Fall 2012 – UC Berkeley


Unite to Fight for Public Education!

CA Statewide Student Union & Movement-Building Conference

Saturday, October 20, 2012
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
UC Berkeley, Dwinelle Hall 145


Outreach Letter >> PDF
Working Agenda >> PDF
Facilitation Notes >> PDF
Flyer (Statewide Map) >> PDF | JPG
Flyer (General Assembly) >> DOC | PDF | JPG


Occupy Education hosted the statewide conference on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The goal of the second conference was to lay the groundwork to build a base of student activists, organizers, and defenders of public education across all levels of public education and all regions of California, with the purpose of working toward the formation of a statewide student union. Immediate strategies and actions to stem the barrage of cuts and longer-term strategies to restore funding for education were also discussed. Students have been gathering to strategize in defense of public education since 2009, and have been further inspired by the student movements in Chile, Quebec, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.


Today we live in a national climate of austerity. The survival of public education, the institution we count on to prepare us and our children for a productive adult life, is now seriously under threat. We have seen painful cuts and fee increases at all levels of education. Yearly tuition at both UCs and CSUs have TRIPLED since 2003, pricing countless promising young people out of a quality education, or forcing them deep into debt. Per pupil spending at California’s K-12 schools has fallen from 23rd in the nation to 35th in only four years and at a time when education budgets are being slashed across the country. It is up to us, students, workers, teachers, and parents to defend and restore our once unparalleled public education system and ensure that all Californians get the education they deserve.

We can’t all do this alone! There is resistance to these attacks from all corners and all levels of education, but we can’t work in isolation. If we each restrict our efforts to an individual school or school system, we might be able to cope better with the cuts we receive, but the cuts will continue to be passed down from Sacramento and Washington D.C. nonetheless. California is a wealthy state, but it is up to each of us to make sure that a sane fraction of our resources ends up in the classroom.


The conference agenda was developed to facilitate inclusive discussions with students and groups from different colleges and different levels of organizing, to achieve the following three goals:
– Discuss and vote on a draft of principles and goals
– Decide on concrete next steps in the formation of viable local and statewide student unions
– Concretize the actions to be taken in the Fall against new cuts, fee hikes, and school closures that had been announced

Students and student groups from all campuses were invited to come prepared with proposals for
1) Fall actions
2) next steps needed to build a student union, on individual campuses and across the state (structure, education, logistics, etc.)


As amended on 10-20-12 at the Second CA Student Union Conference


  • To Fight for the Right of all People to Equal Access to a Free, Quality, Public Education
  • To Fight for Democratic Governance of the Schools by Students, Staff and Faculty
  • To Unite and Fight for All Sectors of Public Education across California
  • To Fight Against Racism and All Forms of Oppression in the Movement, in Society, and Everywhere


  • Participatory Democracy
  • Orientation Towards Mobilization and Mass Direct Action
  • Political Independence
  • Student and Worker Solidarity and Unity in Struggle
  • National and International Solidarity
  • Against Repression: in Defense of Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the Right to Protest


Kindergarten to 12th grade –
Oakland Life Academy High School
Terra Nova High School

California Community Colleges –
Berkeley City College
City College of San Francisco
De Anza College
El Camino College
Irvine Valley College
Pasadena City College
Santa Monica College
Santa Rosa Junior College
Skyline Community College

California State Universities –
California State University, Chico
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, San Marcos
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University

Universities of California –
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz

Private Universities –
University of San Francisco

Organizations –
Peace and Freedom Party
UAW 2865


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