100 people that were locked down and chanting loudly. Police used pain compliance techniques on about 20 people and violently pried people apart from direct democracy circles, though some people did manage to escape from the pain compliance holds and again lock arms with other folks in the circles.

One nonviolent observer was pulled from the crowd by the cops and detained along with the people who decided to hold hands in circles under a tent after 8pm, the designated time to cease free speech at the base of the UCSC campus. There were numerous other instances of police brutality as well. One veteran reporter described the level of pain holds and brutality as the worst he'd seen since a 1973 prison riot.

A couple hours after the police began carrying people away one by one, a deal was struck between some of the TUSC organizers and members of the UCSC administration. The deal was that the UC administration would call off the police and allow TUSC to continue during the day on Tuesday if people began to disperse and no more than five people spent the night at the base of campus. The TUSC organizers accepted the deal causing a surreal scene where suddenly, at 12:17 am, the cops ran away and the people rejoiced. As one commenter wrote, "this was inspirational beyond words."

Photos and Copwatch: Cops Spoil Fun at Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC) || Stages of an Action || Images from Monday Evening at TUSC || Agents of Repression and Big Brother || The Tent University Outrage - A Photo Editorial || Wanted: Information about an Under-Cover Cop || Monday Night at Tent U. || SCPD officer named Mark Eveleth

Audio: FRSC: Callins from TentU Protest Action || FSRN: Tent University Santa Cruz

Video: Arrests at Santa Cruz Tent University

See also: Updates from the Santa Cruz County Jail || - Breaking News From Tent University, Santa Cruz || Mass Arrest of Tent University Santa Cruz || 18 Arrested at Peaceful Student Demonstration at UCSC || critique of reformist elements at Tent U. || Democracy Now! coverage

Regarding TSU Rutgers: Feel-good complacency or direct action? The lessons of Tent State Rutgers || Solidarity from TSU Rutgers in New Jersey || Homophobic Vigilantes Chased from TSU Rutgers

Previous TUSC features: Tent University Santa Cruz, April 18-22: Claiming UCSC As Our Own || An Open Letter to the Campus Community from Lit Grads || TUSC Direct Democracy Forum Votes To Stay Put

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights

TUSC Direct Democracy Forum Votes To Stay Put

Brief update on Tent University Santa Cruz

After fifteen separate groups of 8-15 students, faculty, and community members debated and chose representatives, the Tent University Santa Cruz gathering consensed on proceeding with their original plan of setting up tents and staying overnight at the base of campus at Bay and High streets.

TUSC negotiators noted that university authorities have renewed their threat to send in the police at 8 PM (though sleeping is not illegal until 11 PM) to make arrests if TUSC goes forward with its planned encampment.

Photos: Resist Create Unite

Audio: First Raw Sounds

Update: TUSC Raided By Cops


Commentary :: Education & Youth

An Open Letter to the Campus Community from Lit Grads

In her most recent press release, Chancellor Denton states that Tent University is a security threat. "This is not an issue of free speech," she says. "Rather it is a matter of ensuring students' safety and protecting the orderly conduct of our educational mission." As graduate students of literature we understand this to be the language of bureaucratic euphemism, the same form of official rhetoric that has been used in the past to stymie academic debate.

And though we concur that there is a great need for the spirit of openness which Chancellor Denton calls for, we see her invocation of the highly politicized concept of security as an administrative tactic to justify control of public space and limit the exchange of ideas. If the UCSC community is really to foster "open dialogue," then the administration must dispense with policies and positions that pit the leitmotif of public safety against the practice of free speech. There is no liberty where the outcome is already determined; under such a presumptive and authoritarian logic, security always trumps freedom. Read more... Open Letter to the Campus Community from Lit Grads || Tent University Santa Cruz, April 18-22: Claiming UCSC As Our Own

See Also: Clarifying UCSC (an email from UCSC's Division of Student Affairs)

We write to assure you that the University is committed to free speech. As a community and as an institution of higher education, we support civil debate, open dialogue, and alternative educational experiences.

What the university cannot permit, and what is not at all related to “free speech? is the establishment of a campsite on campus where students and the general public have been invited to bring their own tents and live for a week. We urge you not to confuse these issues. The University and the City of Santa Cruz have very clear policies, regulations and laws regarding camping and we will be obliged to enforce them. Read More


News :: Education & Youth

Tent University Santa Cruz, April 18-22: Claiming UCSC As Our Own

From April 18-22, they will camp by the hundreds. UC Santa Cruz students, staff, and faculty -- not to mention dozens and dozens of community members -- will converge on the fields at the base of the campus for Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC), which promises to be among the largest political gatherings in the recent history of UCSC.

TUSC will essentially be a creative and powerful form of resistance to the ever-growing culture of oppression of which UCSC is a part, as well as an opportunity to define and create the kind of world we wish to live in. In glaring contrast to the University of California, which is driven almost solely by economic imperatives, Tent University will function based on principles of liberty, solidarity, community, and creativity. UCSC faculty will lead their classes there, rather than in their classrooms; representatives of various community organizations and movements will hold teach-ins and workshops; and students will teach their own classes on a wide variety of subjects.

Besides operating as its own semi-autonomous university, Tent University will also be a giant cultural festival, complete with numerous local bands and cultural clubs performing. It will mark a convergence of the campus' many vibrant movements, including the ongoing workers' struggle, a walk-out to defend public education on April 20th, and resistance to the campus' continued taxing of the natural environment (and the infrastructure of the greater city of Santa Cruz) to make way for thousands of more students. The final two days of Tent U will be devoted to a series of elaborate, mass-democracy sessions, where the entire group of Tent U campers will collectively devise a platform of demands to present to the University and the State Legislature.

Audio: FRSC Interview with Will Parrish about TUSC

Preparation: April 17th: Direct Action Training w/ David Solnit

See also: Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC) || A State of Emergency || URGENT!!! support Tent University Santa Cruz, defend freedom of assembly!!! || Long Live Tent University! Rally on Monday! || A18: The Day of Mass Direct Democracy! || Clarification from the Organizers of Tent University

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News :: Globalization & Capitalism

Anti-CAFTA Rally at UCSC on April 15th

Fight CAFTA through active democratic participation this Friday, April 15th, at 12:00pm in front of the Baytree Bookstore at UCSC.

CAFTA, the Cenral American Free Trade Agreement, is like NAFTA but worse. It extends abuses of human rights and the environment, corporate profiteering, and poverty to the Central American nations of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.

CAFTA is slated to be voted on in May, but its supporters are still scrambling for votes and corporate lobbiests are swarming DC. They need 20-25 votes and are looking to Democrats in California for support on this issue.

We aren't against trade, but we are against unfair trade that legislates benefits for only a few rich corporations to profit off poverty.

See also: UCSC Students Oppose CAFTA! | Sam Farr Opposes CAFTA | Stop CAFTA | | Public Citizen | ALCA CMI::FTAA IMC

A commenter reports: The anti-CAFTA rally went well. About 50-100 protesters showed up. Mike Rotkin and Paul Ortiz spoke out about how we in the US need to take responsibility for the behaviour of our government and organize to oppose CAFTA. Mike Rotkin complained about how he can't even make copies of excerpts from his own book to use in class since the company that published it owns the rights. Paul Ortiz noted that the concept of Free Trade is a very sick and twisted concept, as first introduced by the British when they were exploiting the people of India.

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