CFA protest Prop 1A at Holloway Ave
May 14, 2009 1:44 PM
SF State students and faculty sported neon-colored life preservers and floaties in protest of Proposition 1A at the top of campus Thursday at noon.
"CSU is already under water," said Sue Pak, a member of the California Faculty Association. "We do not need Prop 1A."
The rally, which took place at the corner of 19th Avenue and Holloway, was organized by the CFA to raise awareness about Prop 1A, which will increase student fees and cut more classes.
"The victory lies in getting the media's attention," said Aaron Buchbinder, a social worker major. "We want to get the message out that we aren't falling for 'the trick.'"
Sheila Tully, lecturer and vice president of the CFA Executive Board, proposed the idea of the rally in a meeting last Friday.
"SF State is drowning in cuts," Tully said in a mass e-mail Monday. "Students are drowning in cuts. SOS for public education and so on..."
According to BallotPedia.org, passing Prop 1A will extend $10 billion in temporary sales, vehicles and income taxes for one or two years, which will result in a $16 billion tax increase.
Prop. 1A is one of six propositions on the May ballot that deals with the 2009-2010 state budget. Although the six propositions are aimed to close a gap of approximately $42 billion, members of CFA don't believe that taking more money out of schools will have a positive affect.
"Prop 1A doesn't solve the problem," CSU Employees Union President Russell Kilday-Hicks said. "Even the feds don't have the answer."
"The last time we did something like this was the Great Depression," Buchbinder said of the rally. "We can win if we organize."
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