Posts Tagged ‘free speech’
Gee, If the “FREE SPEECH AREA” for the 2013 Pride Parade is Halfway Down 5th Street, Everywhere Else is the NO FREE SPEECH AREA?Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Here’s the map from last year and I’m supposing that it’s still good for 2013 seeing as how the Pride website doesn’t seem to have been updated completely.
And I suppose that I mean halfway down the first block of 5th Street, but it hardly matters – those with something to say about Bradley Manning or whathaveyou will be out of sight, out of mind regardless.
Or so it seems:
It’s only at 25 views so far, but it’s worthy of your perusal, I’d say.
All the deets:
“UC Board of Regents chair Sherry Lansing says in a video statement that she is “shocked and appalled” by the images of police actions during recent student protests at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.
Lansing supports UC President Mark Yudof’s effort to review systemwide procedures so that students can engage in peaceful protests.
“We regents share your passion and your conviction for the University of California,” Lansing says. “We want all of you to know that we fully and unequivocally support your right to protest peacefully.”
Lansing also invites the people to express their views at the Board of Regents meeting on Nov. 28. The rescheduled meeting will be open to the public and connected by a teleconference with regents participating from UC San Francisco-Mission Bay, UCLA, UC Davis and UC Merced. As usual, the meeting will also be streamed online. The public comment period has been expanded from 20 minutes to at least one hour.”
UC President Mark Yudof “Appalled” by Images of Pepper-Sprayed Students – “Full and Unfettered” Discussion ComingSunday, November 20th, 2011
UC Office of the President
University of California President Mark G. Yudof today (Sunday, Nov. 20) announced the actions he is taking in response to recent campus protest issues:
I am appalled by images of University of California students being doused with pepper spray and jabbed with police batons on our campuses.
I intend to do everything in my power as President of this university to protect the rights of our students, faculty and staff to engage in non-violent protest.
Chancellors at the UC Davis and UC Berkeley campuses already have initiated reviews of incidents that occurred on their campuses. I applaud this rapid response and eagerly await the results.
The University of California, however, is a single university with 10 campuses, and the incidents in recent days cry out for a system-wide response.
Therefore I will be taking immediate steps to set that response in motion.
I intend to convene all 10 chancellors, either in person or by telephone, to engage in a full and unfettered discussion about how to ensure proportional law enforcement response to non-violent protest.
To that end, I will be asking the Chancellors to forward to me at once all relevant protocols and policies already in place on their individual campuses, as well as those that apply to the engagement of non-campus police agencies through mutual aid agreements.
Further, I already have taken steps to assemble experts and stake-holders to conduct a thorough, far-reaching and urgent assessment of campus police procedures involving use of force, including post-incident review processes.
My intention is not to micromanage our campus police forces. The sworn officers who serve on our campuses are professionals dedicated to the protection of the UC community.
Nor do I wish to micromanage the chancellors. They are the leaders of our campuses and they have my full trust and confidence.
Nonetheless, the recent incidents make clear the time has come to take strong action to recommit to the ideal of peaceful protest.
As I have said before, free speech is part of the DNA of this university, and non-violent protest has long been central to our history. It is a value we must protect with vigilance. I implore students who wish to demonstrate to do so in a peaceful and lawful fashion. I expect campus authorities to honor that right.”
This guy, on the left:
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And that postponed Regent’s meeting has been rescheduled:
UC Office of the President
OAKLAND — The University of California Board of Regents meeting, postponed this week because of public safety concerns, has been rescheduled for Monday, Nov. 28.
The time for public comment, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., will be expanded from the usual 20 minutes to a full hour with regents, UC staff and members of the public in attendance on four campuses — UC San Francisco-Mission Bay, UCLA, UC Davis and UC Merced. The sites will be connected to each other via teleconference. The public notice of the meeting, where they will take place on campuses and the agenda are available at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/regents/regmeet/nov28.html.
Those interested in the proceedings of the Nov. 28 meeting but unable to attend in person may listen online at http://california.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2.
All right, listen live to KQED’s Michael Krasny right now, 9:30 AM, Monday morning, August 29th, 2011:
Last week, the hacker collective known as Anonymous posted online what they claim are semi-nude photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson. In light of this very personal attack, we discuss the ethics of hacking. Will public officials now have to live in fear of angering individuals with sophisticated knowledge of computers and technology?”
FTR, Linton Johnson didn’t “decide” to turn off cell phone service. The story is this: Linton was solicited by somebody at BART for ideas, “constitutional or unconstitutional,” on how to deal with that Thursday night shooting protest. Linton had the idea (gee, has BART done anything like this cell phone shutdown before?) but it was approved by higher up(s). Linton wasn’t The Decider, AFAIK.
The news from NMA Taiwan:
Or, you can listen to it later, I’m sure…
After an Unlawful BART Police Shooting, Protesters are Required to Wait Seven Days in Order to be LegalThursday, August 25th, 2011
Now, ideally, people protesting the next unlawful BART Police shooting would get seven-day notice so they could apply to legally protest the shooting on BART property.
But life doesn’t work that way IRL. So when a BART Police officer shoots somebody unlawfully or by mistake or whatever and people want to have a demo at BART that same day, well, that’s going to be an automatic violation of BART rules even if the protest takes place in the designated free speech area.
“BART requires those who wish to exercise their right to free speech to have a permit while on BART property. If you wish to obtain a permit, please do the following:
BART must receive the permit no less than seven days prior to the date of your activity. Permits received after the seven day deadline will be denied – there are NO exceptions.“
See how that works? Irate protesters have the choice of cooling their heels seven day to protest in a legal fashion in a legal area or protest the same day as the shooting illegally.
Maybe that’s part of the reason why you have so many “illegal” protests, BART?
And oh, has any legal protest at BART ever gotten any attention? Not to my knowledge.
And oh, has any Designated Free Speech Area looked good anytime, anywhere in history? Usually, these places are far from the action, sometimes encircled with cyclone fencing all around, you know, like Thunderdome.
Here’s the only Designated Free Speech Area that I’ve seen lately. It’s from somewhere in the vicinity of Strybing Arboretum, that place that got renamed and paywalled (that’s why there’s a boycott going on…) Anyway:
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That’s what the people who run things in the Bay Area think protests should look like.
(Now, this designated area might have been a joke, but my point is that you can’t tell the difference – the real thing looks pretty unreal as well.)
To repeat, maybe this is part of the reason why you have so many “illegal” protests, BART?
Just asking, BART-bro.
All the deets after the jump.
Oh Marin, You So Crazy (OMYSC)! Plastic Surgeon’s $2 Million Lawsuit Against Yelp Reviewer Gets Reverse PwnedFriday, June 24th, 2011
(Gentle Readers, you know that I love you, all 14 of you, no matter what. But others, well, they only care about cosmetic-type things – they’ll like you better if you pay somebody to shoot protein into your face, oh well.)
Can you imagine making a post on the Yelp about your plastic surgeon and then getting hit with a multi-million dollar defamation (plus invasion of privacy plus interference with prospective economic advantage, you know, the whole megillah) lawsuit?
Oh, and surprise, they’re talking about this case on the Yelp.
A little of this, and now you’re beautiful!
Anyway, Only in Marin, as they say…