What happens when occupiers’ attempts at putting up tents is thwarted by brutal police action?DSC02695

They come back stronger, louder and angrier, uniting across different movements. How? That’s right, you guessed it.

They put up even more tents.

Sproul Plaza, 10 p.m. — As the Clog surveys the excited and ecstatic scene post-Robert Reich lecture, we can’t help but wonder if this is the most charged atmosphere the school has seen in recents years. read more »

As an observer, one of the most entertaining part of a protest are the signs, whether they are clever or just hilariously misspelled. Indeed, one of the signs at today’s protests read, “Politians are dipers.” Excuse me, what are politians, and what are dipers? Oh, you meant to say politicians are diapers … oh. Anyway, here are a few more signs after last week’s onslaught for your enjoyment:


We love our octopuses and all, but what the hell? read more »

Today’s strike, in large part a response to last week’s DSC02583brutal police action and the state’s funding cuts to higher education, was, dare we say, even better than last week’s Day of Action?

Better in what way, you wonder?

Gone were the cries of outrage and guilt — the campus atmosphere had metamorphosed from one revolved around hate for the 1 percent to love for fellow occupiers. Rather than being divided in how to proceed with the movement, the Cal community had united to celebrate the fight for income equality and social justice.

Instead of devoting a day to voicing grievances, Cal dedicated this strike to appreciating the individuals of the university, literally embodying the word “community.”

Sound cheesy? Here’s how today’s protest demonstrated what a public and “open” university looks like:

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After Wednesday’s law enforcement debacle and DSC02486night-time rally, the Occupy Cal community  might need to start looking for clear direction and compelling leadership. Unfortunately, when heading a movement involving more than one thousand participants, reaching a consensus can be quite tiresome and time-consuming.

The Clog takes a look at the various protest formations that have taken place over the past few days, and which ones tend to be more effective than others: read more »

Protest days are excellent  — lectures are canceled (shout-out to Letters and Sciences!), the atmosphere is charged with collective activist spirit, and Cal goes aboutDSC02460 doing what Cal does best.

Today’s Occupy Cal, Day of Action or whatever you wish to call it, was enormous in terms of turnout. But how does this campus consistently have widely-viewed protests week after week? What is it that we do? For those cities and campuses around the country hoping to host a large-scale protest consisting of the 99 percent, here are a few key things to do on protest day:

Step 1: Begin with picket lines and catchy phrases. People with signs walking around in a circle and blocking traffic tends to attract attention. Catch-phrases from today’s protest included: read more »

The Clog was extremely impressed with some of the creative signs that were out on Sproul today. Below are some of our personal favorites. Who did you like best? Vote by leaving a comment in the comments section at the bottom of the page!

1. We’ll never let go …

Channeling Rihanna

Channeling Rihanna...

...and James Cameron

...and James Cameron

2. Only a Berkeley English professor … read more »

Aside from an awkward stance and a few missed swings (maybe they can get a few tips from Cal alumnus – and World Series champ – Allen Craig), UCPD looks like they are ready to take “appropriate actions” to enforce the university’s “[no] encampments or occupations of buildings” rule, as stated in Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s campus-wide email this week.

The video, which was filmed two weeks ago (coincidentally the same day all hell broke loose at the Occupy Oakland movement), appears to us to be a “How to read more »

save ucUnfortunately, Guy Fawkes’ Day was held on a Saturday this year. Otherwise, UC Berkeley’s “Day of Action for Public Education” would coincide nicely with the revolutionary celebration.

Tomorrow’s protest against the UC budget cuts and tuition hikes is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with a “teach-out” — GSIs and professors will be gathering their classes out on Sproul Plaza for what looks to be a chilly morning session. Our sympathies to those who will be listening to lecture in the freezing cold.

Then, at noon, a student walkout and rally will take place at the same location, read more »

Day of Action Protest 9/22

You may or may not have heard, but today was a “Day of Action” on campus. Students were called to protest fee hikes by attending a noon rally on Sproul Plaza and then marching around campus to make sure that our collective student voice was heard.

But, like most Berkeley protests as of late, this one seems to be a bit of a dud. Turnout was low and student participation was murky at best. Though there were moments of action, we could hardly say that it was enough to merit the title of the day. For play-by-play coverage, check out the Daily Cal’s live blog, complete with photos that are easily worth more than a thousand words.

Last we heard was that a bunch of protesters were sitting in Tolman Hall and nomming on some pizza. Which is cool — we get it, pizza’s tasty — though we must say, it’s hard to take anyone seriously when they’ve got a mouthful of pepperoni.

Shit might get real if the protesters refuse to leave Tolman at 10 p.m. (when the Hall officially closes), but until then we’ll just have to just wait and see …

Image Source: Giana Tansman, Daily Cal