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Tent University Santa Cruz, April 18-22

From April 18-22, hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members will gather at the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus to form a giant tent city, symbolizing the displacement of higher education in our state. The initial reason for our gathering is the unjust budget priorities that manifest at our campus. Our goal is to catalyze a grassroots cultural revolution.
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Contact Info:

camping: campingtusc (at) comcast.net
workshops/internal logistics: tuscevents (at) yahoo.com
professors: tentuniversitysantacruz (at) yahoo.com
the list serve: tusc (at) lists.riseup.net


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ABOUT TENT UNIVERSITY

WHAT: Tent University Santa Cruz
WHEN: April 18-22
WHERE: UC Santa Cruz, base of campus

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members will gather at the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus to form a giant tent city, symbolizing the displacement of higher education in our state. The initial reason for our gathering is the unjust budget priorities that manifest at our campus. Our goal is to catalyze a grassroots cultural revolution.

In part, Tent University will serve as an alternative university, one based on principles of solidarity, community, and creativity. Representatives of various community organizations and movements will hold teach-ins and workshops; UCSC faculty will lead their classes there, rather than in their classrooms, and students will teach their own classes on a wide variety of subjects.

Tent University will also be the biggest cultural festival of the year at our campus. The most popular bands in town and numerous student and community creative clubs will perform.

Most important, Tent University will mark the largest political gathering in the recent history of UCSC. The University's 500 or so clerical and service workers will hold a strike the same week, and hundreds of students will join them in solidarity. Tent University will be an encampment for the workers during their strike. A student walk-out will take place that week as well, and it will utilize Tent University as its central gathering place. UCSC's many other vibrant social change movements will likewise take part in the Tent U convergence. The final two days of the event, everyone in attendance will apply the principles of direct democracy in collectively creating a political platform around which the entire Santa Cruz community will seek to unite.

The week of April 18th, we will converge at the base of UCSC to claim the university and the Santa Cruz community as our own. Join us.


***TENT UNIVERSITY SCHEDULE***

We are in the process of organizing the Tent University schedule. On April 18 and 19, we will establish a climate of intellectual exchange and engagement: The vast majority of Tent U workshops and classes will take place on those days.

April 20 will be a day of direct action in solidarity with the workers' strike and the student walk-out.

April 21 and 22 will be devoted to the TUSCpolitical platform, and there will be a much greater quantity of entertainment-orientedactivities during those days as well.


***CAMPING AT TENT UNIVERSITY, SANTA CRUZ***

There is plenty of room for anyone who wants to camp at TUSC. We are maintaining a database of campers, so if you are interested, Email camptusc (at) comcast.net, and please send an e-mail with the following information: your name, e-mail address, phone number, the dates you will be staying, and whether you will bring your own tent. We will adjust our organizing efforts accordingly based on how many people sign up in advance through the database.


***FOOD, LOGISTICS, AND NECESSITIES***

We are in the process of securing a vast quantity of food donations to TUSC from local businesses and farms. However, it's unlikely that we will be able to provide food for everyone for the entire event, so we encourage you to bring your own food as well.

We also encourage you to bring your own tents, sleeping bags, tarps, cooking equipment, musical instruments, and forms of creative expression.


***TENT UNIVERSITY WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES***

Email all class/workshop proposals to tuscevents (at) yahoo.com. In an effort to make TUSC the most open and democratic a space, we will "officially" accomodate as many classes and workshops as space and time will allow. We must receive all proposals by April 11, one week before TUSC, to guarantee tent space, space in the TUSC program, and a slot on the TUSC master schedule.

Other classes and workshops are sure to happen in an impromptu, organic fashion at the TUSC site.


***BANDS, SPEAKERS, AND PERFORMANCES***

Please send any suggestions or tips on bands, speakers, and performers to tuscevents (at) yahoo.com.


***THE EVOLUTION OF TENT UNIVERSITY, SANTA CRUZ***

For each of the past three years, students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ have addressed budget cuts to higher education by establishing a makeshift tent city on the busiest area of their campus. The event has become a phenomenon on the campus; because of the high visibility and immense popularity of the event, Students who might not otherwise become active on campus choose to live at the "city". Even local politicians and campus administrators have participated.

During the event, Rutgers students place thousands of calls to legislators to voice opposition to the dismantling of higher education and impending tuition increases. The event provides a sense of activism-based community that persists year-round and makes it popular and attractive to seek social change. The array of high-energy activity allows for sustained, mass consciousness-raising that if often lacking at rallies and other traditional forms of protest.


***TUSC LISTSERVE***

To join the TUSC listserve and stay updated on the latest, please Email future (at) riseup.net.


***OTHER INFORMATION***

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please Email future (at) riseup.net.

We will soon be establishing a Web space at the Rutgers Univeristy Tent State Web site, www.tentstateuniversity.com
 
 


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Restore cuts made to education!

As an underpaid teacher, I vigorously endorse the aims and goals of TUSC. Let's come together as a community and make it clear, we want our public funds spent on public needs, like housing, medical care, and education.

Enough of lopsided budgets which favor military, prison, and police industries.

As the GI bill in 1946 proved, the money spent paying for four years of college education for our returning soldiers from World War II remains to this date as some of the most wisely spent public funds in the history of the United States. Indeed, the income and wealth produced by those educated GI's came back in tax revenue 100-fold.
 

Take Action:From the Ongoing Sit-In at Washington University in St. Louis

The following is from a student participating in the ongoing sit-in/occupation in the main administrative building of Washington University in St. Louis. The sit-in is in support of campus workers who do not currently receive a living wage. Currently the sit-in has been going on for over 24 hours(as of noon april 5). Below this message is a list of ways you can take action.

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Hello from Brookings Hall.

My name is Meredith, and I am one of about 20 Washington University students occupying the admissions office in Brookings. We're determined to continue our sit-in until the chancellor, Mark Wrighton, agrees to negotiate a living wage for all campus employees. Right now anyone directly hired my the school earns a living wage, but subcontracted custodians, groundskeepers, and food service employees start off at $7.50 an hour. This is is a far cry from the $9.79 per hour with full benefits that the St. Louis Board of Aldermen decided was enough to survive. Washington University is not a poor school; we could easily pay our workers adequately if only we considered them more important than plasma screen TVs in the library and other amenities. We need to show Chancellor Wrighton what our priorities are, and we need community support to do so. We hold rallies on the quad outside our window every day at noon and 5 and have started a tent city there as well. Please come visit whenever you can to show solidarity. It keeps our morale up as we sleep on the floor, go without showers, and chant ourselves hoarse, and it proves to the administration that they cannot simply wait for us to go away. If you are outside of St. Louis but would still like to show solidarity there are other ways of supporting us. There is a list at the end of this email of things you can do. If you know a Washington University Alum, please forward this email to them.

Thank you,
Meredith Davis
Student Worker Alliance
Washington University in St. Louis

Direct Contact with SWA:
Ojiugo Uzoma
ouzoma (at) wustl.edu
314-680-8016

What You Can Do:

1. Contact Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and tell him you are in support of a living wage
email: wrighton (at) wustl.edu
phone: +1 314 935-5100
fax: +1 314 935-4744

-And if you are in St. Louis we are having rallies at noon and 5pm at the university.

2. Forward This Email and Tell Your Friends

3. Sign the online petition in support of a living wage for Washington University Workers.
You can sign on behalf of yourself or an organization.

If you are an alum, please sign the petition here:
www.petitiononline.com/WUwages/petition.html

On Our Website, follow the Endorsements link on The Left:
www.artsci.wustl.edu/~tjzander/

There is a direct link to the petition form here:
www.artsci.wustl.edu/~tjzander/solidarity.html
 

Re: Tent University Santa Cruz, April 18-22

What base of the campus will this take place? The main entrance or the West entrance?
 

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