Protestors tear down fences in People’s Park

Photo of someone holding a "Save People's Park" sign
Josh Kahen/Senior Staff
On Friday, UC Berkeley and local community members protested campus’s plans to build housing in People’s Park. The protest was in response to UC Berkeley’s decision to fence off sections of the park to conduct soil testing as part of the construction process.

UC Berkeley students and community members alike gathered in People’s Park on Friday to protest campus plans to build housing in the area, culminating in crowds of people tearing down fences and placing them on the steps of Sproul Hall.
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We stand with Ferguson

Michael Brown’s death is not an isolated incident of institutionalized racism run amok; it exists in a continuum of slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow and the almost ageless stereotype of the violent black man. It exists in an ascendant culture of totalitarian police who were armed by an ever-growing military industrial complex by a country that strives to be always profiting at war. To the people of Ferguson, it exists in a timeline of tension wherein a mostly black town is occupied by an almost all-white police force. To the people of Berkeley, it exists as oppression that cannot be borne if any of us is to feel safe or free.
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