2011 Call to action for “Refund public education action week”
Due to huge increases in tuition for UC, community college and CSU students. Since 2008 to 2011 saw a 200% increase in tuition fees and a threat of a $2.5 billion education and public services cuts. This saw the rise of the “Refund public education week” in California in 2011.
The mobilization of the action
California’s students, workers, and educators called on the various leaders of California’s universities, colleges and schools for their support in the bid “for refunding of education by making various Wall Street institutes as well as the very wealthy pay for parents, students and communities”.
The action was mobilized on 9th November 2011 for the message to be delivered at the UC Regents and CSU Trustees’ meetings on the 16th November 2011.
Who is the Refund California Coalition?
Refund California is a coalition of community members, faith leaders, students and homeowners who work together to make corporations pay for the destruction of communities and loss of employment due to their corporate greed and irresponsible business acts. Their drive is to create jobs, fix the housing crises and inject much-needed capital into the economy and making the corporations and bodies responsible for the various losses and destruction accountable for their actions.
The outcome of the Refund public education action week
The campaign, having drawn a lot of national attention changing the political debate as to who should be paying for public education.At the beginning of November, the coalition managed to get the port of Oakland shutdown.
As many as 600 000 odd bank accounts were withdrawn from large banking institutes and transferred to smaller credit union institutes.
The November 16th meeting of the Regent drew near they were put under pressure to pledge their support to make the wealthy and banking institutes pay to “refund California”. The regents meeting was cancelled due to fears of violent protests.
Whilst students and other protestors took to occupying various campuses forcing a feeble pledge from the UC President of 2011 to request more state funds with no direction or source of funds for this.
Coalitions such as Refund California, ACCE Action and ACCE institutes along with their many other supporters tirelessly fight to ensure better education and communities for everyone.
You can read more about the November 2011 Refund public education action week at this link: