MORE THAN 10,000 STUDENTS AND SUPPORTERS TO RALLY AT OVER 13 CALIFORNIA COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND MARCH ON BANKS

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 With occupations growing nationwide…

MORE THAN 10,000 STUDENTS AND SUPPORTERS TO RALLY AT OVER 13 CALIFORNIA COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND MARCH ON BANKS

Protestors statewide will unite to call on bank execs on higher education boards to “make banks pay” to end cuts to higher education 

 SEE BELOW FOR LIST OF ACTIVITIES AND SITE CONTACTS

With California leading the nation in tuition increases, higher education budgets facing deep cuts, and a 100 percent rise in tuition costs inflating student loans to $1 trillion nationally, more than 10,000 college and university students – as part of a broad coalition of students, teachers, campus workers and community and union leaders – will rally at campuses across the state on November 8th-9th to make banks pay to end cuts to higher education.

Protestors statewide are uniting around specific demands, calling on bank executives and other corporate elite on the three boards overseeing California’s higher education system to sign a pledge to make banks pay to stop cuts to higher education. At many campuses, the rallies will culminate in marches on nearby banks (see below for list of activities and site contacts at each location).

The coalition sent a letter Friday to the members of the Board of Regents of the University of California, the California State University Board of Trustees and the Community Colleges Board of Governors – many of whom represent the interests of big banks, financial institutions, and wealthy corporations – calling on them to sign a pledge saying they will support five specific demands that will make banks pay their fair share to stop cuts to higher education, restore needed state revenue and improve the economy for California families. The demands include a federal sales tax on Wall Street financial transactions, which would generate needed revenue for education, and the reduction of underwater mortgage debt, which would put more money in the pockets of middle class families.

The effort is being organized by Refund California, a statewide coalition of students, teachers, homeowners, community members and faith leaders working to make Wall Street banks pay for a crisis they helped to create.

Many members of the three university boards hold leadership positions at some of the nation’s biggest banks, financial institutions and corporations, which are the target of nationwide Occupy protests. As these banks and their executives continue to profit, the California higher education system has suffered deep budget cuts resulting in the layoffs of thousands of teachers and workers, cuts to research projects vital for progress in public health and other areas, and record tuition hikes that have caused students – especially students of color – to drop out or delay education plans.

LIST OF EVENTS STATEWIDE -- NOVEMEBER 8th-9th

Note: Some of the details of direct action events will not be public prior to the day of events. For more detailed information about specific events, please contact Charlie Eaton, 510-220-1520, eaton.charlie@gmail.com.

FOLLOW THE PROTESTS ONLINE:

Facebook – “Like” Make Banks Pay California for updates, links, pictures, and videos.

Twitter – Follow @ReFundCA and the hashtag #makebankspay

Web – www.MakeBanksPayCalifornia.com

NOVEMBER 8 

Fresno State – 12pm, Free Speech Area

Students, workers, and community workers rally to defend education at Fresno State.

SITE CONTACTS:

Chucho Mendoza Pineda, 559-375-8298, xuxomp@gmail.com

Pablo Rodriguez, 510-842-6063, pablo@anewcalifornia.org

Leila Alamri, 559-240-1297

CSU Sacramento – 7:30am, campus entrances

Informational picketing to increase funding for higher education and to hold rich CSU executives accountable for their support of higher education cuts.

SITE CONTACTS:

John Hering, 916-642-6933, admin3@uaw4123.org

NOVEMBER 9

UC Davis – 12pm, Quad

Students, workers and community members will march and rally to make banks pay their fair share to fix the economic crisis they created.

SITE CONTACTS:

Eran Zelnik, 510-421-1628, eran_zel@yahoo.com

Axel Borg, (916) 947-6593

UC Berkeley – 12pm, Sproul Plaza (march to Bank of America)

Students, parents, teachers, and workers will rally on Sproul Plaza before marching on a nearby Bank of America.  The coalition will call on UC Regent and Bank of America Director Monica Lozano to sign the ReFund California Pledge to make Wall Street pay for end cuts to public education.

SITE CONTACTS:

Jennifer Tucker, 510.926.9362, jennifertucker@berkeley.edu

Tanya Smith, 510.325.6381, tanyagays@yahoo.com

UC Santa Cruz – 12-4pm, Clock Tower

Students, parents, teachers, and workers will walk out and gather at Quarry Plaza at noon.  The coalition will then move to the base of campus at 2 pm before marching on banks in downtown Santa Cruz at 4 pm where they will call on UC Regent and Bank of America Director Monica Lozano to sign the ReFund California Pledge to make Wall Street pay for public education.

SITE CONTACTS:

Erin Ellison, 723-245-7410, erin.rose.ellison@gmail.com

UC Santa Barbara – 12pm, Storke Hall (march to rally at the Arbor at 12:20pm)

UCSB students and workers will march from Storke Hall to the Arbor starting at noon and will rally at the Arbor to protest Wall Street's role in the economic crisis that has caused astronomical tuition increases, bigger classes, job losses, and pay and benefits cuts.  Speakers will include professors, students, workers and labor leaders.

SITE CONTACTS:

Filiberto Nolasco, 323-313-2159, frijolefil@gmail.com

UCLA – 12pm, Bruin Plaza

Students, parents, teachers, and workers will rally on Bruin Plaza before marching on a nearby bank.  The coalition will call on UC Regent and Bank of America Director Monica Lozano to sign the ReFund California Pledge to make Wall Street pay for public education.

SITE CONTACTS:

Kyle Arnone, 716-665-1053, kjarnone@gmail.com

Downtown Los Angeles/ LA City College – 4pm, Cal Plaza, 350 S Grand Plaza (march in downtown LA / Financial District)

Major march through downtown LA to Make Banks Pay, Not Students and Working Families!

SITE CONTACTS:

Jono Shaffer, 310-739-8025, shafferjono@gmail.com

CSU Long Beach – 8am, 7th Street entrance to campus

Informational picketing to increase funding for higher education and to hold rich CSU executives accountable for their support of higher education cuts.

SITE CONTACTS:

Timothy Maurer, 714-931-1722, timothy.maurer@student.csulb.edu

Donnie Bessom, 781-248-0613, dbessom84@gmail.com

Rich Anderson, 323-363-7619, president@uaw4123.org  

UC Riverside – 12pm, Bell Tower

Rally with students and unions at the bell tower, followed by a march demanding that banks are held accountable for creating the economic crisis.

SITE CONTACTS:

John Gust, 951-315-6033, jrobertgust@yahoo.com

Elliot Kim, 951-233-6783, kimnahroo@yahoo.com

Jennifer Ramos, ucrjennifer@gmail.com

UC Irvine – 12pm, Flagpoles

Students, workers and unions join together for a rally and teach-in at the flagpoles at noon, with speakers from around the campus and community, followed by a march.

SITE CONTACTS:

Chris Dunckle, 949-824-6621, cdunckle@uci.edu

Anne Kelly, 949-232-2124, annekelly@gmail.com

UC San Diego – 12pm, Walk Library

A coalition of students, workers and community members will rally and march from the silent tree outside Geisel Library at noon to protest banks' role in causing the financial crisis that has led to tuition increases, cuts in wages and benefits, job loss and foreclosures.

SITE CONTACTS:

Leslie Manjarez, 760-337-1713, leslie.manjarrez@gmail.com

Muni Citrin, 858-699-7398, munialiah@hotmail.com

San Diego State – 11:30am, North side of Library

Informational picketing to increase funding for higher education and to hold rich CSU executives accountable for their support of higher education cuts.

SITE CONTACTS:

Joan "Joni" Erdmann McClain, 619-917-5770, joni.mcclain@gmail.com

Scott Clifthorne, 415-810-0652, sclifthorne@uaw.net

 

FOLLOW THE PROTESTS ONLINE:

Facebook – “Like” Make Banks Pay California for updates, links, pictures, and videos.

Twitter – Follow @ReFundCA and the hashtag #makebankspay

Web – www.MakeBanksPayCalifornia.com

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ABOUT US: ReFUND California is a coalition of organizations throughout California committed to exposing the unfairness of the state’s current economic reality and engaging in public campaigns to force the changes that are necessary.

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