Saturday, November 19, 2011

Davis Faculty Association steps up again, demands Katehi's resignation

After endorsing the November 15th higher education strike, the UC Davis Faculty association has now come out in support of Chancellor Katehi's resignation. The chancellor ordered the police to repress those encamping at UC Davis, which they tried to do by dousing seated protesters with massive amounts of pepper spray, and then she publicly defended their brutality. The letter:

The DFA Board calls for the immediate resignation of Chancellor Katehi. The Chancellor’s authorization of the use of police force to suppress the protests by students and community members speaking out on behalf of our university and public higher education generally represents a gross failure of leadership.

Given the recent use of excessive force by police against “occupy” protestors at UC Berkeley and elsewhere, the Chancellor must have anticipated that, by authorizing police action, she was effectively authorizing their use of excessive force against peaceful UCD student protestors. The Chancellor’s role is to enable open and free inquiry, not to suppress it.

We also call for a policy that will end the practice of forcibly removing non-violent student, faculty, staff, and community protestors by police on the UC Davis campus. The University of California should be taking a leadership role in encouraging the exercise of free speech, not in suppressing it.


  1. NOt only resign, but hey didnt some of our forefathers die for freedom...the American 1st Amendadment guarNtees right to peaceful assembly.yet we allow THIS...resign yes, but charge her and the police officer performing the assault as well.

  2. How do we have conflict productively? UCD protestors have been heard around the world now ... and have raised visibility to police brutality in our local communities. Of course, the price they paid was absolutely unjust ... and UCD (I daresay, the nation) watches to see how quickly Katehi and her police will be brought to justice.

    To restore justice and a sense of peace, Katehi should resign or be swiftly fired by the Regents. AND ... the incident should be thoroughly investigated, resulting in charges against officers using excessive force. AND ... we need a clear, strong voice in Washington to address the escalating use abuse of power by police and institutions which deny right to speech. ... My hope is that with a little sanity and some humility across the board, voices will be raised and HEARD and we may learn the art of civil conversation once again.

    I'm pleased that increasing numbers are exercising their voice. May this lead us to a future with more civic engagement and opportunity.


    This is for you pig..yeah you pig the coward bag of shit pig thats pepper spraying unarmed, peaceful protesters in a supposed free country.