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1 Lidane  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 9:16:10am

I'm sure all the wingnuts and useful idiot anti-OWS concern trolls are thrilled by this video.

After all, those violent, drug-addled Marxist trust fund hippies who support rape and stabbings and carry anarchist flags got what was coming to them.

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2 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 10:25:18am

Police are pretty stupid to act like black bloc anarchists and escalate by dishing out completely unneccessary violence. They will be the first to feel the eventual backlash.

3 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 10:38:02am

Open letter to UCD chancellor from a faculty observer:

Linda P.B. Katehi,

I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and I teach in the Program in Critical Theory and in Science & Technology Studies. I have a strong record of research, teaching, and service. I am currently a Board Member of the Davis Faculty Association. I have also taken an active role in supporting the student movement to defend public education on our campus and throughout the UC system. In a word: I am the sort of young faculty member, like many of my colleagues, this campus needs. I am an asset to the University of California at Davis.

You are not.

I write to you and to my colleagues for three reasons:

1) to express my outrage at the police brutality which occurred against students engaged in peaceful protest on the UC Davis campus today

2) to hold you accountable for this police brutality

3) to demand your immediate resignation

Read the whole thing…

4 elizajane  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 10:40:29am

Another faculty comment:

Yesterday a protest took place on the UC Davis campus. We even made the national scene (e.g., Huffington Post, Sac Bee). The Chancellor quickly issued a note to the campus. In my characterization, a somewhat hurried note that modestly blames the students and immodestly absolves the campus police. You can watch a video of the encounter here, watch it to the end.

There are many others who have touched on the campus protests (e.g., see The Moderate Voice, Remaking the University, and Little Green Footballs). But the protest at Davis is interesting, not the least because Davis has, at least historically, been a fairly passive campus. When I watch the video, I see 200 students radicalized by what is essentially a much larger national issue: the increasing gap between the rich and the poor. It affects everything (except big oil and wall street bankers), but most especially it affects education.

In contrast to one of my colleagues, I don’t want the Chancellor fired. I want her to find a middle way between rules and protest. I want her to help by informalizing the rules to better achieve democratic principles. Tell protestors where they can make a difference, provide data, information, call for action to legislation, and most of all, have them ask their parents and every other person over the age of 50, why it is they feel entitled to live a life in which they have little to no obligation to future generations.

[Link: thegradient.info...]

5 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 11:01:57am

BoingBoing has a post on the event that contains a lot of relevant links and information:

[Link: boingboing.net...]

6 [deleted]  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 11:14:36am
7 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 11:16:27am

re: #6 laZardo

And it's still not okay to call the cops pigs for this?

All cops (as you did several times)? No. These particular cops? I wouldn't tempt fate, if I were you ;)

8 laZardo  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 11:28:51am

re: #7 Sergey Romanov

All cops (as you did several times)? No. These particular cops? I wouldn't tempt fate, if I were you ;)

This behavior is still encouraged by the police establishment. The "good" ones are still the exception to the rule.

9 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 11:34:12am

The campus police really fucked up. This wasn't law enforcement. It was oppression.

However, I'm not going to judge all police by the actions of this one jerk off. So no calling them 'pigs' for me.

It also sounds like the Chancellor is way out of her depth. Violence didn't stop the anti-Vietnam protests. It didn't stop any of the Arab Spring, and the authorities there have far fewer scruples about force than ours do. It won't stop this demand for change either.

10 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 12:15:57pm

hey Winny Spencer, any particular reason for downding of my #2?

11 calochortus  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 7:09:58pm

re: #1 Lidane

I'm sure all the wingnuts and useful idiot anti-OWS concern trolls are thrilled by this video.

After all, those violent, drug-addled Marxist trust fund hippies who support rape and stabbings and carry anarchist flags got what was coming to them.

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This hasn't gotten much attention over at Free Republic, but that is pretty much what is being said in what comments there are. That and oh yeah, this is the protesters' fault because they got together and planned to have the police pepper spray them for a photo op to garner sympathy.
If that is the case we should all be very afraid of these Occupiers who can practice mind control over the actions of the police.

12 elisabeth  Sat, Nov 19, 2011 7:47:02pm

As has been pointed out elsewhere if the tent encampment had been for pre-game festivities or those students had opened their chemistry books they would have been left alone. The chancellor over-reacted by forcing them to dismantle their tents.

This wasn't a group of students occupying the administrator building or disrupting a trustees' meeting. They were in the quad apparently not disturbing anyone but the chancellor's hopes of nipping the protest in the bud. Hate to tell her but it failed big time.


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