Students Speak Out to support the UCs
September 24, 2009 3:16 PM
In solidarity with the University of California's walkout Thursday afternoon, SF State students and organizations hosted a Speak Out against California's budget cuts.
The Speak Out was held at Malcolm X Plaza and was aimed at forming a dialogue between students and organizations on campus.
The event was hosted by six organizations including Student Unity and Power, Campus Organizing Roundtable on Empowerment and what was formerly known as the Experimental College (due to recent dispute the name is pending).
Phrases like "your voice matters," and "in how many years will you graduate?" were posted around campus on bright pink, blue and yellow post-it notes.
"We want to get a sense of what the student body's feeling," said 23-year-old Kathryn Saavides, a member of CORE. "We want to get the students, the faculty and the staff all talking to each other - we're all in the same boat."
Students shared their experiences revolving around the lack of classes and the lack of room available in the classes.
The event drew a ranging number of people from noon until about 2 p.m., at its height attracting approximately 70 students.
Among the speakers was a Creative Writing student who went by the name M.G. He expressed his problems through two poems that he wrote.
"The bourgeois keep feeding us peanuts, so we eat peanuts," he said in the middle of his first poem and ended it with "I don't know about all of you, but I'm tired of eating peanuts."
"I came because I'm broke, and this is my sixth year here," said the 23-year-old afterwards.
M.G. believed that this event won't do anything.
"The students are sitting around like dead fish," he said. "Obviously the organizers care, but the students don't."
Liberal studies major Morgan McGehee, who watched the event, believed the education system existed to divide the students.
"We need grassroots organizations and protests like these, but it's going to take something a lot more severe," McGehee said.
At the end of the rally, 25 students held picket signs and chanted as they walked up to 19th and Holloway Avenue.
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