Duncan Tsai, Student Regent Intern
The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for equality By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN for short, is pushing for a state wide boycott of public schools on March 4, 2010. This movement is a response to the rising fees and decreased funding at California public Universities, the most recent of which were the system wide fees voted by the UC Board of Regents last November.
There is to be a rally at UCLA Bruin Plaza at 12 noon on Thursday, Mar. 4th, followed by a march.
While lofty, the goals of BAMN are admirable nonetheless, with broad demands such as “No more fee hikes, program faculty or staff cuts in higher education” and “A Massive Increase in federal funding for public higher education”. BAMN approves of Governor Schwarzenegger’s plans to not reduce funding for higher education, but they do not agree with having to sacrifice Medicaid and state welfare in its place, and is fighting to keep both for the sake of students and underprivileged citizens.
In keeping with their name sake, BAMN is also advocating a number of measures to improve diversity in higher education such as the restoration of affirmative action, the installation of UCLA as a sanctuary for undocumented students, and the passing of the Dream Act. Passage of the Dream Act will establish “Dream Scholarships” for undocumented students seeking education at California Universities. Outside of higher education, BAMN is also fighting for public education from K-12.
Visit the BAMN home page for more information.
Here is a direct link to a pdf flier.