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UC Chancellor Birgeneau's Resigns, Occupy Activists Claim Victory

Members of the student-led organization BAMN are celebrating the impending resignation UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and asking that he withdraw all criminal charges against Occupy Cal protesters.

The announcement that UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau will resign at the end of 2012 has prompted mixed reactions. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner is praising Birgeneau's "dedication and service," while student activists are celebrating victory.

Skinner said in a statement Tuesday afternoon: "At a time when it is increasingly difficult for students to meet the financial burden, Chancellor Birgeneau has been an eloquent voice advancing the debate on higher education funding." She added that Birgeneau "has worked hard to give access to all students independent of income, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation."

Meanwhile, members of the activist organization BAMN are announcing victory at Birgeneau's resignation, claiming that he "had to go" following at . 

In a statement on BAMN's website, the group announced a press conference Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. outside Tully's Cafe by the MLK Student Union.

Yvette Felarca, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit brought against UC-Berkeley for police brutality, said that Birgeneau’s resignation "has been one of the top demands of the movement ever since he authorized police to beat me and countless other protesters who were standing up for public education on November 9, 2011... No chancellor can survive after doing what he did to his own students.”

The group is demanding that Birgeneau drop all criminal charges stemming from the Occupy Cal protests.

Milan Moravec March 16, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Cal. drops in world standings again. UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau unexpectedly resigns
Shooter April 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM
"...UC Chancellor Birgeneau's Resigns, Occupy Activists Claim Victory" Why is "Birgeneau" written in the headline as a possessive noun? Was this written by a Berkeley grad?
Shooter April 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM
"...But they did not investigate whether non-students were in fact participating in the encampment and the assertion that many non-students were present "has not been substantiated," the task force said." I wonder how the report authors would have recommended how such an investigation would have been completed and by whom. If the UC police conducted it, it would have been pure chaos. I think the UC police were in a Catch-22 situation and are being scapegoated, big time.
Milan Moravec April 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Thankx! does that include housing, car, pension, health care and other perks Tanya. If not then what you claim he makes is incorrect
Milan Moravec April 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Campus cops are not to blame. Campus cops report to Cal Chancellor Birgeneau and both Birgeneau and Provost Breslauer elected to allow their campus police carte blance to act on Cal students protesting the doubling of tuition by Chancellor Birgeneau. The busk stops at Chancellor Birgeneau's office or when he is away at the office of the person in charge Provost Breslauer. Put the accountability where it rests.

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