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“Reclaim the CSU” Day of Action is Right Around the Corner!

On Monday, May 2 students across the state will speak out to reclaim the CSU! We demand that the CSU administration stop privatizing our education. Stop hiking student fees and using our money to hire more and more highly paid administrators instead of investing in our learning. Stop de-funding ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies. Stop ignoring student voices asking where our money is going. We are part of a larger movement of students nationwide calling for a system of free higher education, and we want you to join us on May 2! See below for a list of events, and find more information in our news release and media advisory.


Chico, CA: Monday, May 2 at 12pm PST @ Chico State, Trinity Commons

Chico students are planning a “funeral service for the California Master Plan,” where they will share their experiences with attacks on public higher education and have a die-in to demonstrate the urgency of the high cost of a CSU education. Fact painting will be 12-1pm at Trinity Commons, and the funeral service will be 1-2pm in front of Kendall Hall.


San Francisco, CA: Monday, May 2 at 12pmPST @ San Francisco State, Malcolm X Plaza

SFSU students will have a “State of Emergency” May Day action to defend public higher education. They will be rallying and marching to oppose not only tuition hikes, but also the attack on SFSU’s College of Ethnic Studies, and the intersecting issues of workers’ rights, immigrant rights, gentrification, and policy brutality.


Turlock, CA: Monday, May 2 at 11:30am PST

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SQE students at CSU Stanislaus will join the statewide “Reclaim the CSU” Day of Action with a rally and march throughout campus, in opposition to the tuition increases proposed in the sustainability model.


San Luis Obispo, CA: Monday, May 2 at 12pm @ Cal Poly SLO, Administration Building

Cal Poly SLO students will be holding a “Funeral Service for the CSU,” to fight the privatization of the CSU proposed in the sustainability model, as well as the CSU system’s disinvestment in ethnic, gender and sexuality studies.


Los Angeles, CA: Monday, May 2 at 2:30pm @ CSU Los Angeles, King Hall

Students from a number of Southern California CSU campuses will be coming to CSULA for a “Reclaim the CSU” rally and march focused on opposing the Board of Trustees’ proposed “sustainability model” and taking back the students’ power to shape the People’s University.


Fresno, CA: Monday, May 2 at 12pm @ Fresno State, Free Speech Area/Activities Plaza

SQE at Fresno State will be holding a “funeral service” and procession, mourning the death of free higher education and the focus on hiring high-paid administrators instead of prioritizing student learning. They will march throughout campus, beginning at the Free Speech Area.

Statewide “Reclaim the CSU” Day of Action on May 2: Oppose Tuition Increases and Fight For Free, Quality Higher Education

Did you know that the 4-year CSU tuition freeze is almost over? Before the Governor put a moratorium on tuition increasing, CSU administrators raised our tuition 283% over the course of 10 years, until we stood up and fought back. Students’ hard work won us some more money in the budget and a freeze on tuition, but since then the CSU has continued to privatize our education and misplace their priorities. They’ve hired more administrators instead of tenure-line faculty (paying them huge amounts). They’ve under-funded ethnic studies, the arts, and gender and sexuality studies. They’ve offered no transparency in how they are spending the money that they get from us and from the state. And now the tuition freeze is ending and the Board of Trustees is proposing that tuition start increasing again every year!

We are paying more for lower quality education! It is time to fight back and Reclaim the CSU: Join SQE on May 2 – the day after May Day, when we celebrate workers around the world – for a statewide day of action. We will demand an end to fee increases and a return to the ideals of the CA Master Plan, which committed the CSU to providing tuition-free education for all students.


There will be actions at Chico State, SF State, CSU Stanislaus, Cal Poly Slo, and CSULA. Find more details on our statewide Facebook event page and check back for more information as we get closer. Whatever campus you are on, if you want to get involved in this fight please contact your SQE chapter.


Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement with CSU, Strike Called Off!

On Friday April 8, just says before our faculty were set to go on strike, a tentative agreement was announced between CFA and the CSU administration. The agreement (which still needs to be voted on, or ratified, by faculty across the CSU) will give faculty a 5% pay increase on June 30, 2016, a 2.5% increase the next day on July 1, 2016, and a 3.5% increase the following year on July 1, 2017. Overall that is a 10.5% pay increase over the next two years! Follow this link to find more details about the agreement.


Without students this victory would not have been possible. We played a HUGE role in putting pressure on Chancellor White to come back to the bargaining table. Our faculty could not have done this without us, and faculty leaders and activists throughout the CSU have been expressing how thankful they are for our work, and how ready they are to support us in our upcoming fights against tuition increases and our longer fight for a transparent and democratic CSU that provides a FREE, QUALITY, ACCESSIBLE education to all. The work is not over, it has just begun.

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Student Demands at March Board of Trustees Meeting

We are tired of our voices being ignored, and ready to DEMAND the education we deserve. Students demanded this loudly and clearly at the March 7th BOT meeting. As the Board once again discussed the proposed sustainability model that would increase tuition every year and continue the trend of privatizing our education, SQE members voiced our opposition and laid out our concrete vision for free, quality, higher education for all. Read our full list of demands: Demands Against Sustainability Report March 2016

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Students Stand With Striking Faculty: Join Us!

The CSU administration’s refusal to pay faculty what they deserve hurts us all. We know that it is time for us to stand together to reclaim the CSU, and that if our faculty are forced to strike, we must stand with them. If you are ready to stand up and fight for fair faculty pay AND against the Board of Trustee’s proposed plan to increase tuition, take action by filling out this commit card. If you want to learn more and get more involved, contact your local SQE chapter (those friendly faces below are SQE members at Fresno State and CSU Stanislaus).

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