March 2, 2010 Letter from the UC Davis Organizing Committee

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The following letter was a part of the run-up to the March 4, 2010 Public Education Protest.

March 2, 2010

Dear UC Davis Faculty, Staff, and Students,

At the discussion held last week at UC Davis to address issues of solidarity between faculty and students, there was overwhelming agreement that a single, faculty/student/staff webpage should be created to share information about the upcoming strike on March 4th, protests, actions, and meetings held at UC Davis.

We have created this website ([WWW]http://www.freeucdavis.org), where campus events and meetings can be broadcast. In addition, the site allows professors, lecturers and TAs who would welcome a brief presentation in their classes, to post their names, contacts and class schedules, so students active in the movement can come in and give presentations. Look for the “contact us” tab at the top of the page. We’ve attempted to create an interactive site where faculty can both get information and communicate directly with their students.

The crisis facing the UC system is by now familiar. Governor Schwarzenegger and the State Legislature have slashed funding, and the UC Regents, Office of the President, and campus administrations have responded with measures that undermine the core teaching, research, and service mission of the university:

Next year’s planned cuts will only accelerate these trends. The defunding of public higher education makes a college education inaccessible to many Californians, especially those already most disadvantaged; it endangers the vibrancy and livelihood of the state; it lowers the quality of life of all of its inhabitants.

We are calling on UC faculty to suspend “business as usual” and participate in the various actions that day in support of public education. In the belief that we need to target different audiences and that pressure is most effective when applied at various points in the system, we support the multiple actions that are planned for March 4th:

Lastly, as March 4th approaches, and you are wondering what you can do to support the day of protest around education in California, we urge you to consider one of these options:

Members of the UC Davis community will participate in the March 4th strike and day of action to decry the defunding of public education in California and the privatization of the UC, and to express our solidarity with students, parents, teachers, and other workers on our campus, in our communities, and around the state. We strongly encourage you to join us.

In Solidarity,

The UC Davis Organizing Committee

For more information to share with your colleagues and students:

[WWW]http://www.freeucdavis.org
[WWW]http://www.ucstrike.com
[WWW]http://thirdworldjournal.co.cc
[WWW]http://www.defendcapubliceducation.wordpress.com
[WWW]http://www.againstcuts.org
[WWW]http://www.teachthebudget.org
[WWW]http://www.affordableuc.org

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