5 12 2011




From UC to UPR: Defend Your Right to a Public University Education

2 03 2011

TEACH-OUT/PROTEST – MARCH 11, 2011 @ UC SAN DIEGO, to:

END: Tuition Hikes and the Criminalization of Student Protesters, and

DEFEND: Accessible Public Postsecondary Education for All

  • 12:00 pm: Meet in front of the Silent Tree (Geisel)
  • 12:15 pm: March to campus center.
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: Teach-out in front of the Triton Steps

Public governments are continuing to cut funds from our public universities while, while drastically increasing student tuition. This year, the CA government is cutting $500 million from the UC budget, opening the door for more fee increases in the near future. At the other end of the US empire, in the island-colony of Puerto Rico, students have been striking for nearly three months to protest the PR government’s cutting of 200 million dollars from the university’s budget, and an imposition of a 50% tuition increase.

On March 11, we will stand together in solidarity – join us and 30+ cities/campuses around the world to denounce the attempted dismantling of our public universities. From UC to UPR, let’s show our politicians and university administrators that the students, united across borders and state lines, will not allow them to take away each person’s right to an affordable, quality education.

For More Information Email: <uprucsd@gmail.com>, or consult the following HuffPost articles about the UPR strike HERE, HERE, and HERE.





March 2 National Day of Action to Save Public Education

2 03 2011

3/3/11 UPDATE: CLICK BELOW FOR A VIDEO OF THE 3/2 EVENTS AT UC BERKELEY

  • Defeat Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget Cuts of $1.4 Billion to the UC, CSU, and Community College Systems!
  • Defend California’s Promise of Public Higher Education for All Students!
  • No Privatization of Public Education or the Public Sector!
  • Tax the Corporations, Banks, and Billionaires!
  • Pass the California DREAM Act Now!
  • Stop the Resegregation of Higher Education! Restore Affirmative Action!
  • Build the New Independent Integrated Mass Student and Youth- Led Movement to Defend Public Education!
  • Unite the Movement to Defend Public Education with the Latina/o, Black, Immigrant Communities and the Oppressed to Gain the Power to Win!
  • Defend Dr. Martin Luther King’s Vision for America, Starting in California!
  • Latina/o, Black, Asian, and White, Immigrants — Documented and Undocumented — We Are All Californians!

Governor Jerry Brown’s 2011 budget proposal targets California’s system of public higher education for massive cuts of 1.4 billion dollars. The historic civil rights gains that have been won in California — gains that have provided educational opportunities to millions over the last 50 years and have made California’s higher education system a model for the world — are now endangered.

The University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems, still reeling from last year’s budget cuts, are each slated for an additional $500 million of cuts. UCLA is preparing a $96 million cut from its budget for next year in anticipation of Brown’s budget being passed. California’s Community College system is facing $400 million in cuts, which would mean at least 350,000 more students losing their seats. These cuts would leave hundreds of thousands of students – especially black, Latina/o, other minority and working-class students – with nowhere to go after high school and would accelerate the process of thousands of currently enrolled university and college students being pushed out simply because they can no longer afford to go to school. Latina/o student enrollment at UC Berkeley has dropped 12% in response to last year’s fee increases.

California has the means to support public education. California is the richest state in the nation, the 8th largest economy in the world, and is currently providing record profits to the corporations and huge bonuses and paychecks to the same bankers and executives that created the economic crisis. The only reason we are facing these cuts is because the rich and powerful forces behind Brown are tired of paying for public education and view the prolonged economic crisis as an opportunity to significantly cheapen the cost of education. Brown’s regressive and completely inadequate tax plan to fund public education coupled with the fee hikes is just a way to shift the responsibility for paying for public education from the rich onto the backs of California’s poor, working class and middle class communities. Most of us are struggling just to stay afloat. If the overwhelming majority of people in California who support public education as a right and not just a privilege available to an increasingly more elite and rich section of the population just stand up we can stop the cuts. The money is there. The only question is do we have it in our state coffers controlled by the people or does it stay in the private bank accounts of the billionaires, who dole some of it out every now and then, to be spent on whatever educational scheme or pet charity project they fancy at that moment.

Our movement demands that the money come from taxing the corporations, banks, and billionaires. We demand a real federal bailout for public higher education nationwide. Those with power and money view the economic crisis as an opportunity not only to lower the living standards of the majority of people but also to lower expectations and aspirations of the vast majority of youth. Both the Democrats and the Republicans in Sacramento and in Washington, D.C. fully support this plan of action and are hell-bent on implementing it at both the state and national levels. In addition to the $1.4 billion cut to public higher education, Governor Brown is also proposing a $1.7 billion cut to Medi-Cal healthcare services for the poor and $1.5 billion cut to California’s social welfare and job-training program CalWORKs. This so-called “balanced” budget proposal will have an absolutely devastating effect on the quality of life for California’s poor, working-class and middle class communities and their ability to meet even the most basic human needs. This is a completely unviable future for our state. We cannot continue the ludicrous and suicidal practice of doing next to nothing to oppose these budget cuts just because they are being proposed by the Democrats.

On Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, as part of a national day of action to defend public education, the Oakland School Board in conjunction with the Oakland Education Association is calling another “disaster drill” in the Oakland school district. A year ago when the first day of national action occurred, the Oakland schools played an important and positive roll – joining with the student movement that started on the UC campuses against the fee hikes and budget cuts to unite the fight for K-12 education with the fight against cuts in public education at all levels — K-12 through University. In Oakland, a year ago, we organized disaster drills in nearly every school that brought students and teachers out to protest the budget cuts. Students from UC Berkeley united with students and teachers from Oakland schools in a united action of thousands in downtown Oakland. Our action in Oakland last spring was the largest mass mobilization in the country. Our movement succeeded in getting then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the State Legislature to restore $300 million of cuts to the UC’s.

This year’s disaster drills called for Wednesday March 2nd are modeled on what we did a year ago. However this year we will need far more than it took a year ago to score even a modest victory. We need a series of sustained mass actions that are more determined, angrier and much larger than a year ago to defeat the bi-partisan national and state policy of dismantling and privatizing public education. Gov. Brown expects some mass resistance to his budget cuts. However, he is counting on the marches and demonstrations occurring all over California on March 2nd to be lame and meek. If March 2nd is no more than a one off, large but tame day of moral protest actions, which apart from BAMN, is what the forces organizing March 2nd events intend, then Gov. Brown wins and the people of California lose. BAMN is determined to prevent this from happening. It is not that difficult to win, if we can get some serious and dedicated young leaders to step forward and join us in fighting the cuts.

In Oakland, students must take the lead and organize the March 2nd, 2011 disaster drills themselves. We need March 2nd to be much bolder than a fifteen minute rally in front of the schools, which is the current plan. .The attacks we are facing will determine the character of our lives. March 2nd must be more than a moral outlet for students, teachers and community members to let off some steam and prepare for defeat. We have a model of how to win. The huge immigrant rights marches of 2006, inspired by high school and middle school walk-outs, defeated a Republican attack on the basic human and civil rights of California’s Latina/o and immigrant communities, especially undocumented Californians. What we are facing now is an attack supported by both Republicans and Democrats. Defeating this attack will require no less than the sustained and massive actions of 2006, in which our mass actions continued to grow in both scope and militancy until we won. We need to bring the spirit and determination of the youth of Cairo to California! Our aim must be to shutdown California.

Jerry Brown says he wants his budget passed by the end of March. We have between now and then to convince the state legislature to reject Brown’s budget proposal and act on the broadly popular mandate to maintain public education as a fully funded right. March 2nd and the days leading up to and following it must be spent organizing those who are most determined to win to lead and to fight. Our movement must make the fight against racism, the fight for full rights for all immigrants documented and undocumented, and bringing an end to the scapegoating of immigrant communities central demands of our struggle. Demanding passage of the Dream Act, the restoration of affirmative action programs so that Latina/o, black and other minority students are no longer denied a seat within the UC system and the creation of integrated metropolitan-wide magnet and other high quality k-12 schools must be central demands of our struggle. This is the only way for us to assure that our fight to defend public education as a right extends to every Californian, including those who are undocumented. Latina/o youth and students are the strongest, most experienced, most optimistic and most determined force in California, we need these students to step up and lead. Our new movement will have to be a new mass youth-led integrated and independent civil rights and immigrant rights movement to win.

More than any state in the nation California is poised to realize Dr. King’s vision for America. The rich and the powerful do not have to be the force determining the direction of our state. The Latina/o, black, immigrant and other oppressed communities have enormous social power. But we need leaders to organize this power and place us in the position of power that is rightfully ours to make California into our California. BAMN is that leadership. BAMN needs to grow for our new movement to grow rather than be shut-down again. March 2nd should sort out the leaders determined to win from those whose real aim is to place themselves in the front of the movement in order to shut it down. We urge all of those leaders who want to win and who act on that sentiment on March 2nd to join BAMN. Defending public education as a right and stopping the cuts are too important to our lives to accept defeat, especially when victory is attainable. We call on all who refuses to condemn California’s Latina/o, black, immigrant and poor youth to a future devoid of educational opportunity, hope and dignity to join BAMN in building a movement with the political perspective and social power to win.





Nov. 18 Sit-In at UCSD. No more fee hikes. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!!!

15 11 2010





Open Letter from CUCFA President Meister to UC President Yudof on This Year’s Tuition Increase

15 11 2010

TO: UC President Mark Yudof
FROM: Bob Meister, President of the Council of UC Faculty Associations, and Professor of Political and Social Thought, UC Santa Cruz
SUBJECT: Your Open Letter to Californians of November 8, 2010
DATE: 11/15/2010
CC: Governor-Elect Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Lieutenant Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom, and all UC students

So, you’re raising tuition again—reluctantly, and because you feel you have no choice, but, still, you’re doing it. You raised it last year by an amount that would largely offset what the state had cut from UC’s appropriation during the financial crisis. And this year you are raising it despite the fact that the state has restored half that dollar amount, thanks largely to student protests. I’ll pass over the fact that you’re not using funds from this year’s tuition increase to restore even half of last year’s instructional cuts on UC campuses. Instead, you encourage students to believe that two thirds of their new tuition will help avoid instructional cuts that would otherwise have occurred in some imagined future. It is evident to all, however, that UC’s instructional cost (cost per credit hour) is going down so that UC can channel funds into areas where costs are almost certain to go up—for example new construction projects that are unlikely to pay for themselves or research activities that will need to be subsidized (perhaps increasingly) by enrollment-generated funds. It seems that instruction is one of the few areas where UC administrators know how to economize, and that instructional fees are the only revenue stream that UC is confident of being able to increase, perhaps indefinitely.[1]

Why are you so sure that students will accept ever-increasing tuition even if instructional quality goes down? Well, I’ve never had the opportunity to ask you directly, but in my years of service on UC committees I’ve heard many times the usual explanation. It is, essentially, that higher education produces economic growth, which is why the state should pay for it. But economic growth also produces growing income inequality, which is why certain individual students should be expected to pay if the state does not. This theory made some sense in the late twentieth century when California’s high tech boom produced income growth only in the top 20% of the population (mostly educated), leaving 80% behind. In this context UC might reasonably expect the bottom 80% to be less willing to pay for higher education through taxes and the top 20% to be more willing to pay through increased fees. But in the twenty-first century, when almost all income growth has been in the top 1-2% of California’s population, UC is still marketing income inequality to students as its most important product: it now expects all students to pay more for an ever-shrinking chance of reaping the ever-growing rewards that our economy makes available to the few. Your plan to increase revenue through tuition growth is feasible, of course, only because the federal government still allows students to borrow more for education despite the greater likelihood that they will not be able to repay—student loans may be the last form of subprime credit available in our economy. As long as Californians regard equal educational opportunity as the same as equal access to credit, you can hope that they will borrow more for education as income inequality grows, even (and perhaps especially) in times of recession when economic opportunities are shrinking. If income inequality increases faster than the economy in good times, and also increases in bad times, it would seem that UC has a recession-proof plan for revenue growth, even though debt service on student loans can reduce post-matriculation spendable income for as long as 25 years. This cap is very recent—a reform enacted by the Obama administration, which recognized that students loans are not as easily repaid as they once were and that many higher education institutions are engaged in a form of predatory lending.

Click HERE for the rest of this letter.





October 7th National Day of Action to Defend Public Education and Public Services

6 10 2010





June 4th SPEAK OUT!

2 06 2010

Date:
Friday, June 4, 2010
Time:
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location:
UCSD/Library Walk

March FOURTH is NOT over!!!!
On JUNE 4th Students, Workers, Professors, Lecturers, and Allies Stand United!

WE DEMAND:

1. NO BUDGET CUTS! NO FEE HIKES!

2. RE-HIRE LAID OFF WORKERS!

3. PROTECT TENURED PROFESSORS & ACADEMIC FREEDOM

4. STOP RACIST PRACTICES & PROTEST SB1070!

We stand united with the students of Puerto Rico. Together we must stop the privatization of our public education, we must fight for accessible higher education, we must boycott a system that prioritizes military and correctional spending over education, we must not accept the excuses of the regents who pretend their hands are tied.

We want to hear the voices of the students. We would like for you to share your stories and your thoughts on June 4th. Please follow the post to the google sign-up sheet below if you’re interested in addressing your peers, allies, and community. You are ALL leaders. Your stories and voices are important! We must speak out for all the students who do and will find higher education impossible to attain.

Together we must FREE KNOWLEDGE FROM POWER!

In Solidarity,
UCSD’s Coalition For Educational Justice





Statement of Support for the University of Puerto Rico Strikers

24 05 2010

***Please click HERE to sign an online petition in support of the UPR strikers (it only takes a second)***

As workers, students, and faculty of the University of California, San Diego, we hereby declare our solidarity with the workers, students, and faculty of the University of Puerto Rico. With this letter, we also declare our full support for their now 29 day-long strike.

By cutting more than 100 million dollars from its budget, by raising tuition while eliminating “tuition exemptions” for low-income students, by relying on non-tenured lecturers to do most of the instruction while paying them meager salaries, and by allowing class sizes to swell as the faculty to student ratio shrinks, Puerto Rico’s government and the UPR administration are making it harder for all Puerto Ricans to access a good and affordable university education.

Our experience here in the United States has taught us that measures like the ones that are being implemented in Puerto Rico typically result in the gradual destruction of public universities as institutions that are meant to serve the public. We have witnessed what happens to public universities when state governments strangle them economically forcing tuition costs to rise far above inflation rates. For example, in our very own University of California, student fees have gone up 300% over the last decade alone. A century ago, when our university system was created, students did not have to pay a cent to be educated. Our institution remained tuition free until the 1970s. Ever since then, our politicians and university administrators have continued to raise the cost of public higher education in California bit by bit.

Today, a public education in the United States is far less accessible to middle and working class Americans than it was five decades ago. Many of those who are able to pay for a public education do so only because the have put themselves deep into Student-loan debt, which as Prof. Jefferey J. Williams put it, has become our society’s contemporary form of “indentured servitude.” We are afraid that the same will happen to Puerto Rico’s public university and its students if the administrations of Gov. Fortuño and University President De la Torre have their way. Furthermore, just as in California where the first to be denied access to higher education are those who come from marginalized communities of color, the current crisis in Puerto Rico will further impede upward mobility for immigrants and Afro-Puerto Ricans who have historically been the most disenfranchised members of the island’s civil society.

Gov. Fortuño was wrong when he recently claimed that public higher education in Puerto Rico is a “privilege” and not a “right.” He appears to be unaware of the fact that according to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.” Our elected leaders and administrators in California and in Puerto Rico are seemingly ignorant of the fact that public universities are integral to the functioning, development, and wellbeing of a democratic society and as such, must never be viewed as a drain on the public coffers. The less educated a citizenry is, the less empowered its people will be. Broad access to a university education ensures better training for a community’s work force and a larger presence of professionals, among whom are those who will be responsible for the physical and mental health of our communities, as well as those who will educate future generations.

Unfortunately, government disinvestment in public higher education is not a problem particular to Puerto Rico and California alone. It has become a global phenomenon and as such, it will only be stopped with global action and solidarity. As California’s public university workers, students, and faculty, made it clear on this year’s International Day of Action to Defend Public Education on March 4, we will not stand idly as our governments disinvest in our public universities. Inspired by the brave, principled actions of the UPR community, we will continue to oppose all educational policies that threaten broad accessibility to higher education. We will do so because we know that without it, the wealth and health gaps in this state, in this country, as well as in the US’ island colony of Puerto Rico will widen instead of closing.

We commend the workers, students, and faculty of the University of Puerto Rico for successfully inspiring and mobilizing so many people. What they have accomplished over the past month has empowered and educated not just people in Puerto Rico but communities across the world.

Finally, as member s of the global university community, we demand that Puerto Rico’s governor and the UPR administration abandon their tactics of intimidation by force and instead negotiate in good faith with the student strikers to arrange a just and reasonable end to the present standoff.

In Solidarity,

  1. Coalition for Educational Justice, University of California, San Diego
  2. Faculty Coalition, University of California, San Diego
  3. United Auto Workers Local 2865, University of California, San Diego

***Again, Please click HERE to sign an online petition in support of the UPR strikers (it only takes a second)***

For more information on the UPR strike, click HERE and HERE .

Also, this story was featured on this week’s Democracy Now. You can view, listen, or download that DN! podcast HERE.





Book Release: Another University Is Possible (by UCSD’s Another University Is Possible Editorial Collective)

24 05 2010

Click HERE to order directly from University Readers.

Between February 15 and March 4, 2010, students, staff, and faculty at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) mobilized against a well publicized sequence of racist acts on campus and the on-going privatization of higher education. Building occupations and mass rallies, media campaigns and strategic debates were all part of the ebb and flow of a movement that faced three opponents: an inept administration; a student body riddled with ignorance and racism; and decades of active hostility directed by California voters against communities of color and the idea of equality in the Golden State.

As a snapshot of a movement and a moment, this collection deliberately avoids the presentation of a straightforward, linear narrative. Instead, the speeches, poems, statements, blog commentary and photographs within are meant to capture the contours and dynamism of this struggle during these few short weeks.

Another University is Possible was compiled with the hopes that it plays a small part in much broader efforts to:

  • Document the growing movement for racial and social justice at UCSD.
  • Compliment, help sustain, and regenerate the racial justice movement at UCSD.
  • Serve as a research, teaching, and organizing resource for use by students, staff, and faculty at UCSD and beyond engaged in the study of race, the university, and collaborative social change.

The editors of this book see recent events at UCSD as an opportune moment to begin thinking about how newly articulated racisms in a time of declared “colorblindness” combine exclusion, insult, and violence against communities of color, at the same time giving rise to new forms of alliance, solidarity, and transformative movements. It is in this spirit of continued struggle that this book is offered as a piece of the on-going racial justice movement, a conversation starter for future movements, and one reminder that UCSD can be a more equitable and racially just place of higher learning.

Paperback, 194 pages
ISBN: 978-1609279-47-9; ©2010
Price: $17.95

Click HERE to order directly from University Readers.





Protest in Support of Prof. Ricardo Dominguez and the Principle of Academic Freedom

6 04 2010

URGENT!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!

Ricardo Dominguez (Associate Professor, Visual Arts Department) is currently being investigated by the University of California for the “Virtual Sit-In on University of California Office of the President” project he developed in conjunction with the recent March 4th student protests on campus.

In response to this act of Electronic Civil Disobedience, University officials have initiated the process of revoking Prof. Dominguez’ tenure and bringing criminal charges against him. Indeed, Prof. Dominguez has already been subject to questioning by UCSD detectives.

Furthermore, it is evident that the assault on Prof. Dominguez’ academic freedom is in part being instigated by local political forces who have chosen to take issue with his larger research on the significance of technology with respect to the safety of transborder immigrants.

As concerned faculty and students at UCSD, we contend that these actions not only undercut Prof. Dominguez’ physical safety but also threaten the academic freedom and tenure of all faculty, especially those who have been working to address and improve the toxic climate at UCSD.

Moreover, given the statements made in support of racial justice by President Yudof and the Board of Regents at last week’s meeting, we are deeply troubled by the institutional attack being waged against an internationally known and respected Latino faculty member, while groups like the Koala that deploy ignorant and hateful rhetoric against our communities continue to be tacitly protected by the institution.

We recognize the attack on Prof. Dominguez as an alarming instance not only of the policing of academic thought but also of the disciplining of dissent.

As part of the institutional investigation, Prof. Dominguez will be meeting with University officials on Thursday, April 8th at 10 AM in the Visual Arts Administrative Office.

In order to show our support for Prof. Dominguez and the principles of academic freedom, we call on the UCSD community to participate in a SILENT MARCH and A READING OF LETTERS OF PROTEST outside the office for the duration of the meeting.

Agenda:

9.45 AM: Gather at the Silent Tree on Library Walk

10.00 AM: March to Mandeville Center (Visual Arts Administrative Office, for a map to the Mandeville building, click HERE) – SILENT MARCH and READING OF LETTERS OF SUPPORT PROTEST for the duration of the meeting. (Please note: we ask that participants NOT disrupt the meeting through any form of loud noise or physical acts.) Prof. Dominguez and bang.lab researchers have requested that people once they have gathered in front of the Visual Arts Administrative Office to READ from the Letters of Support they have received. (These letters of support will be handed out at the start of the gathering).
WEAR BLACK!!

URGENT!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!

More background information about what this is all about, click HERE.

For today’s Union-Tribune article about the UC’s offensive against Prof. Dominguez, click HERE.

Also, check out the letter that the faculty coalition just sent to Vice Chancellor Drake (see below):





Who Runs the University of California?

16 03 2010

Mr. DiFi Cashes in on Crisis

by: Will Parish & Darwin Bond-Graham, Counterpunch, 3.1.2010

This past July, following the California State Legislature’s decision to strip $813 million from the University of California’s Fiscal Year 2009-10 budget, the UC’s 26-member Board of Regents voted to declare “a state of financial emergency.” Such a “state of emergency,” the university’s official by-laws state, should accompany an “imminent and substantial deficiency in available university financial resources.”

The Regents also voted to grant special “emergency powers” to UC President Mark G. Yudof. Yudof promptly marshaled his new and vaguely defined authority to lay off hundreds of workers, impose pay cuts and furloughs on remaining university staff, and propose a 32 percent increase in student fees which the Regents approved in November.

At the same meeting, Regents Chairman Russell Gould announced the formation of a new UC Commission on the Future. Its de facto function has been to further the privatization of the university. Notably, Gould is one of California’s most prominent financiers, a man who served as vice chairman of Wachovia Bank during its growth as one of the leading subprime mortgage lenders in the United States. He and Yudof serve as the commission’s co-chairmen. In Gould’s words, the commission’s task is “nothing short of re-imagining” the University of California.

The State of California’s political elites and business leaders routinely use the language of crisis now whenever discussing the UC. In the past few decades, state funding of the university has suffered steady erosion. The UC now receives more funding than ever from private corporations and the federal government (the latter being in most instances pretty much the same as the former). Its various revenue streams range from student fees to several billion dollars in medical hospital revenue to private grants and donations, to its own hedge fund-like investments portfolio, to atomic bomb dollars from the Department of Energy.

Thus, despite the state budget cuts, the UC’s overall revenue reached an all-time high of $19.42 billion in the 2009-10 academic year, and the Regents’ claim that the UC faces an “imminent and substantial” funding deficit is inaccurate, to say the least. According to both the university’s own financial documents and Moody’s bond rating agency, the university had access to over $8.3 billion in unrestricted investment funds it was holding in reserve at the time.

The university has undergone a neo-liberal-style “structural adjustment” at the behest of the UC Regents, and this transformation has been accelerated during Yudof’s tenure as president. Under the leadership of California’s economic elite, the UC has become the leading prototype for a “disaster capitalist university.”

Click HERE for the rest of the article.





How Not to Complain About March 4

8 03 2010

REPOSTED FROM Studentactivism.net

The growth of the student protest movement has sparked a series of debates about strategy and tactics, and those debates have gotten more intense in the wake of the March 4 Day of Action. Activists and their critics have legitimate disagreements about methods and goals, and those disagreements are now being aired in public with growing frequency.

I’m going to be talking a bit about those disagreements soon, but first I want to clear away some of the strawmen that have popped up recently. If there’s going to be a debate, and there should be, let it be in good faith.

I read an essay this morning that suffers from all of the weaknesses that I’ve got in mind. In an opinion piece in the online journal Politics Daily, Muskingum College senior Joshua Chaney argues that March 4 represented a missed opportunity because “participants’ messages were mixed, their disruptions turned away other students and members of the public, and their voices often fell on the wrong ears.” That’s a legitimate argument, but unfortunately Chaney gets the specifics of it completely wrong.

Here are four things to bear in mind when writing, talking, or thinking about contemporary student protest:

Click HERE to read the rest of the post.





March 4 Recap

8 03 2010


(photo credit: Jorge Narváez)

So many things happened on March 4 at UCSD, in San Diego, across the state, and around country.  It’s hard to give a complete picture of last week’s events. Here are some of the things that occurred on this historic date:

  • First off, check out our YouTube account. We’ve posted over 50 videos of the UCSD and downtown San Diego March 4 rallies there.
  • Also, check out our Twitter channels, JUSTICEUCSD AND JUSTICEUCSD2, for a timeline of live updates during the March 4 events.
  • We also have a Flickr group with pictures of the events on campus and later that day, the march to the governor’s office downtown.
  • For some very interesting pictures of what when on at UCSD that day, click  HERE .
  • For a summary of all the March 4 events that took place at all UC campuses, click HERE.

UCSD Guardian Coverage

EDITORIAL: After March Forth, We’re a Step Further

National Rallies for Day of Action: Over 100 protests across the country on March 4 pressured lawmakers to prioritize education

Note: UCSD Ties with Berkeley for Strongest Campus Turnout

Outside Press Coverage

Coalition plans ‘day of action’ at UCSD

County’s colleges see mass protests

UC Budget Cut Protest

Thousands rally in San Diego, California against education cuts

UCSD and San Diego march for public education

Students and staff protest against education cuts in US

‘Day Of Action’ For Education Unites California

1,200 marchers protest against budget cuts at Schwarzenegger’s office

San Diegans voice support for education at Balboa Park demonstration

San Diego News Network Videos

Finally, protesters in Oakland stopped traffic in the I-880 for about an hour. The police up there intervened with disproportionate force, using unnecessary violence against these mostly peaceful civil disobedients. They even beat some reporters from Democracy Now! who claim they properly identified themselves as journalists. For more info on that, click HERE





We Need You

15 02 2010

For our statement of demands, click HERE or go to the “About our coalition” link above.

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Welcome to our blog. The UC San Diego Coalition for Educational Justice is an organization comprised of students, workers, staff members, and faculty who have joined in a struggle to transform the University of California into a truly democratic and transparent institution accessible to ALL Californians.

We use this blog to share news about some of the organizing we and other people are doing at UCSD around issues of budget cuts to the university, privatization, layoffs, etc.

If you are one of our members and missed a meeting, above you will see a link that says minutes. Click there to see notes on what you missed.

Also, if you are a member of the coalition and would like to post stories to this blog, drop us an email and we’ll add you as an author.

We intend to use this site not only as a source of information but also as a public forum, so we want you all to know that we welcome comments on any of our posts.

Thank you for visiting us. We hope that after reading what you see here, you will join us in stopping the privatization and corporatization of our public universities. This is a big struggle involving many powerful people and institutions who are all trying to fundamentally change the nature of public higher education. Their objective is to turn our universities and colleges –which were designed to be public trusts according to the California Master Plan–into semiprivate, money making institutions that will cater to priviledged students from all over the country. We can stop them from doing this but only if we all committ to doing this together.

So come join us in our struggle!!!

Start by forwarding this blog to all your friends and colleagues and by coming to our meetings.

We meet every Tuesday at 5pm at the Cross Cultural Center (library room), 2nd Floor, Price Center East (next to The Loft).

Last thing: stay tuned for details about future actions. The more people attend these, the louder our voice will be.

(PHOTO CREDIT: top banner photo by Jorge Narváez, UCSD ’10).





“Education is a Public Good” – UCSD Faculty Coalition Statement

14 02 2010

Attached is a very comprehensive statement issued by our allies from the UCSD Faculty Coalition (a group of UC ladder and non-ladder rank faculty who are organizing alongside us to fix, fund, and reinvision our university). Check it out and please help us spread this around by forwarding and reposting widely (for example, follow the Facebook link on the top right corner of the box below to post to your Facebook page).








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