UCLA March 4th


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.

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One response to “UCLA March 4th

  1. Save $3,000,000 forBAMN and UC students. Current Threats to University of California Don’t Come From the Outside – $3 Million Mismanagement Spending by UC President Yudof for University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau to Hire Consultants – When Work Can Be Done Internally & Impartially
    During the days of the Great Recession, every dollar in higher education counts. Contact Chairwoman Budget Sub-committee on Education Finance Assemblywoman Carter 916.319.2062 – tell her to stop the $3,000,000 spending by Birgeneau on consultants.
    Do the work internally at no additional costs with UCB Academic Senate Leadership (C. Kutz/F. Doyle), the world – class professional UCB faculty/ staff, & the UCB Chancellor’s bloated staff (G. Breslauer, N. Brostrom, F. Yeary, P. Hoffman, C. Holmes etc) & President Yudof.
    President Yudof’s UCB Chancellor should do the high paid work he is paid for instead of hiring expensive East Coast consults to do the work of his job. ‘World class’ smart executives like Chancellor Birgeneau need to do the hard work analysis, and make the tough-minded difficult, decisions to identify inefficiencies.
    Where do the $3,000,000 consultants get their recommendations?
    From interviewing the UCB senior management that hired them and approves their monthly consultant fees and expense reports. Remember the nationally known auditing firm who said the right things and submitted recommendations that senior management wanted to hear and fooled the public, state, federal agencies?
    $3 million impartial consultants never bite the hands (Chancellor Birgeneau/ Chancellor Yeary) that feed them!
    Mr. Birgeneau’s accountabilities include “inspiring innovation, leading change.” Instead of deploying his leadership and setting a good example by doing the work of his Chancellor’s job, Birgeneau outsourced his work to the $3,000,000 consultants. Doesn’t he engage UC and UC Berkeley people at all levels to examine inefficiencies and recommend $150 million of trims? Hasn’t he talked to Cornell and the University of North Carolina – which also hired the consultants — about best practices and recommendations that eliminate inefficiencies?
    No wonder the faculty, staff, students, Senate & Assembly are angry and suspicious.
    In today’s Great Recession three million dollars is a irresponsible price to pay when a knowledgeable ‘world-class’ UCB Chancellor and his bloated staff do not do the work of their jobs.
    Pick up the phone and call: save $3 million for students!

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