Students in the University of California, Cal State University and California Community College schools protested on campus and in Sacramento on April 20 for the Statewide Day of Action in response to a variety of issues ranging from budget cuts to tuition increases.
The Statewide Day of Action has taken place at Cal State Fullerton in past years in the form of walking out of class at a specific time and protests in the quad.
This year at CSUF, the main declaration of protest was not held on campus, but in Sacramento, with the ASI President, Philip Vasquez, representing the campus to lobby for a resolution to advocate on behalf of students for the state budget and to end age discrimination in the Cal Grant program.
“We have not planned anything on campus tomorrow due to limited resources and time conflicts with our biggest priority right now, ASI elections,” Vasquez said.
At other colleges in California, protests will be happening on campus, mainly in opposition to the education tax being imposed on working class students and their families in the form of tuition increases for the third consecutive year.
“We have to let them know where our priorities lie,” said Jason Spencer, the Chair of Legislative Affairs for the Cal State Student Association. “We have to encourage students to be involved and pay attention, because it’s about the future of the state’s education.”
The main students affected by the tuition increases are international students attending classes at Cal State campuses.
“You might conclude that students in the CSU are obtaining a high-quality education for a relatively low cost, especially when compared to what students pay at comparable institutions throughout the nation,” said Paula Selleck, the news director at CSUF.
“Students are going to run out of money, and drop out of school,” Vasquez said.
Spencer said that in the future, we need an educated workforce. He also said that the blame lies with the lack of funding, not the schools.
“The state, not the schools, is turning its back on the students,” Spencer said.