Sac State occupation continues, meets with President

One of our comrades over at Reclaim UC has located a blog and Twitter feed coming out of the occupation, which is now continuing into its third day.  They released a set of demands yesterday, insisting upon a meeting with President Alexander Gonzalez:

  1. A moratorium on managerial raises and salaries; Funding must be focused on instruction and student services.
  2. Publicly support AB 1326. The oil extraction fee for higher ed bill.
  3. Publicly support SB 8. The transparency bill.

This morning they got that meeting.  One student who met with Gonzalez told the State Hornet,

He was very civil and he expressed to the media beforehand that he wanted to listen to us but we felt he gave us the same answers that were given when we had a meeting with him over spring break.

But these students aren’t stupid; they’re not going anywhere until their demands are met.  Smug reassurance doesn’t pay skyrocketing fees.  As another occupier reiterated,

We’re occupying the building until we get an agreement or a negotiation with President Gonzalez.  We have the leverage to lead and since (the school motto is) “leadership begins here,” the president should help us.

Defend the Sacramento State occupation!

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3 responses to “Sac State occupation continues, meets with President

  1. Solidarity from Los Angeles! I am an active member of the LA March 4th Committee to Defend Public Education and Social Services. Keep up the fight-La lucha sigue Sigue!

    You are taking on the task that students, parents, teachers and faculty need to and using whatever means necessary to force the President to acknowledge you. Students are a strong and militant force. And although we are in the front we can not WIN without the workers in the occupation, on strike and in the streets with us! At the same time- we are also not puppets of any bureaucratic group or institution. We are fighting for our own ideas and minds in school- we need to fight for them in the movement!
    Discuss and debate with your fellow students, teachers and faculty. Urge the rank and file to say outloud what you know is true. The Democrats are responsible for these cuts as much as the Republicans are! Chancellor Reed is a Democrat and he is along list of other Democrats who are singing for the cuts when they know there are billionaires, banks and corporations making record profits.

    Dont be afraid to say what you think even if some of the higher ups want you to tow the line. Be independent and argue for your ideas! Thats what we are fighting for in school, right?

    Some of you realize that we must escalate our tactics in order to win the battle for education and have more than just students occupying. This is not theatrical- its real talk! Repeating your example at the schools, workplaces and communities Statewide and Nationwide. In short a General Strike for education and social services. For jobs and for immigrant rights! In 2006 the students walked out, took over freeways and occupied buildings. Their parents and their coworkers refused to work to demand immigrant rights. They defeated HR4437 and they demanded respect. That is what is needed and more of it to win the battle for public education. To win the Class War we must have all weapons available.
    The Strike is the most powerful. The occupations are the rallying cry!

    Thank you for standing strong and standing together. We are support you, we fight side by side with you and we will win!

    Venceremos (We Will Win)

    Julia Wallace
    LA March 4th Committee to Defend Public Education and Social Services

  2. Pingback: The Sacramento State University Occupation | UC Rebel Radio

  3. here’s a quick interview with one of the Sac State occupation participants:

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