Protest rallies planned at college campuses around the state
Rallies at college campuses throughout the state are expected to draw thousands of students and faculty Thursday, part of a national day of action denouncing cuts in higher education.
Marches, teach-ins and protests against tuition increases, class cuts and other issues were scheduled at Cal State campuses in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Dominguez Hills and Fullerton and at UCLA and other University of California campuses. Most are allied with the Occupy movement.
At Cal State L.A., students planned to walk out of classes and occupy the campus bookstore to protest a proposed $80 per-quarter campus fee hike that would be used to pay the salaries of newly hired academic advisors.
Fullerton students are planning an art fair to address free speech issues on campus. At UCLA, teach-ins about students’ rights are scheduled and at UC Santa Cruz, Occupiers threaten to block vehicle traffic at campus entrances.
The California State University and University of California systems each lost $750 million in state funding in the 2011-12 academic year and more cuts are threatened.
Elsewhere, students in Boston plan to rally at Dewey Square and hundreds in New York City are expected to gather at the Department of Education in Manhattan and march to Ft. Green Park in Brooklyn for a rally.
Protests are also scheduled at campuses in Minnesota, Florida, Illinois and Washington state.
On Monday, thousands of students and faculty are expected to descend on California’s state Capitol for a daylong Occupy Education rally.
--Carla Rivera and Larry Gordon