Awesome right? Well, in theory yes, but it was probably less awesome if you had to be somewhere and don't have the mutant ability to control metal.
|Traffic: yet another minor inconvenience that would|
totally not be a problem if I was Magneto.
|...so basically America.|
The protest was organized by a group called Liberate our Education as part of their 96 Hours of Action. You're probably wondering what exactly they were protesting. Well, as it happens, they're kind of against everything. The most commonly cited reason for today's demonstration was tuition hikes at the University, but according to the group's banners and their Facebook page, they're also calling on students to "to shut down the racist, classist, corporate, militarized police state."
The six protestors, after having been crowbar-ed and jackhammered out of their human roadblock, were hauled away to jail where, as I write this, even more student protesters have gathered. They're protesting the arrest of the original student protesters who were arrested for protesting (and also blocking the freeway). Still with me?
|If the protesters protesting the arrest of the protesters get arrested and |
someone protests that, we'd have an activism matryoshka!
|"Cheryl, I'd like to propose a toast.|
To human misery! Salut!"
Sure, a lot of people are probably pissed off at Liberate our Education right now, and that's valid. I mean, comparatively few of the people who were stuck in traffic today are actually in a position to do something about UCSC's tuition, but you've got to admire the student's willingness to risk arrest to draw attention to a good cause. You know, even if those directly responsible for the crushing debt and indentured servitude graduates can look forward to simply flew over the gridlock on their private jets, sipping brandy and trading insider stock tips.