On October 24th, a state-wide conference is being held regarding budget cuts. Here is some information from the facebook event:
We have the power to stop the catastrophic budget cuts, fee hikes, and layoffs — but to save public education in California requires coordinating our actions on a state-wide level.
We invite all UC, CSU, CC, and K-12 students, workers, teachers, and their organizations across the state to participate in and collectively build the October 24 Mobilizing Conference to Save Public Education. The all-day conference will take place at UC Berkeley (contact us for more logistics).
The purpose of this conference is both simple and extremely urgent: to democratically decide on a state-wide action plan capable of winning this struggle, which will define the future of public education in this state, particularly for the working-class and communities of color.
Why UC Berkeley? On September 24, over 5,000 people massively protested and effectively paralyzed the UCB campus, as part of the UC-wide walkout. A mass General Assembly of over 400 individuals and dozens of organizations met that night and collectively decided to issue this call.
We ask all organizations and individuals in the state who want to save public education to endorse this open conference and help us collectively build it.
Also, if you’re interested, you should plug-in to some of the different organizations on campus working around the budget cuts. The following is an incomplete list of some UCSC organizations:
-the newUC (thenewuc.wordpress.com) – fighting corporatization, the budget cuts, and challenging the democratic structure of the university of california
-the Student of Color Collective (SOCC – SOCcollective.wordpress.com) – recognizing the importance of students of color and fighting the marginalization of their communities.
–Coalition to Save Community Studies (CSCS) – an organization originally emerged to fight the budget cuts against the Community Studies department that threatened the closure of the department. The department is still under threat as more budget cuts loom on the horizon
–Student Worker Action Group (SWAG) – a new organization formed to continue fighting budget cuts and to prepare for the upcoming convergence in Berkeley
–Save the Student Voice (StSV – http://savethestudentvoice.com/) – an organization that formed over the summer of 2009 in light of the lay offs of three important directors in Student Affairs. Chiefly, StSV organized around the lay off the director of Student Media. The loss of the director of student media seriously threatens free speech through the elimination of staff already to cut to the bone. The layoffs were done without student input, a severe lack of transparency, and preemptively without substantiation.
–Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC) – an organization originally founded by graduate students, however is an organization open to all!