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Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Pat True, a UC Santa Cruz worker and member of the local CUE (clericals) union, has been fasting since the night of Monday, April 18. He will not end his hunger strike until the UCSC administration releases information about who ordered the excessive force and pain compliance methods applied by police on non-violent protestors at Tent University.
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Pat True during the Strike on April 14.
Pat True has not eaten for eight days. He has lost 13 pounds. Everyday, he goes to UCSC Chancellor Denice Denton's office to inquire about the status of his request for information to be released about who ordered the excessive force and pain compliance methods applied by police on non-violent protestors at Tent University. Everyday, he receives the response that the UC administration is "working on it." Pat will not end his hunger strike until he sees written documentation of who was responsible for the order to take what measures were deemed necessary to remove assembled students from Tent U at the base of the UCSC campus.

Outrage over the police brutality on Monday, April 18 has come from all sectors of the community. The UCSC Faculty Senate sent a letter signed by over 200 professors to the Chancellor that stated that they "are distressed at the police violence and the numbers of students injured, some of whom are in our classes." UC Berkeley students have been picketing Sproul Plaza with blowups of Tent U police brutality inflicted by UC Berkeley riot cops brought in by the UCSC administration.

Despite the widespread criticism, Chancellor Denton and the rest of the UC administration refuse to admit any wrongdoing and are doing their best to cover up the incident with lies to the media and censorship. Here is an exerpt from a letter sent today in response to the faculty resolution:

"We regret the arrest and physical removal of students from the Tent University site last Monday evening. As we've indicated before, every possible effort was made in the week prior to offer the organizers an alternative safe location
for their event."


Once again, the Chancellor refuses to apologize or divulge responsible parties because she was forced to order the brutal removal of students because their demands were unreasonable.

Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Communications Liz Irwin and the rest of the UCSC administration have refused to comment or apologize about lying to the media about the use of batons on peaceful bystanders. If anyone has any photos or videos of the baton attacks, please post them to Santa Cruz Indymedia.

What does Pat True want? The truth, and nothing but the truth. He wants full documentation on who ordered the excessive force and he wants to see those responsible held accountable for their actions. Pat will continue to fast until the UCSC adminstration makes its decisions transparent. UCSC students and other concerned members of the community will be doing anything we can to make sure Pat gets what he wants.

Pat True can be contacted at ps_copiers (at) ucsc.edu.
 
 


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Invitation to Pat True

Pat: I just read of your hunger strike on santacruz.indymedia.org . I do a talk show on Free Radio (101.1 FM www.freakradio.org) every Thursday night 6-8 PM and Sunday morning 9:30 AM - 1 PM. If you're interested in being on the show, give me a call at 475-2757. Or you can call in to the show at 427-3772. Thanks, and may your fast bare facts and bear fruit...

P.S. I couldn't get to you via the above e-mail address; ps_copiers (at) ucsc.edu doesn't work.
 

Tent U Police Brutality Update

I was present at an interview with a police chief later that week, I believe he was the UCSC police chief. He said that there was a committee who decided what went down. When asked when the Berkeley police were call in and told to bring riot gear he responded, "Sunday," and was distainful of the term "riot gear."

I also know many students who were subject to excessive force from the police. Some of them were prodded in the stomach by batons. One girl told me that her ovary has been hurting since then. Others were choked. I wrote down the names of police officers who were hurting students and can connect induvidual officers with bruised students.

Who is compiling the documentation of this event?
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

>Who is compiling the
>documentation of this event?

Not sure precisely who is doing it, but would recommend that you contact Will at:

future (at) riseup.net
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Thanks to everybody for your heartfelt support. So far I am feeling well and in good spirits.

As mentioned above, I will be going to Chancellor Denton's office (McHenry Library, UCSC) every day at noon until the senior UCSC officials are given to myself and the public on a letter from the Chancellor's office. I will be makinf the names public nearly immediately via email attachment (scanned document) and copies to those arrested as soon as I can. I invite you to join me at 12:15 pm each day until those name are presented.

It seems out of the question to me that such violence against our students on our own campus go without consequences. Those who would resort to any violence must face consequences immediately to keep our campus and our community compassionately safe and healthy.

Thanks again for all your support.

My email address is: ptrue (at) ipmts.ucsc.edu
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Greetings Friends,

A new twist has occurred. Strike not over. Will return to Chancellor's tomorrow at noon. More shortly.

Peace and Respect! Pat
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Here is the original Open Letter to my friends and directed to Chancellor Denton:

Greetings Cherished Friends!

I am at my wits end. Has all good reason gone out the window??

I am calling on you, Chancellor Denton, to disclose the complete names and contact information of the UC management persons who were responsible for authorizing the act of inhumanity on UCSC students, Monday, 18, 2005.

I was present at Tent U Monday night and I was so appalled at what I saw that I began an extended fast to clear my mind.

I have now decided to continue my fast as a public hunger strike. I will continue this hunger strike until the names of those who were responsible for authorizing this horrible act are made public.


What happened at UCSC Monday night, April 18, 2005??

Peaceful student protesters where cited as ‘trespassing’ for camping overnight at the main entrance of California University, Santa Cruz. At about 9 pm on Monday evening, a squad of 'riot police' announced that they would begin arresting people. But instead of issuing citations, the police began a bizarre, hideous act: the students were PUT UNCONSCIOUS using knockout pressure points in the neck, in the process of arresting them.

Below is a link to a video of this act on several UCSC students. You cannot watch this video without being enraged!!

There is NO justification for this kind of brutality at a peaceful civil disobedience action.

Who authorized bringing this ‘riot squad’??

Who authorized PUTTING STUDENTS UNCONSCIOUS??

The responsible persons must be held accountable. I await this information and will be making it public.

Video:
submediatv.com/movies/To%20Protect%20and%20Serve%20Broad.mov

Addition info in recent Santa Cruz Sentinel articles and at Santa Cruz Indymedia:
www.santacruzsentinel.com/
www.santacruz.indymedia.org/


Truth will prevail!!
Caring and Sharing to Heal the World!! Pat ; )

Patrick (time4respect) True
ptrue (at) ipmts.ucsc.edu
phone: 831-459-5799
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Hunger Strike Day 11 (Morning)

Yesterday, April 28, I arrived at the Chancellor’s office at noon and was met by about twelve friends and concerned witnesses. It turned out to be a powerful assembly. Represented were several people who were at the appalling police action and had solid personal experiences to share. Also present were reporters from the City on the Hill Press and the SC Sentinel (thank you).

After greeting everyone and talking for a few minutes, I went into the Chancellor’s office and asked if the names of the senior authorizing officials of the brutish police action were available. I was met with interesting news, Chancellor Denton had just given an interview to City on a Hill Press and declared she was taking full responsibility for calling the riot police and the use of the forcing the arrested into unconsciousness using "pain compliance" techniques. I thought that this could possibly satisfy my request for the responsible persons, but I wanted to read the interview first to be sure. My hunger strike might be completed.

I came back out and gave everyone the news and stated that I might soon be ending my hunger strike. However, moments later the UCSC Public Affairs Officer came out and joined us and began to proclaim the UCSC’s point of view and account of the police action and set out to dominate the discussion. As we all know, the UCSC account of the police action is that UCSC was "forced" to act as they did because the Tent U students were "threateningly growing in number, smoking pot and drinking and disturbing the neighbors across the street from the UCSC from entrance."

Well, this was news to the group that came with me! As nearly every member in our group was there on the April 18 night, each person took their turn CORRECTING the falsifying and misleading statements coming from the UCSC Public Affairs Officer!

UCSC: "There were no batons/billie clubs". Student struck by baton and witness of others also hit and pushed with batons: "That is an out-and-out lie! The police had batons and the police USED THEM."

UCSC: "The students were smoking pot." Witnesses: "Another lie!"

UCSC: "There was drinking and alcohol containers found near the Child Care Center next to Tent U." Myself: "There was no drinking or smoking. I was looking around all evening to prevent that! Furthermore, you (UCSC Public Affairs Officer) know very well that the alcoholic containers were (and can always be) found in the woods on the far back-side of the Child Care Center, no where near the Tent U gathering. And you (UCSC Public Affairs Officer) know very well that they were unrelated to Tent U. and this is a perfect example of UCSC Public Affairs FALSIFYING public statements to mislead the public at large in your (UCSC’s upper administration) vain attempt to discredit the Tent U community."

And it went on thus, point by point, challenging falsification by falsification with the truth! As the City on the Hill Press and the SC Sentinel reporters were present there should be a couple of press accounts coming soon with more details of this gathering.

It became clear to me that, through UCSC’s Public Affairs Officer, there was no interest in UCSC’s upper administration for having the TRUTH of the brutal police action and the use of the forcing the arrested into unconsciousness using "pain compliance" techniques AND the use of batons to be known in the Santa Cruz community.

UCSC is hiding from the Santa Cruz community at large and hoping to get away with it! The UCSC upper administration does not want the truth to be public.

But what UCSC’s upper administration does want - is for the students to know that they had BETTER BE AFRAID of UCSC upper management from now on!

I want the TRUTH made public! The hunger strike continues.

I am in humble gratitude of those who came with me yesterday and for all the heartfelt SUPPORT FOR TRUTH and COMPASSION in the UCSC campus community and in the Santa Cruz community. I will keep you posted.

In truth we grow. In compassion we blossom. Patrick (time4respect) True
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

UCSC Police Action (April 18, 2005) Unanswered Questions:

1. Who ordered the use of the specific technique of the forcing the arrested into unconsciousness using "pain compliance"?

2. Who were present at Chancellor Denton’s final committee meeting which chose the use of Police Action as a response to resolving the differences between UCSC upper administration and the Tent U community?

3. Who authorized the police to STOP arresting people?

4. On what grounds was the decision made to stop arresting people?

5. Why did the UCSC Public Affairs Officer falsify information given to the television and other news media with respect to "there were no batons present or used during the police action"?

6. Why did the UCSC Public Affairs Officer falsify information given to the television and other news media with respect to "the use of drugs and alcohol at the Tent U gathering"?

If anyone has the "official UCSC" answers to any of these questions, please contact me. Thanks Everyone!!
 

thank you pat true now where are the students???

I'd love to see some of the student governments and activists organize one or two day hunger strikes in support of Pat True's actions...maybe that along with teach ins at the dining halls as to what Pat True is protesting and why it's important for students to support the truth being released whether they support Tent U or not.
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Greetings Cherished Friends!

A note for Day 12. First, tune in to Free Radio tomorrow (9:30 am) for a UCSC Hunger Strike interview. Second, I will be reporting on my Friday visit to Chancellor Denton's office asap; again it was strange . . .

I will be doing an interview with Robert Norse on Free Radio on May 1 (tomorrow, Sunday morning) at 9:30 am, radio 101.1 FM and online www.freakradio.org . Call with your questions/comments, the number is 831-427-3772 and online chat www.pagesincolor.com .

Pressure on the UCSC upper administration and the University of California at large is starting to bear fruit! In the end, UCSC upper management should (1) pay damages to the students assaulted, (2) admit wrong-doing, and (3) reassign Chancellor Denton to a position where she cannot harm others.

Peace and Respect! Pat (time4respect) True
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Greetings Cherished Friends!

Hunger Strike Day 13.

I am doing fine.

I am calling for a noon rally every day this week to ask for the resignation of Chancellor Denton and Spokesperson Elizabeth Irwin for their part in the unnecessary brutal violence and apparent attempt to falsify the details of the April 18 brutal arrests.

We will not tolerate violence or falsification of the truth on UCSC! Please join me in front of McHenry Library.

Peace and Respect! Pat
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Greetings Cherished Friends!

Hunger Strike Day 13 (afternoon).

I am doing fine. I have started collecting signatures.

I am collecting signatures asking for the resignation of Chancellor Denton and Spokesperson Elizabeth Irwin for their part in the unnecessary brutal violence and apparent attempt to falsify the details of the April 18 brutal arrests.

Please join me at the Quarry Plaza, near the Bookstore and sign your name (staff, students, and Santa Cruz community members) to the petition asking for Chancellor Denton to resign.

Thank you for your support. Peace! Pat
 

Pat True on FRSC

On Sunday, Pat True spent over an hour talking about his hunger strike and the actions of the UC Administration and police culminating in the April 18 brutalization of peaceful protesters.

The show is archived at www.huffsantacruz.org under "Bathrobespierre's Broadsides" (the name of the show). Best to download it and fast forward a bit, though Pat is the first guest on the show.
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Hunger Strike Day 15.

I am doing fine. Tomorrow will be my last day of my hunger strike. My deepest thanks to everyone for your support!

I will be continuing work towards changing the UCSC policies to be in line with the UN Declaration of Human Rights and UCSC procedures to peacefully settle conflicts on our campus.

Last Friday afternoon I had the honor of joining the UCSC student organization protesting the militarization of UCSC research; please contact them for more info on future actions. There are several excellent student organizations working here at UCSC for a better campus, community, and world. My thanks to all of you and your good works!

I am now collecting signatures for two petitions: 1) demanding a formal public apology from Chancellor Denton to those arrested and the community, and 2) demanding the resignation of Chancellor Denton for her part in the unnecessary brutal violence and apparent attempt to falsify the details of the April 18 brutal arrests.

Please join me at noon at the Quarry Plaza, near the Bookstore and sign your name (staff, students, and Santa Cruz community members) to one or both of the petitions.

Peace and Respect! Pat
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2005/May/04/local/images/04dhungr.jpg UCSC employee Patrick True broke his fast on Tuesday. (Dan Coyro / Sentinel)
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Today I end my hunger strike. I want to ecpress my sincere thanks to everyone for their support and good wishes! I am placing a copy of today's Santa Cruz Sentinel article here for archive purposes. My deepest thanks to the SC Sentinel. Peace and Respect! Pat UCSC Employee To End Hunger Strike Over Arrests By JONDI GUMZ Sentinel staff writer http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2005/May/04/local/stories/08local.htm Patrick True, the UC Santa Cruz employee who began a hunger strike 15 days ago to protest student arrests at Tent University, said he will end his fast today. "I’ve drawn as much attention as I can with that venue (er, avenue - pt)," he said Tuesday at lunchtime in Quarry Plaza on campus. "I’m very disappointed in the chancellor and the upper administration that they couldn’t think of a better solution to resolving that conflict." He plans to keep gathering signatures demanding an apology from Chancellor Denice Denton. "We’re really proud of what he’s doing," said Chris Peck, who was among the 19 students arrested on the night of April 18. But campus spokeswoman Liz Irwin said True’s perceptions of the situation "were different from those of university officials." True, 54, an administrative assistant for the campus copier program, has been surviving on fruit and vegetable juices since the arrests. To protest university priorities, students set up a makeshift headquarters at the base of campus; administrators said police were called because overnight camping violates campus policy. True said his weight fell from 182 to 171 lbs. and he dropped two pant sizes during his fast. At first he demanded the names of the administrators who authorized the police action and "pain compliance" tactics during the arrests. Irwin told True on Thursday that the chancellor took responsibility for that decision. When students joined the discussion and reported that police shoved them with batons, True wanted Irwin to retract her statement that batons were not used. She did not, and True vowed to keep fasting. Later, after UCSC police chief Mickey Aluffi said police used batons but did not strike students, Irwin told the Sentinel that "semantics bollixed up" her response. Aluffi said he hadn’t seen this level of student resistance in his five years on campus. Students locked arms and refused to leave after dark, despite five orders to disperse, Aluffi said. Photos of the arrest scene show police, in blue gloves and riot helmets, lifting a student, and others applying force to key nerves in the head and neck. Aluffi said he had not seen any reports of student injuries from "pain compliance" tactics used by police. "Certainly it’s painful," he said, adding those feelings "are very temporary." Students, however, feel psychologically scarred. "Could police have teargassed us?" asked Leah Marchenko, who was arrested for trespassing. "It makes me feel very unsafe." Eric Edelman, who helped draft the Tent University platform of issues to present to the chancellor, had another question: "How does pain compliance ensure student safety?" Faculty leaders are talking about appointing a review panel to study what happened and how to prevent it in the future. Irwin predicted the panel "will be helpful in learning from the incident." True, who got hugs from students last week, said he would like to be a part of the panel and "work from the inside" for change.
 

Re: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Greetings Cherished Friends!

As the guest of Honor to the Last Public gathering of Tent University for this Spring, I was asked to give and address. I thought I would give a bit of a lesson instead.

(For background info on Tent U see: )
santacruz.indymedia.org/


Free Speech Rally Address May 13, 2005

I want to thank you all for being here.

I also want to thank my partner, Patty Burkart, for all her hard work last night helping me prepare this address.

We have a Free Speech Lesson from Tent University’s Continuing Education Program today . . . Let us begin.

I just ended my hunger strike last week that began on the night of April 18. I did this to clear my mind and to draw public attention to the violence by UC campus police against members of Tent University on that fateful night. I was shocked by the assault on the peaceful students that the UCSC top administrators authorized and the campus police used to stop a peaceful exercise of the right to free speech and peaceable assembly. I am appalled that the top management of the University of California values profits more than respecting the human rights of students and employees. This university has now joined our nation’s global corporations in their race to ignore basic human rights and needs.

Corporations must disguise and hide their abuses and continue disregarding the health and happiness of our communities and our world in order to maximize profits. They need to maintain the deception that they are doing good things. Tobacco companies, munitions companies, chemical companies, oil companies - they all go to great lengths to promote a positive public image. To prevent being exposed as the greedy and heartless organizations that they are, corporations today actively work to undermine freedom of the press, free speech, peaceable assembly, and redressing grievances.

Let me focus on redressing grievances. This means they block you from all avenues that can fix your problem such that you must resort to civil disobedience – and it is legal because it is your last resort. This is exactly what brought Tent University into being. We all know that we have no great avenues to get our point out about many problems with our society.

Since many of the university regents are themselves active in profiteering corporations, it is no surprise that UC imitates corporate culture. Of course UC would fiercely resist Tent University - or anyone – from disrupting business as usual or having a public examination of its unethical practices. To put it bluntly, the UC violence against Tent University’s members clearly said, "Shut up and sit down or we will slap you down."

To stop the trend at UC to disrespect and disregard the needs of students and employees, we must scrutinize UC’s practices in the light of public exposure. We must document and publish all instances of injustice to students and employees.

As in the case of Tent University, the video documentation by students and friends, told the true story. If you were to believe what University Relations told the news media, the students had been badly behaved and the police showed judicious restraint. However, once the videos went on-line to the public, the UC top administration was forced to back-pedal, and has yet to give a coherent account of why peaceful students had to be choked unconscious for their own safety.

If the UC top administration had focused on human dignity and on the real needs of the Tent University students, they would not have assaulted those young people. They would not have broken the US federal law contained in the UN "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" treaty, Article 5: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." They would not have disregarded the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights allowing free speech, peaceable assembly, and redress of grievances.

Somehow UC top management forgot their legal limits, but maybe they will recover their senses when the law suits and public outcry settle. We must all be clear that UC, like every institution, is not above the laws; including those that ensure civil liberties and human dignity.

Now it is time to roll up your sleeves. My Dad used to tell me, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. And it is important to not just complain, but to bring ideas for solutions to contribute.

Everyone here needs to talk with all of their friends, parents, and family. We need to make lots of formal complaints at every level available and write letters to everyone we know in positions of power expressing our outrage.

I want to work at a university where I can feel proud. I want to work at a university that demonstrates the best examples of human respect, social justice, as well as excellent education.

And to our new Chancellor, Denice Denton and the UC top administrators and campus police, “Welcome to Tent University, we are happy to play a part in your continuing education on human rights and respect.? Let’s look at the lessons to be learned recently and make positive changes right away!

Now we must all learn the lessons of Solidarity, Compassion, and Respect for one another all around the world. I believe we must create a community that cherishes respect, diversity, and human dignity. Let’s start here at UCSC, then work our way out to the rest of the world.

Thank you.



Caring and Sharing to Heal the World!! Pat ; )

Patrick (time4respect) True
ptrue (at) ipmts.ucsc.edu

DO NOT SETTLE FOR LESS THAN A TRULY BETTER WORLD!
 

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