OccupyCali: Officers who pepper-sprayed students no longer UCD employed
(UC Davis police Lt. John Pike pepper-sprays Occupy UC Davis protesters on Nov. 18 on the campus Quad. Pike, who was on paid leave for eight months, is no longer employed by the university, campus officials said Wedneday. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo)
“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.
In response to repeated Enterprise inquiries about Pike’s job status, UCD spokeswoman Claudia Morain said Pike was no longer an officer as of Wednesday. She declined to say if Pike was fired or resigned, citing state law and university policies protecting the confidentiality of personnel decisions.
Pike, whose annual salary was $121,680, remained on paid leave for eight months after the Nov. 18 incident. He will receive no other payout from the university, Morain said. He remains entitled to retirement benefits.
The employment of the second suspended officer, who earned $57,060 per year, ended July 11, Morain said. The university has not revealed his identity, pending the outcome of an ongoing court case. The Enterprise has named Lee based on still photographs, video and university documents.
Photo by @philmphoto instagr.am
Protests on Day 100 of the Quebec student conflict live tweets/blog: montrealgazette
#OccupyEdu Student protesters disrupt UC regents meeting Via @latimes #Occupy
(Photo: Protesters at the UC regents meeting in Sacramento wore orange and called themselves prisoners sentenced to debt. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
“Student protesters angry about another possible tuition hike disrupted the meeting of the University of California regents Wednesday in Sacramento, with some demonstrators dressed in orange prisoner uniforms and singing about “working on the chain gang.”
The regents were about to discuss a recent report about the treatment of protesters on campuses and then analyze the impact of the governor’s May revision of the state budget on tuition.
Officials have said a 6% percent tuition hike may be in the works for July’s regent meeting if state funding does not increase.
After 15 or so protesters began chanting and marching around the meeting, they ignored orders to clear the hall. The regents then moved to another room to discuss other business in closed session.
The protest ended after about 15 minutes and the regents were expected to resume their public sessions after lunch, according to a UC spokesman.
Student activists have staged a string of protests in recent months, clashing with police. In March, three UCLA students were arrested after protesters disrupted a San Francisco regents meeting with a “spring break” demonstration in which some stripped down to bathing suits and tossed inflatable beach balls.
In a November incident that was recorded on video and widely viewed online, UC Davis protesters were squirted with pepper spray by campus police.
Undergraduate costs for California residents, including tuition, room, board and campus fees, has risen to $31,000 and university officials have warned of more increases if voters this fall reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax hike.”
OccupyCali: On #M12 93,000 Californians lost extended unemployment benefits. #Occupy
One of the reasons Californians should still be Occupying, as if school tuition increases, locking up students and professors for protesting on campus, and police brutality weren’t enough on May 12th 93,000 (according to CBS News) lost extended unemployment benefits. According to the US Bureau of labor (Feb 2012) almost 11% (That’s about 4,147,000 people) of the entire state of California is unemployed. This number 11% is calculated by taking a sample of unemployed families every month across the nation and measuring the amount of change over time. To read more on how the US Gov. calculates unemployment and to try to make an educated decision on whether or not you think 11% is the actual number go here: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Here is the article from CBS:
(CBS News) MERCED, Calif. - “A lot of Americans are still suffering from the investment disasters of 2008. Back then, Congress extended unemployment benefits to 99 weeks in many states — but tomorrow, that extension ends and 236,000 Americans are about to get notices that the checks are over, as CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports.
At the Community Action Agency in Merced, Brenda Callahan-Johnson is bracing for a flood of long-term unemployed seeking emergency food, housing and financial aid.
“A lot of these people are not going to know that they are not getting unemployment until they get the letter in the mail, and they’re going to be scared,” Callahan-Johnson told CBS News.
Tomorrow 93,000 Californians are losing extended unemployment benefits.
Callahan-Johnson told CBS News correspondent John Blackstone that she had never seen anything like this.
“In 19 years, I have never had this many cuts in unemployment at the same time,” she explained.
In California’s agricultural heartland, Merced is being hit hard by federal law that cuts extended benefits in states where unemployment has fallen. In the last year, California’s rate has dropped from 11.9 percent to 11 percent. But, in Merced, it’s 20 percent.
“Merced County is experiencing dire unemployment,” Callahan-Johnson said.
While finding work in Merced is difficult, finding places where people used to work is easy. One plant, which made ladders, closed in October — taking with it 140 jobs.
The closed Pepsi bottling factory once employed 40. Sixty people used to make parts for Toyota at another closed location.”
Continue reading: Thousands to lose long-term unemployment benefits, even where it remains sky-high
#Occupy Poet Joshua Clover & 11 #UCDavis Students May Face Prison Time & $1M Damages for Shutdown of USBank
“If you haven’t heard: The administration of UC Davis is holding poet and professor Joshua Clover and 11 students accountable for their alleged role in protests that led to the shutdown of a campus US Bank. “District Attorney Jeff Reisig is charging campus protesters with 20 counts each of obstructing movement in a public place, and one count of conspiracy. If convicted, the protesters could face up to 11 years each in prison, and $1 million in damages.” According to the Davis Dozen press release:
The charges were brought at the request of the UC Davis administration, which had recently received a termination letter from US Bank holding the university responsible for all costs, claiming they were “constructively evicted” because the university had not responded by arresting the “illegal gathering.” Protesters point out that the charges against them serve to position the university favorably in a potential litigation with US Bank…
Their arraignment originally set for April 27th has been postponed until May 10th, according to the California Aggie. You can also find out more on the Davis Dozen website.
A petition is circulating that demands UC Davis drop all charges.”
Petition for the Davis Dozen
#Montreal #MayDay #M1GS
Thousands march for Earth Day, against Charest Some protesters calling the rallies a 'Quebec Spring'
(Photo courtesy of: montrealgazette)
“MONTREAL - Tens of thousands (over 100,000) of people marched through downtown Montreal Sunday afternoon in what was the most-attended Earth Day celebrations in the city’s history, organizers said.
Sunday’s march, along with the massive demonstration in mid-March against tuition hikes and the almost-daily student protests across province, make it increasingly difficult to deny the contention among student leaders that the province is undergoing a “Quebec Spring.”
The “Quebec Spring” idea references the popular revolts over the past two years in countries in the Middle East and North Africa” Read More: cnews
“Despite a significant police presence, the atmosphere was jovial and festive - a clear distinction from the student protests in the city on Friday and Saturday when more than 100 people were arrested. Police said that as of 5 p.m. Sunday, there were no reports of major disturbances during the march.”~Cnews
Here’s the video of what happened in Montreal during the less than “jovial and festive” student protests on Friday 4/20: youtube
More info: CBCNews
That awkward moment when you realize that Kim Kardashian’s failed marriage could have paid your college tuition for 2,833 years.
#Reddit: Best free online learning centers #OccupyEdu #United4Edu
Schools and Universities:
- University of Reddit with corresponding subreddit
- MIT Lectures
- Carnegie Mellon
- Johns Hopkins
- Rice - Connexions
- Utah State
- Berkeley Part 2
- Berkeley Part 3 (videos)
- Stanford Part 2 (videos)
- University of Sydney
- University of Virginia
- Yale Part 2 (videos)
- University of Washington CSE
- University of Chicago
- University of New South Wales
- Open Course Ware Finder
- Open Course Ware Consortium
- University of the People
Other General Sites: