For a good overall round-up of the SoCal March 4 protests and demonstrations, check out Neon Tommy’s package.
10:04 p.m. – Great photo essay from UC Davis protester/police clash. And just good photos generally. (Click on the photo on the right side of the site.)
5:43 p.m. – An articulate Op Ed by a CUNY grad student who explains why students across the country are protesting along with California:
5:32 p.m. – The socialist worker types are reportedly peppering the downtown LA rally, with large signs advancing their own agenda. Not helpful. Organize your own party, people. Quit trying to highjack the events organized by others.
4:25 p.m. Cool live Flikr feed from Neon Tommy.
3:00 p.m. At around 2 p.m. police and students reportedly collided at UC Davis. Above pictures show students moving down road, and then cops moving it. There was some reported student whacking on the part of the cops and possibly some
tear gas pepper spray or whatever is the newer incarnation of that stuff. Something. But supposedly that has stopped.
The photos and reports are from California Aggie, the UC Davis newspaper.
1:33 p.m. – Students gathered quietly outside Geisel Library at UCSD. Inside, the info librarian tweets that he’s never seen so many people gathered together on the campus before.
1:30 p.m. – Check out the march at UC Riverside.
1:20 – BIG RALLY AT PERSHING SQUARE AT 3 P.M.. UCLA students and Community College students and faculty spreading the word that downtown is the next place to be.
1:15: Community college students complain that the UC students are taking up community college classes because of the rise in UC fees. Thus community college students are getting aced out of classes. Meanwhile, SMC is forced to cut its faculty. Meanwhile unemployed adults are going to community colleges for classes to up their skills, putting further strain on the campuses.
So what was once California’s golden college safety net for those who could not yet afford or get into the UCs or the CSUs, is now becoming disastrously weighed down by the trickle-down effect of cuts above it, then further tattered by its own cuts.
12:15 at Santa Monica College, photo by Christine Duong. Community colleges are also raising their collective voices.
12:06 p.m. – Thousands at Berkeley rally—Youth Radio has photos.
11:41 – NY Times on protests for ed cuts.
Alberto Torrico, the Democratic majority leader in the State Assembly, has proposed a new 12.5 percent tax on revenue from oil and gas production in California, a measure that he says could raise $2 billion for higher education. But with any new tax in the state requiring a two-thirds majority, its prospects seemed uncertain.
Still, Mr. Torrico â€” who is from the city of Fremont on the east side of San Francisco Bay â€” said he had gathered 60,000 signatures on petitions in support of his plan.
“It’s really not a bill any more,” Mr. Torrico said of his proposed law, which is due to be debated this summer. “It has become a movement out there.”
11:06: The Daily Californian is live blogging at Berkeley. Better source of Cal Info. Very clear, neutral reporting. (Go Zach E.J. Williams and Mihir Zaveri)
Meanwhile, many Cal students and faculty leaving for Sac’to.
Rally at Sac’to starting.
11:05 : NOTE TO BERKELEY STUDENTS. Stop pulling the fire alarms. That’s just dumb. Sorry. But not helpful.
11 a.m. - A happy and pastoral-looking “teach out” among the trees at UC San Diego. Looks like a worthy activity, March 4 or no March 4.
10:50: Richie Duchon at Neon Tommy asks Where is Jerry Brown on March 4? Jerry? Any thoughts?
9:55 a.m. Pickets reportedly have been up at UC Berkeley since early morning.
9:50 a.m. Rally at UC Santa Cruz.
9:32 a.m.:Things are already underway at UC Santa Cruz. Parking enforcement was stopped on its rounds. (But in a nice way, I’m sure.)
Thursday is the nationwide “Day of Action” during which students, faculty and alumni are expected to protest drastic cuts in education funding—and in the case of higher eduction, the drastic fee hikes.
(The LA Times has more about what is expected.)
Annenberg’s Neon Tommy is sending teams to cover events around LA County and, when possible, around the state.
During the day, I’ll cherry pick whatever coverage is the most interesting.
So stay tuned.
In the meantime, watch the Twitter thread to your right for events as they unfold.—>
And here is Neon Tommy’s nice Timeline showing the rise in fees at California universities.
A map of all planned protests and events:
View March 4 Day of Action in a larger map