[11/24/11] La Mesa Amplia Nacional Estudiantil -MANE Colombia invita a la Jornada Continental de Lucha por el Derecho a la Educación

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Noticias de la movilización estudiantil en los campus de la Universidad de California, EU

[11/16] Attention UC Davis community,

As you may or may not have heard, there was a UC system-wide strike yesterday (Tues. Nov. 15th) in response to recent police brutality where protesters in UC Berkeley were met with broken ribs, baton jabs, and a general ferocity, and the privatization of education such as the 81% proposed fee hike by UC regents. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVkC7kRFV8c)

The turnout at the rally was estimated to be more than two thousand students and faculty; the participants marched to Mrak Hall in solidarity, successfully holding a general assembly and occupying Mrak Hall for the night.

The UC regents cancelled their meeting for Wednesday the 16th, citing that, "there was a high chance of violence" from the student body. UC's, CSU's, and community colleges responded by collectively taking to the financial district of San Francisco, holding down the main branch of Bank of America. Protesters outside of the bank were met with beatings by the riot police, while approximately a hundred protesters that entered the bank successfully shut down the main branch and demanded UC Regent Monica Lazano sign the pledge to refund California and its education. Subsequently, these students, including UC Davis students, were arrested and later released.

Meanwhile, about two dozen police in full riot gear entered Mrak Hall, forcing peaceful occupiers outside the building. Unfortunately for the Administration, this is not the end to our fight for our education. The general assembly held shortly after the eviction proposed and agreed on an action TOMORROW, November 17th, at noon in the main quad. We must defend our first amendment rights to peacefully assemble and to exercise our freedom of speech.

Please share this email widely throughout your community members before tomorrow noon!

Please support us, come out to the events, join our cause!
We are the 99%!

- Concerned students of UC Davis

Find us here:
Twitter (occupyucdavis, #occupyucdavis, #oucd, #oucdavis)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-UC-Davis/262907633759444

Links to supporting causes around Davis:

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‎[Occupy Davis] http://vimeo.com/32193643

UC Davis students and faculty members rally/protest movement in response to Occupy Movement, Fee Hikes, and UC Berkeley police brutality. A personal narrative through a journalist perspective. Photos/videos taken by yours truly. Please share and thanks...

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Why This Is Important

Join University of California at Davis Assistant Professor Nathan Brown in calling for the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi for her failure to protect UC Davis student's First Amendment right to assemble, or even their physical safety.

Nathan Brown's Open Letter To The Chancellor is below:

Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Linda P.B. Katehi,

I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and I teach in the Program in Critical Theory and in Science & Technology Studies. I have a strong record of research, teaching, and service. I am currently a Board Member of the Davis Faculty Association. I have also taken an active role in supporting the student movement to defend public education on our campus and throughout the UC system. In a word: I am the sort of young faculty member, like many of my colleagues, this campus needs. I am an asset to the University of California at Davis.

You are not.

I write to you and to my colleagues for three reasons:

1) to express my outrage at the police brutality which occurred against students engaged in peaceful protest on the UC Davis campus today

2) to hold you accountable for this police brutality

3) to demand your immediate resignation

Today you ordered police onto our campus to clear student protesters from the quad. These were protesters who participated in a rally speaking out against tuition increases and police brutality on UC campuses on Tuesday—a rally that I organized, and which was endorsed by the Davis Faculty Association. These students attended that rally in response to a call for solidarity from students and faculty who were bludgeoned with batons, hospitalized, and arrested at UC Berkeley last week. In the highest tradition of non-violent civil disobedience, those protesters had linked arms and held their ground in defense of tents they set up beside Sproul Hall. In a gesture of solidarity with those students and faculty, and in solidarity with the national Occupy movement, students at UC Davis set up tents on the main quad. When you ordered police outfitted with riot helmets, brandishing batons and teargas guns to remove their tents today, those students sat down on the ground in a circle and linked arms to protect them.

What happened next?

Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students. Students remained on the ground, now writhing in pain, with their arms linked.

What happened next?

Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.

This is what happened. You are responsible for it.


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You are responsible for it because this is what happens when UC Chancellors order police onto our campuses to disperse peaceful protesters through the use of force: students get hurt. Faculty get hurt. One of the most inspiring things (inspiring for those of us who care about students who assert their rights to free speech and peaceful assembly) about the demonstration in Berkeley on November 9 is that UC Berkeley faculty stood together with students, their arms linked together. Associate Professor of English Celeste Langan was grabbed by her hair, thrown on the ground, and arrested. Associate Professor Geoffrey O’Brien was injured by baton blows. Professor Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the United States, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner, was also struck with a baton. These faculty stood together with students in solidarity, and they too were beaten and arrested by the police. In writing this letter, I stand together with those faculty and with the students they supported.

One week after this happened at UC Berkeley, you ordered police to clear tents from the quad at UC Davis. When students responded in the same way—linking arms and holding their ground—police also responded in the same way: with violent force. The fact is: the administration of UC campuses systematically uses police brutality to terrorize students and faculty, to crush political dissent on our campuses, and to suppress free speech and peaceful assembly. Many people know this. Many more people are learning it very quickly.

You are responsible for the police violence directed against students on the UC Davis quad on November 18, 2011. As I said, I am writing to hold you responsible and to demand your immediate resignation on these grounds.

On Wednesday November 16, you issued a letter by email to the campus community. In this letter, you discussed a hate crime which occurred at UC Davis on Sunday November 13. In this letter, you express concern about the safety of our students. You write, “it is particularly disturbing that such an act of intolerance should occur at a time when the campus community is working to create a safe and inviting space for all our students.” You write, “while these are turbulent economic times, as a campus community, we must all be committed to a safe, welcoming environment that advances our efforts to diversity and excellence at UC Davis.”

I will leave it to my colleagues and every reader of this letter to decide what poses a greater threat to “a safe and inviting space for all our students” or “a safe, welcoming environment” at UC Davis: 1) Setting up tents on the quad in solidarity with faculty and students brutalized by police at UC Berkeley? or 2) Sending in riot police to disperse students with batons, pepper-spray, and tear-gas guns, while those students sit peacefully on the ground with their arms linked? Is this what you have in mind when you refer to creating “a safe and inviting space?” Is this what you have in mind when you express commitment to “a safe, welcoming environment?”


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I am writing to tell you in no uncertain terms that there must be space for protest on our campus. There must be space for political dissent on our campus. There must be space for civil disobedience on our campus. There must be space for students to assert their right to decide on the form of their protest, their dissent, and their civil disobedience—including the simple act of setting up tents in solidarity with other students who have done so. There must be space for protest and dissent, especially, when the object of protest and dissent is police brutality itself. You may not order police to forcefully disperse student protesters peacefully protesting police brutality. You may not do so. It is not an option available to you as the Chancellor of a UC campus. That is why I am calling for your immediate resignation.

Your words express concern for the safety of our students. Your actions express no concern whatsoever for the safety of our students. I deduce from this discrepancy that you are not, in fact, concerned about the safety of our students. Your actions directly threaten the safety of our students. And I want you to know that this is clear. It is clear to anyone who reads your campus emails concerning our “Principles of Community” and who also takes the time to inform themselves about your actions. You should bear in mind that when you send emails to the UC Davis community, you address a body of faculty and students who are well trained to see through rhetoric that evinces care for students while implicitly threatening them. I see through your rhetoric very clearly. You also write to a campus community that knows how to speak truth to power. That is what I am doing.

I call for your resignation because you are unfit to do your job. You are unfit to ensure the safety of students at UC Davis. In fact: you are the primary threat to the safety of students at UC Davis. As such, I call upon you to resign immediately.


Nathan Brown
Assistant Professor
Department of English
Program in Critical Theory
University of California at Davis

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+ Intervención del Profesor Nathan Brown, Departmento de Inglés/Programa en Teoría Crítica Universidad de California, Davis.

Asamblea General y Marcha al Quad [11/21/11] En solidaridad!!!


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En el marco de la sesión de emergencia convocada por la Mesa Amplia Nacional Estudiantil (MANE), desarrollada en Bogotá el día 12 de noviembre del año en curso y la cual contó con la presencia de más de 60 instituciones de educación superior de todo el país, concluye:

1. La solitud del gobierno de Juan Manuel Santos hecha a la comisión sexta de la cámara de representantes para retirar el proyecto de ley N° 112 de 2011 “POR LA CUAL SE ORGANIZA EL SISTEMA DE EDUCACIÓN SUPERIOR Y SE REGULA LA PRESTACIÓN DEL SERVICIO PÚBLICO DE LA EDUCACIÓN SUPERIOR” y su evidente cambio de actitud, obedece a la contundencia de la movilización estudiantil, encabezada por la MANE, la cual ha permitido que confluya tanto el conjunto de la comunidad universitaria, como amplios sectores sociales y populares. Todo ello se ha materializado en el espíritu colectivo de unidad del estudiantado, que se expresa tanto en el avance del proceso organizativo de la MANE, como en el desarrollo del programa mínimo y, por supuesto, en el hecho de que la lucha por la educación como un derecho ha dejado de ser una reivindicación particular de la comunidad universitaria para pasar a ser una lucha general del pueblo colombiano.

2. Nos asumimos como continuadores de la lucha histórica de los estudiantes colombianos, la comunidad académica y los sectores sociales por una nueva educación, por lo que la MANE entiende que el anuncio del presidente de solicitar el retiro de la Ley, representa una victoria importante en la lucha por la educación como un derecho. De tal suerte, comprendemos que nos encontramos ante un momento político diferente que exige de nuestra parte proyectar el movimiento estudiantil, por lo que manifestamos toda la intención de profundizar nuestras apuestas en materia de construcción organizativa, de movilización y, principalmente, avanzar hacia la construcción de la propuesta alternativa de educación superior, CUYA BASE ES EL PROGRAMA MÍNIMO DE LOS ESTUDIANTES.

3. Frente a la postura política asumida por el gobierno de Juan Manuel Santos la MANE define suspender el paro nacional universitario una vez que:
a. Se haga efectivo el retiro del proyecto de ley de reforma a la educación superior.
b. El gobierno nacional demuestre una voluntad real, que se exprese bien sea en una declaración pública o en un espacio público de interlocución, para formular de manera conjunta con la comunidad universitaria y de cara a la sociedad, con los tiempos que sean necesarios, una metodología de construcción de una reforma a la educación superior que responda a las reales exigencias de la nación colombiana. Lo anterior con respeto y sin perjuicio de los espacios propios y autónomos que la comunidad universitaria se dé para la construcción de su propuesta.
c. El gobierno se comprometa con las garantías políticas y civiles para desarrollar el derecho a la protesta, la movilización y organización de los estudiantes en todos los espacios del territorio nacional.


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4. En el marco de la aplicación de la política neoliberal para la educación superior en Colombia, durante las últimas dos décadas, se ha venido agudizando la grave crisis presupuestal y financiera de las universidades públicas del país. Insistimos en que es responsabilidad del estado darle solución efectiva a dicha situación.

5. Seguimos exigiendo que se retiren de todos los campus universitarios, de sus entradas y zonas aledañas las fuerzas de policía y el Escuadrón Móvil Antidisturbios (E.S.M.A.D) y la libertad para los estudiantes detenidos en el marco del proceso de movilización.

6. En cada universidad el movimiento establecerá junto con los consejos académicos y el conjunto de la comunidad universitaria un cronograma para la culminación efectiva del 100% de los calendarios académicos. Esta reprogramación deberá brindar garantías para que los procesos de movilización y construcción de la propuesta alternativa de educación superior sean exitosos. En el marco de las definiciones nacionales tomadas por la MANE, recalcamos que todos los procesos de movilización locales cuentan con pleno apoyo de este escenario, por cuanto entendemos que regionalmente existen una serie de reivindicaciones que necesitan de urgente solución.

7. Hacemos un llamado al conjunto de los estudiantes colombianos y el pueblo en general a rodear y desarrollar las conclusiones de la MANE. Reiteramos que continuamos en estado permanente de movilización, de construcción de propuesta y de construcción organizativa. En este sentido invitamos a la sociedad colombiana a participar el día 24 de noviembre en la jornada continental de movilización en defensa de la educación como un derecho, la cual se constituye en jornada de preparación del paro cívico nacional.
Por democracia, soberanía y Paz

13 de noviembre de 2011