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Tent University -- Toward A Common Platform

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Below are the notes from a discussion 50 of us or so had on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 19. The purpose of the discussion was to initiate a conversation about the forging of a common political platform -- a list of demands different constituencies on campus can unite around and win. The last two days of Tent University are focused on platform building. Our discussion, and these notes, are meant as a resource for those who participate in these vital discussions on Thursday and Friday.

The discussion has been organized into three categories:

1) Our Targets
2) Our external demands
3) Our internal resources, and work we need to do

Photos: TUSC Tuesday
 

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News :: Education & Youth

Suddenly, the Cops Ran Away and the People Rejoiced!

Police Brutalize Students for Sitting on Lawn at UCSC

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On Monday, April 18th at 9:53 pm, University of California police descended on Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC) and declared an unlawful assembly at the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus. Then at 10:17 pm the police began trying to arrest about 100 people that were locked down and chanting loudly. Police used pain compliance techniques on about 20 people and violently pried people apart from direct democracy circles, though some people did manage to escape from the pain compliance holds and again lock arms with other folks in the circles.

One nonviolent observer was pulled from the crowd by the cops and detained along with the people who decided to hold hands in circles under a tent after 8pm, the designated time to cease free speech at the base of the UCSC campus. There were numerous other instances of police brutality as well. One veteran reporter described the level of pain holds and brutality as the worst he'd seen since a 1973 prison riot.

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A couple hours after the police began carrying people away one by one, a deal was struck between some of the TUSC organizers and members of the UCSC administration. The deal was that the UC administration would call off the police and allow TUSC to continue during the day on Tuesday if people began to disperse and no more than five people spent the night at the base of campus. The TUSC organizers accepted the deal causing a surreal scene where suddenly, at 12:17 am, the cops ran away and the people rejoiced. As one commenter wrote, "this was inspirational beyond words."

Photos and Copwatch: Cops Spoil Fun at Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC) || Stages of an Action || Images from Monday Evening at TUSC || Agents of Repression and Big Brother || The Tent University Outrage - A Photo Editorial || Wanted: Information about an Under-Cover Cop || Monday Night at Tent U. || SCPD officer named Mark Eveleth

Audio: FRSC: Callins from TentU Protest Action || FSRN: Tent University Santa Cruz

Video: Arrests at Santa Cruz Tent University

See also: Updates from the Santa Cruz County Jail || www.Indymedia.us - Breaking News From Tent University, Santa Cruz || Mass Arrest of Tent University Santa Cruz || 18 Arrested at Peaceful Student Demonstration at UCSC || critique of reformist elements at Tent U. || Democracy Now! coverage

Regarding TSU Rutgers: Feel-good complacency or direct action? The lessons of Tent State Rutgers || Solidarity from TSU Rutgers in New Jersey || Homophobic Vigilantes Chased from TSU Rutgers

Previous TUSC features: Tent University Santa Cruz, April 18-22: Claiming UCSC As Our Own || An Open Letter to the Campus Community from Lit Grads || TUSC Direct Democracy Forum Votes To Stay Put
 

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Commentary :: Education & Youth

An Open Letter to the Campus Community from Lit Grads

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In her most recent press release, Chancellor Denton states that Tent University is a security threat. "This is not an issue of free speech," she says. "Rather it is a matter of ensuring students' safety and protecting the orderly conduct of our educational mission." As graduate students of literature we understand this to be the language of bureaucratic euphemism, the same form of official rhetoric that has been used in the past to stymie academic debate.

And though we concur that there is a great need for the spirit of openness which Chancellor Denton calls for, we see her invocation of the highly politicized concept of security as an administrative tactic to justify control of public space and limit the exchange of ideas. If the UCSC community is really to foster "open dialogue," then the administration must dispense with policies and positions that pit the leitmotif of public safety against the practice of free speech. There is no liberty where the outcome is already determined; under such a presumptive and authoritarian logic, security always trumps freedom. Read more... Open Letter to the Campus Community from Lit Grads || Tent University Santa Cruz, April 18-22: Claiming UCSC As Our Own

See Also: Clarifying UCSC (an email from UCSC's Division of Student Affairs)

We write to assure you that the University is committed to free speech. As a community and as an institution of higher education, we support civil debate, open dialogue, and alternative educational experiences.

What the university cannot permit, and what is not at all related to “free speech? is the establishment of a campsite on campus where students and the general public have been invited to bring their own tents and live for a week. We urge you not to confuse these issues. The University and the City of Santa Cruz have very clear policies, regulations and laws regarding camping and we will be obliged to enforce them. Read More
 

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News :: Education & Youth

Tent University Santa Cruz, April 18-22: Claiming UCSC As Our Own

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From April 18-22, they will camp by the hundreds. UC Santa Cruz students, staff, and faculty -- not to mention dozens and dozens of community members -- will converge on the fields at the base of the campus for Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC), which promises to be among the largest political gatherings in the recent history of UCSC.

TUSC will essentially be a creative and powerful form of resistance to the ever-growing culture of oppression of which UCSC is a part, as well as an opportunity to define and create the kind of world we wish to live in. In glaring contrast to the University of California, which is driven almost solely by economic imperatives, Tent University will function based on principles of liberty, solidarity, community, and creativity. UCSC faculty will lead their classes there, rather than in their classrooms; representatives of various community organizations and movements will hold teach-ins and workshops; and students will teach their own classes on a wide variety of subjects.

Besides operating as its own semi-autonomous university, Tent University will also be a giant cultural festival, complete with numerous local bands and cultural clubs performing. It will mark a convergence of the campus' many vibrant movements, including the ongoing workers' struggle, a walk-out to defend public education on April 20th, and resistance to the campus' continued taxing of the natural environment (and the infrastructure of the greater city of Santa Cruz) to make way for thousands of more students. The final two days of Tent U will be devoted to a series of elaborate, mass-democracy sessions, where the entire group of Tent U campers will collectively devise a platform of demands to present to the University and the State Legislature.

Audio: FRSC Interview with Will Parrish about TUSC

Preparation: April 17th: Direct Action Training w/ David Solnit

See also: Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC) || A State of Emergency || URGENT!!! support Tent University Santa Cruz, defend freedom of assembly!!! || Long Live Tent University! Rally on Monday! || A18: The Day of Mass Direct Democracy! || Clarification from the Organizers of Tent University
 

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Announcement :: Education & Youth

Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

On Tuesday, April 5th, recruiters from the U.S. military will be at the Last Chance Job & Internship Fair at UCSC. However, the tradition of resistance continues - please join us for a march against discrimination and the war machine.
 

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Articles

LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Gender & Sexuality : Peace & War

Discrimination Is Unacceptable to Students Against War

On October 18, military recruiters returned to UC Santa Cruz for the first time since they were rallied off campus by Students Against War on April 5, 2005. Students Against War organized a protest and hundreds of people rallied and marched to the College 9/10 Dining Hall. The Military and UC held the career fair on the second story of the building and had numerous police officers and administrators guarding the stairs and entrance to the career fair.
 

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LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Gender & Sexuality : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

Photos of the Queer Kiss-In Against Military Recruitment at UCSC

"A Queer Kiss-in was staged in front of recruiters' tables during the march and rally. From inside the fair, kissers were able to effectively block access to military recruiters without shutting down the entire career fair." - santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/18797/index.php
 

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LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Gender & Sexuality : Peace & War

Military Recruiting Protested During UCSC's Career Fair

offcampus_10-18-05.jpgOn October 18, military recruiters returned to UC Santa Cruz for the first time since they were rallied off campus by Students Against War on April 5, 2005. Students Against War organized a protest and hundreds of people rallied and marched to the College 9/10 Dining Hall. The Military and UC held the career fair on the second story of the building and had numerous police officers and administrators guarding the stairs and entrance to the career fair. At least one uniformed police officer was video tapping demonstrators.
 

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LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Gender & Sexuality : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

Rally, Queer Kiss-in Greet Military Recruiters at UCSC

 

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LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Government & Elections : Peace & War : Police State

Recruiters Shut Down at UCSC, Rally Photos

 

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