In 2010 a series of occupations took place across the University of California system to protest several increases in State “Fees”, which have with time been re-named “tuition” in the advent of transforming the public educational institution into a corporate hybrid. This was a continuation of occupations from across the world, since the attack on public learning institutions has been widespread. Now, the occupation movement has taken hold of the Cal State University system and the students at Sacramento State University have made their demands public in a continuation of the fight against corporate greed and cultural repression. This occupation began on a day of state-wide protest and it will continue until the meeting with University President González is convened.
Below are the demands from the occupiers:
At 7:00am on April 14 we came up with a list of three demands for President Gonzalez.
1. A moratorium on managerial raises and salaries; Funding must be focused on instruction and student services.
2. Publicly support AB 1326. The oil extraction fee for higher ed bill.
3. Publicly support SB 8. The transparency bill.
AB 1326 would charge a tax to the oil companies that drill for oil in the state of California. California is the only state that does not charge some kind of tax for the extraction of oil. The revenue recieved from this tax would be specifically for higher education. This would ensure that the CSU system had sustainable income.
SB 8 would make the CSU budget transparent. We do not know exactly how much money the CSU recieves and where that money goes. There is no accountability.