As students, workers, and community members we came together in solidarity today to protect the beating heart of public education. We rallied for quality, accessibility, accountability in learning and working conditions. Despite our efforts, the UC Regents approved a tuition increase plan 7 to 2 despite large on-site student protests, including at least one arrest, and opposition by Governor Jerry Brown. Undeterred, we stand with movements around the world that are fighting to protect the commons from privatization and militarization.
The police presence at UCSF Mission Bay is a reminder of the ways police are consistently used to intimidate those who use their education to fight for social justice and equity. In previous years, UC police have pulled guns on students, beaten and dragged students, pepper sprayed students who were expressing demands for a public institution. UC Administrators have stood by or colluded in these actions.
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