Friday, October 30, 2009

Zombie Protest

(credit Jason Davis)

In defiance over President Yudof's statements that being President of the UC System was like “Being president of the University of California is like being manager of a cemetery: there are many people under you, but no one is listening,” zombie students rose up in Yudof's cemetery, calling for an end to tuition hikes and layoffs. President Yudof even made an appearance, offering to take "32% more blood for less brains" from passing students.

More photos from the action can be found at the Literary Journalism 21 blog.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Welcome to the blog of UCI's reporting class in the literary journalism program.

Students in LJ21, a reporting class in the Literary Journalism program at UCI, are documenting the effects of unprecedented budget cuts to UCI in the blog you are reading.

Through this exercise, we will practice interview, observation and fact-finding, in addition to helping illuminate what the budget cuts mean for students, faculty, staff, workers and administration.

Monday, October 19, 2009

UCLA teach in

Saving UCLA has a ning up where they are announcing events, teach-ins and actions in response to the budget crisis. There are teaching materials available at the site.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Upcoming Events

October 24
UC Berkeley campus
Statewide organizing conference
Email John Bruning (john.bruning at to carpool

October 29
Zombie protest: the Dead Will Rise Up!
Noon, Aldrich Hall
Come in your finest undead garb!
Tell Yudof that those people in his cemetery have a lot to say!

November 17-19
UCLA campus
UC Regents meeting

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Teach-In Oct. 14

“Public Education At Risk?
A Teach-In on The History and Meaning of the Current UC Budget Crisis.”

Wednesday, October 14th
3-5pm at the Student Center, Moss Cove A”

Panelists include Professors Gilbert Gonzalez from Chicano Latino
Studies, Thurston Domina from Education, and Horacio Legras from Spanish
and Portugese. There will be plenty of time for questions and
comments. We are hoping for a open and lively discussion of the
current crisis.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bob Meister's Open Letter to Students

Bob Meister has written a must read open letter to UC students about their tuition dollars. Please circulate this critical analysis of how the UC is pledging future tuition revenues to pay interest on tuition based bonds. The more this happens, the less budget transparency there will be in the future operations of the UC.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Krugman on the Ignorant American

Paul Krugman argues for and Education Bailout, making arguments that the federal government should be concerned about the state of education in this country after the economic downturn has forced state governments to slash education budgets. He emphasizes that throughout the twentieth century, the US was a leader in public education. This is a critical piece of the puzzle here -- private schools did not provide the kinds of mass education that allowed millions of Americans of all classes access to better work, a better life and deeper forms of political participation.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

October 24 event at UC Berkeley

The October 24 Event at UC Berkeley should be worth attending.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

judith butler in the Guardian

Judith Butler in the Guardian UK on the UC Budget crisis!

anthropology colloquium

„Bankers into Populists:
The Texas Tax Clubs and the Mellon Plan, 1924-1928‰

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
3:30-5:00 PM
Room 1208, SSPB (Anthropology Library)

From time to time the United States is swept by populist mobilization in favor of tax policies that redistribute categorically to the rich. These movements present a puzzle–how do regressive tax reforms win popular support? This paper addresses the question with a case study of one of the first and most influential of these episodes: the tax club movement in Texas in the 1920s. The paper illustrates some general dynamics of rich people's movements and illuminates the genealogy of contemporary anti-tax populism in the U.S.

Dr. Martin is the author of The Permanent Tax Revolt: How the Property Tax Transformed American Politics (Stanford University Press 2008) and the co-editor of The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective (2009) and After the Tax Revolt: California‚s Proposition 13 Turns Thirty (2009).

Also Note: Toward a Fiscal Social Science: Wednesday, October 14, 12-1:30pm, SSPB 1208.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Here's the link to a powerpoint on the UC Budget Cuts for use in brief teach-ins, courtesy of Ameeth Vijay.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Next meeting

Thursday 10/1
Humanities Instructional Building (HIB) 341

meeting tonight

HIB 341 at 5 pm