LAPD handpicks media to cover Occupy LA, on what authority?

29 11 2011

LAPD joins other police departments across the country in a growing practice of criminalizing journalism.

LAist: “Censorship Warning: LAPD Handpicks Media to Cover Occupy LA

Occupy LA, Ruth Fowler’s blog:  “LAPD Made Sure The Whole World Ain’t Watching

AT 5:30pm yesterday, LAPD announced a 7:15pm meeting for a lottery for a “media pool” to be  comprised of a very limited number of members of the media (3 media outlets for each of three media: print, tv, radio — no internet?) authorized to cover Occupy LA.  Members of the press otherwise not authorized will be subject to arrest once an unlawful assembly dispersal order is given. Read the rest of this entry »


#OO Re-occupying Ogawa-Grant Plaza Tue 11/29

28 11 2011

(From Occupied Oakland Tribune)

Occupied Oakland Tribune


Contact: Phil Horne, Esq., Occupy Oakland Vigil Committee


On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at noon, Occupy Oakland activists will retake Frank Ogawa a.k.a. Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland with a 24-hour, 7 day-a-week vigil. Occupiers hope to create a model for a new wave of “Occupation” protest throughout the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

UC Regents Meeting shut down at UCSF, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Merced

28 11 2011

SF Chronicle: “Students shut down UC regents meeting

Hundreds of students and faculty members temporarily shut down a University of California Board of Regents meeting being held simultaneously today at campuses in San Francisco, Davis, Merced and Los Angeles by standing in the conference rooms and chanting slogans so loudly the regents could no longer conduct business. . . Read the rest of this entry »

Why We Fight: “How the UC Regents Spin Public Funds into Private Profit”

27 11 2011
UC Regent Richard Blum is heavily invested in private for-profit colleges

UC Regent Richard Blum and the University of California itself are heavily invested in private for-profit colleges which benefit from cutbacks in public education.

In case you are wondering why, amidst all the fee hikes, cutbacks, layoffs and furloughs, construction never seems to stop at University of California campuses, you’ll appreciate the following investigation.

From Spot.Us, community-funded reporting:

The Investors’ Club: How the University of California Regents Spin Public Money into Private Profit,” an 8-part investigation by Peter Byrne

Experts identify multiple conflicts of interest among an elite group that oversees investments for the University of California.

Last fall, amid an unprecedented state budget crisis, the University of California Board of Regents took extraordinary measures to cut costs and generate revenue. Lecturers were laid off, classes eliminated. The board reduced admissions for in-state students, while increasing the admission of out-of-state students, who pay higher fees than state residents. And to the consternation of tens of thousands of students, undergraduate tuition was raised by 32 percent, with more hikes to come.

It now costs about $30,000 per year to attend the University of California (UC) as an undergraduate, including tuition and expenses. Even with student aid, it’s a sum beyond the means of many students and their families.

While education took a beating, the regents authorized $3 million in bonuses to a handful of top administrators, and reduced the salaries of janitorial staff. The regents approved new construction projects, including a sports stadium. They assured Wall Street bond underwriters that periodic tuition increases would help pay off hundreds of millions of dollars in new construction loans. Read the rest of this entry »

Why We Fight: Rising Costs of Public Higher Ed in CA

27 11 2011

From the Sacramento Bee “Interactive: The rising cost of a UC, CSU education” (via Katehiville News)

Since 1966, fees at both systems have increased about six times faster than inflation.

UC, CSU Fee Increases outstrip Inflation by 6X

At the same time, students are taking on much more debt. The chart below shows federal student loans disbursed to UC and CSU students over the last decade.
Massive Rise in Student Debt
On top of this, the UC Regents are considering multi-year tuition increases of up to 16% annually, cumulatively adding up to 81% over the next four years, which would bring UC tuition to more than $22,000/year in 2016.

Nov. 28 Occupy UC Regents “Meeting”

Nov. 28 Occupy UC Regents “Meeting”

26 11 2011
ReFund California has joined local Occupy general assemblies in calling for student and faculty walkouts on November 28th and actions to open up the Regents’ sham teleconference at the 4 UC campuses where Regents will call-in.  All should be able to join the discussion with the 1% on the Board as equals to talk about how to make banks pay for public education.

We will announce campus-by-campus pick-up points for caravans and carpools on this page soon.  In the meantime, please plan your own carpools to get to the nearest convergence to “Open the Regents Up to the 99%.”

Call 510.987.9220 or email and cc to signup for public comment so you are let into the teleconference room. Read the rest of this entry »

Video: #OccupySF occupies BofA with tent, on Nov. 16

26 11 2011

A short video of what we were able to capture of the direct action at the bank:

So much has happened since then that it’s hard to believe it was only on Wednesday of last week when Occupy Cal demonstrators from UC Berkeley joined Occupy SF to march on the businesses of the 1% UC Regents and the banks in the financial district, stopping to occupy a downtown branch of the Bank of America on the way to a rally the State Building. Read the rest of this entry »

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