Support the UCSC 6

$3,852 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 87 people in 51 months
Amber Vase
on behalf of Ethan Pezzolo
 SANTA CRUZ, CA
On March 3rd, six UC Santa Cruz students (the UCSC 6) took to Highway 17 as part of the “96 Hours of Action” against police violence and tuition hikes called across the UC system.

The state of California spends nearly 7 times as much per prison inmate as it does per student. When tuition is raised, as it was last fall by the UC Regents, poor students and students of color, already underrepresented in the UC system, are increasingly pushed out, into the waiting arms of the police and a criminal “justice” system that seems more and more to be a mockery of the very word, as seen most recently and vividly in Ferguson, Staten Island, Baltimore, and McKinney, Texas. These students took this action to stand in solidarity with those across the country and the world who have been fighting against police violence and to connect the struggles faced by students as a group—against skyrocketing tuition and fees and often against crushing long-term debt—to a broader context.

After they were arrested but before they were even booked in jail, the UCSC 6 were served with a letter placing them on an indefinite, interim suspension, one that has continued until now, over 3-and-a-half months later. Those who had been living on campus lost the housing, healthcare, and food they had been relying on, and all were forced to take incompletes in their classes as we were legally banned from all university property. The university is now attempting to suspend the students for 4 quarters, or nearly a year and a half, and has afforded them little to no due process in challenging its rulings, denying the students legal representation and full hearings to challenge the suspensions within the Supreme Court-mandated time. In addition, the university is attempting to impose stayed suspensions on the 6 once they return to school, which serve to prohibit their First Amendment rights to engage in political speech both on and off campus and associate with student activists on campus. Any violation of the stayed suspensions could result in immediate suspension or expulsion from the University.

In addition, the 6 students are facing 30 days in jail along with $40,000 in restitution to pay for the time of nearly 100 police officers, many of whom weren’t even responding to their protest.

The UCSC 6 are now working to raise funds to defray the cost of restitution and to hopefully file civil suit against the university, with the goal of forcing UC Santa Cruz, along with other schools, to change its student code of conduct to disallow such harsh, repressive sanctions against student protest, and to ensure that students are afforded real due process. The movement against tuition hikes is working; in response to pressure from students, UC Pres. Janet Napolitano announced a 2-year in-state tuition freeze, and although the deal is not nearly enough—it leaves the university still unaffordable for many, and pays for the freeze in part by raising out of state tuition—it shows that student protest does have the power to create real change. Your support helps the UCSC 6 to work to ensure the right of all students to act for justice in the future, without facing the kind of harsh, repressive response they are facing.
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Robert B Forsyth
45 months ago

Such a selfish campaign this is. You broke the law, caused utter chaos in the lives of 100's if not 1000's of people to whine about tuition at a university you attend by choice. Your actions could have had catastrophic consequences by the mere fact that the only direct route to Dominican Hospital was blockaded by idiots like yourselves. Why don't you man up and pay your own damn fine? Or offer restitution to those that lost money due to your childish behavior? It's obvious you learned nothing from the judicial process and for that I feel truly sorry for your future.

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Harold Von Norman
39 months ago
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Thank you UCSC6 for putting your bodies, energy, time, and your education on the line in order to bring national attention to rising student tuition and fees, exorbitant housing costs, antiblack UC policies among numerous other concerns. Though you all are experiencing bs restitution from the administration please know that you have many many people supporting you and wishing you well. Detractors are a dime a dozen and speak of "responsibility" and "selfishness"... know that your work has incited this rhetoric because your actions SO SHOOK foundational forms of capitalist white supremacy and privilege... Brava to you all ! hugs and love always!

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Janette Murray
39 months ago
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Well, spoiled self righteous brats should have received a harsher penalty. In my opinion they got off entirely way to easy and I don't know a single Local who would support them. They put the lives of a community at risk by blocking access to medical care and emergency services. Not to mention all the people late for work. A massive inconvenience for a community that the students want to support them? Nope

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Daniel Logan
44 months ago
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Be responsible and pay your own fines, you guys broke the law and that financial responsibility is your own. Pay off the fines with the jobs you don't have in this town thanks to your behavior

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Jamie Walker
24 months ago

You suck because i lost a days wage that day! How sare you steal money out of our pockets, just trying to get to work. Losers!

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Linda Luna
38 months ago

Thank you, all for your personal sacrifices, human rights advocacy/social justice....

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Created March 10, 2015
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MF
$15
Mario Felix
27 months ago
BS
$20
Barbara Schliepe
39 months ago

Good luck!

$10
Alexandra Batzdorf
39 months ago

I'm so proud of you all, and so sorry that this system is so corrupt. Thank you for fighting for all of us. You've sacrificed so much for such a selfless cause, and you will make change!

TB
$100
Thomas Benedict
39 months ago
HH
$30
harold hardin
39 months ago

fuck capitalism

$20
Jameson Uisce
39 months ago

Sorry I missed yer party! Yall know I love you!

DS
$30
Dorah & Geoff Shuey
45 months ago

We support the Highway 6!

BK
$50
Ben Kutcher
45 months ago
AH
$75
Angela Harris
45 months ago

Hoping UCSC Police Dept. does the right thing and returns restitution $ to the Hwy 6 students

SL
$50
Sunny Lim
46 months ago
Robert B Forsyth
45 months ago

Such a selfish campaign this is. You broke the law, caused utter chaos in the lives of 100's if not 1000's of people to whine about tuition at a university you attend by choice. Your actions could have had catastrophic consequences by the mere fact that the only direct route to Dominican Hospital was blockaded by idiots like yourselves. Why don't you man up and pay your own damn fine? Or offer restitution to those that lost money due to your childish behavior? It's obvious you learned nothing from the judicial process and for that I feel truly sorry for your future.

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Harold Von Norman
39 months ago
3
3

Thank you UCSC6 for putting your bodies, energy, time, and your education on the line in order to bring national attention to rising student tuition and fees, exorbitant housing costs, antiblack UC policies among numerous other concerns. Though you all are experiencing bs restitution from the administration please know that you have many many people supporting you and wishing you well. Detractors are a dime a dozen and speak of "responsibility" and "selfishness"... know that your work has incited this rhetoric because your actions SO SHOOK foundational forms of capitalist white supremacy and privilege... Brava to you all ! hugs and love always!

+ Read More
Janette Murray
39 months ago
1
1

Well, spoiled self righteous brats should have received a harsher penalty. In my opinion they got off entirely way to easy and I don't know a single Local who would support them. They put the lives of a community at risk by blocking access to medical care and emergency services. Not to mention all the people late for work. A massive inconvenience for a community that the students want to support them? Nope

+ Read More
Daniel Logan
44 months ago
1
1

Be responsible and pay your own fines, you guys broke the law and that financial responsibility is your own. Pay off the fines with the jobs you don't have in this town thanks to your behavior

+ Read More
Jamie Walker
24 months ago

You suck because i lost a days wage that day! How sare you steal money out of our pockets, just trying to get to work. Losers!

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Linda Luna
38 months ago

Thank you, all for your personal sacrifices, human rights advocacy/social justice....

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