This morning, Harriet brought the wider poetry community news of poet/professor Joshua Clover’s pending arraignment for his involvement in a US Bank “shutdown” on the UC-Davis campus that began in January. Clover, along with 11 students (dubbed “The Davis Dozen”), staged a teach-in and other protests against the collusion between the public university and the private commercial enterprise, after which the campus branch of the bank was subsequently closed.
The Yolo County district attorney’s office plans to charge Clover and the students with 20 counts each of obstructing movement in a public place and one count each of conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor. The charges could add up to a max of 11 years of jail time for each protester, but the California Aggie reports that a deal could be offered in exchange for a guilty plea for as little as 80 hours of community service. More details on the protest and the subsequent legal flap can be found at Alternet, the Davis Vanguard and the Davis Dozen web site.
– Crystal Curry
Photo courtesy Davis Enterprise