Student Activism Article: Second Mrak Occupation at UC Davis is a Milestone

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… There’s nothing earth-shattering here, of course, but it’s still significant in at least three ways.

First, it gives students throughout the UC system a precedent for negotiated settlement of an occupation. There has been some resistance to that approach from both sides in the last week — from students who conducted “demandless” occupations, and from administrators who refused to enter into dialogue. Last night’s agreement affirms that negotiation is a live option in this series of actions.

Second, it provides a template for such negotiations. The Davis administration’s biggest concession was its agreement to forego disciplinary action against the Thursday demonstrators (and, implicitly, against last night’s demonstrators as well). That concession sets up amnesty as an achievable demand in future occupations.

Third, it opens up ongoing negotiations on local campus issues. A single university’s administrators have no direct power to roll back fees or reform the UC board of regents — such demands are aimed at off campus targets, and winning full victories on them is not a project for a single day. But local concessions can be won in a single action, and ongoing negotiations are a mechanism for refining and sharpening such demands to the point that more substantive victories become more likely…

[Read the entire article here: Second Mrak Occupation at UC Davis is a Milestone]

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One response to “Student Activism Article: Second Mrak Occupation at UC Davis is a Milestone

  1. I am proud that our first win was that of solidarity. We took care of one another, and showed our civility in the face of those who tried to blind us with intimidation and lies- and gained credence for our cause. We all spoke with our hearts, and we cannot lose with this on our side.

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