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For the Week of January 23, 2017
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An extraordinary and historic repudiation of Donald Trump took place in Washington, DC, and around the country and the world on Saturday, as millions marched under the banner of the Women’s March. Over 600 actions included 500,000 or more in Washington, DC, as well as 750,000 in Los Angeles, and 100,000 each in San Francisco and Oakland. Crowd scientists told the New York Times that the DC turnout was 3 times larger than Trump’s inauguration.

Among the coverage, Democracy Now broadcast 5 hours from the stage in DC, the New York Times produced a series of videos, the Atlantic published photos, and the Guardian produced an aerial video of several events. There were no reported arrests, and in Oakland, some police even traded their helmets for pink pussy hats.

March organizers quickly followed up with 10 actions for participants to take. A coalition of Indivisible, the Working Families Party and MoveOn.org declared this Tuesday a day of action to block Trump’s cabinet picks, asking that supporters call Congress and sign a petition, according to the Nation.
Advocates for public education at Women's March in Oakland
Advocates for public education at Women's March in Oakland
“Not Our Labor Secretary!” heads the California Labor Federation appeal to senators to reject the nomination of anti-worker, fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder to lead the US Department of Labor, which is responsible for protecting the rights of 150 million American workers. His companies’ violations of labor law have drawn the ire of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has held a hearing with former employees because they will be unable to testify in Puzder’s confirmation hearing.

The Economic Policy Institute has published a “real agenda for working people,” with recommendations of what Donald Trump would do if he were serious about helping workers. Among the policies: launch a trillion dollar public investment program, raise the federal minimum wage, guarantee collective bargaining rights, and build a universal childcare system.

A “tuition-free” college education in California is possible, according to authors of a new paper to be released to the press on January 24. UC professor Stan Glantz will be among those speaking about the topic in a Facebook Live press conference at 10am tomorrow.

UC Berkeley has been bracing for a speech February 1 by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, even before his talk January 13 at UC Davis was cancelled by event planners after protests turned violent. More than 100 UC Berkeley professors signed a letter urging cancellation, writes the Daily Californian, citing Yiannopoulos’s “harassment, slander, defamation, and hate speech,” which they see as violations of UC Berkeley’s code of conduct. 

UC president Janet Napolitano was hospitalized briefly last week due to complications from treatment for cancer. She continued to work during the stay. She was previously treated in 2000 for breast cancer.

Karen Salvaty, Title IX coordinator at UCLA, has been hired as systemwide Title IX coordinator to lead efforts against sexual violence and harassment at UC. She will report directly to Napolitano.

A supervisor for Yolo County, the county in which UC Davis is located, has written an op-ed piece calling for more online education rather than an expansion of the UC Davis campus.

A Sacramento Bee opinion piece highlights the UC Center for Undocumented Legal Services, based at UC Davis but which provides legal aid to undocumented students and their families systemwide.

Clerical workers across the UC system held a one-day walkout on January 10 to push demands for better wages and benefits, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

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