SUP discusses action on budget cuts
September 3, 2009 9:05 PM
An SF State student organization hosted a meeting in the Business building around 7 p.m. Thursday to introduce their goals and discuss possible initiatives concerning the budget cuts.
The Student Unity & Power, a student organization dedicated in liberalizing education, met with students from various majors who came to express their anger and anxiety as they are faced with having to take fewer classes and drop out because of lack of space in classrooms.
About 50 students were present at the meeting. The group originally met at Malcolm X Plaza before heading over to the building together.
"Our main goal is to let people know about our mission statement and what our ideology is," said Brendan McHugh, a member of SUP and a women and gender studies major. "We want to let them know why we think it would be beneficial if we fight against it with militant action."
McHugh expressed his discontentment about the furloughs before the meeting started.
"Furlough days are not a vacation," he said. "It's a rip-off."
During the meeting, students who were not members of the SUP, raised some concerns and threw in ideas on what they could do to make the university administration and California react. Among those ideas included the possibility of shutting down the Golden Gate Bridge, writing letters to representatives or sitting in SF State President Robert Corrigan's office.
Anastasia Gomes, a member of SUP, said in an e-mail later on that one of the proposals included "doing systematic network and chapter building of student resistance cross-campus..."
"I thought that maybe we could try to change something (about the budget cuts) before dropping out," said psychology student Bridget Rodman.
The organization would like to work with other groups, but they want to insure that their mission will not change, said McHugh.
Alex Schmaus, a member of the International Socialist Organization and liberal studies major, said his organization was looking into working with other groups as well.
"We are looking for what the prospects are for joint struggle on the left to fight against the budget cuts," he said.
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