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  • The Occupy Cal protest is part of the Occupy Movement. On November 9, 2011 a group of students gathered to set up a protest camp on Sproul Plaza, part of the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The protest drew large crowds, and police attempts to clear the encampment led to violence and arrests.
  • Occupy Cal included a series of demonstrations that began on November 9, 2011, on the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, California. It was allied with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, San Francisco Bay Area Occupy groups such as Occupy Oakland, Occupy Berkeley, and Occupy San Francisco, and other public California universities. "Cal" in the name "Occupy Cal" is the nickname of the Berkeley campus and generally refers specifically to UC Berkeley. A major theme of the Occupy Cal demonstrations is the role of education in creating jobs and improving quality of life for society as a whole. Tuition increases for students, mandatory furloughs for professors and staff, firings or forced realignment of lower-ranking workers as part of the "Operational Excellence" reorganization, and raises for the highest paid administrators have further fueled discontent. Occupy Cal continued to engage in organized meetings, events and actions through March 2012.