Name: Laura Mitchell - "The Mitch"
Laura Mitchell is a 5th year at UCD who currently works as a Community Intern at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center as well as a facilitator for The Bivisibility Project.
She was beaten and detained by police after a march supporting lower fees approached an I-80 on-ramp — according to news reports, because she grabbed a police baton. The AGTV video just shows the police beating encroaching protesters, Laura being dragged out of the crowd, beaten with batons, a police baton being taken from her, and her being dragged away. Some believe she was singled out because the police considered her a ringleader of the demonstration and the baton grabbing thing was another bit of lame police pretext.
While at UC Davis
Laura Mitchell started Crafternoons a weekly social and crafting event hosted at the LGBTRC. Initially, Mitchell funded the event out of pocket, but when she was hired as a Community Intern at the LGBTRC in Fall 2009, Crafternoons became incorporated into the LGBTRC's budget and part of their regular programing.
Mitchell was a coordinator at The House for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years. She discontinued her involvement with The House upon starting her position at the LGBTRC.
She is also one of the BEST PEOPLE EVER.