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A Letter of Discontent from those Occupying Kerr Hall at UCSC

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We are a group of students dynamically and peacefully participating in the reformation of our California public higher education system, aligned with Clark Kerr's ideals that education should be accessible to all, regardless of economic means. The 32% increase in student fees is a direct product of structural failures in California's political and economic system; the dire threat to accessibility this creates has prompted us to occupy our University spaces.
A Letter of Discontent 11/21/09

From: An Autonomous Group of Students Occupying UCSC

We are a group of students dynamically and peacefully participating in the reformation of our California public higher education system, aligned with Clark Kerr's ideals that education should be accessible to all, regardless of economic means. The 32% increase in student fees is a direct product of structural failures in California's political and economic system; the dire threat to accessibility this creates has prompted us to occupy our University spaces.

With drastically increasing student fees, insulting cuts to workers' hours, diminishing academic programs, and increasing privatization of this public institution, many of us are appalled and outraged. Across the UC system we are paying more for less – class sizes are growing, students are being denied access to essential classes, and vital student services are facing cuts. We want change and are committed to achieving it nonviolently.

We actively engaged students have taken back Kerr Hall and Kresge Town Hall to further this cause, which is supported by many faculty members, staff, and local union groups. We have taken these spaces to continue the vocalization of our dissent against the slow death of public education. We are utilizing these spaces to further organize our movement against the unjust decisions of those governing the UC system. The education of hundreds of thousands of Californians depends on the redesign of the California higher education system's priorities, budget, and plans.

We are not alone and we do not act merely in self-interest. We acknowledge that certain actions have been controversial; however, we are in agreement that we must take measures to grow the movement and catalyze positive change. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from faculty and workers at UCSC and many others too numerous to name. We urge everyone concerned about the future of education in California to learn and get involved in the public process. The priorities of California's economic structure need to be redefined using a variety of collective actions. Our occupation is one of these methods and is contingent on the demands that have been received by the administration and we will continue to push for their adoption.
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The Previous administrations throughout the U.S. and including Regan who was on the regents board of the UC and the President, have been looting the Public Treasury designated for social programmes such as education and infastructure, and putting the money into the militarization of the state for wars abroad and at home. There is no shortage of monies there, and in fact trillions of dollars have been lifted all in the name of national security. In truth and as a fact, the U.S.A. is not really secured by miliaristic aggressions at home or abroad. Do you feel secure?

It is made secure when the funds are spent for social programmes and the well-being of the peoples such as single payer comprehensive medicare, and free education for the qualified young people. Unfortunatly that is seen by the monopoly capitalist rulers as a threat to the national security of the U.S. because the communists and socialist and trade unionists support programmes that improve working and living conditions.

The U.S. rulers make money making aggressive wars, and recently it has been leaked that there is 2.7 trillion dollars given to the Pentagon and the Military and they have no paper trail to where it has gone, and cannot be accounted for. One trillion dollars could end world poverty and starvation, as well as house and educate the younger generations. Have you noticed this great shift going on to reward the rich, and leave the social progammes and infa-structure under funded?

The students, unionists and progressive peoples have a just cause for striking towards a freer public education, however most of the monies have been misdiredted already in the bail-out and to destructive ends such as prisons, police stations, home security agencies, and out right illegal military aggression against countries who have not threated America, but have resources America wants, and intends to take from the locials independent control. At home as abroad, the policy of Imperialism is the same. Pollution and war for money.

Your cause is just and I cannnot but hope you will win all the best programmes, so the future generation will be literate and intelligent towards a just ecologically organic balanced and peaceful world. The resistence has begun,and hopefully the U.S. will get out of Nato, Norad and the unjust colonial treaties such as Nafta, Spp, Mai, and Fta. World,Trade should be mutually beneficial instead of competive against peoples and societies.
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