SACRAMENTO, California – On Wednesday, demonstrators from across the 23 campus California State University system protested the severe $500 million budget cuts. At multiple campuses students held rallies and marches, with several entering administrative buildings delivering demands or sitting in for a few hours. At CSU Sacramento, around a 1000 demonstrators rallied, and hundreds marched to the main administrative building on campus, Sacramento Hall. There around a hundred students, faculty, and staff entered the building. They’ve refused to leave until three demands have been met:
1. A moratorium on managerial raises and salaries; Funding must be focused on instruction and student services.
2. Publicly support AB 1326. The oil extraction fee for higher ed bill.
3. Publicly support SB 8. The transparency bill.
Since Wednesday, the occupiers have met with the President of their campus to deliver and discuss the demands. As of Friday afternoon, the occupiers have announced their plans to stay the weekend. Read their blog; follow them on twitter.
15 April 2011
-The doors have been locked to the building, but demonstrators are “allowed to leave”. The admin are saying that they are concerned for the health and safety of the occupiers, stating further that the air is unsafe and the conditions are unsanitary.
8:50pm: Short video.
9:00pm: Police at the doors of the building will not allow anyone to enter the building. Nor will they allow supplies, including food!
16 April 2011
3:24am: Police in riot gear enter through the rear portion of the building while occupiers asleep. They were given 5 minutes to leave. No occupiers were arrested
7:45am: Read the press release here.