Forwarded from Public Education Coalition’s website, www.berkeleycuts.org:
Days of Action for Public Education: We Are the 99%!
Public education in California is facing a severe crisis. State budget cuts and austerity measures have accelerated administrator’s efforts to to privative our public colleges. If UC President Mark Yudoff’s plan is approved, for instance, students could face tuition rates as high as $22,000 dollars. This would make the UC’s inaccesible for tens of thousands of low- and middle- income students and for already underrepresented students of color. And for those who do make it in, a lifetime of debt awaits. University privatization also involves attacks on public sector workers, from pension raids to mass layoffs.
The future of public education in our state is bleak, unless we act in the present to prevent the indebting of students and the walling off of our public institutions. By taking collective, mass action this fall, we can begin to reverse the waves of fee hikes, course reductions, budget cuts, and layoffs.
Through collective struggle, we can defend and sustain public education in California, and we can counter state austerity.
•Wed Nov 9th 12pm: Rally and Walkout at Sproul
UC Berkeley Tent City (location tba)
•Wed Nov 16th 7:00am*: UC Regents Vote on
81% Fee Hike. Lets Stop Them!
* Buses will pick up students/workers at Bancroft & Telegraph
and will be going to UCSF Mission Bay