UC Santa Cruz Strike Committee Calls for Statewide Days of Action

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Call for Statewide Days of Action Around UC Regents’ Meeting, May 18-20

In Chile and Puerto Rico, in Austria, Greece, Italy, and Croatia, and in 33 states in the US—all over the world we are experiencing the systematic dismantling of education systems that supposedly serve the public. Students all over the world have begun to respond, through occupations, strikes, shutdowns, blockades, and other forms of direct action. We are starting to take back what is ours.

The UC Regents have formed the UC Commission on the Future: a body that will be meeting May 18-20 at UC San Francisco and again this summer to solidify the current cuts. This means more fee increases, larger class sizes, and the introduction of 3-year degrees and online courses. Despite widespread opposition, the regents are making their decisions behind closed doors during the summer months, when school is out of session. If we do nothing, a UC undergraduate entering school five years from now could be paying $22,700 per year for overcrowded classes. We cannot stand by and watch as our public education system is being destroyed due not to a budget crisis but to a state that stakes education as the lowest priority.

The privatization of our universities is a piece of a larger statewide attack on education and other public services. Across California and especially in urban areas public K-12 schools are facing debilitating cuts: teachers are being laid-off and having their salaries reduced while students are getting less attention and lower quality education. UC workers are having their hours cut and are therefore being forced to do more work in less time. Campus resource centers that were intended to address the needs of under-represented communities have been the first on the chopping block. Under the guise of an economic crisis, the state is allocating resources in a way that further privileges the upper class and further disenfranchises those who are already marginalized. This is apparent in Schwarzenegger’s decision to find funding for education by privatizing the prison system; the future of public education should not be contingent on heightened incarceration. We can win this only by rejecting this logic of competition for resources and by refusing to be complicit in a racist, classist, and discriminatory state agenda.

We began this on March 4. In Santa Cruz we successfully shut down campus, which proved that when we organize autonomously we can fight back against this repressive institution that denies us power. We can continue by targeting the university administration and by making it absolutely clear that these backroom deals will not stand. We are calling for students, workers, and all allies to mobilize around the Regents’ meeting in San Francisco on May 18-20 and shut it down. We specifically urge Bay Area campuses to focus their energies on this. We are calling for direct actions at schools and universities that shut down business as usual. We also welcome everyone to join us in Santa Cruz for a full campus shutdown. These actions are a warning that if the administration approves the Commission on the Future’s recommendations, there will be escalated actions and the possibility of a longer-term strike in the fall. Nothing will be won unless we take it for ourselves.

Join your friends and allies to reclaim what is yours.

-UC Santa Cruz Strike Committee

10 Responses to “UC Santa Cruz Strike Committee Calls for Statewide Days of Action”

  1. Mark Says:

    !!! : )

  2. this Says:

    it would be cool to see some discussion on here about the strategy and tactics of the current protests in Thailand.
    -from one unifying color as a way to show support 24/7 and show it easily
    -their encampment in bangkok: they’ve occupied space in downtown and set up a sort of “autonomous zone” or you could call it a “red zone” (since that is their identifying color) right in downtown over several blocks. it is disrupting business as usual, and giving the occupiers a base from which to organize and fight (much like a building occupation can do/has done….). encampments/occupations similar to this one occur regularly in the third world, but this one is massive. if you’ll remember, the attack on a teacher’s encampment is what set off the Oaxaca rebellion. it seems like a natural fit for a movement that has successfully used and spread the acceptance of occupation tactics. plus, autonomous zone / bases are always cool to have, and enhance the ability of the movement to organize, discuss, and grow together.
    space: it’s what movements crave.

  3. Xavier Says:

    One of my friends took these at the shutdown of the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras that is going on this instant.
    Maybe these photos will help inspire more people… we have to fight for our rights.

  4. Damarys Crespo Says:

    Que paguen los ricos de las multinacionales

  5. Kangaroo Says:

    Why don’t all this students do their best to join forces, in a sense? Establish networks, for example, in order to amplify the voices of students making the same proposals or demands.

    What say ye?

  6. roberto ortiz feliciano Says:

    Hola from Puerto Rico

    please check following video (it is spanish but well visuals are visuals and a lotta people habla español or have a frienda that does)

    my take on the situation is in my blog (also in spanish)

    http://ortizfeliciano.blogspot.com/2010/04/la-verdadera-situacion-de-la.html

    http://ortizfeliciano.blogspot.com/2010/04/otra-manera-de-proponer-cambios-en-la.html

    please feel free to email if you are interested in UPR situation

  7. Nelson Says:

    I’m a Puertorican student graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. You guys have my full support!
    I’m currently studying in the US, I would like to see more info about the upcoming strike to see if I can lend a helping hand.

  8. Jose Caraballo Says:

    Hi,

    Im a student at the University of Puerto Rico.

    Last night a group of students organized a concert called “que vivan los estudiantes” (cheers to the students, my translation). Over 30 artists participated in the 12 hours long concert.

    Here are links (they’re in Spanish).


    it’s a video made by Residente Calle 13 that has different international artists giving their support to the student strike.

    http://www.rojogaillito.blogspot.com
    It’s a blog created by students that are protesting inside the campus. Its like our very own news paper.

  9. con thai Says:

    In response to “this says” thoughts about protests in Thailand,

    There are many differences between the situation in bangkok and that on College campuses. While I understand there may be tactics to be studied, there are also totally different community/organizational support structures at play.
    In reality, the protests in Bangkok are more similar to the Tea Party than they are a true populist uprising. Why haven’t students joined the protest en masse?
    They are mostly rural people bribed into supporting the ousted PM Thaksin because of handouts in the form of government subsidies or the use of other simplified wedge issues… and that has carried on all the way to these protests, where he is funding them generously, and they have been fueled by top-down directives. In short, the political story there is incredibly different than it is here, especially in terms of local/popular sentiments that can aid such approaches to massive spatial occupation.
    I agree that looking at the example could be useful, and the popular uprising in Oaxaca may also be a helpful case study, so perhaps you have an excellent point. Just thought I’d add these thoughts in order to add some context.

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