Southern California: Irvine 11 trial begins after a week of jury selection

Demonstrating support for the Irvine 11

Nora Barrows-Friedman, Electronic Intifada

09/07/2011

Following a week of selections from a pool of nearly 400 potential jurors, opening arguments in the Irvine 11 trial formally begin Wednesday in Orange County, California.

Defense attorneys for the group of Muslim students from UC Irvine and UC Riverside who interrupted a speech by an Israeli official in February 2010 will argue against the “selective and discriminatory” nature of the Orange County Disctrict Attorney’s office’s year-long attacks and investigations that could result in up to two years in jail for each student on criminal misdemeanor charges.

I attended some of the jury selection process in the OC courthouse last week, and will again be on hand throughout the trial to update our readers on the ongoing process during the next few weeks and after the trial ends on 23 September with a final verdict.  Continue reading

University of California: Students Protest Yet Another Tuition Fee Hike


The Daily Californian Online: Regents’ Meeting Marred by Unrest

By Nina Brown and Javier Panzar,Contributing Writers
Thursday, November 18, 2010 

 

Protesters and police Officers clash outside of the Regents’ meeting Wednesday. The meeting sparked these demonstrations because the Regents considered implementing an 8 percent fee hike.

Police used tear gas against student protest

SAN FRANCISCO – As the UC Board of Regents met at UC San Francisco Wednesday, violent skirmishes broke out between police officers and students protesting an impending 8 percent fee increase, resulting in 13 arrests throughout the day. Continue reading

UC Berkeley: Hundreds Protest on Day of Action

The Daily Californian Online

October 8, 2010

Protesters staged a sit-in within Doe Library's North Reading Room as they waited for Chancellor Birgeneau's response to their demands. (Evan Walbridge/Staff)

Thursday’s national day of protest in defense of affordable public higher education began in small numbers but escalated throughout the day as UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff and community members came out to show their support through teach-outs, sit-ins and a noon rally in front of Sproul Hall that at one point drew a crowd of over 700 people, as estimated by UCPD.

Oct. 7 began with less than 10 picketers at the intersection of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue at about 7:00 a.m., chanting and distributing flyers and red arm bands to passersby. Protesters later delivered a list of demands for Chancellor Robert Birgeneau at about 10 a.m., accepted by Associate Chancellor Linda Williams at California Hall.

The demands included the democratization of the UC Board of Regents, free public education and full funding for ethnic studies on the campus.

The number of protesters grew steadily throughout the day. Professors and graduate student instructors in front of California Hall and around Moffitt Library held regular class sessions as well as discussions on the state of public higher education. Ashley Ferro-Murray, a graduate student instructor of theater, dance and performance studies, said she hoped the protests would foster a discussion between the administration and students regarding higher education. Continue reading