Walkout of classes planned

DAN BERGER and MARK RIVERA

In an attempt to demonstrate disapproval of public education budget cuts, City College students, faculty and staff are planning a walk out of classes on on the same day of the National Call for Action on March 4.

The Education For All Coalition, a grassroots organization working to mobilize a community response to the economic crisis, has organized a campus Walkout that will begin at 11 a.m. in Gorton Quad.

The Walkout asks that teachers bring their students out of the classroom to gather with other faculty, staff, administration, as well as activists to rally against the budget cuts.

“Students need to take the lead and get involved,” Tony Perez, a member of the Education for All Coalition, said. “There should be access to education at all levels and for all ages – from the cradle to the grave.”

The walk out is in coordination with the California Day of Action budget cut demonstrations involving teachers, students and workers from all sectors of state-wide public education – K-12, adult education, community colleges and state-funded universities.

A “teach out” is planned to take place at 1:30 p.m. and will involve peers speaking out and educating their fellow students about the education budget issues.

At 1:30 p.m., different members of the student body, members of the faculty, the staff, and and other activists will take the stage to discuss specific issues and impacts the cuts have brought upon education.

At 2:45 p.m. the National Call for Action rally will march from the west end of the ‘B’ building on Park Blvd up to the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.

The march will then procede to downtown and end at the Governor’s office at 1350 Front St., where there will be a demonstration until 5:30 p.m.

According to the Daily Californian, UC Berkely’s student-run newspaper, state funding for higher education was cut by $2 billion in the past year.

For more information on City you can visit http://educationforallcoalition.com/.