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March 4th De Anza Local Day of Action
De Anza community college taking part in the March 4th State-Wide Day Strike and Day of Action vs Budget cuts.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 4TH: DAY OF ACTION FOR EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA
De Anza College Students and Local Community Members to March to Defend California Education from Fee Hikes, Budget Cuts
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
A broad coalition of students, faculty, and Administrators of De Anza College in Cupertino are organizing a "Day of Action" on Thursday, March 4th, 2010, in support of public education in California. On this day of action, the DARE committee will provide carpools along 10 buses students and faculty members to the Rally in San Francisco; The March 4th Local Action committee will also be having Local Actions. The day will be composed of a Teach-In, a Rally leading to a March to Cupertino City Council, a screening and discussion of the film "Walkout" and a March 4th Celebration Party.
Students from De Anza College and residents of the City of Cupertino will gather together on March 4th. As part of a State-Wide day of Actions in different Campus and Cities all over California with the purpose of saving public education. The following is the schedule for the events on Campus:
Start of Action: Teach-In
(10:30am to 12:30pm) Conference RM A&B
The Teach-In will be composed of Ice-Breakers, keynote speakers from the anti-war, labor movement and faculty engaging and educating students.
Rally(leading to the March)
(12:30pm to 1:30pm) Main Quad.
Students will be gathering in the Main quad with the purpose of calling other students to March to Cupertino City council.
Main Action: March from De Anza main quad to Cupertino City Council(1:30pm-3:10pm)
The March from De Anza to the Cupertino City hall is with the purpose of acting in solidarity with K-12 schools in our area, and advocate in favor of public education as a community. Once the City Council is reach a speak out against the budget cuts will be held.
Screening of film "Walkout" and discussion
(3:30pm to 5:30pm) Conference Rm A&B
The purpose of the film is to compare our current struggle against the budget cuts with the East L.A. walkouts in 1968 by Chicano activists against the poor conditions of theirs schools and institutional racism. We will reflect on their tactics, organization, and achievements contrasting them with ours.
(6pm to 9pm) Sunken Garden
The purpose of the party is to commemorate March 4th as a historic day of struggle against the budget cuts. In the party the Local activist will welcome the De Anza contingent from San Francisco. We want to rest from all the hard work put into organizing March 4th and stand in solidarity with each other.
The past 18 months has seen over $840 million being cut from the California Community College system. The number of class offerings has declined dramatically; as a result, 135,000 students who would otherwise get in to UC’s and CSU’s have been re-directed to community colleges; and as a result of this, an estimated 250,000 people have been denied access to higher education over the past year.
For additional information, please contact:
Isabelle Barrientos Vargas
De Anza College Student Trustee
Tel: 408 510-0971
E-mail: izzyism [at] gmail.com