It’s been a great day of picketing, teach-outs, a performance by Danza Azteca, an entire Sociology class that joined our protest! More strike updates will follow later, but for now here’s some press about our strike:
Excellent article from In these Times http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/16509/more_than_20_striking_students_arrested_belying_university_of_californias_e
Coverage of the Berkeley strike on KRON http://news.kron4.com/news/video-striking-u-c-graduate-students-demand-apology/
“A lot of numbers get thrown around in this university…numbers like about salaries, about us being number one public university in this country. But I have a number for everyone–480. In my eight semesters as a GSI at this university, with thirty students per section, two sections per sections per semester I have had 480 students! And I have loved every single one of those students and I am pretty damn sure that they have loved me. So then here’s my question, why strike? “–from Becky’s amazing speech at the rally yesterday
Watch Becky answer this question, and more events from the strike yesterday:
Thanks for a great day on the picket line!
Our comrades at UC Santa Cruz faced police violence this morning as they attempted to lawfully and peacefully picket. Police in riot gear arrested 20 picketers including UCSC graduate student and union leader Josh. In this video you can see Josh being arrested and pushed to the ground as he cries out in pain:
UCSC would not be deterred, and the picket continued! More information about the arrests is here at KSBW and here at the LA Times.
At UC Berkeley police filmed and pushed picketers at the West Entrance early in the morning. We continued on, and had a full day of picketing at Bancroft and Telegraph. The noon rally was stirring, despite the fact that the administration turned off the sound system during free speech hour, when our rally was scheduled.
Afterwards we munched burritos for lunch generously provided by our buddies at AFSCME, who we supported in a solidarity strike against their intimidation back in November.
Daily Cal coverage of the strike at Berkeley: http://www.dailycal.org/2014/04/02/gsis-undergraduates-gather-two-day-strike/
Today our strike received statements of solidarity from other graduate student unions, including the Teaching Assistant’s Association at University of Wisconsin-Madison, UAW 2322 at the University of Massachusetts (pictured at left) and organized graduate students at NYU.
JOIN US ON THE PICKET LINES TOMORROW, BANCROFT AND TELEGRAPH 8AM TO 6PM!
Another great video from Nick with an update from the picket lines early Wednesday morning! Picket lines going on until 6pm tonight, then all day tomorrow (Thursday) 8am to 6pm, when student workers across the UCs will be striking. Join us (and eat free bagels)!
Wondering how to participate in the strike this week? Here’s the full schedule: Strike Schedule Importantly, only departments who were represented at our strike forum are listed on the schedule. If your department is among those not listed, you should join your favorite departments and come out when you can :)
A video about our strike this week (April 2 and 3)! Please share, and thanks Nick Singh Randhawa for creating this awesome video!