“Day of Action” Protests Fee Hikes, MSU Suspension.

According to New University twitter accounts, the “protesters”  were denied permits for sound amplification for today’s rally.  This being the case,  has the university now changed its policy and will  also no longer grant amplification permits for inflammatory and anti-Semitic hate speakers?

Live Blogging Oct. 7 Events

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Organizers are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. in the Cross-Cultural Center to begin preparation for the noon rally at the flagpoles. With a rumored fee increase coming in November, the Oct. 7 strike has been deemed a “day of action” across the nation. Activists hope to draw crowds as they call for awareness and change.

At UC Irvine, the rally is also a demand for “accountability and democracy” at the university following the recent suspension of the Muslim Student Union and other charges being held against activists from the last academic school year.

Follow coverage of the events of Oct. 7′s Strike & Day of Action at twitter.com/newuniversity, and be sure to pick up the New University’s Oct. 12 issue for a full report.

12:51 p.m.

With a main banner that reads “DEATH OF PUBLIC EDUCATION,” approximately 30 marchers have arrived at Aldrich Hall. Other passers-by stop to observe, but not for long.

Meanwhile, the Daily Californian reports that student organizers are now addressing a student crowd of about 1,000 strong at UC Berkeley. UC Davis reports approximately 100 protesters.

12:38 p.m.

After being denied amplified sound due to other activities at the student center using sound, the protest starts with a small but intimate crowd of students listening to a mix of speeches and spoken word. Speakers specifically attack the lack of faculty or administrators present, as well as the spending on Afghanistan. Oct. 7 also happens to mark the anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan.

Marching commences around 12:30 p.m., with chants of “We want money for jobs and education, not for war and occupation.”

11:52 a.m.

No more than 10 protesters have gathered at the UC Irvine flagpoles, ready to go. On the other hand, a dozen or so cops are overwhelming the scene.

Meanwhile, 68 actions in 23 states across the country are currently protesting, according to studentactivism.net. After an early but slow start at UC Berkeley, some 100 protesters are marching around campus shouting “Walk Out Now,” according to the Daily Californian.

  1. Protest is officially over at UCI. 5 minutes ago via txt
  2. Speaker asks the cops, “What are you doing here?” 9 minutes ago via txt
  3. http://twitpic.com/2vh8ym 16 minutes ago via Twitpic
  4. Locked doors, chanting begins again…”the students united will never be divided” 17 minutes ago via txt
  5. “Let’s see if we can get a meeting with the chancellor.” Protesters now move toward the door. 18 minutes ago via txt
  6. Sign has been put up: “Aldrich Hall Temporarily Closed” –doors locked, chanting continues. 21 minutes ago via txt
  7. http://twitpic.com/2vh71f 23 minutes ago via Twitpic
  8. The march arrives at the entrance to Aldrich Hall. 24 minutes ago via txt
  9. “This is not UC Berkeley,” a passerby shouts at the protesters. 26 minutes ago via txt
  10. http://twitpic.com/2vh2ux 41 minutes ago via Twitpic
  11. About 30-40 protesters march on Ring Road with the usua chants. 4 cops tail. 43 minutes ago via txt
  12. The marching begins… about 1 hour ago via txt
  13. “We want money for our jobs & education/not for war & occupation” chant begins. about 1 hour ago via txt
  14. ‘How come the Regents aren’t on our side?’ http://twitpic.com/2vgzsr about 1 hour ago via Twitpic
  15. Numbers at the “free speech area” rise as classes let out. about 1 hour ago via txt
  16. A small but determined gathering. http://twitpic.com/2vgwpi about 1 hour ago via Twitpic
  17. Newly appointed interim vice chancellor of student affairs Thomas Parham is seen talking with students. about 1 hour ago via txt
  18. Permit for amplified sound was denied by admin. Protesters gather with no clear plans yet. about 1 hour ago via txt
  19. Clouds are rolling in as police and protesters gather at the flagpoles. about 2 hours ago via web
  20. Here @UCIrvine students are running from Starbucks to class, from parking structures to campus. “There’s a protest today?” one student asks.
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