For various reasons, these stories and videos never made their way into posts this year, though they were all worthy. This is in no way intended as your typical PR, tactical news dump. These are important stories that I actually want you to read. I just needed to clean out the hopper for the new year. So, please take your time and dig through these links and videos. There’s even some “feel good” links mixed in for good measure! Happy New Year!
Posts tagged “UC solidarity”
The headline here is taken from CNN’s shameful coverage of the events of the past week at the University of California system. It refers specifically to a UCLA protest, while the image
above comes from UC Berkeley, but it is apropos nonetheless. Remember, the UCLA protest included students being maced, beaten with batons, tasered, and arrested. There is no bastardized version of the English language in which it is possible to make such incidents equate linguistically to “ended without incident.”
CNN is lying to you. MSNBC makes no mention(1, 2) of the police brutality in California or New York City. Fox News? They have been hosting a 24/7 webcam feed for over a year so they can keep an eye on the protesters outside the Marine recruiting station in Berkeley, but they have not made a single mention of the UC protests, at least nowhere I can find online. And of course no one is talking about the students in Vienna marching on the US embassy in support of the UC uprising or the occupations of the various Universities across Europe or how this is a global movement in favor of free or cheap education.
Corporate media are not interested in giving you the truth. They have a singular interest: maximizing profit for their shareholders. That’s why you should consider donating to independent media outlets, places like Democracy Now!, IndyMedia and little ol’ me! If you find yourself at a site that is giving you information that you are not getting from CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and their ilk, throw a dollar or two at the proprietor of the site. You would be amazed at how far that would go if everyone did that. So, check out my brand new, ass-kicking, Ruth Gator Binsburg donation button if you are so inclined. But even if you can’t spare a square, keep fighting the good fight!
In case you missed it: UC Berkeley students occupied Wheeler Hall today in protest of the California Board of Regents decision to increase tuition and fees by 32 percent. Their protest was broken up around 5:00 PM PST when, as you can see in the image above, a SWAT team was sent in to remove them from the premises. 41 protesters have been arrested thus far according to UC Berkeley reprentative Dan Mogulof. Here is a link to a very myopic report from CNN that fails to mention the tasering, baton beatings, rubber bullet shootings, broken bones or any of the other violence meted out by University of California Police throughout the day today (some pics after the jump). I have a source who was at the protest at UCLA and I’m working on getting a first-hand report for you ASAP, in addition to some images.
I will also revisit this with some more introspection on the dearth of wisdom in taxing students to pay for what would otherwise be the world’s tenth largest economy. In the meantime, you can follow all the latest developments on my twitter feed. I’ve set up a list just for this topic at Cal Student Uprising and as I find more relevant tweeps, I’ll be updating the list. Now, click “read more” for the pics and I leave you with the chant of the day from the protests:
No Cuts, No Fees, Education Should Be Free!