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Monday, April 17, 2006

A UCSC Apology

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Read this first though and be sure to read the comments too. (Anyone wonder why the recruiters left?)

Administrative Message

April 13, 2006
To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Denice D. Denton, Chancellor, and David S. Kliger, Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Re: Protest on April 11

On April 11, at the UC Santa Cruz Career Fair, a small group of individuals violated the principles they claimed to embrace – those of peaceful assembly and freedom of speech. In using threatening and aggressive tactics to prevent interested students from contacting military recruiters, these protesters infringed on the rights of others and acted with intimidation, intolerance and disrespect. Many did so with their faces covered, unwilling to take public responsibility for their actions.
The university, like any public body, has established guidelines that protect rights of freedom of speech, expression and assembly. Moreover, this campus provides in its
Principles of Community a clear statement of standards for behavior that it expects of all its members, including the expectation that reasoned discourse includes a free exchange of ideas with mutual respect and consideration of differences.
Despite repeated efforts to engage with the Students Against War group, to discuss the time, place, and manner in which their protest could occur safely, the group declined to communicate further.
A letter to them on March 27 reiterated the desire to collaborate, but there was no response from the group.
We are extremely concerned by the behaviors of the approximately 75 protesters, whose actions are not consistent with the values of our campus community, including 15,000 students. We apologize on behalf of the campus to those whose rights were violated, and we will take appropriate disciplinary action against students who are found to have been in violation of campus policies.
In contrast to the disrespectful and sometimes dangerous behavior of the protesters, true character was demonstrated by the nearly 800 students who attended the career fair for its intended purpose and by the many faculty and staff who encountered the protesters with composure and self-control.
Our primary concern at the Career Fair was ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. We also held the goal of protecting the rights of our students to have access to the 90 employers attending the event, including the military recruiters.
Although the situation was extremely volatile, staff, faculty, and military recruiters used admirable restraint to prevent a serious situation from escalating to a point where public safety would have been further jeopardized.
We thank all those students, staff and faculty who made the best of a difficult situation, and we appreciate the vast majority of our campus community who demonstrate the ideals of our democracy by respecting the rights of all individuals.

Definitely read the March 27 letter mentioned above.

Oh! and not only that, but>>>>

Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson to headline teach-in at UCSC

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/06/2006 - 2:26pm.

Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson—the husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame—will be among the featured speakers at "The War on Terror: A Credible Threat," a day-long teach-in that will take place on Monday, April 24 at the UCSC quarry.

Running from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., the event will feature a lineup of nationally known speakers for a day of reflection on U.S. international politics and university life. Guest speakers will include U.S. House of Representatives members Barbara Lee and Sam Farr; prominent law professors from across the nation; Santa Cruz mayor Cynthia Matthews; and senior members of the UCSC faculty. UCSC Chancellor Denice D. Denton is also expected to attend the event and speak briefly. Admission is free and open to both the campus and the general public.
The "The War on Terror: A Credible Threat" teach-in will take place at the Upper Quarry Amphitheater on the UC Santa Cruz campus. Follow signs to parking; purchase a $2 parking permit from the onsite attendant, who can direct you to the event location. Map at

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The teach-in is designed to address the growing concern over warrantless searches of U.S. citizens, confirmed reports of torture in U.S.-controlled prisons, violations of U.S. Constitutional and international law in the conduct of the war on terror, and the deteriorating situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the rest of the Middle East. Of particular concern is the growing violence against women in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the way in which communities of color are targeted for aggressive military recruiting in high schools. The teach-in was initiated by Faculty Against War—a group of 25 senior UCSC faculty members—and a coalition of campus student organizations, including Students Against War (SAW).
"As educators, we feel an obligation to respond, and so we have chosen to respond with education," noted UCSC Politics Professor Michael Urban, who spoke on behalf of Faculty Against War.

The idea for the event grew out of outrage at the Pentagon's spying on anti-war activities by students and a recent report in which students demonstrating against military recruiters at UCSC were characterized as being a "credible threat" to national security. Chancellor Denton, Senator Barbara Boxer, and Congressman Farr recently challenged that designation, and it was subsequently removed from the Pentagon's database.

Joseph Wilson is now at the center of a major controversy involving the White House, the CIA, and the war in Iraq. His report on the lack of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, along with his criticism of the Bush Administration's invasion plans, led to dismissal from his post as a senior U.S. diplomat. In addition, evidence now shows that Wilson's wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame, was illegally outed by high-level White House officials as further revenge for Wilson's outspoken opposition to the war. The author of The Politics of Truth, Wilson will address these issues at the UCSC teach-in.

The list of speakers slated for the event at press time includes:
The teach-in is sponsored by UCSC's Institute for Advanced Feminist Research (IAFR) and a range of other departments at UCSC, the Santa Cruz Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and other concerned campus and community organizations.
For more information, contact the UCSC Institute for Advanced Feminist Research at 459-3882.
story submitted by John Thompson

10:00-10:30 - Richard Abel
10:30 - 11:00 - Eben Moglen
11:00 - 11:30 - Miguel Tinker-Salas
11:30-12:00- Sam Farr, Chancellor Denise Denton, Mayor Cynthia Matthews
12:00 - 1:00 - Joseph Wilson
1:00 - 1:25 - David Cole
1:25- 1:55 - Dick 'n' Dubya (from the San Francisco Mime Troupe)
1:55 - 2:20 -
Alan Richards
1:25- 1:55 -2:20- 2:45 - Sonali Kolhatkar
2:45 - 3:05 - Dan Wirls
3:05-3:30 - Aimee Allison
3:30-3:45 - Grant Lyon
3:45-4:00 - UCSC Students Against the War
4:00-4:15 - Nathan Escoto
4:15-4:30-- Yolanda Perez
4:15-4:40 - Safaa Ibrahim
4:40 - 5:10 - Watsonville Brown Berets
5:10-5:30 - Neferti Tadiar
5:30 - 6:00 - Judith Butler
6:00-6:30 - Maria Blanco
6:30-6:50 - Marc Sapir
6:50 - 7:10 - Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
7:10-7:40-Bettina Aptheker

If you look up the people speaking, you might get the idea that they are going to be preaching to the UCSC choir. Just a guess...
A whole day of discussing the same old talking points of the anti war crowd. My tax dollars at work?

The teach-in is organized by Faculty Against War (UC Santa Cruz). Major funding is provided by the Offices of the Chancellor, the Executive Vice Chancellor, and Student Affairs, with additional contributions from the Anthropology Department, the Center for Cultural Studies, the Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community (CJTC), College Nine, College Ten, Cowell College, the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office, the Feminist Studies Department, the History Department, the Institute for Advanced Feminist Research (IAFR), the Institute for Humanities Research, the Literature Department, the Women’s Center, the Santa Cruz Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and other concerned campus and community organizations. For more information, call 831-459-2663.

Invited Audience: Public [everyone]
Admission: Free Sponsored by: Organized by Faculty Against the War with major funding from the Offices of the Chancellor, the Executive Vice Chancellor, and Student Affairs. For complete list of sponsors see event description.
Estimated Attendance: 300
Contact information for this listing:Cheryl Van De VeerPhone: (831)-459-2663

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Unfortunetly, CodePink's event on April 26 has been postponed until this fall. (Aww, shucks!)

Anyone care to join me up at the campus? I have this great t-shirt that says "My daughter wears combat boots".