At their arraignment this past Friday (1/21), the UCI-19 unanimously pleaded not guilty to the preposterous set of charges tossed at the them by the Orange County D.A. If you recall, these 19 students and their allies organized a sit-in against the UC Irvine administration’s attempt to outsource bus drivers to the detriment of AFSCME 3299 workers. For an entire 10 months, no charges were filed; the D.A. waited until these students were in the midst of finals the following semester to file them, forcing all 19 to show up to an arraignment date between Christmas and New Years. Upon their arrival, the students learned that the D.A. left necessary documents in her car, and the arraignment was pushed back until this past Friday. UCI Chancellor Michael Drake claims to have no knowledge of the D.A.’s intentions, though he refuses to publicly criticize the way the case is being handled. The case will continue to pretrial on March 7. From Irvine to Berkeley, we are watching. We will not stand for this exceptional use of the legal apparatus against non-violent student protesters.
Solidarity with the UC-19! Hands off all student protesters!
Defend all workers under attack from the UC administration!