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California: Post occupation: the final hour

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These so-called student leaders swear they know the correct and objective form of protest. There is no respect for a multiplicity of tactics. By the time of time of the meeting, power had already been taken away from the university without asking permission from administrators or student leaders (are these even different categories?) and was redistributed horizontally. Unfortunately this freedom brings about the possibility of usurpation by those used to power, used to hanging above everyone from their ivory tower. These people thrive on the status quo, its their realm, and they always want to drag back those who escape.

Statement from the occupiers - please disseminate to all media contacts:

A certain small group of students is doing what it can to slander the occupation that occurred at Campbell Hall. CYNTHIA, a junior politician careerist bent on control, has helped to spread rumors that the occupation was carried out by mostly "older white males." This rumor is absolutely without truth - the occupation was in fact planned and carried out by more minority students than whites -- but is that important anyway?

The building was liberated and barricaded to keep the police and administration out while opening the space for student and youth autonomy. The building remained porous and was in fact, for the first time ever, under complete autonomous student discretion. Prior to the final meeting which destroyed the occupation, a rush of students had come in to the building creating an incredible energy of activity, excitement and anticipation. Friends were made, the building re-decorated, and the bathrooms were declared gender-neutral: while there was a general feeling of defeat on the outside from the day's protest, inside Carter-Huggins Hall there was a revolution.

A meeting was called to discuss the occupation and was held in the building's stairwell. It was derailed by student leader saboteurs who were threatened by the autonomy granted to students by the liberated space. It was and remains a concern that the building chosen for occupation provides services to minority students (whom the saboteurs condescendingly view as societal handicaps). Well, this concern is actually quite ridiculous - the space was opened to all students and youth regardless of their status as UCLA customers, and for 24-hours too, without the old hourly limitations of the building under university control. It is important to check race, class and privilege, we don't deny this, but this is not what went on - the meeting devolved into mere race-baiting in an attempt by the saboteurs to take power of the occupied building. And they succeeded.

The student government leader, CYNTHIA, left the meeting 1/2 way through after using all of her time inside to change the positive horizontality of the building in to a hostile-bureaucracy. On her way out of the building CYNTHIA desecrated the legacy of Bunchy Carter and John Huggins by tearing down for the second time the banner declaring the hall Carter-Huggins Hall. After she tore down the banner, it was brought to our attention that she and her cronies had earlier sabotaged an attempt at direct action by a separate autonomous student group. The group had planned for months to storm the regents meeting at Covel Commons. CYNTHIA and her gang of movement-police linked arms in DEFENSE of the regents meeting, taking a load off the police, and thwarted the student group from rushing in to Covel.

These so-called student leaders swear they know the correct and objective form of protest. There is no respect for a multiplicity of tactics. By the time of time of the meeting, power had already been taken away from the university without asking permission from administrators or student leaders (are these even different categories?) and was redistributed horizontally. Unfortunately this freedom brings about the possibility of usurpation by those used to power, used to hanging above everyone from their ivory tower. These people thrive on the status quo, its their realm, and they always want to drag back those who escape.

There are CYNTHIA's everywhere who make up and direct the movement-police to be encountered at any site of struggle. Occupation takes power and immediately destroys its concentrated form. Beware of bureaucrats, occupy everything!

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California: Post occupation: the final hour
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 21 2009 @ 03:41 PM CST
Anyone who attempts to restrict the ways in which another chooses to fight power is doing the job of the police, and should be treated just like the police.

and if they happen to not have been given the riot gear and combat training the real police wear to protect themselves, they will just be ineffective and easily injured cops.

never get in the way of struggle. if you don't like the way it's going, organize your own thing, but don't stop anyone else. this is a principle that MUST be remembered at all times.
California: Post occupation: the final hour
Authored by: Brennus on Saturday, November 21 2009 @ 06:56 PM CST
This is a really good article which makes its point quite well. Fuck the student cops, up the rev!
California: Post occupation: the final hour
Authored by: adidas on Sunday, November 22 2009 @ 03:38 AM CST
...why didn't yall just throw this cynthia woman out of the building?
California: Post occupation: the final hour
Authored by: Bones on Sunday, November 22 2009 @ 03:56 PM CST
That's whats up!
California: Post occupation: the final hour
Authored by: Al Ligator on Sunday, November 22 2009 @ 04:32 PM CST
Aspiring politicians (the ones closest within our reach) should deserve the most ridicule and venom that we have to offer.

Not to mention, if we do want to spread anarchist ideals and practices - why not aim it closer to home than to merely following a chorus of "Bush sucks / Obama sucks".

Unfortunately, despite the major outcry against Bush during his term, the potential of subversion that could have followed to a trajectory of thought that puts all politicians in our scope did not accumulate. In other words, we need to try harder and give a better critique of all bureaucrats, big and especially small.

Especially when they interfere with our movement.
California: Post occupation: the final hour
Authored by: mrsituationist on Monday, November 23 2009 @ 11:09 AM CST
I don't find these reviews to be too helpful. "If only X hadn't shown up then we could have really won." If a dozen student government types derailed your occupation, the tactic of an occupation needs to be seriously reconsidered in your context. Blaming the lack of success on nefarious liberals is soo anarchist cliche, and always a waste of time. Where were your friends, it sounds like the evil CYNTHIA (lol!) out-organized you. To paraphrase John Mayer, "If you show up for an student occupation and are disappointed that student gov liberals showed up, life may continue to be difficult for you."
California: Post occupation: the final hour
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 24 2009 @ 01:52 AM CST
sometimes, in time-sensitive situations, those willing to use un-democratic/hierarchical methods and practices can destroy the work of non-hierarchical groups pretty easily.

this is definitely a deficiency that should be explored for a solution. BUT, only a solution that does not disregard the principles of collective, non-hierarchical organization. the methods must stay in line with the goals....

it's been a problem from the russian revolution to the spanish civil war and into the anti-globalization and anti-war movements. are we doomed to be crushed by authoritarians by our very non-hierarchical nature?
California: Post occupation: the final hour
Authored by: butternut on Tuesday, November 24 2009 @ 04:18 AM CST
As anyone who has had the misfortune of trying to work in a coalition knows, they are breeding grounds for leninists and careerists. The point isn't to boo-hoo about it but to at least recognize the problem. Given how much Cali has been blowing up, we're getting swarmed with these parasites trying to leech off of student energy and angst.

This statement I think seeks to frame itself within this context, while trying to understand exactly what went wrong in CH Hall. It's seriously mystifying, it took 20 minutes to kill all the energy that was there to take a second building and just abandon the project altogether.
California: Post occupation: the final hour
Authored by: Al Ligator on Tuesday, November 24 2009 @ 04:40 PM CST
You could have 200 people from different backgrounds come together and work on something new together, awkwardly trying to figure out how to organize non-heirarchical resistance when all we've been taught is to fall in line behind chosen spokes-people and vote and go home.
Then some jackasses come along and claim to speak for everyone, obviously watering down what-ever goals / aspirations / projects people are aiming for and also try to steer everyone in that direction.
We must always be working to undermine such efforts such as this.