Occupying the Capitol - Page 4

Amid education cuts and tuition hikes, students increase pressure in Sacramento

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Thousands of students gathered at the Capitol to demand more state support for education.
GUARDIAN PHOTO BY YAEL CHANOFF

A month later, the school again served as a backdrop for illustrating the problem and calling for reform. Dani Galietti, a MFA student at UC Davis who was setting up a performance art piece when I arrived, greets everyone cheerfully and is thrilled about the Occupy movement.

"I wanted to share myself and my work with the movement," Galietti tells me while taping a "paper trail" to the sidewalk; she plans to walk on it with home-made stamps attached to the bottoms of her shoes.

But her mood darkens when I ask about her student debt. "I came out of five years of education $100,000 in debt," says Galietti, "and I'm not the only one."

She is a first generation college student, she explains, who helped pay for school with McNair scholarships.

"I grew up one of five, with a single mother," Galietti explains. "We struggled my whole life, as a lot of people have, financially."

"So many people are graduating with so much debt. There's this looming fear, fear and hopelessness. The economy's bad, the job market sucks. I'm so thankful that they're out here. People are active, they're making a difference."

"We need education," Galietti says. "I mean, knowledge is power."

 

Comments

If it was defuse and lacking focus before, it's become a joke now. It's simply now a collective terms for anyone, anywhere whining about something. And why do we even need a word for that?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 08, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

So what would you suggest we do genuis?? At least some people are getting up & doing SOMETHING rather than being keyboard cowbays.....

Posted by Guest on Mar. 15, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

And start working within your community, volunteering and acting within the democratic process.

Occupy had it's 15 minutes of fame but it was effectively crushed. And of course as soon as it got cold and wet, everyone went home.

So it's become a bad joke, I'm afraid. Time to move on.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 15, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

It's the economy, stupid. Without a financial collapse, the state of CA would not be balancing its budging by cutting education, raising tuition at state schools, but paying the UC and Cal State regents more than ever. Students pay predatory interest rates. Their futures are mortgaged.

Posted by Windy on Mar. 08, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

I can't borrow that cheaply, else I might pay off their loans for them.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 09, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

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