The LA mobilization of “Refund California, Occupy Cal and Occupy Cal State” movement
The “Refund California”, “Occupy Cal” and “Occupy Cal State” groups organized protests in order to deliver their message to UC regents and various board members was thwarted by the cancellation of the UC Regents bi-monthly meeting
Threats of violence from rogue elements
Through the fear of potential violence, UC Regents cancelled their scheduled meeting on the 16th November 2011. A meeting they had been planned and invested in months before. The university police had reported to getting information on “rogue elements intent on violence and confrontation with UC public safety officers”
With no new date set for the UC Regents bi-monthly meeting, it left students leaders very disappointed in the fact that the postponement of being able to voice theirs and the groups they represent discontent with the state budget cuts which badly affected tuition at Cal State and UC.
The vote to increase annual tuition in the fall of 2012
While the UC Regents meeting may have been cancelled but that did not stop the CAL State Board of Trustees meeting that was to take place around the same time as the UC regents meeting. The CAL State Board of Trustees meeting was held in Long Beach under heavy security where it was put to a vote to raise the annual tuition fees by 9% in the fall of 2012.
While Cal State was tightening security around various other campuses where faculty members were staging a strike in protest of a salary dispute. Although the university assured members of the Occupy groups that it had nothing to do with what they were protesting about, the university was not taking any chances and beefed up their security against potential threats.
Fast forward to 2017 and teachers have started to protest the lack of progress in cities such as Sacramento’s education facilities and funding. Teachers are demanding that all classes have a teacher with solid credentials, that class sizes be reduced and that there is more school medical and related personals such as nurses, counsellors and psychologists be employed by the schools.
All students should be able to participate in music, physical education and the arts.
But with the rise in costs of various school necessities the annual budget is expected to exceed that of which it was set to with a result the future may see more cuts in the school budgets and rise in school tuition fees.