Hi there,

Please don’t turn away from this message. Democracy Now! is a free source of independent news for tens of millions of people around the world, but less than 1% of our global audience donates to support our critical journalism. Let’s pick up the percentage! Today, a generous contributor will DOUBLE your donation to Democracy Now!, which means if you give $10, we’ll get $20. Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to double your impact. Democracy Now! doesn't accept advertising income, corporate underwriting or government funding because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. We rely on you for support—and we’re counting on you right now. I hope you’ll give as much as you can today. Every dollar makes a difference. Thanks so much.
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


UC Berkeley Student Protesters Face Seven-Month Suspension

HeadlineApr 06, 2010

At the University of California at Berkeley, students, faculty and workers held a demonstration Monday to show support for students who are facing possible suspension for taking part in protest actions against tuition hikes, layoffs and cuts at the school. The Office of Student Conduct has sent letters to over 100 student protesters offering them a seven-month suspension, rather than entering into a formal student conduct hearing where they could face more severe disciplinary measures. Students accused the administration of trying to silence dissent on campus. Dozens of students are also facing criminal charges for briefly taking over a freeway in Oakland on the March 4th Day of Action to Defend Public Education. Authorities are also pressing charges against at least two independent journalists who were covering the protests. Brandon Jourdan is being charged with five misdemeanors, including rioting. David Martinez faces four infractions. Jourdan and Martinez were working on a piece for Democracy Now! at the time of their arrests.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation