11/18 – UCLA & UCSC are occupied… see the occupyCA website for updates.
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here is a notice from a group organizing around Nov. 18th to stand in solidarity with stakeholders at UCLA during the next Regents meeting. The Regents will be making the decision on whether they will implement the 32% fee increase.
They are holding a planning meeting for students, workers, teachers on Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 3pm @ San Lorenzo Park.
from the facebook group:
On November 18th, UC Santa Cruz is a university without students.
From the 17th to the 19th, the UC Regents will again meet to vote on another proposed student tuition increase: now a particularly unbearable 32% over two semesters, last summer 9%. If this increase is approved, the cost of a UC education will have tripled since 2000.
At the same time, the UC administration has been forcing furloughs on workers and teachers, slashing jobs, and drastically cutting student services.
We, as students, teachers, workers, refuse to support this. A call has been issued for a system wide strike, and thousands are gathering at UCLA to protest the regents meeting.
Here, at UC Santa Cruz, in solidarity with students and workers across the state and against the proposed tuition hikes that we face, students are walking out of classes and shutting the campus down. The administration is making the university a place inhospitable for students and workers. On the 18th and the days that follow, we assert our right to the university. We will prove to the university that we are not going away and that our mass refusal knows no ends.
Come plan to make this necessary action happen. Spread the word to everyone you know – we need all input and involvement.
Public Forum details here.
(also the Gould Commission, apart of the UC Regents will be at UC Santa Cruz)
UCSC’s Bob Meister’s open letter to students:
The single most important reason that UC has an excellent bond rating, much better than the state’s, is that it can now raise your tuition at will. Your tuition is UC’s #1 source of revenue to pay back bonds, ahead of new earnings from bond-funded projects, which do not even come second. The bond interest UC now pays will be $300M this year, and is projected to go way up as UC greatly increases the private capital it raises through tuition-backed bonds over the next decade.
10/24 – 10am to 6pm
Location: UC Berkeley – Pauley Ballroom
We have the power to stop the catastrophic budget cuts, fee hikes, and layoffs — but to save public education in California requires coordinating our actions on a state-wide level.
We invite all UC, CSU, CC, and K-12 students, workers, teachers, and their organizations across the state to participate in and collectively build the October 24 Mobilizing Conference to Save Public Education. The all-day conference will take place at UC Berkeley (contact us for more logistics).
The purpose of this conference is both simple and extremely urgent: to democratically decide on a state-wide action plan capable of winning this struggle, which will define the future of public education in this state, particularly for the working-class and communities of color.
Why UC Berkeley? On September 24, over 5,000 people massively protested and effectively paralyzed the UCB campus, as part of the UC-wide walkout. A mass General Assembly of over 400 individuals and dozens of organizations met that night and collectively decided to issue this call.
We ask all organizations and individuals in the state who want to save public education to endorse this open conference and help us collectively build it.
Save public education!
No budget cuts, fee hikes, or layoffs!
For state-wide student, worker, and faculty solidarity!