Education Should Be Free! has released a new statement in response to the generally good vibes people have been throwing Governor Brown since he used the UC Regent’s recent 27.5% tuition hike as a backdrop for his image as “defender of the people.”
Brown only differs from the UC Regents on how best to privatize. His record is antithetical to a free, public, and critical education. Brown does not have the power to save the UC. His most powerful threat, the ability to cut state funding to force a reversal in the Regents’ tuition decision, only plays into the UC Regents ultimate plan to increasingly divest and become autonomous from state-funding and accompanying legislative restrictions on how that money can be used. If Brown did have the power to force the UC to change we wouldn’t want him to use it.
Thanks to Education Should Be Free! for starting the real conversation we need to have about Governor Brown.
“FUCK THE REGENTS!”
Every night this cry rises above the thumping music at Humanities 2. It comes from the collective voices of hundreds of furious but ludic dancers who have come here to retake their university from the forces of privatization and austerity.
Jerry Brown, the governor of California (though for our part, we refuse to be governed) announced his opposition to the tuition hikes several days before the Regents met last week to approve them. Make no mistake though, this was an opportunistic shift: he leapt from a pro-hike to an anti-hike stance when it became clear to him that the people and students of the state of California opposed them.
But we must be clear that Jerry Brown is no friend to the students, or the people, of the state of California. He opposes the tuition hikes even as he supports further cuts to the UC, CSU and…
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