Friday, December 4, 2009

Take Action this MONDAY to Rescind Fee Hikes!

Commission on the Future – UCLA Listening Forum
Monday, December 7, 2009
Covel Commons, Grand Horizon Room
1:00 p.m. 

If you have not RSVP'd meet us outside of Covel at 1PM for a coalition speak-out!

This Monday, December 7, 2009 at Covel Commons, Grand Horizon Room students must speak out against and expose UC President Yudof's "Commission on the Future" hearing at UCLA. The Commission is charged with coming up with proposals to adapt to reduced public funding by cheapening and privatizing the UC system.

We must take a stand against the fee hikes and the entire effort to privatize the UC system.
The "UC Commission on the Future," formed in September 2009 and co-chaired by UC President Yudof and Regents Chairman Russell Gould, is charged with exploring different ideas, including:
• finding sources of private funding
• expanding "collaborative research" with "industry partners" (i.e. corporation-directed research)
• reducing undergraduate programs that are not "cost effective" (i.e. social sciences and liberal arts)
• online classes
• reducing UC freshman enrollment, and increasing the number of transfers from community colleges
• reducing the number of California residents admitted in favor of out-of-state residents who pay higher fees and are much less racially and economically diverse

Another proposal raised at a Commission hearing and highlighted in the Commission's press materials is asking firms to pay the UC system a fee for every UC graduate they hire.

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Taken together, these proposals would lead to the privatization of the UC system. Inequality would increase, and in particular Latina/o, black, Native American, immigrant, undocumented, and low-income students of all races would be pushed out of the UC system.

For the past few weeks, thousands of students have been mobilizing to defend public education. This new movement has the power to reverse the fee hikes, and to stop the privatization of our university.

Join us Monday and defend public education!

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