UC Berkeley ends hunger strike over illegal immigration

Posted: May 4, 2011 in Anarchists & Communists, Brown Berets, California: Failed State

May 13, 2010|By Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

With the blessings of ceremonial dancers, a group of UC Berkeley students ended a 10-day hunger strike Wednesday while negotiators met with the chancellor over the status of illegal immigrants and student demonstrators. Soon afterward, students and Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced some modest agreements on undocumented university employees and student discipline. About 20 hunger strikers, mostly students, had camped out in front of the school’s administration building since May 3. Their initial protest target was Arizona’s new immigration law, which requires police to stop and question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Birgeneau quickly complied with the protesters’ first demand – to denounce the law. But he balked at their proposals to declare the campus a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, rehire laid-off janitors and drop disciplinary charges against students who occupied or vandalized buildings last fall to protest rising fees.

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