Friday, September 25, 2009

Press Clips

Here are two recent ambiguous mentions of un/democratic UC governance in press on the walkout. Both of these pieces are good for mentioning democracy, but misleading in implying that shared governance is a sufficient democratic ideal: a commentary in the Berkeley Daily Planet (here), and one in the SF Chronicle (here).

At the packed 9/23 forum in Wheeler, someone yelled out "who elected the regents?" (story here)

Otherwise it's quite surprising how many media accounts have not yet begun to pick up on the positive calls for democratic reform of the Regents.

Berkeley faculty union interested

At a recent meeting on the UC Budget cuts, a Berkeley professor mentioned that one of the faculty unions is interested in thinking seriously about ways of reforming the Board of Regents.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Prof Laura Nader Calls for More Accountable Regents

Prof Laura Nader Calls for More Accountable Regents at one of the roundtables/teach-ins in the run up to the walkout. See the youtube video.

9/24 UC Walkout Updates

UC Democracy was a prominent theme amongst the demonstrations throughout the UC system today. UC Democracy was added recently to the agenda at a General Assembly meeting focused on organizing the walkout. UC Democracy was featured on the main poster advertising the walkout. Democratic process was heavily emphasized during the meeting of the General Assembly today after the march, and UC Democracy was mentioned as an agenda item in moving forward.

Here's a picture of a student sign and a picture of a "Democratize the Regents" banner on Bancroft during the day: