Press Release about December 2nd

UPDATE: Today, Wheeler Commons was cleared of all posters, the food prepared for the students was discarded, and students remaining in the lobby were told to leave or face the cops. These students were simply organizing and making posters, in broad daylight and during the building’s operating hours. It’s the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Speech Movement on this campus, but the students still do not have freedom of speech. They closed the doors on us, so we throw them open again. The rally has been relocated to Wheeler Commons, come join us!
At noon on December 2nd, the 50th anniversary of Mario Savio’s famous speech on Sproul steps during the height of the Free Speech Movement, The Open University will be hosting a Speak Out and Rally on Sproul.

Student speakers from various groups, including a student-parent from the Village Residents Association, students from environmental coalitions, and more, will be speaking. Campus and community workers including AFSCME 3299, Teamsters 2010, and fast food workers from the movement fighting for $15 hourly wage will be speaking. Professors including Khalid Kadir – lecturer in International and Area Studies and Global Poverty and Practice – and Leopold Podlashuc – visiting lecturer from South Africa in the History Department – will be speaking. Community activist Ellen Choi from Movement Generation will be speaking. We will all be speaking out about the tuition hikes. Our voices have power and we will use them not only to commemorate the legacy of the Free Speech Movement, but also to defend our public education.

Our movement is not over, and we will continue to speak out against the tuition hikes that have continued to deny Californians the right to an affordable education and against the privatization of our public education. Join us in our fight.

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels…upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!” – Mario Savio 


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