Statement on the Nov. 15 UC Berkeley Student Strike by the Partners of ReFund California

Today we announce a student strike at UC Berkeley on Tuesday, Nov. 15th  to reject the excessive police force used against our protests to make Wall Street -- and the corporate elite on the boards governing our universities -- pay for refunding public education. Some faculty are expected to join the student strike, and the actions will add to the growing momentum for statewide convergences at the CSU Trustees meeting in Long Beach and the UC Regents meeting at UCSF Mission Bay on November 16th.

We call on the UC Regents and CSU trustees to devote their meetings on November 16 to a discussion of how they - many as corporate leaders - can carry out the ReFund California Pledge to make the 1% pay to refund public education.  The CSU and UC boards should open the meetings to all as equal participants.  And we ask that they promise not to use police force against nonviolent mobilizations at these meetings and during the Tuesday strike.
There is a crisis today for California’s students and their families, but not for the Wall Street and corporate elites who control the economy and dominate the governing boards of California’s universities.

California leads the nation in tuition increases with nearly 100 percent rise in tuition costs since 2008, inflating student loans to $1 trillion nationally.  We keep paying the price while Wall Street and corporations are left off the hook. We didn’t cause the economic crisis—they did.

That's why we call on the board members and executives of our universities to sign the ReFund California pledge to support real solutions to fund public education and improve the economy for California families. They should join the community whose interests they say they represent instead of irresponsibly using police force to silence our freedom of expression.

Academic Professionals of California, CSU - Mobilizing Committee
AFSCME 3299 - UC patient care and service employees
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
Berkeley Faculty Association
California Nurses Association
Communities for a New California
The Council of UC Faculty Associations
SEIU 721 - Southern California school and public service employees
SEIU - United Service Workers West
UAW 2865 - UC student employees
UAW 4123 - CSU student employees
UAW 5810 - UC postdoctoral researchers
UC Berkeley Student Labor Justice Project
UC Student Association
UPTE-CWA, 9119 - UC professional, research and technical employees

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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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