April 13 events listing
April 13 at CSU Campuses • Many Dates Around the Nation

TODAY IS THE DAY to “Take Class Action” to “Defend Public Education.” Find the action on your campus in the listings below. Show up to show you care. We’ll see you there.

This list will be updated frequently as more information becomes available, so check back regularly.


Actions on CSU campuses are sponsored by the California Faculty Association unless indicated otherwise.

All these actions will take place on Wednesday, April 13.

CSU Bakersfield

11:30-1:30 pm “Tree of Knowledge” at the “Little Hill” (outdoors betw. Science II & Dorothy Donahoe Hall)

“Tree of Knowledge” will visually represent both Bakersfield and Antelope Valley Campus faculty, staff, students. Each person will be asked to fill out a leaf. Contact: Bruce Hartsell (661) 391-0347

CSU Chico

11:30 am to 1:00 pm Rally at Holt Hall and “New Orleans” funeral style march to Kendall Hall

Rally and “New Orleans” funeral style march across the Chico State campus by faculty, students, and staff to deliver signed petitions.
Contact: Paul Lopez (530) 591-2205

CSU Channel Islands

11:30-1:30 pm “Rally in Support of Public Higher Education”at South Quad

Speakers from various campus unions and student organizations, music and video tent for interviews. Contact: Nancy Deans (805) 300-3943

CSU Dominguez Hills

8:30-11:30 am Teach Out Wave I: “Budget 911” at Small College Complex (SCC) Rm 710
Noon-1 pm Community Heroes Rally, East Loker Student Union Walkway
2:30 – 6:45 pm Teach-Out Wave II: “From WI to CA – ONE FIGHT” at Social and Behavioral Sciences Bldg (SBS) Rm D225

“Teach Out” for students will take up the state budget, student debt, prominent CSU Alums, Chancellor Reed’s role in the CSU crisis, legislation for the CSU, the inspiration from Wisconsin. Contact: Dave Bradfield: 310-748-1730

CSU East Bay

April 13, Weds
8 am Leafletting at campus entrance on Carlos Bee Blvd.
Noon “People’s University” outdoor teach-in at the Bookstore Lawn

“People’s University” outdoor teach-in at the Bookstore Lawn features a poetry slam, free organic ice cream, and workshops on direct action, collective bargaining, solutions to the budget cuts & the growing economic inequality. March through campus. Contact: Luz Calvo (510) 435-7037

CSU Fresno

Noon-1 pm Action at the Plaza outside box office, near Theater Arts

A Mock Trial will put “Politics as Usual,” “Adminstrative Waste” and “Apathy” on trial. Preceded by Student, Faculty and Staff speakers, followed by a March. Contact: Diane Blair (559) 273-9078

CSU Fullerton

9:30-10:15 am Sign making at the rally site
11 am-4 pm Teach-Ins, Rally & Action Tables In Quad in front of Humanities Building
7 pm with U. of Wisconsin union president Alex Hanna
8 pm Workshop: “Why Unions? Why Now?”

Daytime activities will take on a carnival-like atmosphere including informational teach-ins for faculty and students, a Speakers Corner to make calls to the chancellor and record video messages to him, collecting signatures on CSU Fullerton’s “Declaration to Defend Public Education,” a Students for Quality Education Soup Kitchen, and speakers. Sponsors: CFA, APC, and We! (campus coalition)
Contact: CFA Chapter (657) 278-2456
Workshop Contact: Dr. Steve Jobbitt (657) 278- 8284

Humboldt State

Noon-1 pm Rally at Library Quad, March starts at 12:30

Rally till 12:30 pm then a march through campus. Speakers from the faculty, staff unions, and others. Visual: CFA faculty and staff will wear their respective union’s shirts. Contact: Sue Pak (510) 290-4308

Cal State Los Angeles

11:45 am-3 pm Rally in front of campus bookstore
4:30-5:30 pm: Discussion on “Youth Organizing for Social Change” with U. Wisconsin union leader Alex Hanna. Call for location.

“Teach-Out” rally with speakers, music & action. Contact: Blanca Castaneda (626) 379-7380

CSU Long Beach

Noon-1 pm Rally at the Bell Tower (near Coffee Bean)

Rally featuring Gospel singers plus faculty, staff & student speakers.
Contact: Teri Yamada (562) 229-2066 (Cell)

Cal. Maritime Academy

7 am-1 pm Picket at the Front Gate

Informational picket line about the state budget and the faculty contract.
Contact: Peter Hayes (916) 715-4306

CSU Monterey Bay

Noon – 1 pm at the Campus Quad

“Class in the Quad” with a final exam.’
Contact: Steven Levinson (831) 402-1906

CSU Northridge

11 am Rally at the Sierra Quad
Noon March through campus
1 pm “Teach-Out” for classes outside

Rally and march to address changes in higher education because of the state budget and the CSU Chancellor’s mismanagement. Speakers include U. Wisconsin union leader Alex Hanna, California Faculty Association President Lillian Taiz. “Teach-Out” will be a chance for outdoor classes on the state budget crisis impact on students and public higher education. Sponsors: Cal. Faculty Assn, Students for Quality Education.
Contacts: Theresa Montano (323) 829-1653, Dave Ballard (661) 210-5097, Brian Ferguson (916) 281-8785

Cal Poly Pomona

11:30 am-1 pm at the Bronco Student Union in Ursa Minor room
1 pm Student March through campus

“Take Class Action” action tables, theater (mock news program “6 Minutes: Impediments to Education”), student social justice artwork, staff activities, food. Contact: Gwen Urey (909) 374-1730

CSU Sacramento

12:30 pm Rally in the Main Quad

Rally and march focused on the campus president’s misplaced spending priorities. Contact: Jason Conwell (916) 761-0194

CSU San Bernardino

Noon-1 pm at the Upper Commons

“Take Class Action” Faculty, students & staff speakers on CSU on impact of budget cuts on the campus. Student and faculty videos, poetry readings, and other interactive group activities. Contact: Marcia Marx (909) 537-7314

San Diego State

Noon-1 pm at the Centennial walkway, near Aztec Center

Faculty, students and staff will gather to voice their support for prioritizing funding for student courses and bargaining a fair contract. Visuals will include a symbolic wall with hundreds of names of the SDSU community demanding Chancellor adhere to these principles.
Contact: David Berman (619) 594-2775

San Jose State

Noon Rally at the Tommy Smith Statue, followed by a March

All-day rally plus advocacy activities throughout the day.
Contact: Jonathan Karpf (408) 398-9449

San Francisco State

11-12:30 pm Forum in Jack Adams Hall, inside Chavez Student Center

Forum “Stand up for public education”
Contact: Ramon Castellblanch (415) 271-5901

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

11 am-1 pm at the University Union Plaza

“We Know Better” outdoor gathering featuring speakers (faculty, student, staff), petition signing and video booth interviewing campus participants.
Contact: Glen Thorncroft (805)756-2118

CSU San Marcos

Noon-2 pm Teach-In, Teach-Out at the Campus Open Space Area

Teach-ins in multiple classrooms leading up to an outdoor “Teach-Out Action” with campus participants. Contact: Don Barrett (760) 481-9399

Sonoma State (Rohnert Park, CA)

Noon-1 pm Rally in the Main Quad by Stevenson Hall steps

“Keeping the Public University Public” Rally with speakers, music & visuals depicting student fee increases.
Contact: David McCuan (707) 246-5746

CSU Stanislaus (Turlock, CA)

11 am-1 pm at the Quad

Faculty will collect video testimonials throughout the day.
Contact: John Sarraille (209) 277-0651


Actions in April are planned by faculty groups in the University of California and on some California Community College campuses. Please call the contacts for more information.

University of California campuses

For information, see the website of the Conference of University of California Faculty Associations

California Community College campuses

For information, see the website of the California Community College Association


Actions in April are planned by faculty groups across the nation. Please call the contacts listed for more information.


Central Connecticut State University

April 29, Friday, 11 am-3 pm (please call to confirm times)
Description: Action tables around campus. The faculty will build a “Knowledge Tree.” Faculty members will write on leaves about the importance of higher education. Students will write messages about what budget cuts mean to them. The action coincides with Higher Education employee appreciation day. Sponsored by the AAUP (faculty) chapter on campus.
Contact: Jason Snyder 860-832-3251


University of Massachusetts-Amherst

April 6, Wednesday, 10 am – 2 pm
Description: PHENOM (statewide coalition) and the Massachusetts Society of Professors sponsors a “Call-In Day” at UMass Amherst to legislators about higher education funding, financial aid, and progressive revenue generation .
Contact: Ferd Wulken 413-627-5268. Ask for schedule of Call-In Days at UMass Dartmouth, UMass Boston and Bunker Hill Community College and others.

University of Massachusetts-Boston

April 13, Wednesday
“Rally for Class Action: Fund UMass Boston, The Money is There “
9:50 am on the catwalk just outside the Science building
11:50 am in the Campus Center near the student Cafeteria, 2nd floor
2:45 pm in the lobby of McCormack
Description: Flash action teach-ins at the times/locations listed on creeping privatization of the public university as it is defunded by the state. Leafleting blitzes, big banners, educational displays, theater. Table and leafleting at Campus Centre in the days before the action. See the day on YouTube afterwards. Sponsors/Participants: The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM), the UMass Boston Faculty Staff Union, Professional Staff Union, and the UMass Boston Student Representative to the Board of Trustees
Contact: Alex Kulenovic, 617-291-5362 or more info www.fsu.umb.edu/

Westfield State University

April 14, Thursday, 10 am-2 pm
Description: PHENOM (statewide coalition), students, and the Massachusetts State College Association (faculty union) sponsor a “Call-In Day” at Westfield State U. to legislators about higher education funding, financial aid, and progressive revenue generation.
Contact: Ken Haar (413) 537-2708


Manhattan Community College

April 6, Wednesday, 2 pm, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Room S370
“Teach CUNY Student/Faculty/Staff Summit—Our Working Conditions are our Students’ Learning Conditions”
Description: BMCC faculty set aside the last week in March for Teach CUNY, a campus-wide effort to educate their students about the nature of the current fiscal crisis, the consequences for higher ed and alternatives to austerity. The week’s actions will build toward a Student/Faculty/Staff summit focused on solidarity building and strategy for the budget and contract fight to come.
Professional Staff Congress Contact: Fran Clark, 914-364-8925

New York City faculty & teachers

April 9, Saturday, Times Square
“We Are One” Rally
Description: The New York State United Teachers will mobilize teachers, students and community groups for a Times Square rally co-sponsored with the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, and the New York State AFL-CIO. Among them will be college and university faculty and staff from the Professional Staff Congress (City University of New York) and United University Professions (State University of New York).
Professional Staff Congress Contact: Fran Clark 914-364-8925
United University Professions Contact: Denyce Duncan Lacy 800-342-4206 x612


State University Campuses Across the State

“Ohio’s March Against Madness”
April 9 on campuses, April 16 @ the State Capitol at noon
Description: A grassroots protest tournament of students, teachers, and workers to stop Ohio Gov. Kasich’s attack on the middle class. The first round of protests was March 26 on 16 Ohio campuses. The largest rallies are the sites of Round Two on Sat. April 2 and Round Three on Sat. April 9.
The championship will be at the Statehouse on Saturday, April 16 at high noon, with everyone coming together to support their schools, fellow students, teachers, and Ohio. 
See the brackets (protest schedules)
Contact: Karen Craigo 419-353-2940

Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors

April 9, Tuesday, Noon-2 pm @ State Capitol, Columbus
“Rally at the Statehouse Against SB5″
Description: The Ohio AAUP Conference, a member of the One Ohio Now coalition, is organizing the faculty members to a rally at the Statehouse against SB5, a new law passed yesterday to take away collective bargaining rights from the faculty in public colleges and universities.
Contact: Sara Kaminski 614-420-5718


Portland State University

April 13, Wednesday, @ the Park Blocks (main quad) on campus
“Carnival of Debt Resistance”
Description: The call to “Put the Money were the Students are” & ask “Why should we spend more for less?” will inspire actions and letter-writing about fee hikes and spending cuts for university programs. Sponsored by the Portland Coalition to Defend Education.
Contact: Marcia Klotz 503-736-9301


University of Vermont

April 14, Thursday, 4 pm @ 314 Dewey Hall
“Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University”
U. of Connecticut professor Gaye Tuchman wrote “Wannabe U” as an ethnography of the typical state university of our era—one determined to rise in national ranking, obsessed with chasing status to the detriment of the faculty’s lives and our students’ educations. Tuchman helps uncover the changes happening right before our eyes as a step in determining what must be done to defend and save public higher education. Co-Sponsored by United Academics AFT/AAUP and Students Stand Up.
Contact: Nancy Welch 802-656-4171


Faculty from the 6 State Universities

April 5-8 @ the State Capitol in Olympia
“We Are One Days of Action”
Description: Faculty members from six State Universities in Washington, who are part of United Faculty of Washington State, will join many others in a coalition for Days of Action to defend public services that are being gutted, including public higher education. Faculty members will speak at a rally on Friday, April 8.
Contact: Bill Lyne 360-920-7692