Nov. 15 – Stop the Regent’s New Fee Increase at Meeting with Gov Brown

Dear Colleagues,

On Thursday, Nov. 15th, UC students from across the state will converge on the UC Regents’ meeting in San Francisco because it’s time to use Prop 30 and other funds to roll back tuition and cuts.

We just learned that Governor Brown will also be attending the meeting where the Regents — many of whom are closer to Wall Street than to ordinary Californians — will vote on a fee increase for professional students despite Prop 30’s passage.  Please click here to confirm your seat on the bus or just to say that you will attend on the 14th or 15th, even if you’ve signed up already:

Students and workers will converge at the UCSF Mission Bay campus, where the Regents are meeting, beginning at 4:30pm on Wednesday, November 14th for a sleep-out. In the early morning on Thursday, November 15, hundreds more will join to picket and shut down the Regents’ vote to increase fees for professional students.

What: Sleepout and Picket to Stop Fee Increases – Roll Back Tuition and Cuts
Where: UCSF Mission Bay campus, 1675 Owen Street in San Francisco
When: Wednesday, November 14th – Thursday, November 15th
4:30 pm – set up of encampment on Koret Quad
8 pm- estimated start time of final action meeting
6 am – picketing beings at UCSF, meet at Telegraph and Bancroft in Berkeley for a bus ride to UCSF
8 am – Regent doors open

Students and workers are mobilizing to block the Regents from moving forward with fee increases for professional degree programs, a proposal to privatize part of UC Berkeley, and efforts to cut retirement security for those who need it most.It has never been more clear that tuition hikes, and privatization are neither inevitable nor necessary.  The money is there, and not just from Prop 30 funds:

* $14 billion in investments in construction projects since 2003.
*$900 million in annual profits from UC medical centers.
*Increasing profits from out-of-state enrollment.
*Excessive pay and benefits for top UC executives.
*The Regents’ influence over tax policy as members of the super-rich.

The super-rich have failed in trying to use their billions to kill Prop 30.  But to keep moving forward, we need to bring the crisis in public education into the streets and into the board room of the UC Regents’ who are also influential members of the super rich.

In Solidarity,

Sarah Cowan, Art History – Co-Chair, UCSWU-UAW Public Education Committee
Charlie Eaton, Sociology
Shannon Ikebe, Sociology – Co-Chair, UCSWU-UAW Public Education Committee
Robbie Nelson, History