UCLA: 200 people in Bruin Plaza chanting “tell the people we have a story, what, tell the whole damn word this is student/union territory”.
Employees at UC Santa Cruz are being advised to not report to work on the main campus due to safety concerns.
“Earlier this morning, protest activity at both campus entrances rendered our main campus inaccessible to vehicle traffic. Reports of protesters carrying clubs and knives, smashing a car windshield with a metal pipe, denying a resident of faculty/student housing the right to exit the campus, and keeping a campus health care worker from getting to work, escalated this morning’s protest into behavior that is disruptive, intimidating and destructive,” UC Santa Cruz Provost David Kliger said in a statement. “Behavior that degrades into violence, personal intimidation, and disrespect for the rights of others is reprehensible, and does nothing to aid efforts to restore funding to the university.”
Several hundred students, faculty and staff are rallying at Laney College in Oakland, according to Peter Tucker who works for the college.
At UCLA, about 30 students are walking through Bruin Plaza chanting “walkout shut it down”. A walkout is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. with a rally to follow at noon. Posters in support of the rally are posted around campus, but demonstrations have still not materialized.
The campus at UC Santa Cruz has been closed since 5 a.m., said Carol Hernandez, a sophomore at UCSC. At that time, there were about 100 people blocking both the east (main) and west entrances, Hernandez said, and since then the crowd at the east entrance has grown to about 200. There is a rally scheduled for noon and a general assembly at 5 p.m., Hernandez said. She said that more than 2,000 people pledged in a March 4th strike campaign held earlier this year, to attend the assembly.
“As of 9 a.m. protest activity in the area of both campus entrances has rendered the campus inaccessible to vehicles. Due to the potential safety concerns, people, including employees scheduled for work, are advised not to come to the main campus. There is currently no campus shuttle service,” according to a recorded message on the UCSC Communications Hotline.
A statement from UC Santa Cruz warns people to avoid campus entrances. “Please avoid both campus entrances due to safety concerns,” the statement reads. The Santa Cruz Sentinel is reporting that campus entrances are blocked off by protesters and some cars have been vandalized.