Occupation of the Graduate Student Commons at UC Santa Cruz

“The situation at the university has become untenable.”

On Thursday, September 24th, students at UC Santa Cruz began the occupation of the Graduate Student Commons as part of a day of action at all UCs across the state. The building is located in a central location on campus, across from the Bay Tree Bookstore. The occupiers held a dance party on Friday the night and another dance party on Wednesday night. By Thursday morning, the occupation had come to an end.

A flyer distributed in the streets explains the building occupation at UC Santa Cruz:

The situation at the university has become untenable. Workers are losing their jobs. Students are dropping out of school. The promise of a good life at the end of a university education is now an illusion.

Compared to the severity of the crisis, the solutions on offer are woefully inadequate. The time for pointless negotiations is over. But a single day of action, announced in advance, is not enough. Escalation is absolutely necessary.

It remains for the people to seize what is theirs.

OCCUPY CALIFORNIA.

For more information, please visit:

Rally and Walkout at UC Santa Cruz to Defend the Future of Public Education
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/09/24/18623129.php

Strikes and Walkouts Against Budget Cuts, Fee Hikes, Layoffs, Furloughs at UC
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/09/20/18622513.php

UC Santa Cruz Students Occupy Graduate Student Commons
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/09/24/18623088.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.