Protesters Blockade Birgeneau's Home

Administration Agrees to Discuss Demands if Strike Ends by 7 p.m.

Photo: About 100 demonstrators gathered in front of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's home Monday night demanding a meeting.
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About 100 demonstrators gathered in front of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's home Monday night demanding a meeting.

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More than 100 demonstrators are sitting in front of the steps leading to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's campus home, demanding a meeting with Birgeneau to discuss demands previously put forward by the "Hungry for Justice Coalition."

About a dozen police officers, at least five in riot gear, from at least three police departments are standing between the protesters and Birgeneau's home.

About 15 police officers in riot gear are standing adjacent to the house.

The demonstrators are chanting, "Hell no, we won't go" as well as, "Whose house? Our house."

According to Claire Holmes, associate vice chancellor of public affairs, the administration had agreed to let five representatives of the coalition meet with Birgeneau on Wednesday if the strikers ended their fast by 7 p.m. Monday night.

The group marched to Birgeneau's home at around 5:20 p.m. after having blocked the four entrances to California Hall since around 2 p.m.

About 18 hunger strikers had been camped out in front of California Hall since last Monday with a list of demands for Birgeneau.

The strikers left California Hall Monday morning after being threatened with arrest for lodging and other violations of campus rules and regulations, according to UCPD Lt. Alex Yao.

The strikers are demanding that Birgeneau publicly denounce a recent Arizona immigration law, make UC Berkeley a sanctuary campus and provide extended protections for undocumented students, drop all student conduct charges against activists, stop cuts to low-wage employees, suspend conduct procedures and initiate a democratic, student-led process to review the code, as well as commit to using nonviolent means to ensure safety at demonstrations.

Though the campus administration has produced three responses to the demands and has met with members of the coalition, the strikers said they will remain outside until they meet with Birgeneau.

Birgeneau is holding a dinner for students who donated to the Senior Gift Campaign, according to senior Daniel Kuenzi, who was at the dinner.

Emma Anderson of The Daily Californian contributed to this report.


Javier Panzar is the news editor. Contact him at [email protected]

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