Students at San Francisco State on April 21
On April 21 the Student Day of Action to #StopPoliceTerror there were Protests on at Campuses Across the Country. Students from diverse perspectives came together responding to a Call Issued by students at San Francisco State University and joined by students at UCLA, UC Riverside, Cal State East Bay, Antelope Valley College, Kent State U, U of Wisconsin Madison and others.
The call was endorsed by these Voices of Conscience: Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA; Cornel West, philosopher, academic, social activist, author; Alice Walker, novelist, poet, activist; Arturo O'Farrill, pianist, composer, educator and familiy members whose loved ones have been killed by police. Read the Call
San Francisco State, More photos from Rafael Malik
Cal State University East Bay
At UC Riverside fifty people rallied for two hours. UC Riverside students from the Black Student Union announced April 21 in class. He told everyone that today is the 1 yr anniversary of the police murder of Freddy Gray in Baltimore. And he challenged everyone to be out at the protest on Thursday, cuz "keyboard activism" is bullshit! The professor announced that class will be cancelled on April 21 and that she would be at the protest! She said society doesn't change because laws change, but because people engage in mass movement protests that have ripple effects across institutions. She encouraged students to go to the protest! The protesters marched through a classroom building while classes were in session, recruited visiting high school students to join them, formed a human chain around the library, and -- before quitting – ten of them blocked traffic in the street outside campus.
At UCLA students and members of the Revolution club blocked Bruin Walk which is a major throughfare between noth and south campus. This is an area frequented but religions fundamentalists. Some students including a groups of black students stopped by and hung out by the blockage. Others were outraged including one student who charged thru the the blockade and tried to start a fight as campus officials watched. The administration tried to shut the protest down siting they were blocking traffic but the protesters held their ground.
Hundreds of students were part of protests on April 21 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison – an action initially called by the family of Tony Robinson (who was murdered by Madison police last year) as part of the National Student Day of Action to STOP Police Terror.
At noon several of us from Cleveland Revolution Club, Stop Mass Incarceration Cleveland Chapter including 2 stolen lives families gathered outside the student center at Kent State to say Police Terror Must Stop! As we got our signs out, a family member Art Blakey, told the story of his sister, 19 and unarmed, killed by a Cleveland pig. Right away a Kent State official came up saying we cannot use the bullhorn because we were not a campus organization. more
#StopPoliceTerrorA21 at Antelope Valley College