Upcoming Active Counter-Activism for March 4th

As you all may or (hopefully) may not be aware, on Thursday, March 4, 2010 there will be statewide strikes to defend public education on a scale never before seen in California.

For those of us who are working hard to ensure the swift and efficient privatization of the University of California (who cares about the hopelessly unprofitable K-12 system), March 4 promises to be a very scary day (as our diagram below explains).

With just over two weeks before March 4, the UC Movement for Efficient Privatization (UCMeP) is busy with a number of projects that will guarantee (backed by California bonds) the minimal efficaciousness of these strikes.

While UCMeP typically prefers a counter-activism strategy of nurturing the blissful ignorance most students at the UC (not to mention the public) enjoy, in light of the dangerously obstinate and belligerent mobilization around March 4, UCMeP has decided to establish the Strategic Counter-Activism Brigade (SCAB) which will work to actively subvert the March 4th protests.

In addition to continuing to fulfilling our contract with the Office of Student Conduct to compile an ever-expanding black-list of students engaged in various nefarious dissentful activities, SCAB will be releasing a series of instructional videos this Thursday, February 18 which will provide you with helpful tips for crossing picket lines on March 4.

Please stay tuned.

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  1. Former UC President Bob Dynes (and CSU Chancellor Reed) committmented their universities to privitization in a deal with the Governor called the “Compact on Higher Education” in 2004. They accepted huge cuts in taxpayer support in exchange for the approval to increase fees 10% a year.

    The “problem,” of course is that 10% a year is not enough money to both privitize and maintain quality at the levels that UC customers (what used to be called “students”) used to get. Doing that would mean raising the price to another $7398 (to $18,948), assuming that tax funding isn’t cut more.

    Full privitization would mean fees of $25,200.

    For comparison, pushing the “reset” button and rolling fees back to where they were in 2000-01 ($4954, adjusted for inflation), restoring taxpayer funding per student to where it was then, and opening the doors for all qualified students, for California’s entire higher ed system (UC, CSU and community colleges) would only cost the median taxpayer $32 on April 15.

    Thank goodness that UC’s leadership is not talking about THAT.

    Get the details at http://keepcaliforniaspromise.org/553

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