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UC Day Of Action: Thousands Protest Across State

First Posted: 10/07/10 04:34 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:00 PM ET

Uc Day Of Action

Today is the National Day of Action To Defend Public Education. Students across the country are holding protests, walk-outs and teach-ins to decry the state of American higher education.

The activity is most concentrated in California, where the movement originated. On March 4 of this year, thousands of students protested the state's public education system, which has faced massive budget shortfalls and tuition hikes -- and will see more positions cut in January, alongside online course development and increased out-of-state student enrollment.

The Daily Californian is live-blogging the day's events here. Students began convening at the University of California-Berkeley before 8 a.m. PST, and the number of protesters has grown significantly through the day. The early demonstrators drafted a list of complaints and delivered them to Chancellor Robert Birgenau.

Around 12 a.m. PST, the Californian reported that nearly 1,000 protesters were on the campus's Upper Sproul. Fire alarms on campus were pulled, evacuating at least one building, and students moved to occupy the Doe Library.

The blog Occupy CA has updated rundowns of what's happening on campuses across the state.

Pertinent links:

Coverage of the day's events from the San Jose Mercury News.

Coverage from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Continued reporting and analysis from Angus Johnston at Student Activism.

See California's education budget, by the numbers.

And check out more background information on California's education crisis via Neon Tommy:

California Community Colleges Hit Hard By Budget Cuts, Funding Delays

What California's Budget Means For UC Students

What California's Budget Means For CSU Students

What's happening on your campus? Let us know below.

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Filed by Leah Finnegan  |