What: Open mic and rally to protest disinvestment in education, tuition increases, higher student debt, bloated University administration, declining educational quality at UC the UC Regents’ accountability for the current crisis, and the lack of transparency in Regents’ meetings and decisions.
When: January 19, 2012 from 8am-5pm
Where: UC Riverside Highlander Union Building (HUB), 900 University Ave, Riverside CA 92507
Riverside, CA- A non-affiliated independent coalition of statewide Community College, Cal State, and University of California students, staff, and faculty are calling for non-violent protest at the UC Regents meeting on January 19, 2012 from 8am-5pm at the UC Riverside Highlander Union Building (HUB). We invite media and community members to attend as we stand up for our rights and fight for a free and accessible education for all.
We formally ask that the Regents open their meeting to a public forum rather than a closed meeting that limits the number of people who can speak. Having one non-voting student regent is not enough representation of the UC community’s needs. In such a discussion, we will present ways to halt the current pattern of disinvestment in education, tuition hikes and privatization of UC. Alternatives include proposed state ballot initiatives to tax millionaires, imposition of an oil extraction fee, and reform of Proposition 13. We call on the UC Regents to advocate actively for these alternatives and sign the ReFund CA Pledge. We demand that they freeze or cut unnecessary administrative positions with salaries over $125,000/year, re-hire laid-off lecturers, faculty and staff, restore classes, and refund library hours and other critical programs that have been cut at UCR and around the system. Finally, we demand that the Regents rescind administrative pay increases approved at their last meeting of November 28 2011 and restore that money to instruction.
We also call for a more democratic appointment of UC Regents and an increase in the representation of students, staff and faculty on the Board of Regents.
We invite broad media coverage at UC Riverside on Thursday. January 19th 2012 at 8am when we will engage students, faculty, staff, and community members in an open dialogue and peaceful protests against the attacks on public higher education.