California 'Day of Action': How big is it?
We here at College Inc. have been monitoring dispatches out of California all day to gauge the size and scope of this Day of Action. Will students leave their classes and take to the streets in the hundreds, or the thousands? Will they halt traffic? Will they set fires, break windows, upend cars?
It is now early afternoon in California, and here is what we read.
UC Berkeley. From the campus web site: Protesters, some wearing Day of the Dead-style facepaint, flooded the intersection at Bancroft and Telegraph in advance of a planned march to downtown Oakland and the UC's Office of the President. Protesters number in the hundreds and apparently have remained peaceful. I see, from the photos, a fair number of faculty joining the students.
UC Santa Cruz: From the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Hundreds of students have blocked both entrances to the UC Santa Cruz campus ... Some vandalism to cars has been reported. Here, too, protesters appear to number in the hundreds. But campus officials decided to shut down for the day, anyway. Provost David Kliger scolded students for "carrying clubs and knives" and smashing a car windshield.
UCLA: From the campus news service: Students concerned about budget cuts and union members carrying protest signs gathered in Bruin Plaza on the UCLA campus for about an hour on Thursday. . . Campus officials estimated 200-300 people took part. The account says the rally broke up at 1 p.m. Officials have planned for an evening march through Westwood. The L.A. Times has just upgraded the rallies to their lead story online.
San Francisco State University: According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "hundreds of protesters formed a picket line at the main entrance to campus at 19th and Holloway avenues this morning, urging students not to go to class. Before noon, they began blocking the intersection, backing up traffic temporarily before police officers slowly moved the protestors out of the street."
Back here in Maryland, my colleague Jenna Johnson (Campus Overload blog, link above) arrived at College Park to find about four dozen students rallying. It wasn't even the largest crowd of the last 24 hours in College Park.
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Daniel de Vise
March 4, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
Categories: Administration , Crime , Finance , Labor , Public policy , Publics | Tags: Berkeley, Day of Action, U-Md, UCLA, student protest, student rallies
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