1200 Demonstrate at Governor’s San Diego Office
By Hoa Quach / SDNN
A daylong effort against budget cuts led by student organizers throughout the San Diego region concluded with about 1,200 protesters gathering outside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s San Diego office late Thursday afternoon.
Californians Protest Education Cut-backs – UC Davis students try to block highway
(CNN) — A California movement protesting $1 billion in budget cuts to the state’s university system appeared to have burgeoned into a nationwide demonstration on Thursday.
Students and professors in dozens of states were challenging administrators and state lawmakers over budget cuts and tuition increases that they say are reducing students’ class options and increasing their expenses.
Some of the protests turned chaotic. At the University of California-Davis, police held back student protesters who had threatened to shut down nearby Interstate 80, CNN Sacramento affiliate KCRA reported.
Police fired rubber bullets into the ground in an effort to deter students, who made it as far as an I-80 exit ramp just south of campus.
KCRA: Protesters threaten to block interstate [Editor: this is not a good link – go to the original post for the link.]
At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, at least 15 people were arrested in demonstrations Thursday, according to CNN affiliate WTMJ.
A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee vice chancellor allowed a protester to drop off pamphlets in the chancellor’s office, then called campus police when dozens of protesters tried to enter the building, according to WTMJ.
University police called the Milwaukee Police Department for backup, and officers spent an hour rounding up protesters.
Students yelled “Let her go!” and “What did he do?” as Milwaukee police led students into their black and white vans.
Across the country, students told of having to work second jobs and make lifestyle adjustments in the face of dramatic tuition hikes.
“I work at two jobs, go to school full time to make ends meet,” said Tyler, a fifth-year senior at San Francisco State University, where students and faculty protested Thursday. She did not give her last
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Student Activism / March 4, 2010
Trying to keep on top of the March 4 Day of Action? Here are a few resources that you’ll definitely find useful.
- UC Regent Live(blog) will have a team of writers covering national events throughout the day.
- The blog Occupy CA has been breaking stories about radical protest actions all year.
- This site will of course be passing on everything we get.
- Our national March 4 map includes links and contact information for many local actions.
- CNN is covering the story here, and they’ve been updating their map of actions as events develop.
- The Washington Post’s higher education section will be tracking the day’s news.
- A Washington Post reporter has compiled a solid resource page.
- Huffington Post’s new College site has been giving the buildup to March 4 a lot of attention. Expect more today.
- The standard hashtag for the day’s events is #March4.
- We’ve created a Twitter list of folks who will be tweeting from today’s actions, and we’ll be adding feeds to it all day.
- Where possible, we’re adding Twitter links to local actions on the national March 4 map.
- And of course our own feed is @studentactivism.