Dear BFA member:
A major mobilization is coming up March 1-5, 2012 to put pressure on the Governor and legislature to renew support for public education in California. It includes a variety of marches, rallies and other activities around the state, peaking with a big show of protest on the Capitol grounds in Sacramento on Monday, March 5th. A key part the action is a “99-mile March for Public Education & Social Justice”, starting hereabouts and going to Sacramento.
We would like to have a show of UCB faculty support, in two ways:
Have faculty join the 99-mile marchers on Friday, March 2d, 1-3 pm.
We will organize car pools to and from the march, starting around noon and returning around 4 to Berkeley.
It would be great to have us march in robes, if you have your own regalia. This would be sure to get press attention — and, no doubt, interviews. It would be good to have as many faculty as possible talk to the press.
If you are willing to participate, please write back to BFA/CUCFA/AAUP staff person Deborah Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have faculty join the demonstration at the Capitol on Monday, March 5th (morning).
There are buses going from Berkeley (and other points) and coming back. You need to sign up at: http://www.refundcalifornia.org/march5
If you are planning to go to Sacramento, please tell us that, too, via Deborah Rosenberg email@example.com
BFA and CUCFA have endorsed the statewide protests, which are organized by the ReFund California Coalition and an ad hoc group, Occupy the Capitol, which includes the California Federation of Teachers, the Courage Campaign, ACCE, and the Berkeley grad students union.
Please check out the links below, if you would like more information about the state fiscal crisis, what can be done to solve it, and the movement for refunding the state budget and supporting public education
Wendy Brown & Chris Rosen, Co-Chairs
Richard Walker, Vice-Chair
Berkeley Faculty Association