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Drop the Student Judicial Charges on the Highway 17 Six Students

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On March 3rd, six UC Santa Cruz students took to the streets on Highway 17 in protest of tuition hikes and police murder. After they were arrested and before they were even booked in jail, the University notified them that they were suspended indefinitely, failing to afford them their due process rights to notice and a hearing. The University has since decided to suspend the students for an entire year and a half until September 1, 2016, has imposed 100 to 120 hours of community service, and is placing stayed suspensions on them once they return to campus. The stayed suspensions serve to prohibit their First Amendment rights to engage in political speech both on and off campus and associate with student activists on campus for the remainder of their time at the University. Any violation of the stayed suspensions could result in immediate suspension or expulsion from the University.

In totality, these severe sanctions constitute constitutional violations of substantive and procedural due process, the chilling of First Amendment rights of political speech and association both on and off campus, and the suppression of political activism.

The six students cannot step foot on campus campus without facing risk of arrest by campus police. The University is  prohibiting them from attending classes and denying them access to housing, meal plans, and health care.

The students need national support to challenge the UC's campaign of political repression. Your signature, and ESPECIALLY encouraging other people to sign, will show the university that we are not alone in the fight against state sponsored violence and the privatization of our public education AND that suppressing student activism is NOT OKAY.

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