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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: BERKELEY DIVISION OF THE ACADEMIC SENATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

Monday, November 28, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue 

The forty-seven members of the Division who requested the special meeting propose one resolution as the business for the meeting.

Gary Holland Secretary Berkeley Division  I. Business

ORDER OF BUSINESS

Consideration of the following resolution.

Resolution proposed by: Wendy Brown, Professor, Political Science; Barrie Thorne, Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies/Sociology; Judith Butler, Professor, Rhetoric.

Whereas, Non-violent political protest engages fundamental rights of free assembly and free speech, and

Whereas, November 9th efforts by protestors to set up and remain in a temporary encampment near Sproul Hall constitutes non-violent political protest, and

Whereas, These non-violent actions were met with a brutal and dangerous police response (see, e.g., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buovLQ9qyWQ&feature=share), a response authorized in advance as well as retroactively justified by Chancellor Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor Breslauer and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs LeGrand, and

Whereas, This is the third time in two years that such police violence has been unleashed upon protesters at Berkeley, with resulting bodily injuries to protestors, student and faculty outrage, a series of expensive lawsuits against the university, a tarnished university image, and a severely compromised climate for free expression on campus;

Therefore be it Resolved that the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate has lost confidence in the ability of Chancellor Birgeneau, EVC Breslauer and VC LeGrande to respond appropriately to non-violent campus protests, to secure student welfare amidst these protests, to minimize the deployment of force and to respect freedom of speech and assembly on the Berkeley campus.

II. Other matters authorized by unanimous consent of the voting members present

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