Massive rally at UC Davis, some protesters carrying "pepper-spraying cop" meme-signs

Photo: Ramon Solis

Hard to estimate numbers, but by some accounts, well over 15,000 students and supporters are gathered at UC Davis for a rally and Occupy GA right now, following an incident Friday in which a police officer pepper-sprayed peaceful, seated student protesters at point blank range.

Here's a Twitter list to follow. Reporter Cory Golden from the Davis Enterprise is there, as is Doug Sovern from KCBS radio.

Above, a photograph by student journalist Ramon Solis, who has been tirelessly covering the events at UC Davis: a bouquet of carnations, bound together with #OWS tent-poles.

And below, again shot by Ramon just now: Occupy Lulz-themed signs carried by protesters, with image macros making fun of the grim scene just days ago at the very ground on which they're standing. Recursion overload.

You should follow Ramon, too.

Update: Katehi apologizes but doesn't resign.

Photo: Ramon Solis

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  1. Hes, I’m a semantic twit.  Those are stakes, not poles.

    Otherwise, continuing prayers for peaceful protest actually getting the point across.

  2. This story makes me tremendously angry; what a horrible abuse of authority. Here’s hoping Chancellor Katehi and Lt Pike both (rightly) lose their positions. 

    1. Isn’t there a HOMELESS OR PROF tumblr? Basically, I think the joke is that if you’re white, they’ll assume you’re tenured academia, and if you’re black, forget it.

    1. I spent the weekend about 15 miles from North Pole (Alaska) where it was -35F. People were mostly occupying the area around their wood stoves!

  3. I ended up only being able to get this UC Davis livestream to load by loading it in VLC using “Open network stream”: http://mfile.akamai.com/12883/live/reflector:50830.asx

    Hopefully it helps someone.

  4. Katehi won’t make it through the week in her current job. Sucks to be her, too bad she did such a terrible job when faced with a tough decision. [cue sad trombone]

    1. Where is she going to go?  I’ve worked for the UC for a long time, and these Chancellors are beyond reproach.  She obviously isn’t going to do the honorable thing and resign, and the only way for her to lose her job is if the UC President fires her.  I don’t see that happening.

      I don’t know how it works with other Universities, but UC Chancellors are treated like dignitaries everywhere they go.  They tend to have an air of arrogance and superiority about them (from my personal observations).  They are not democratically elected to their position and have very high salary, and basically define the ‘ivory tower’ metaphor.  For instance, Ms. Katehi was appointed due to her national recognition by George W. Bush, and has an annual salary of $400,000.  She will hold onto that job with clenched claws as long as she is legally allowed to.

      1. I don’t know how it works with other Universities, but UC Chancellors are treated like dignitaries everywhere they go. They tend to have an air of arrogance and superiority about them (from my personal observations).

        At UCSF, the chancellors are generally physicians who work at UCSF. I’ve known two of them quite well. Everybody who works in the hospital knows them because they’re essentially co-workers. I guess it’s a bit different at Davis.

        1. Yeah, I guess it’s different at UCLA, too.  The Chancellor here walks around with an ominous Secret Service-like security detail and most of the interactions I’ve had with his office have been less than pleasant.  I just assumed they were like that across the board; glad to know there are decent ones!

          (I hope I don’t get fired for this)

      2.  She currently acting as a sapper against said Ivory Tower. She will spend more time with her family soon.

  5. Maybe we are making progress as a people, it didn’t take them shooting guns at unarmed students to cause outrage in the public.

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