provisional home of the College of Debtors in Defiance
Monday, November 5, 2012
November 8 Walkout
Meet up at Sproul Plaza, Noon.
Public education in
California is facing a severe crisis. State budget cuts and austerity
measures have accelerated administrators’ efforts to privatize our
public colleges. This November, UC Regents and CSU Trustees plan to
submit our universities to radical, privatizing reforms.
Even if Prop.
30 passes, in the best-case scenario, it would only maintain the status
quo; meaning excessive fees, under-funded programs, overcrowded classes,
layoffs and pay-cuts for campus workers, and an ongoing process of privatization. And that’s the best-case scenario! This would preserve the UCs as
inaccessible for tens of thousands of low- and middle- income students,
and for already under-represented 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
The future of public education 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.