Support the UCSC 6
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
Thank you, all for your personal sacrifices, human rights advocacy/social justice....