We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Fullerton College Students Walk Out

by Amber Stephens Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2011 at 5:04 PM
amber.stephens@gmail.com

Fullerton College students walk to the office of Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) demanding a special election to decide on the state budget.

Once again, community colleges and universities across California are facing drastic cut backs due to the state's budgetary crisis. On March 14, students from a community college in Fullerton made their voices heard by staging a walk-out and protest.

Making their way through the busy restaurant and bar district of downtown Fullerton, roughly 200 demonstrators, consisting of Fullerton College students and their supporters, marched to defend funding for higher education.

Demonstrators carried a wooden casket on the protest route to symbolize the death of education. Their destination was the office of Chris Norby (R-Fullerton), the vice-chairman on the state Assembly’s education committee and a former alumni of Fullerton College.

Protesters demanded that Norby back Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed special election, which would allow Californians to vote on tax extensions that would prevent additional cuts to social programs.

According to the Mercury News, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a special election in June to ask voters for a five-year renewal of temporary tax increases enacted two years ago. The Democratic governor wants to solve the nearly $27 billion deficit by balancing the tax extensions with about $14 billion in spending cuts and fund transfers, some of which he signed at the end of March.

If legislators agree on the special June election and voters approve the tax package, Brown said he would spare some cuts to education, according to The Orange County Register. As it is, the governor’s proposed budget includes $400 million in budget cuts to community colleges.

Protesters tried to take the symbolic coffin up to Norby’s office located in the Fullerton Towers building, but were advised by police they were on private property and would need to stay on public sidewalks to continue their protest.

Norby’s representatives Bruce Whitaker and Craig Green spoke to the protesters and read a prepared statement by the Assemblyman. Norby had a scheduling conflict in which he could not appear, according to his representatives.

“Any budget plan before the Legislature, or placed on the ballot, must balance our highest ideal with our sobering economic realities,” Norby’s statement read. “I welcome your involvement and that of all my constituents.”

Fullerton College student Christopher Sanchez, 25, led the protest. He asked the representatives if Norby will vote for the special election.

Green told the crowd they do not know how he will vote and Norby was looking forward to the input of students on the matter. He encouraged the protesters to write Norby, stating that it gives the assemblyman more leverage the more documents he has to present on the Assembly floor.

Bruce Whitaker said every aspect of the state budget will be affected.

“As you know in Sacramento, it is very partisan. It’s a team sport,” Whitaker told the crowd. “[Norby] has pressure on both sides. He wants to make the best decision he can.”

After the meeting with Norby’s representatives, students continued their protest as they walked back to the college.

“I was very excited, moved, and passionate about what was going on,” Sanchez said after the protest. “Our action showed the students actually care despite what most statistics show about youth being politically involved in society.”

He said for Norby to send his staff out to speak with the protesters was a positive step. He hopes that the showing of support from his representatives and the community sends a message to Sacramento about community college education in California.

“It is very crucial that students from the community colleges be involved in this process,” he said. "We will be hurt by cuts a second time when attending a CSU or UC.”

Joseph McIntosh is a first year nursing major at Fullerton College. He is a trustee on the Associated Student body and participated in the protest.

“We know cuts are going to happen,” he said. “We are focusing on education because we are students and it is important to us. But if the issue of tax extension does not get voted on by the people, these cuts could potentially double all across the board.”

He said the cuts could worsen the economic situation overtime, as universities will be turning down qualified transfer students and not be able to contribute to society adequately.

“We are not asking to raise taxes,” he said. “We are asking them to extend the taxes that have already been put into place to prevent additional cuts to education.”

Also posted on LA Activist and Orange Juice Blog.

Watch video on Youtube to see more of the protests and the meeting with Norby's representatives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35J-2RnxVPg
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy