A lot of people are angry that the state of California has taken some drastic measures with public education, including huge cuts and big raises in tuition at universities, to combat the economic downturn that has a stranglehold on America's most populous state. To make their views known, they took to the streets.
Yesterday, thousands of people participated in rallies, walk-outs, sit-ins, and more as part of the "Day of Action for Public Education," the Los Angeles Times reports. The Daily Bruin reports that protesters swarmed campus. Scores stopped at the Capitol building in Sacramento, according to the Daily Californian, which also reports "tens of thousands" of protesters in the Bay Area. And plenty of other places and states—several others have made huge cuts in public funding of higher ed—saw similar activity across the country.
"We are paying more to get less of an education. That's why I'm out here today to protest against that," Cal State—Long Beach art education student Jessica Naujoks, who joined an estimated 2,500 others at a campus rally, tells the L.A. Times. The Times describes the demonstrations as peaceful but passionate. Some 150 protesters were arrested in Oakland for blocking traffic, the report says.
One blog post alone can't quite capture the magnitude of the event, so here are a few other good places to check out stories, videos, and other links covering the outpouring of support for public education across the country.