Fuck the Corporate Media; Guerilla Screening at Tent University Santa Cruz

As the University of California Administration engages in a public relations campaign of lies, Santa Cruz Indymedia’s open-publishing newswire is being utilized by UCSC students, staff, faculty and members of the community to expose the truth about the events that took place on Monday evening (4/18/05) at Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC) and some of the many reasons for organizing TUSC in the first place.

On April 20, at about 8:15pm, Tent University Santa Cruz participants came to a decision at the base of the UCSC campus that all but a dozen TUSCers would spend the night in the Quarry Amphitheater, a beautiful outdoor venue at UCSC, and have a meeting to discuss their platform of demands for the UC Administration.

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Wednesday afternoon at Tent University Santa Cruz

On Wednesday, April 20, 2005, there were workshops and presentations at Tent University Santa Cruz. I came late to a presentation about the exploitation of workers in maquiladoras (sweatshop factories) and the way that workers are organizing to form networks of resistance and awareness. Strategies were discussed for pressuring the UC and other institutions into making socially-responsible purchases.

Lunch was really great. We had veggie patties, hummus, mixed salad, cabbage and a mixture of peanut butter and banana. Both meals I eat at TUSC were very healthy and delicious. I wish I had a community like that to eat with more often! After lunch, I learned a little bit about Mountain Justice Summer which is taking place in the Appalachia mountains.

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Tent University Santa Cruz

On Monday April 18, around 150 hundred people, most of whom are currently enrolled as undergrads at UCSC, marched from UCSC’s Baytree Plaza down to the base of campus. Several large puppets decided to join the march as well. Meanwhile at the base of campus, other folks were busy creating a large steel structure to provide a respite from the hot sun.

Once we reached the base of campus, several TUSC organizers stood on a wooden platform and explained a little bit about the organizing that went into TUSC. Dan from AFSCME spoke in support of TUSC, Students Against War (SAW) and Student Worker Coalition for Justice.

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Interview with Will Parrish about Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC)

Will Parrish on the March for Education. September 15, 2004.

On April 11, 2005 Will Parrish, an organizer with Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC), joined me in the Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.fm studio for a live-on-air interview. TUSC will take place April 18-22 at the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus.

UCSC’s upper administration and the campus police do not support the autonomous community being created, however the students are continuing to build support both on and off campus.

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