UC Regents Meeting shut down at UCSF, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Merced

28 11 2011

SF Chronicle: “Students shut down UC regents meeting

Hundreds of students and faculty members temporarily shut down a University of California Board of Regents meeting being held simultaneously today at campuses in San Francisco, Davis, Merced and Los Angeles by standing in the conference rooms and chanting slogans so loudly the regents could no longer conduct business. . . Read the rest of this entry »


Why We Fight: “How the UC Regents Spin Public Funds into Private Profit”

27 11 2011
UC Regent Richard Blum is heavily invested in private for-profit colleges

UC Regent Richard Blum and the University of California itself are heavily invested in private for-profit colleges which benefit from cutbacks in public education.

In case you are wondering why, amidst all the fee hikes, cutbacks, layoffs and furloughs, construction never seems to stop at University of California campuses, you’ll appreciate the following investigation.

From Spot.Us, community-funded reporting:

The Investors’ Club: How the University of California Regents Spin Public Money into Private Profit,” an 8-part investigation by Peter Byrne

Experts identify multiple conflicts of interest among an elite group that oversees investments for the University of California.

Last fall, amid an unprecedented state budget crisis, the University of California Board of Regents took extraordinary measures to cut costs and generate revenue. Lecturers were laid off, classes eliminated. The board reduced admissions for in-state students, while increasing the admission of out-of-state students, who pay higher fees than state residents. And to the consternation of tens of thousands of students, undergraduate tuition was raised by 32 percent, with more hikes to come.

It now costs about $30,000 per year to attend the University of California (UC) as an undergraduate, including tuition and expenses. Even with student aid, it’s a sum beyond the means of many students and their families.

While education took a beating, the regents authorized $3 million in bonuses to a handful of top administrators, and reduced the salaries of janitorial staff. The regents approved new construction projects, including a sports stadium. They assured Wall Street bond underwriters that periodic tuition increases would help pay off hundreds of millions of dollars in new construction loans. Read the rest of this entry »

Why We Fight: Rising Costs of Public Higher Ed in CA

27 11 2011

From the Sacramento Bee “Interactive: The rising cost of a UC, CSU education” (via Katehiville News)

Since 1966, fees at both systems have increased about six times faster than inflation.

UC, CSU Fee Increases outstrip Inflation by 6X

At the same time, students are taking on much more debt. The chart below shows federal student loans disbursed to UC and CSU students over the last decade.
Massive Rise in Student Debt
On top of this, the UC Regents are considering multi-year tuition increases of up to 16% annually, cumulatively adding up to 81% over the next four years, which would bring UC tuition to more than $22,000/year in 2016.

Nov. 28 Occupy UC Regents “Meeting”

Nov. 28 Occupy UC Regents “Meeting”

26 11 2011
ReFund California has joined local Occupy general assemblies in calling for student and faculty walkouts on November 28th and actions to open up the Regents’ sham teleconference at the 4 UC campuses where Regents will call-in.  All should be able to join the discussion with the 1% on the Board as equals to talk about how to make banks pay for public education.

We will announce campus-by-campus pick-up points for caravans and carpools on this page soon.  In the meantime, please plan your own carpools to get to the nearest convergence to “Open the Regents Up to the 99%.”

Call 510.987.9220 or email anne.shaw@ucop.edu and cc refundca@calorganize.org to signup for public comment so you are let into the teleconference room. Read the rest of this entry »

Video: #OccupySF occupies BofA with tent, on Nov. 16

26 11 2011

A short video of what we were able to capture of the direct action at the bank:

So much has happened since then that it’s hard to believe it was only on Wednesday of last week when Occupy Cal demonstrators from UC Berkeley joined Occupy SF to march on the businesses of the 1% UC Regents and the banks in the financial district, stopping to occupy a downtown branch of the Bank of America on the way to a rally the State Building. Read the rest of this entry »

Demand the UC Regents and CSU Trustees Hold Their Budget Meetings in the Light of Day

21 11 2011

Make The One Percent Fund Public EducationVia Courage Campaign:

The corporate and financial elite that sit on the University of California Board of Regents just announced that they will close their doors to the public when they vote on new cuts to education in their 2012 budget request. This comes on the heels of the California State University Board of Trustees announcement that they will not engage in a public discussion or revote on the illegitimate tuition increase they passed last Wednesday. The leadership of both the UC and CSU systems refuse to face thousands of outraged students, faculty, and staff who demand they stop treating the 99% like an ATM.

Join the ReFund California Coalition in demanding both the UC Regents and CSU Trustees open their doors and allow FULL PUBLIC PARTICIPATION in their upcoming meetings, and that the CSU Board revote on its illegitimate 9% fee increase!

The Courage Campaign is a proud member of the ReFund California Coalition, which includes the members below:ReFund California Coalition members

Occupy Cal’s Sleep-Out, Mon Nov 21

21 11 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

SHANE BOYLE                                     MUNIRA LOKHANWALA
Tel. 714-369-3046                             Tel. 415 305 9666
Email: mshaneboyle@gmail.com            Email: muniralok@gmail.com

WHO: Occupy Cal
WHAT: A one night ‘Sleep-Out’ at Sproul Plaza (UC Berkeley) including political discussions, film screenings, and a concert featuring Mirah.
WHEN: General Assembly at 6PM; Concert at 9PM
WHERE: Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley

The General Assembly of Occupy Cal has called for a ‘Sleep-Out’ at Sproul Plaza (UC Berkeley) on Monday, November 21. Students, faculty, workers, and community members will establish a one-night encampment to protest the cuts to public education and the brutal crackdown on free speech and dissent at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »

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