The Occupy Movement Comes to UC Berkeley

The Occupy Movement Comes to UC Berkeley

After an Occupy Cal General Assembly on November 9, students have declared an organized strike for November 15 to protest education funding cuts and university privatization in response to a tuition hike of 200 percent over the past four years.  In addition to huge tuition hikes, the privatization of California’s universities is prompting a potential increase of 81 percent in student-paid tuition.  The protest, which drew national attention, resulted in 39 arrests of both student and faculty members.

Protests were seen across the state on the same day, including Santa Cruz, Los Angeles and Irvine.

Universities across the state are answering calls to action and organizing Occupy protests.  The Berkeley call to action is inspired by a similar event at Oakland and is reportedly prompting previously uninvolved students to become involved and take action against the fee increases and budget cuts.

It is fascinating to see the ripple effect of the Occupy movement throughout our country.  No longer willing to stand down and let the government take control of all aspects of our lives, the members of the Occupy movement are having a profound impact all over the country, and even in other countries.

The students at Berkeley voted overwhelmingly to initiate the call to action and student strike planned for November 15, with 569 votes for the strike and 31 against it.  Demonstrations are planned to follow the day after the strike, and a strike by the California Faculty Association is planned for November 27 at both California State University East Bay and California State University Dominguez Hills.