On Wednesday, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau sent armed thugs into Sproul Plaza to beat the shit out of students engaged in the peaceful “OccupyCal” protest. In response to his decision to punish and terrorize students for protesting the damaging policies that he has helped to promote, UC Berkeley students have called for a strike on Tuesday, November 15.
Bicycle Barricade supports this call, and joins Cal students in demanding the resignation of Chancellor Birgeneau, Vice Chancellor Breslauer, and Vice Chancellor LeGrande.
The UC Davis Faculty Association has also endorsed the strike call.
The board of the Davis Faculty Association has voted to endorse the systemwide general strike called for by Occupy Cal to occur on November 15.
After a mass rally and march of over 3,000 people, and repeated police assaults on the encampment, the Occupy Cal general assembly decided — with over 500 votes, 95% of the assembly — to organize and call for a strike and day of action on Tuesday, November 15 in all sectors of higher education. We will strike in opposition to the cuts to public education, university privatization, and the indebting of our generation.
We call on UC Davis students, employees, and faculty to strike in support of our comrades at UC Berkeley and all other victims of police violence, privatization, and debt.