Between 4 and 6pm of this last thursday, over one thousand people marched in downtown Santa Barbara. Prior to the large march taking place, a group of 250 students without permits marched to the beach shutting down Santa Barbara's state street.
Prior to the gathering downtown, at least 500 students gathered at the UCSB campus. Half a dozen speakers, from students orgs and unions, spoke. Megan White, vice president of UCSB Campus Left, gave a speech. Filipino activist Walden Bello,n on the UCSB campus that day, gave a rousing speech. Student activists also stormed into 2 different large theater halls and called for students to walk out of those classes that were stilling being held.
Here are flickr photos from one grad student at the protest: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhsprague/sets/72157623432879091/
Articles on the protest in local papers:
UCSB Daily Nexus: Students Manifest Dissent During Rally http://www.dailynexus.com/article.php?a=20420
The Daily Sound: Locals take to streets in protest of education cuts http://www.thedailysound.com/News/030510Protest
SB Independent: Protesting the Plight of Public Education:
Hundreds of Students, Parents, Teachers March on Downtown and UCSB http://www.independent.com/news/2010/mar/04/protesting-plight-public-education/