Occupation and Liberation at UCSC to Stop Expansion

Students at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) have been occupying spaces high up in redwood trees and on the ground since November 7th on Science Hill, site of a proposed Biomedical Sciences facility. The space below the redwoods is transforming from a parking lot into a temporary autonomous zone. Meetings are events take place every day and students enjoy the space for doing their school work. This year, anti-colonialists plan to celebrate an all day Thanks-Vegan Holiday Sit-in and Potluck at the liberated community space in resistance to UCSC expansion.

On November 14th in Berkeley, 75 miles from Santa Cruz, three people were violently arrested by UC police officers at a midnight prayer vigil at the long-standing Oak Grove tree-sit on UC Berkeley’s campus. More than 40 people, lead by a group of Indigenous peoples, walked in procession to the Tree-sit to show support for human rights and sacred sites and hold a prayerful candlelight vigil at the area, which is a sacred Ohlone burial ground.

The Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ) describes the socio-political tactic of creating temporary spaces that elude formal structures of control.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporary_Autonomous_Zone

For more information, see:

Santa Cruz Community Supports Tree-sitters
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/11/15/18461281.php

UCSC Students Launch Tree-Sit at Site of Controversial Biomedical Sciences Building
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/11/08/18458938.php

Crossposted at Indybay.org.

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.