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Long Live Tent U! A18: The Day of Mass Direct Democracy!

This Monday will be A18: The Day of Mass Direct Democracy at Tent University Santa Cruz. Take part, and be prepared to make history.
LONG LIVE TENT UNIVERSITY
A18: THE DAY OF MASS DIRECT DEMOCRACY

***Rally at Bay Tree Plaza at 11 a.m.! March to the base of campus at 12! Tent University commences at 1 p.m.!***

Dear UCSC students,

This Monday will be A18: The Day of Mass Direct Democracy at Tent University Santa Cruz. Take part, and be prepared to make history.

In recent weeks, UCSC administrators have wielded various tactics to attempt to thwart the creation of TU: negotiating ploys, public relations spinning, threats of repression, and personal intimidation of organizers.

In two different negotiating sessions this past week, TU organizers were threatened with possible expulsion for their role in promoting the event. An official University press release, posted to the front page of the campus Web site on Wednesday, threatened that "if plans for erecting a 'tent university' proceed, the university will enforce all relevant university policies and will apply maximum sanctions against violators. ... Serious consequences await violators of UCSC's no-camping policies."

During the course of this intensely public struggle between UCSC administrators and TU organizers, TU has become, above all, a symbol of liberating our education from a system that demands obedience and docility. The vision of Tent University Santa Cruz is one where we all enjoy equal power, not over each other, but over our own educational experience and lives. When we gather in the fields at the base of campus on Monday, the contrast will be apparent: We, the students, will gather in solidarity -- joined by hundreds of faculty, staff, and residents of the greater community of Santa Cruz -- while the administration threaten to try to repress and punish us for our liberation.

In reality, the administration's threats come not from a position of power, but from one of desperation. Through such recent actions as the military counter-recruitment protest on April 5th and the student-worker strike that shut down the campus on April 14th, UCSC students have received a taste of what it's like to assert our collective power. Tent U will be the latest and greatest manifestation of this power, an actual attempt to create our own university for a week. Essentially, TU represents a dramatic power shift within our educational community, so much so that the administrators must act as they can to prevent it.

Although these administrators have attempted to confine the debate about Tent U to "safety" concerns and the right to camp on campus,* these issues are, in fact, peripheral to the injustices perpetuated by the UC system on a daily basis. While the administration would have us believe that UCSC is a democratic site of "civil debate, open dialogue, and alternative educational experiences," students are allowed no meaningful input into the decision-making processes that breed these injustices, which Tent U is designed largely to address.

UC student fees have increased by 67 percent in the last four years. The UC system is now greatly more racially segregated than the University of Mississippi. UCSC workers are continually denied a living wage. The UC is a prominent site of military research, which feeds a war industry that has siphoned billions of dollars from potential education funding.

A vast majority of students are opposed to these spending and academic priorities. Yet, are we allowed to take part in any kind of "civil debate" or "open dialogue" that actually affects these decisions? The 26 members of the UC Board of Regents simultaneously sit on the boards of directors of 83 different business corporations. Yet, are students allowed any input into the structure and composition of this board, the members of which manage our educational system -- and, by extension, a significant part of our lives?

This Monday, Tent University's Day of Mass Direct Democracy will commence with an energizing rally at Bay Tree Plaza at 11 a.m. At 12, we will march to the base of campus. At roughly 1 p.m., we will initiate perhaps the largest mass direct democracy session in the history of our campus. Using a "spokescouncil" decision-making format, those present will deliberate and collectively decide on the key issues facing Tent University Santa Cruz. Everyone -- students, faculty, staff, UCSC administrators, and anyone else -- is invited to participate.

For one of the few times in our educational careers, we will all take part in meaningful decisions that affect us all. By day, we will collectively deliberate on key issues as never before. By night, we will camp by the hundreds and build a spirit of community, non-violence, and solidarity that will transform both our selves and our university from the inside-out.

The time to resist, create, and unite is now. We'll see you Monday.

Long live Tent University Santa Cruz,

The Tent University Santa Cruz organizers
ucsc.tentstate.com

* Tent U's organizers have been very circumspect in attending to concerns regarding food, sanitation, clean-up, and "security." For a full report on our logistical preparations, e-mail tentuniversitysantacruz (at) yahoo.com.

** Camp with us! Visit ucsc.tentstate.com for information on camping at Tent University.

*** By mid-day Sunday, the schedule for Tent U will be posted in full at ucsc.tentstate.com.
 
 


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Re: Long Live Tent U! A18: The Day of Mass Direct Democracy!

"UC student fees have increased by 67 percent in the last four years."

That's because costs have gone up because taxes have gone down because income has gone down because of the dot.com bubble burst. You miss the yuppies now, eh?

"The UC system is now greatly more racially segregated than the University of Mississippi."

Proof?

"UCSC workers are continually denied a living wage."

UCSC workers continually choose to remain in an area with the highest cost of living anywhere, and choose to keep these jobs instead of exercising their freedom to go anywhere else. If UCSC workers went walking on the freeway, would you accuse drivers of risking workers' lives?

"The UC is a prominent site of military research"

Proof?
 

The UC is a prominent site of military research

"The UC is a prominent site of military research"

Proof?

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Here's some proof for you!

The UC is a prominent site of military research
santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/17411/index.php


Be Sure to Read the this too!

The Militarization of America's Universities
santacruz.indymedia.org/usermedia/application/5/ucsc_demil.pdf

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The model example of military university collaborative research is the inception, design, and creation of the atomic bomb. Conceived and developed by University of California, the creation of the most deadly device ever made was a product of research funded by the military and conducted by an elite group of America's university scientists, professors and graduate students.

Since the Los Alamos Laboratory opened its doors in 1943, every single nuclear weapon built for the United States arsenal was designed at a University of California managed weapons laboratory. The history of the development of Los Alamos and the second National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore laid the foundation for the last fifty years of military research and development conducted on America's college campuses.
santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/17411/index.php
 

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