#FireKatehi Sit-in at UC Davis Chancellor’s office

14 03 2016
#FireKatehi Sit-In

#FireKatehi protestors explain their position in words and song (Sacramento Bee)

Students at the University California, Davis, began a sit-in last Friday at Chancellor Linda Katehi’s office in Mrak Hall.  Katehi has thus far refused to meet with students.

On 2/22/16, Katehi was appointed to the board of a for-profit college that is under federal investigation for false advertising, and received $70,000 for her services.  She was forced to resign the position on 3/1/16 under pressure from a state assemblyman and consumer advocacy groups.  Katehi also failed to follow University of California policy requiring chancellors to have their service on outside boards approved in advance by the 10-campus system’s president.

Katehi also received $420,000 in cash and stock over three years from her seat on the board of textbook publisher Wiley & Sons.  All this in addition to her annual UC chancellor’s salary of $424,000.

Only since she got caught has she offered to donate $200,000 of the $420,000 from Wiley towards the students.

Katehi has a track record of ethical controversies preceding her tenure at Davis (video) (3/8/16)  This is the same Katehi that presided over the pepper spray incident in 2011 that led faculty to call for her resignation.

Why would a highly-compensated chancellor of a public university join the board of a private for-profit college under federal investigation, especially given the connection between for-profit colleges and the student debt crisis? Why would she take a lucrative board seat with a textbook publisher, given the outrageously high textbook prices that burden students?

Students want and deserve answers.

Katehi has remained in hiding, and instead, last night her subordinate issued an officious threat of disciplinary action.  UC president and former head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has already voiced her unwavering endorsement of Katehi, based in part on the neoliberal rationale of Katehi’s ability to fundraise.  The implication is that the importance of Katehi to corporate welfare far exceeds any concern over ethical failure, and that beyond a slap on the wrist, business will continue as morally bankrupt as usual.

So is the only problem then, from UCOP’s perspective, that Katehi is too good at fundraising for personal gain?

Follow the #FireKatehi story on Twitter @OccupyDavis2 , #FireKatehi and Facebook Occupy UC Davis.


UCD Pepper Spray Cops let go, Katehi still in office

21 03 2015
Via the Davis Enterprise: Pepper-spraying pair no longer UCD officers, 3/20/2105

Pepper-spraying pair no longer UCD officers but keep pensions.

Via the Davis Enterprise, 3/20/2015

The UC Davis police lieutenant who became the target of a worldwide outcry, John Pike, and a second officer who doused Occupy UC Davis protesters with pepper spray, Alexander Lee, are no longer employed by the university. […]

Pike, whose annual salary was $121,680, remained on paid leave for eight months after the Nov. 18 incident….  He remains entitled to retirement benefits. […]

Pike also was identified by a former colleague, Calvin Chang, who is gay and Asian-American, as using a homophobic slur.

[Chang’s 2005 harassment and discrimination suit against the UC Davis Police Department for repeated harassment over racial and sexual orientation was scheduled for trial, but settled out of court in 2008 with Chang—not Pike—agreeing to resign.]

A task force on the pepper spray incident headed by former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso and an outside security firm, Kroll Associates, placed as much blame on Chancellor Linda Katehi and other top campus decision-makers as on police, but the bigwigs remain in office without any disciplinary action, despite a petition with over 116,000 signatures calling for Katehi’s resignation.

Katehi’s Silent Perp Walk, November 2011

(via boingboing.net, by Xeni Jardin)

In the video above, UC Davis students, silent, with linked arms, confront Chancellor Linda Katehi just one day after the incident. It’s hard to tell exactly how many of them are present, but there they are, a huge crowd. They’re seated in the same cross-legged-on-the-ground position their fellow students were yesterday just before Lt. John Pike pulled out a can of pepper spray and pulled the trigger.

Related Post: UC Davis: Faculty call for Katehi resignation; Katehi’s Walk of Shame (and more) (11/19/11)

“FORCE: The UC Policy” art exhibit opens at UC Davis Mar. 14

8 03 2012

"FORCE: The UC Policy" art exhibit at UC Davis

FORCE: The UC Policy
March 12 and runs through March 23rd
Memorial Union Art Lounge, 2nd Floor
UC Davis

Opening reception: Wed, March 14th between 3-6pm at King Lounge
Between 4:30-5:30pm: panel discussion on the militarization of the campus police
with Professor Joshua Clover and art history graduate student Geoffrey Wildanger.

AHI 401 will present FORCE: The UC Policy, an exhibition that addresses the question of whether the UC campus police and the UC administration are upholding their stated missions to “prevent violence and protect student rights.”  The exhibition focuses on three recent campus protests at UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis between 2005-2011.  Through a display of photographs, text, and other documentation, the exhibition exposes a disconnect between the mission of the UC campus police and recent brutal actions against student protestors as in the pepper-spraying incident at UCD on November 18, 2011. The exhibition highlights how the UC Administration and UCPD perceive the sustained student efforts to fight against the privatization of public higher education as hostile and antagonistic rather than expressive of an informed and responsive student population. By underlining the role, responsibilities, and necessity of the campus police, FORCE: The UC Policy invites viewers to examine and question the shift in attitudes towards student demonstrations and the use of force to control them.

FORCE: The UC Policy is co-curated by the students of AHI 401: Giana Belardi, Liz Church, Ashleigh Crocker, Maizy Enck, Susan Fanire, Megan Friel, Cindy Gieng, Bianca Hua, Lizzy Joelson, Mitzi Mathews, Monica Mercado, Bryant Pereyra, Kyle Taylor, Jennifer Urrutia, Ariana Young & Kevin Zhou. AHI 401 is a course on curatorial methods taught by Professor Susette Min

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Student Actions: UCSD reclaimed, UC Davis re-occupied

3 03 2012

UCSD Chancellor’s Conference Room reclaimed by students.  A list of demands has been delivered.  Check out the footage of the student-reclaimed CLICS library, which now functions as an artspace.  More infoGo Tritons!

UC Davis encampment is back.  Go Aggies!

@salmonsoir UC Davis, reoccupied. In preparation for the March 5 day of action: twitpic.com/8rnl2v #occupyca #m5

@salmonsoir UC Davis, reoccupied. In preparation for the March 5 day of action: twitpic.com/8rnl2v #occupyca #m5


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Every BofA ATM in SF turned into “Truth Machine”

14 01 2012

Via Rainforest Action Network’s Understory:

RAN activists took to the streets of San Francisco last night and turned every Bank of America ATM in the city into an Automated Truth Machine.

Bank of America ATMs In San Francisco Turned Into Truth Machines

Using special non-adhesive stickers that were designed to look exactly like BoA's ATM interface, the activists gave the bank's customers a menu of what their money is being used for, including investment in coal-fired power plants, foreclosure on America's homes, bankrolling climate change, and paying out fat executive bonuses. (Photo: Rainforest Action Network)

The stickers also encourage BoA customers to “Stop doing business with Bank of America until they start behaving responsibly” and have the URL to our new blog, which we’ve just launched along with The New Bottom Line:


Read the full story and check out the interactive map of all 85 atm locations, including photos of every converted Truth Machine.

This is a framing action for the upcoming Occupy Wall St. West daylong mass occupation of the Financial District on #J20.  There will also be an OccupySF “Run on the Banks” in the Mission tomorrow (Sat. 1/14) at noon, Mission @ 16th St.


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 »

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