Californication, Part 2

We got this through the grapevine. Thanks to the comrade who sent it.

This week, 2000 students and workers from across the state converged on UCLA’s campus to demonstrate against 32% tuition increases imposed by the UC Regents. Students and workers from at least 8 UC schools, various Cal State universities, and 5 private colleges stood together in a fight to get our voices heard amidst a glaring lack of leadership, transparency, and accountability on the part of the top tiers of UC management. In addition, across the state, numerous student-organized occupations, strikes, sit-ins, and shut-downs brought attention to the broader issues of this “economic crisis” that affect all of us: the privatization of the university as a public good; the resegregation of the university to exclude people of color and working class people; the concentration of power in the hands of a wealthy minority; and a federal budget more oriented towards bailing out Wall Street banks and fighting two wars than educating our young people.

Below is a selection of media coverage and student statements from this week. Please disseminate far and wide! The struggle has just begun and we UC students need both local and national support to win it. If you’re at UCLA and wish to get involved, please join us at the UCLA Fights Back Meeting this Monday at 6pm in the School of Public Affairs 3rd Floor Lounge.

Democracy Now: “As UC Regents Approve Major Tuition Hike Students, Faculty Decry Erosion of Public Education in CA and Nationwide”

The New York Times: “Regents Raise College Tuition in California by 32 Percent”

Communique from the UCLA Occupation

LA Times: UCLA Protests Photos

Democracy Now: “Why Are We Destroying Public Education? University of California Students and Staff Prepare for System-Wide Strike to Protest Cuts”

Anti-Capital Projects: “The Neoliberalization of Public Education: What’s Race Got to Do with It?”

NY Times: “Students Protest Tuition Increases”

NBC: “Why are You Protesting? Voice of a UCLA Student”

Youtube: “Skirmish between student protesters and police at UCLA”

The Guardian: Judith Butler’s “Save California’s Universities” article


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