UCLA Fights Back!: Demands for #March4 (Bob Samuels in HuffPo)
"A UCLA coalition of students, faculty, community members, and unions has worked together to come up with a set of demands to present to the administration and the media for March 4th."
The first set of issues deals with fighting the privatization of the university. Another group addresses budget transparency, shared governance, and democratic participation. Samuels explains,
"It is important to stress that when students and workers say they are fighting the privatization of the university, they are resisting six inter-related trends:
1) the shifting of costs from the public to the individual; thus while the state reduces funding, the individual students are being asked to make up for the differences through higher fees;
2) the university is being run more like a private profit-centered business than a not-for-profit public institution; in this structure, costs are socialized, while profits are privatized through the rise of an administrative class;
3) the move from a peer review system for public workers to a private model of free agent contract negotiations;
4) The move to individualized, online learning;
5) The student focus on earning individual grades over social learning and collaboration; and
6) the move to have private donors and private corporations fund the research mission."
March 4th sources are picking up. In addition to blogs, mainstream media and several March 4 groups with Facebook presences supplementing their blogs and Ning platforms, Twitter searches may be be the best and most efficient way to search fast breaking updates. Just search the hashtag #march4. Nor is all the action in California.