Militant Protests Rock the University of California: 3 Articles

The following articles are from Fight Back! News:

  • Protests Rock Meeting of University of California Regents Los Angeles, CA – As of Nov. 18, dozens of tents are cropping up on UCLA’s quad as over 100 students begin a tent city, part of an all-night protest against the budget cuts, layoffs and tuition hikes in the University… (more)
  • UC Berkeley Fights Tuition Hikes Berkeley, CA – While the University of California’s Board of Regents were at UCLA voting to increase the cost of education by a whopping 32%, students, labor and faculty from across the state were fighting… (more)
  • UCLA Students Stage Building Takeover Los Angeles, CA – Shortly after midnight on Nov. 19, dozens of students barricaded themselves inside UCLA’s Campbell Hall in protest of a planned 32% fee hike that will be enacted later today. (more)

For background, see: University of California Walkouts Show the Way and ‘Education is a Right, Not a Privilege for the Rich’

2 responses to “Militant Protests Rock the University of California: 3 Articles

  1. I went to CSU Northridge in Los Angeles for two years. I saw the effects of the budget cuts firsthand (it should be known that the CSUs are suffering way worse than the UCs because of the cuts). The only thing is, never did the CSUN students choose to get up and fight. I support the UC students and everything they’re doing, but I can’t help but think how the apathy of my alma mater will eventually come back to bite them.

  2. I don’t really believe in apathy.

    Of course, that’s a provacative way of putting it, but what I mean is that apathy is not the primary thing in determining where fights do or don’t break out.

    If you look at the big fights that have broken out during the crisis, in every case, without exception, the fights are breaking out where conscious forces, revolutionaries, are helping to lead things forward. That’s the main thing. The reason this crisis isn’t marked the kind of open class-against-class warfare that characterized the Great Depression is that there is no longer a vanguard Marxist-Leninist Communist Party to lead things forward on a mass, country-wide scale. Of course, in terms of objective conditions there are many things now that are different and help set the limits of what is possible, but in terms of subjective forces, the lack of a real ML Party since the late 1950s is certainly key.

    But still, where there are real revolutionaries, there are fights and there are victories. The UC system is showing itself to be no exception.

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