About 80 students and community members throughout the East Bay met at Berkeley City College Saturday morning to discuss the ongoing cuts that have affected the public sector and inspired the Occupy Movement.
The teach-in, which was sponsored by Against Cuts — a group that educates communities about budget cuts — and the college’s global studies club, featured presenters from several local organizations who talked about their efforts to combat cuts to areas of the public sector like education and transit and upcoming events to raise awareness and support.
The event began with a powerpoint presentation delivered by Berkeley City College English professor Marc Lispi, who talked about the increasing trend of disproportionate taxation between the corporations and the rest of society that continues to go unaddressed by the state and federal governments.
“This is nothing more than a strategy to transfer wealth from one section of the population to another,” Lispi said. “The 1 percent have never been wealthier.”
According to the powerpoint, “The Budget Cuts and Where the Money Is,” tuition for California State University students has increased by 290 percent since 2009, while the UC system has seen an increase of 330 percent. Around $3.1 billion in funding has also been cut from community colleges in California since 2002, causing hundreds of thousands of students to be turned away.