A note on California Prop 30:
Proposition 30 was Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax plan that would avoid steep cuts to public education, including cuts to the public University of California system.
Thing is, the UC Regents have been threatening us students with a 20% fee hike if Prop 30 doesn’t pass.
That is fucking coercion. “Vote this way, or we make you pay even more money to go to a public university.” Keep in mind, tution has more than doubled in the past 6 years and has gone up $2,000/year just in the 2 years I have been a student.
I am angry that no one is talking about this. The UC Regents are essentially going to make sure they get the money no matter what. This is not democracy. This is not public education. This is students at a public university being threatened with the privatization of their education if they don’t vote the way a bunch of (mostly) old white dudes tell us to.
Remember that guy who threatened to fire his employees if Obama was re-elected? And how everyone was all “Voter suppression!” and “Voter coercion!” about it. This really isn’t any different.
Fuck the regents. Fuck Brown. Fuck this entire system. Education is a right—not a privilege, not a means of extorting money out of students and/or taxpayers.
Public education for an educated public.