On October 21, dozens of protesters blocked Sather Gate on UC Berkeley’s campus advocating for transgender safe spaces and ‘safe spaces of color’.
The protesters harassed students, and disrupted campus activities while holding banners that said: “fight for spaces of color.” Fox News reports that the protesters barred white students from using a path to a key bridge – while allowing students of color to pass through.
One of their goals apparently is to “remedy the historical devaluation of students of color and LGBTQIA+ students.”
Students who were trying to study in the Student Union were visibly frustrated by the protest on Friday. One student said, he’s all for people’s right to protest, but “disrupting the peace of others is not okay.”
Outside in the street, one woman grabbed the bullhorn and screamed out to the crowd: “I’m talking to you UCPD, I don’t give a f*ck about you,” addressing the campus police.
At one point during the raw footage of the incident, a notice of eviction is seen being posted in the building which states:
“You are hereby notified by the students of the University of California, Berkeley to vacate the premises immediately. University administration wrongly allocated this two-story facility to a third-party corporations, keeping in line with its intensifying legacy of prioritizing financial profit over student needs.”
According to HeatStreet, the notice cites a need of safe spaces for trans and students of color because, “The work that these student-run spaces produce to recruit and retain students of color and provide support for the LGBTQIIA+ student community is invaluable and must be affirmed by the university.”
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