One of the speeches made on March 4th at the UC Santa Cruz shutdown has been posted on reduniversity. Here is an excerpt:
The Administration here say that our strike here is impedeing learning, that we are destructive, that we are even violent. Their unbridled hypocrisy would be amusing if it were not believed by so many.
You say we are impedeing learning? Who’s the one slashing majors, cutting classes and firing lecturers?
You say we are destructive? What’s a dirty carpet or broken table against the corrupt way the UC regents are appointed and the shattered dreams of students saddled with debt?
You say we are Violent? Who’s the one obliterating the wages of hours of workers, enforcing cuts that will rip food off working class tables and push families out of their homes? (read more)