Budget cut march to governor’s office

On Oct. 29, faculty and students from numerous universities and community colleges came together to protest statewide budget cuts in downtown San Diego. This is the first time that all San Diego County faculty unions joined together to march for protecting higher education funds. The American Federation of Teachers was in attendance and proudly held their local 1931 poster as they marched down the streets of San Diego. Jim Miller, AFT Political Action Vice President, estimated a strong turnout of about 300 people. Miller mentioned the crowd consisted of “tons of students” from schools like Southwestern and University of San Diego. AFT San Diego President, Jim Mahler, mentioned how “dozen of teachers” had come out to join the cause. “We are losing a lot of part time faculty.and people aren’t getting replaced when they leave,” Mahler said. “People are really being stretched.”