Call for Action!

Dear students of the CSU,

Are you tired of the price of college going up? Are you tired of not getting into the classes you need to graduate on time? Are you tired of the feeling that the people making these decisions don’t care about the students?

Then it’s time to do something about it. This is a Call for Action to the students of the CSU. This is our time. We need to band together and show the people at the top, who are not invested in our education, that we care, that we want things to change, and we are NOT going to take this lying down!

These budget cuts and tuition increases effect all of us. When students can’t afford to go to school full time, more students stay in school longer. When students can’t get the classes they need, then the courses become more impacted and everyone gets pushed behind a semester or two. When you get pushed back a semester or two that’s more money, that us broke college students don’t have, have to spend. Or it means another loan we have to take out. (Don’t get me started on the business of student loans, that can be another post) When you have to take out another student loan, that’s just more money you have to pay back after graduation, PLUS interest. If tuition keeps going up and up and up more and more students will apply for financial aid. The school does not have an infinite amount of money to give out. And what about the Cal grant and Pell grant? Those keep getting threatened at every budget committee hearing because its excessive spending. Well that excessive spending is what is sending most students in the country to college.

It is time to band together and raise such a ruckus that we make sure that the Board of Trustees and Chancellor (g)Reed can hear us! That we wont stand for their irresponsible behavior any more. These administrators are supposed to be safe guarding our education, and instead they are squandering our money on themselves. This injustice has to stop!

We are here for ourselves and the quality of our education, but for the students who come after us. If we can’t get our classes or graduate on time, what can the future hold for the students after us?

What kind of legacy will we leave behind? We must stand up and fight!

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It is our time to use it.

Us students at SQE have been hard at work. Hard at work doing what you might ask? Well lets go over the problems with our current system.

How many have had a tough time getting into required classes?

How many have had to drop classes because you can’t afford the tuition?

How many of you can afford all your books?

How many of you are looking at an uncertain future because school is too expensive?

How many are taking out more student loans? ( I know I am)

There are many other hurdles that face the students of the CSU, more than what I already posted. And what is our administration doing about these problems? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. These administrators are supposed to be the people who safe guard my education. They are the care takers of this fabulous institution of Higher Education. This is their job. They are supposed to be standing up for the students and fighting for us! Instead they sit back and watch as the Capitol cuts so deep into the heart of education that we are bleeding out. They give themselves raises, instead of putting the money back into schools so our universities can offer more classes. They come up with new plans to make it even harder for students to graduate!

This is unacceptable!

So what as students can we do about it?

We have the power. We can make them listen to us.

So students I want you to channel your inner Martin, Malcom, Gloria, Cesar, or whoever you look up to and channel their spirit and speak up!

We have the power. We have the voice. It is our time to use it.

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Welcome Back!

Hey everyone! Hope everyone had a great summer. Its sure been a busy one. Did anyone hear about what the Board of Trustee’s did over the summer? No? Well they raised our fees one more time (big surprise) but in the same moment they approved a $100,000 raise for the new president of San Diego State. Crazzzzzyyyy business.

Does this make your blood boil? Make you want to do something? Then join us for our first meeting of the semester! We will be talking about what to do for the semester and what action we want to take so the Administration knows that we aren’t giving up the fight. Our first meeting will be this Saturday (September 10) at 10am at Eureka Hall room 450.

Hope to see you there! It will definately be an awesome year! 🙂

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Two Students and Professor Arrested

Sac State Coalition in solidarity with the California Teachers Association.

Jesse, Estevan and Professor Vega arrested Day 1 of Sacramento Capitol sit in. In protest of cuts to education.

They are being charged with trespassing skiing on close trail. It is considered a misdemeanor and they have to pay a $1000 fine. Court date June 1st.

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S&R Coverage

This S&R article speaks of the spirit and momentum of our movement! The time to join is now.

The administration has charged the “Sac State Four”—(left to right) Amanda Mooers, Yeimi Lopez, Nora Walker, Mildred Garcia Gomez—with code of conduct violations for their recent sit-in protest.

Will Sacramento State’s recent after-hours crackdown against a student sit-in protest of campus administrator salaries and fee increases spark or squelch a new era of activism? Only time will tell, but one thing’s certain: The stakes are higher than ever.

The political clash heated up just after 3 a.m. on April 16, when Sac State and San Francisco State police in riot gear ejected 27 nonviolent student protesters, most of whom were sleeping, on day three of a sit-in at Sac State’s Sacramento Hall.

Soon after, the Sac State administration brought three charges of violating the school’s student conduct code against a quartet of protesters, who now are being referred to as the “Sac State Four.”

One of the Four is Yeimi Lopez, 21, of Southern California by way of Texcoco, Mexico. The communications major credits her father, younger brother and Sac State mentors for her political activism.

Sociology major Amanda Mooers, 23, of Fullerton, also faces charges for the sit-in. A course on class and race privilege from Paul Burke, a sociology professor, sparked her activism.

“During the sit-in, students from other CSU campuses, from UC campuses and from locations throughout the country indicated this was the type of thing they’ve been waiting to see,” Mooers said. “Students are ready to take this battle to the next level.”

Mooers argues that the way Sac State President Alexander Gonzalez and the administration chose to deal with the students “really highlights their mismanagement, from giving administrators raises during harsh budget cuts to calling in police from two campuses.”

She noted that “Leadership begins here” is the Sac State motto.

The California Faculty Association labor union, for which Mooers interns, represents some 23,000 tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, librarians, coaches and counselors on all 23 CSU campuses. Kevin Wehr, president of the CFA Capitol Chapter, says the administration showed its “misplaced priorities” by using campus funds for police overtime to raid the student protesters. “What the students are doing is defending their education in a way that I have not seen before,” he explained.

Students say they’re just exercising intelligent thought. “We are critical-thinking students at Sac State,” Lopez said. “More than anything, the administration’s actions are bringing light to their priorities. Students are beginning to ask questions.”

Moors and Lopez said that Facebook and Twitter helped the sit-in protesters update scores of people. Their messages spurred kudos from as far away as Glasgow, Scotland. And a digital photo of two campus police officers clad in riot gear at Sacramento Hall to evict the 27 students went viral.

“Students are asking why that was necessary,” Mooers said.

Sac State spokeswoman Kim Nava declined SN&R’s repeated requests to say who ordered police to oust the student protesters.

A week after the Sac State sit-in, CSU Fullerton students launched a similar nonviolent protest. Students there occupied a campus building for three days to protest management’s six-figure salaries and skyrocketing tuition.

Lopez was one of three Sacramento-area college students who traveled in solidarity to Fullerton. “It’s a class struggle and movement that we’re seeing right now,” she said of the higher-education protesters.

“A change of people’s consciousness can create more accountability for policymakers,” Lopez said.

Meanwhile, much hangs in the balance for higher education, now and in the future.

As the Sac State Four fight school disciplinary charges, they and thousands of fellow activists are busy advocating for state legislation to strengthen public higher education. Such as Assembly Bill 1326, which would impose a tax on California natural gas and oil producers. The annual revenue from this levy would go to the state’s colleges, universities and community colleges.

Placing a state tax extension on the November ballot also would generate revenue to prevent a second $500 million in spending cuts for CSU; the same amount already has been cut for the 2011-12 academic year. A total $1 billion loss of CSU funding would mean more faculty furloughs, staff layoffs and tuition fee increases, plus fewer courses offered.

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Take the Capitol

Ya Basta! We are marching on the Capital May 9. The California Teachers Association has called for demonstrations due to the “State of Emergency” Cali education is in. Come in solidarity. Come with demands. Come to act on behalf of seven generations beyond us.

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Victory for the Sac State 4

As of Monday afternoon, the Sac State 4, who were singled out by the administration walked away with no serious repercussions. After several meetings with the conduct officer, the students walked away with a verbal warning. The two policies that the school stated we violated were, “time, place, and manner” and “no camping or lodging”.

The process that the school has set up for any student that is faced with a disciplinary notice is flawed. Before the initial meeting you are not givin any information regarding your case, the only answer you will recieve is that “all your questions will be aswered at the meeting”. You are not allowed an attorney at any point in the proceedings, and this particular order comes from President Gonzalez. The Sac State 4 feel that the process could be changed and that information regarding student conduct should be made more accessible to students.

The Sac State 4 acknowledge that they could not have done this on thier own. The overwhelming support of the students, the faculty Academic Senate, the community and legislative aided in the victory.

Now that this distraction is over we can move forward with the movement and continue to fight for higher education. Come to the Capital on May 9th – 13th for a “Wisconsin Style” occupation sponsored by the California Teachers Association.

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