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Sac State Four spared

Related: Sac Bee: Campuses must avoid overreach on protesters, and Gang of four - Sac State protesters gear up for more despite charges by university

Sac State Four spared

By Seth Sandronsky and Hugh Biggar

    No risk, no reward.

    Just ask the four female Sacramento State students accused of breaking university rules during last month’s three-day sit-in to protest the administration and tuition increases.

    Sac State officials charged the four women, who are now being referred to as the “Sac State Four,” with three counts of violating the student code of conduct.

    But last week, the Sac State Four—students Mildred Gomez-Garcia, Yeimi Lopez, Amanda Mooers and Nora Walker—admitted no guilt and, instead, received only a verbal warning from the university, in addition to a signed paper acknowledging that campus officials had informed them of Sac State’s policies. One charged was dropped altogether; the school’s warning applied to rules pertaining to “time, place, and manner” and “no camping or lodging.”

RFID technology in credit cards could lead to theft

Related: ACLUNC's Don't Chip Our Rights Away

If you'll notice, the industry spokeswoman at 2:11 alleges that you need to be in close proximity to the card in order to read it --- I'm not so certain

Watch this below

Roseville police settle anti-gay discrimination suit

Roseville police settle anti-gay discrimination suit

    The city of Roseville has settled a lawsuit brought by three current and former police officers for $490,000. The men alleged the department discriminated against officers who are gay or are believed to be gay.

    In the nine-page settlement, inked this week, the city makes no admission of guilt.

    The 2010 suit alleged that senior members of the Police Department routinely and openly ridiculed homosexuality and that anyone they perceived to be gay was subjected to a hostile working conditions and denied opportunity for advancement.

Reason #8263 why SCOTUS is Tone Deaf: Girl kicked off cheerleading squad for refusing to cheer her alleged rapist; billed $45k

Cheerleader Has To Pay $45,000 To The School That Kicked Her Off The Squad For Refusing To Cheer For Her Rapist

Dashiell Bennett | May 4, 2011, 12:40 PM

    The Supreme Court this week refused to hear the case of a teenage girl who was kicked off her cheerleading team after refusing to cheer for the boy who sexually assaulted her.

    As a result, she now owes the school $45,000 in legal fees.

    The girl, known only as MS, accused a fellow student of raping her at a party. He plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge to avoid jail time and was allowed to return to school and the basketball team.

Internal UC Davis emails Reveal Officials' Surveillance and Infiltration Tactics During Campus Tuition Hike Protests

The docs are embedded below, and split into 3 parts

Released under a Public Records Act request by a UC Davis Student, 280 pages of documents have revealed a surveillance, and infiltration program by university officials to monitor, and shape the protests, and also the narrative reported by the news media. The request was by a student named Bryan Sparks for docs dating from July 1st 2010 through the current date at the time which was Dec. 6, 2010.

The reason this is a big story was best stated by a recent revelation by the ACLU in their Blog of Rights blog where they exposed a program by the DHS to monitor political activities of advocacy groups, where they said

This type of government monitoring and tracking of lawful demonstrations and political speech can have a chilling effect on Americans’ exercise of their rights to free speech and assembly. This is especially true when those demonstrations advocate positions that are in opposition to government policy.

[...]

Protection from this type of government monitoring is exactly the reason why the First and Fourth Amendments were adopted.

The cover letter from UC Davis releasing the docs per the PRA, is on the first page of Part 3. FYI some of the docs are out of sequence, and duplicated, but you should get the overall idea

Sac Bee: Campuses must avoid overreach on protesters

Editorial: Campuses must avoid overreach on protesters

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 16A

    Universities are supposed to be citadels of free expression. That means that administrators – even those with the best of intentions – need to be extra careful not to squelch activism.

    It's disappointing that officials at the the University of California,
    Davis, and California State University, Sacramento, seem to have
    forgotten that recently.

    Understandably, UC Davis wanted to avoid a repeat of the March 2010 demonstration during which protesters threatened to march onto Interstate 80.

    But the "Student Activism Team" – several dozen employees who, mostly on university time, have watched campus activists since last fall – goes too far.

News Coverage of UC Davis Students' Revelation of Spying by University Officials

The Aggie

    Students and representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) held a press conference Tuesday to shed light on the Student Activism Team (SAT) - administrators' efforts to monitor campus action.

    Eric Lee, junior political science major, Sarah Augusto, graduate student in sociology and two members from Sacramento County's and Yolo County's ACLUs said the team's covert formation was a breach of trust and an attempt to privatize the university.

    "We students find this untenable and hypocritical," Lee said.

    Augusto said she found the list of administrators and staff involved in SAT especially disconcerting. SAT members include staff from Student Housing, Financial Aid and resource centers, such as the Cross-Cultural Center and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center.

    "It suggests that the administration is targeting minorities and using staff that students are close with … why use staff members [who work for Student Housing and Financial Aid] with direct power over students, with access to so much information?" Augusto said.

Schools for All Campaign: Preventing Bias and Pushout

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The Schools for All Campaign

    The Schools for All Campaign works to ensure that all children attend schools that are inclusive, respectful, and welcoming -- schools that do not give up on students but rather strive to foster the potential of every child.

    In California and throughout the nation, students are being subjected to bias, harassment, and discrimination. The failure to address these experiences is leading to a dangerous trend: Youths stop engaging, misbehave, are disproportionally disciplined, and, ultimately, become so alienated that they choose to leave school or are forced out.

This Week in Civil Liberties

This Week in Civil Liberties

    A few themes emerged at the ACLU this week: Women's Health, LGBT rights and the death penalty. We also found a moment or two to speak out against hate speech — in the advertising epicenter of the world — Times Square!
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