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Part Two: UC Regents Ignore Massive Resistance, Vote to Build Nukes

UC San Francisco, March 25, 2005 - Today witnessed a passionate display of concern and anger at the decision that the University of California will bid with corporate war profiteer, Bechtel, for the nuclear labs at Los Alamos.

In a time when many schools are on break, more than four dozen students, mostly organized by UC Santa Cruz's Students Against War (SAW), woke at 4:30am to attend the UC Regents meeting in San Francisco. With strong words and strong actions, these students did everything in their power to ensure that they would not be silenced and that the interests of the globe would not be ignored. However, the UC Regents voted unanimously to bid, with Bechtel and two other suspicious corporations, on the management of Los Alamos labs.

The University of California has been responsible for every nuclear weapon in the U.S. stockpile, including those dropped on Japan. This year will be the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Part 2 of 2.
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The action started at 8am when a few previously-registered students spoke during the small public comment section of the meeting.

As a sign of unity, when one student spoke, all stood in solidarity.
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With many students left to speak, the UC Regents ended the public comment period. Students, determined to be heard, took action. The Regents immediately snuck out the back door...
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...and a line of UC Police came in to silence any dissent.

In this picture, the token student regent is implicitly acting as part of the police force by urging students to censor themselves.
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As they have done with everything, the well organized students took a vote and decided to remain silently in order to prevent their exclusion from the building.
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However, once the UC Regents came back into the room and continued the meeting, students continued to protest, albeit silently w/ occasional bursts of laughs, caughs, or hisses.
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Using $$$ bills to show the UC Regents/Corporations' misplaced interests.
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Meanwhile, this member of the corporate press decided that weapons of mass destruction and global apocalypse was not as important as game of solitaire.
Once the UC Regents unanimously voted to approve the joint management of Los Alamos with Bechtel and others, students protested again. Like before, the Regents slid out, the cops filed in, and eventually the students found themselves outside the building.

Every single person possibly associated with the group was stripped of their fundamental rights of attendance and speech. Individuals registered to speak during the second public comment period were denied their speaking access and entry to the building by the police, due to an assumed association with 'them' (referring to the students).
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Not to be deterred, students held a rally outside the building.
For additional/larger photos or to reprint, please contact josh_lizard (at) - thank you to the organizers and participants of the action.

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thoughts on the corporate press and indymedia

"Meanwhile, this member of the corporate press decided that weapons of mass destruction and global apocalypse was not as important as game of solitaire."

It is not a given that corporate media is bullshit. Many many people, including radicals, still give it more [time/attention] than it deserves. So many people still consume it daily, which feeds it.

Corporate media is arguably the single most destructive force in this country.

Corporate media is doing immeasurable harm in the world. Indymedia is a value. Of course it has problems, could be better, and so on, but fundamentally, they are nothing alike.


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