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Oct. 7 Photos: UTU Solidarity Rally - Campus (Part 1 of 5)

Part 1 of 5 - UTU Solidarity Rally - Campus.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 - Continuing the hard-fought struggle to support local bus drivers on strike, hundreds of students and workers from UC Santa Cruz, as well as many community members, held a brief rally at the base of the UCSC campus before embarking upon a highly visible and chant-filled march to the downtown Metro Center.

Once at the Metro Center, a rally and speak-out was held to discuss the bus drivers' struggle and the great deal of solidarity between various sectors of the community. After many complaints of the Santa Cruz Sentinel's poor coverage of the strike, the community marched over to the Sentinel's offices to greet the origins of their frusteration.

Friday's action, organized by the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice (SWCJ), has been the strongest show of support in the almost two week-old strike. Early last week, students and workers descended on Mike Rotkin's office, leading to his denouncement of the Transit Board's decision that led to the strike. A few days later, a College Republican attempt at an anti-worker rally sank amidst overwhelming UTU solidarity.

Rotkin has called for an emergency Transit Board meeting Tuesday.
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This sign was held at the base of campus throughout the day, inevitably leading to an increased rally and march attendance.
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Campus students and workers arrived earlier to create personalized signs for the march.
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One of the march/rally organizers addresses the gathering crowd.
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Another organizer...
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...who happend to have been hit by a car not long before. He told those assembled that after he was the victim of a hit and run driver, a police officer told him that there have been a huge increase in the number of accidents since the strike started. Two UCSC students have died in traffic incidents in the past few weeks. Yet another reason for the community's frusteration with the carelessness of the Transit Board...
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A UTU bus driver explains the reasons for the strike.
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Listening to the speakers...
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Two of the march/rally organizers take a quick moment to plan the next steps.
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And we're off!
Thank you to the organizers and participants of this action. For additional photos and/or to re-print please contact sugarloaf (at) riseup.net for more information.
 
 


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