As our comrades at Mobilize Berkeley have already publicized, a UC Berkeley undergrad was taken into custody today and remains locked up in a San Francisco jail.
This morning, the 13 protesters who were arrested at November’s UC Regents’ meeting had their day in court. Initial reports were optimistic, as the majority of the arrestees had no charges filed against them. Note that this is not the same as having their charges dropped; until next November 17, the DA has the option of filing these charges at any time.
Then came the bad news. Three current and former UC Berkeley students were charged with assault on an officer. This came as an utter shock, as none of the 13 people arrested on Nov. 17 were arrested on such charges. One of the three has since had her charges dropped, and a second has posted bail. However, a UC Berkeley freshman remains behind bars. Both the alumnus who posted bail and the student still in custody are being charged with obstruction, resisting, and assault on an officer with injury. Bail is currently set at $30,000 for this student.
[Update: The student has been bailed out. His family and friends had to post bond, so they are asking for donations. You can give what you can by contacting either of the emails at the bottom of this post. His arraignment is tomorrow (12/15) at 9 am, and we’ll need as many people as possible to come out to show the DA that we are watching. Details of the arraignment are below.]
An injury to one is an injury to all! Let’s get our comrade out immediately!
It’s absolutely essential that we get this student out of jail immediately. Already other students, friends, and supporters have begun to offer to contribute to the bail fund. If you are able to contribute anything, however small, please email us or a comrade from Mobilize Berkeley. Note that as long as we can raise the bail amount in its entirety (as opposed to going through a bailbondsman), you will get your money back once this student appears in court.
We can’t stand idly by as our comrades are systematically targeted and locked up one by one. We have seen UCSF cops consistently harass students at their places of residence. We have seen our comrades at UCI charged with multiple misdemeanors 10 months after the alleged incident. And now this. Our friends at Mobilize Berkeley are collecting solidarity messages for the UCI arrestees; you can find information and a sample message here. The next step is to mobilize for their arraignment. The student currently in custody is currently scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow (12/15) at 9 am at the SF Courthouse at 850 Bryant. This is subject to change; we will post an update as soon as we hear anything. Until then, all out to the courthouse!
We will post further information as soon as we get it. If you have ideas about building support for the arrestees, mobilizing around their court date, launching a publicity campaign, organizing against police repression on our campuses, or something else entirely, please blow up the comments section. Let’s get a support network off the ground immediately and figure out how we’re going to deal with this new round of repression. Remember, the courts and the police together comprise the coercive apparatus of the state. While we believe it would be a tactical mistake to confront this as an end in itself, it is also a practical necessity that we organize against this elevated level of repression so that we can get back to fighting privatization. This may be a temporary diversion, but it is one that we can’t ignore.
Drop all charges immediately and unconditionally!
Hands off student protesters!