On Thursday, November 20th sometime in the late morning or early afternoon the UC Regents will make their final vote raise tuition 27% over the next four years.
In an act of overt hostility against current and prospective students and in the continuation of the white supremacist transformation of the university, UC management announced their plan without ample time for students and workers to organize actions to block the vote, as happened in the past.
The timing and announcement of the vote is designed to continue the privatization agenda of the Regents, extract more money for the UC Regents’ Wall Street peers, and put you back to work as soon as possible spending money for your degree. In fact, UCLA management has already promised that they will provide you with additional loans so you can continue to enrich their friends and contribute to the death of public education long after you graduate.
In the likely event that the UC Regents continue with the plan they have already begun to execute, we are calling on undergraduate and graduate students attending classes to respond by disrupting the operation of the university and signalling to management, and fellow studentworkers, that their aggressive and racist actions will not be tolerated.
We call on organizers of events on campus scheduled for Thursday to be ready to react to the announcement, to encourage walkouts and the taking of buildings. We encourage students to demonstrate that we will not be managed when under attack, and to set a tone of escalation for the coming months as people across the state work to stop the implementation of any approved hikes and work to roll back hikes approved in the past.
We call on students to attend campus events scheduled for Thursday to encourage other attendees to move beyond walking in circles with signs and chanting to disruption of management and reclamation of space. In particular, we encourage attendance at the planned “MASS DAY OF ACTION” to take place Thursday, November 20th at 3PM in front of Royce Hall. Show up, recognize each other and our conditions, join together and fight back.
The role of managers is to manage. Do not be managed. Stand up, walk out, and disrupt all university activity. Lecturers, teaching assistants, and workers are restricted by union agreements and potential retaliation that can result in the immediate loss of livelihood and position in the university for walking off the job. But teachers can’t teach to empty classrooms. They can’t get lessons across with students yelling, chanting, speaking, singing in the halls. Those on campus in their role as students have the most privilege and opportunity to respond with disruption. Use it.