Unless the increase in the California Budget allocation to “higher public education” goes to the benefit of the student, the increase means nothing. Unless the privatization of the university stops, this money will continue to be funneled away into capitalist projects. Unless there is budget transparency, how will anyone know anything about this money?
Don’t let us be misunderstood; because we object to the inconclusive nature of the deal, it does not mean we side with the [E]CCPOA’s spinning, scratching, and crossfading of this whole mess into a legislative assault on public safety. We reject that rhetoric. However, at the same time, we don’t agree that the legislation should promote making the prison environment an even unhealthier place. Instead, we would like to see legislation abolish prisons altogether, especially since they have become a capitalist enterprise for cheap labor and promote discrimination and racism.
We fear that there will be many who will take the bait and the catchy slogan and blindly grant the State the authority to do as they please. If this increase is going to have a positive effect for the student, the student must take control of the university.