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Indybay FeatureRelated Categories: California | Central Valley | Education & Student Activism
STUDENTS OCCUPY FRESNO STATE
Hundreds of students from Fresno State and a wide variety of surrounding public education institutions marched through the streets of Fresno followed by rally of five-hundred plus. The rally and march were in protest of the massive budget cuts to social services in the State of California from which public education institutions are by no means immune.
At the conclusion of the rally dozens of students chose occupy the Joyal Administration building at Fresno State to protest the continual privatization of education. The students are currently occupying the office of VP of student affairs and have plans to rename the building Marvin X Hall.
At 5:00 we were informed that the building would be closing, Dr. Olario proceeded to threaten us with academic discipline, he also threatened to call CPS on a mother who had brought her children to the action. We expect the cops to come in soon, they've been milling around.
This is our campus, this is our office, dance party going full power, fuck da police! we ain't going nowhere.
We're still here, handful of cops buzzing around, not much happening, just hanging out, living it up and all. The students are in control, we'll leave when we decide to.
At 10:30 the group decided to leave of our own accord. We had made no demands and our stated time of departure was "when we decided" and that's what we did. We took this space and made it our own, when admin tried to speak we chanted them out, we danced where we are supposed to be "respectful". This is only a beginning.
Mad solidarity everywhere!