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Title: Privatization is a Killer: Zombie Takeover at the UC Regents’ Meeting
START DATE: Wednesday July 18
TIME: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location Details:
UCSF Mission Bay Campus Community Center
Event Type: Protest
Come out with us to protest the Regents’ most recent plans to consider a 20.3% fee hike for the Fall if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative (Prop 30) is not approved by voters. Let them know enough is enough! We refuse to have the budget balanced on the backs of students and workers, who have continually seen cuts to public services. Get on your zombie gear (or come as you are!) to collectively tell the Regents: NO FEE HIKES! EDUCATION CAN AND SHOULD BE FREE. More fee hikes are a debt sentence.

WHEN: Wednesday July 18th

WHERE: UCSF Mission Bay Campus Community Center
-Folks in Berkeley will be meeting at Downtown Berkeley BART at 7am
-We will give PUBLIC COMMENT starting at 8:30am

…because WE are the public and won’t let private interests sell out our futures.

OUTREACH VIDEO ***WATCH & SHARE ♥*** http://youtu.be/kvtxzGWxsF8

For more details about the fight, see below.

And finally, if people know that they want to FOR SURE make public comment, they can call (510) 987-9220, or otherwise sign up in the morning beforehand

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We are pleased to hear that President Yudof has publicly stated that the UC will accept the tuition buyout in the state budget and that no tuition hike will be considered at the July Regents meeting. At the same time, however, we are outraged that President Yudof, by his own account, convinced Governor Brown to eliminate by line-item veto important budget protections for UC students and workers. These protections include UC’s Master Plan enrollment targets; funding protections for recruitment and retention of students of color; outsourcing protections; and funding protections for retirement security for UC workers.

In light of this attack on students, workers, quality, affordability, and access at UC, we are concerned about President Yudof’s commitment to follow through with the tuition freeze. We therefore call on President Yudof and Chair Lansing to commit that no proposals will be brought before the Regents moving forward to increase tuition automatically in the event that the tax initiative, debt service restructuring, or any other policies are not adopted by the state. We also call on President Yudof and Chair Lansing to join us in asking Governor Brown to restore the protections for UC students and workers that the Governor eliminated from the budget by line- item veto along with the full Cal Grant award amounts that he cut by veto.

We also ask that President Yudof refrain from scapegoating “significant opposition from our labor groups” as the main problem with the debt service proposal. Many students have spoken out against the debt service proposal because the non-partisan Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) says the debt restructuring would eliminate significant legislative and public oversight. At the same time, the LAO believes the policy could allow UC Office of the President to use instructional funds and tuition as collateral to restructure $2.5 billion in debt now held by the state for construction projects.2 The Senate Budget Committee agreed with the LAO and rejected the debt service restructuring in a unanimous, bi-partisan vote. UC Office of the President could better dedicate its energy to supporting revenue measures that we can all support for refunding higher education – taxes on Wall Street, multinational corporations, and millionaires.

In the wake of these budget developments, please join us in calling on President Yudof and Chair Lansing
to pledge they will not recommend automatic tuition increases tied to the tax initiative or debt service restructuring. Instead, ask them to support restoring protections for students and workers that the Governor eliminated with budget vetoes. Please let one of us know if you will take this stand.



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Come out with us to protest the Regents’ most recent plans to consider a 20.3% fee hike for the Fall if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative (Prop 30) is not approved by voters. Let them know enough is enough! We refuse to have the budget balanced on the backs of students and workers, who have continually seen cuts to public services. Get on your zombie gear (or come as you are!) to collectively tell the Regents: NO FEE HIKES! EDUCATION CAN AND SHOULD BE FREE. More fee hikes are a debt sentence.

Day of Debt: Zombie Takeover at the UC Regents Meeting
Privatization is a killer, but we’ve decided to be undead.

Zombie takeover at the UC Regents meeting to protest a potential 20.3% tuition hike.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- UC Students and campus workers are staging a theatrical “zombie takeover” during the public comment section of the July 18th Regents Meeting at UCSF Mission Bay at 830am to dramatize the atrophy of public funding for education and to protest the death of public education. But the public isn’t going anywhere: “dead” students are becoming undead. Students and workers reject the increasing privatization of the UC system and the potential 20.3% mid-year tuition hike being considered by the UC Regents pending the failure of Proposition 30 in November.

Our immediate demands are:
• No proposals to be brought before the Regents to increase tuition automatically in the event that the tax initiative is not adopted by the state.
• No tuition increases for professional masters degrees.
• A full endorsement of Proposition 30 by the UC Regents anda full faith effort to pass the tax initiative.
• Restoration of the Governor’s line-item vetoes within the California state budget to protect UC Master Plan enrollment targets; funding protections for recruitment and retention of students of color; outsourcing protections; and funding protections for retirement security for UC workers.
• Rejection of the UC management proposal to privatize $2.5 billion of state capital debt to be potentially financed—for the first time ever—by student tuition.

Students and workers recognize that the restoration of public higher education in part demands reinvestment by the state through the November tax initiative. But we know that administrative mismanagement, lack of accountability and transparency, and the corporate interests of the UC Regents serve as the driving forces behind the privatization of public higher education in California. UC Berkeley transfer student Isaac Kreisman states, “We know that the true crisis is not one of finances, but of priorities. We know that public education has been systematically de-funded for decades…Priorities must be made clear: are you for students and workers, or for private profits?” Students, workers and faculty stand strong in our conviction that resources for higher education and public employment should come from the corporate 1% of the UC Regents, not from the pockets of students and workers. The campus community will continue to demand ethical governance from UC administrators and to organize and build power so that the UC system is accessible and affordable for all.