Today there was a general strike at UCD, a strike of the students against tuition hikes. See the article, General Strike at UC Davis Today – Davis, CA Patch. In the photo in the left hand column you see protestors holding signs outside of a UC Regents meeting on the UC Davis campus on November 28, 2011 in Davis, California.
Student protesters and members of the Occupy movement are calling for a general strike at the UC Davis campus to coincide with the UC Regents meeting that is being held on four UC campuses. Students are outraged in the wake of an incident where a UC Davis police officer pepper sprayed protestors who sat passively with their arms locked. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).
Just for those students striking, UC Davis will shut down today, November 28, 2011. It’s called “The General Strike.” And is taking place all day today on the UC Davis campus, Davis, CA.
Many, but not all students and faculty members will not attend classes or partake in their normal academic schedule. Most of those striking will instead participate in a series of Occupy-related workshops that will last from morning to night.
During the strike the Occupy Movements “takes control” of the campus, but will not bother anyone who attends classes, including professors and other staff who don’t participate in the strike and their students who come to class, in spite of the strike.
Events will take place in the quad and on other sites across campus. The full schedule can be found at the Bicycle Barricade or in the image that accompanies this article.
Here is a list of activities today for those students, faculty, staff, and any Occupiers of what’s happening on the UCD campus today as part of the strike. There will be events. And the strike is in some ways entertainment or show biz along with lots of talks and of course, yoga.
Notably, there are speeches on anarchist anthropology, theories of power as written by Marx, a cops off campus speech, a talk on happiness, wealth and community, and yes, hate crime action planning.
It’s all set up for people to listen to to keep busy during the strike instead of marching in circles carrying signs like picketing laborers. Striking students, faculty, staff, and occupiers, will be kept busy during the strike listening to speeches or doing yoga stretching exercises to relax.
- Yoga – 8 a.m.
- Where is Occupy in the Future of Protest – 10 a.m.
- Anarchist Anthropolgy – 10 a.m.
- Cops off Campus – 11 a.m.
- Theories of Power: Marx – 1 p.m.
- Happiness, Wealth and Community – 4 p.m.
- Hate Crime Action Planning – 8:30 p.m.
The General Strike comes as a reaction to the UC Davis pepper spray incident. Now that the international media has covered the pepper-spray incident, drawing publicity and attention, many more tents have gone up on the quad over the Thanksgiving weekend. And now that Monday has come for business as usual, the strike follows instead of business as usual.
Even though many UCD students went home for the Thanksgiving weekend, the camps were there, serving food from the cooking tent. Students returned today as this morning UC Davis is one of four campuses that hosted a regents meeting beginning at 9 a.m. at the ARC. Tuition increases are not on the agenda. Audio was streamed live with 15 minutes instead of the 20 minutes first noted that was allotted for public comments. Here is the agenda.
How many professors and administrative personnel will skip class or work today? Do you think striking is a positive or negative way to move toward educational changes such as yearly tuition hikes?
If you support the strike, what statement do you think the staff and students are making today? Are they in tandem with the occupiers who are not only students or faculty, but also riders on the Amtrak train from the downtown Sacramento Occupy Sacramento movement who find camping among Davis’s tall redwood trees and less polluted air cozier than tenting down in Cesar Chavez park in Sacramento, among the many homeless and panhandlers that frequent the area a block from that park?
What statement will the students be making today? Now that the public hearing is over, did the public feel cheated out of time to speak? Not an hour, not 20 minutes, but just 15 minutes was given over the the public to make a statement. And tuition hikes were not discussed by the university today.
Did the public hearing on Monday at UCD achieve anything in the eyes of the public? The students? First the media reported that the University of California regents were scheduled to hear from the public for at least an hour at 9 a.m. in the news Monday at four locations, including UC Davis. Then the time went to 20 minutes. In the last news announcement, the time offered to the public dropped to 15 minutes. What statement did that make to the people?
At the meeting, no tuition increase proposals were under consideration. Connected by teleconference, the regents convened at UC campuses in Davis, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Merced. In Davis, the meeting were streamed live from the activities and recreation center ballroom.
The time was today at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. The students gathered to listen to the teleconference in the activities and recreation center ballroom for the teleconference as it was streamed live, but what did that accomplish as far as the changes that the students ask? What about tuition hikes? See the Associated Press article, “Davis one of UC Board of Regents meeting sites on Monday.”