Posted by: BEM | May 12, 2010

Preliminary Schedule for May 18-19

Day 1: May 18

8 – 10AM: Breakfast & Class Re-locations; Snake Marches through Campus

10-11AM: Rally
Leo Ritz-Barr will discuss the Commission on the Future
Discuss the Strike planned for the fall
Introduction of the Workshop and Discussion Leaders

11-11:30AM
Faculty Presentation
Robert Meister – Student Loans, UC Privatization, and Growing Income Inequality

11:30 – 1: Lunch & Soccer Game with Workers

1-3: Discussion Groups and Workshops

Student-Led Discussion groups
Aaron Benanav — “Precarity”
Laura Martin & Will O’Connor — “Global Student Movements”
Justin Gilmore — “The Economic Crisis”
Shae Walsh — “Communal Living”
Mark Paschal — “Post-WWII Social Movements”
Katie Woolsey — “The Master Plan and the History of the Current Crisis”
Leo Riz-Barr — “2009-2010 School Year: A Retrospective”
TBA — The Dream Act
TBA — Arizona situation
TBA — Prison Industrial Complex
TBA — History of Strike / Global Strikes
TBA — Food and Agriculture
TBA — Green Building
TBA — Santa Cruz Community Climate

Practical Workshops
Don Kingsbury – Police Workshop / Knowing Your Rights
Jonathan Steimnitz — Legal Observation
Brian Malone — “Teach the Budget: Schwarzenegger, Yudof, Kliger”
representatives from Chavez / Zami — How to Do Communal Living
Erin Ellison, Solymar & Ambrielle — “Organizing Across Difference”
Sam Novey & Travis Heller – Medic Workshop
TBA — Student Judicial Affairs Process
Strike Committee – Strike Workshop: How to Organize, What to Anticipate
TBA — Student Journalism / Independent Media

3-5
Poetry Readings & Performances
(Andrea Quaid & Juliana Leslie are organizing a 2-3 hour poetry line-up)
(Olivia Warner will be organizing a performance itinerary)
in addition…
Rob Wilson — protest poetry
Eireene Nealand — TBA
Madeline — “Revolutionary Letters” reading circle

(ALL DAY LONG)
Info Booths

Literature
Lauren O’Connor

Itinerary / Welcoming
Cloe Le Gall-Scoville
Emily Rose

Free Book Drive
Emily Morrison

Day 2: May 19

8 – 10AM: Breakfast & Class Re-locations; Snake Marches through Campus
10-11AM: Rally
Discuss the Strike / the future
Introduce the Discussion Group leaders and Workshops

11 – 11:30 – Faculty Presentation OR face-painting, fun stuff, bands?

11:30 – 1: Lunch & Soccer Game with Workers

1-3: Discussion Groups and Workshops

Student-Led Discussion groups
Chris Chitty — “Student Strike, Human Strike”
Jo Isaacson — “Utopias and Prefigurative Politics”
Lior Hadar — “Consensus”
representatives from Chavez / Zami — Communal Living
Jocelyn Kadas — “Poetry and Consciousness Transformation”
Gabi Kirk — “Long Range Development Plan”
Bryan Gigantino — TBA
Max Fox – “The Future of the Classroom”
TBA — “Counter-Commission on the Future”

Practical Workshops
Don Kingsbury — Police Workshop / Knowing Your Rights
Jonathan Steimnitz — Legal Observation
Brian Malone — “Teach the Budget: The Regents and the Commission on the Future”
representatives from Chavez / Zami — How to Do Communal Living
Bryan Quintero — Yoga
Nick Lally – Participatory Art
Sam Novey & Travis Heller – Medic Workshop
Strike Committee – How to Strike, How to Organize, The Strike in the Fall
TBA — Student Journalism / Independent Media

3-5 Poetry and Performances
(Andrea Quaid and Juliana Leslie will schedule a 2-3 hour poetry line-up)
(Olivia Warner will be organizing a performance itinerary)

(ALL DAY LONG)

Info Booths

Literature
Lauren O’Connor

Itinerary / Welcoming
Cloe Le Gall-Scoville
Emily Rose

Free Book Drive
Emily Morrison

Posted by: BEM | May 8, 2010

Open Letter to UCSC Students

Dear Students of UCSC,

As some of you may have heard, there is a planned student walk-out for the days of May 18th and 19th, coinciding with the Regents meeting on the Commission on the Future. We are writing to include you in the preparations for this walk-out as a pedagogical endeavor. A lot has been said about these actions as “teachable moments,” however, in practice that has obliged us to learn and teach around or after these actions occur, rather than from within. This walk-out is not planned as a campus shut down; the intent is not to disrupt class or education. Instead, we propose that this walk-out will push education outside the institutional spaces of the university. Rather than walking out of your education, the organizing committee is encouraging you to “walk out to your education.” This is in part symbolic: as students, we increasingly feel that our education is becoming peripheralized by the budgetary policies of the Regents and the administration.

The emphasis of our preparations is on offering a pedagogical itinerary for these two days. These two pieces are practical workshops, and student- and graduate student-led discussion groups on topics ranging from the financial crisis to student debt. We invite you to join with us in practicing our education outside the divisive and precarious spaces which are increasingly disrupting our learning experience.

There are four things you can do to support this effort.

— If you are scheduled to attend a class between 8am and 5pm on these daysh, you can encourage your instructors to re-locate their classes to the west entrance on the 18th, or the main entrance on the 19th. The walk-out committee is currently working to provide an infrastructure for class re-locations, and we would appreciate any of your suggestions.

— Encourage your instructors to excuse absences for this event, if they do not decide to re-locate their class.

— Consider holding a talk or discussion group during these days of action. We are compiling a list of speakers for our itinerary.

— Don’t go to class and encourage other students to take advantage of the pedagogical opportunities being organized.

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in participating, or if you have suggestions for how to make this a productive, teachable moment for the students of our community.

In solidarity,

Madeline McDonald Lane, PhD student, Department of Literature mmlane@ucsc.edu
Katie Woolsey, PhD candidate, Department of Literature, kwoolsey@ucsc.edu

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