UC-Berkeley Independent Public Hearing on Police Brutality, Privatization

Demand the Immediate Resignation of Chancellor Birgeneau

Independent Student/Community Public Hearing:

Police Brutality, Privatization, and the New Student & Civil Rights Movement

Monday, November 21 at 7:00pm, Room 110 Wheeler HallPhoto of Occupy Cal police brutality (UC Berkeley)

Hear from students and protesters who will testify about their commitment to public education and their experiences being brutalized at the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal Rally. All testimony will be videotaped and made publicly available, and will be included as evidence in the lawsuit filed by BAMN against the UC Berkeley administration and police.

Privatization and police brutality go hand in hand. The corporate and private partnerships that Birgeneau has cultivated for UC Berkeley are hostile to protracted student struggle and unrest. We must defend and continue to build our integrated, student-led movement to fight for integration and the right to public education for all.

Our new movement is getting stronger. STUDENTS are now the force able to determine the actions and character of our campus. Students, not the administration or the police, are now setting the terms and conditions of our university education. Already we’ve won victories: UC President Mark Yudof is backpedaling on his initial 81% fee-hike proposal; the UC Regents cancelled their meeting because of our movement’s intention to mobilize; and in the face of our continuing call for his resignation, Chancellor Birgeneau had to issue a declaration of amnesty for many of the students arrested Nov. 9.

Let’s keep fighting for more. Now is the time for our movement to go on the offensive

Please contact BAMN if you would like to be part of the lawsuit:

855-ASK-BAMN (855-275-2266)

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  1. Ronald Cruz December 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Since 2005, Chancellor Birgeneau has overseen the increasing privatization of UC Berkeley, making it more reliant on private funds and tuition from wealthier students. He sees himself as more accountable to the very rich who are providing an increasing amount of UCB’s budget, and who do not want to pay more taxes or see the University be a haven for criticism of the status quo rather than simply a training ground for a future workforce.

    One example of the effect of privatization: In the past, the University of California environmental departments received most of their funding from the state. Now, because of budget cuts, a significant portion of it is funded by BP. Now, many professors are not as willing to say the plain truth about BP’s role in carbon pollution and climate change, for fear of its effects on their getting tenure, promotions, etc.

    As for getting more funding from the state government, Sacramento is already dominated by Democrats: so who to vote for? Only mass mobilizing can get more money for education. That was what the Occupy movement was calling for on November 9 at Berkeley: no fee hikes, no privatization, more money for education. But Birgeneau defended the status quo by beating students. Birgeneau is enforcing the budget cuts and quelling free speech at the university campuses where the movement must speak out and grow.