Thursday, March 4, 2010

Statewide “Day of Action” Continues with March and Rally in Oakland

By Tessa Stuart
Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Following a noon rally at UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza, 500 to 1000 protesters marched from campus down Telegraph Avenue to Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland police estimated.

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In Oakland, UC Berkeley students were met by students from the city’s community colleges, high schools, and elementary schools. Estimates put the crowd was well over 1,500.

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The rally was opened by Marika Goodrich, a student-activist who was arrested during the riot that erupted after a dance party in support of the protests last Thursday. Goodrich was followed by a performance by a member of the Cal Slam team, and speeches from a librarian from Berkeley’s African American Studies Library and a student-teacher in Oakland public schools, among many others.

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The rally culminated in calls for demonstrators to move on to San Francisco’s City Center, where protests will continue into the evening.

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More photos of the march, and the picket this morning at Sather Gate, are here.

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