CFA delegates help educate CA Democratic Convention about CSU, student needs

Dozens of faculty spent time educating fellow Democrats about the need for increased CSU funding and protecting affordability and access to higher education during the California Democratic Convention held last weekend in Sacramento.

On Friday afternoon, while CFA Treasurer Susan Green and CFA San Diego member Doreen Mattingly were tabling, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom came by the CFA booth.

Mattingly, who is chair of the Women’s Studies at San Diego State, said they spoke with Newsom about advocating for CSU students and college affordability, and voting against the student fee hike during the March Board of Trustees meeting.

Mattingly likened the convention to “political Disneyland.”

“As a social scientist who writes about politics, part of me was fascinated to observe everything, but meeting the gubernatorial candidates and the big players was the most exciting part for me,” she said. “We need a governor who’ll stand up for the CSU and higher education.”

On Saturday, CFA was honored by the California Young Democrats for its work on behalf of students for accessible, affordable, quality public higher education. The award, accepted by CFA President Jennifer Eagan, also honored the union’s work around Assembly Bill 393 to #StopTheFees on our students.

California State Treasurer and Candidate for Governor John Chiang presented the award, and thanked CFA for working hard for CSU students.

CFA had a prime spot in the Sacramento Convention Center, where our union activists passed out findings from the our latest report, “Equity, Interrupted: How California Is Cheating Its Future,” and encouraged delegates to send messages to legislators in support of increased CSU funding and key legislation to protect the CSU.

CFA had 22 current and active members that were elected or appointed to serve as delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention, and 13 of them volunteered to help promote CFA’s legislative campaigns with a two-hour commitment to staff the booth.

Thank you to all the CFA volunteers who dedicated time and energy to the convention: Cecile Bendavid, Raj Singh, Brigitte Davila, Doreen Mattingly, Susan Green, Samila Amanyraoufpoor, Iyad Afalqa, Sean Boyd, Uduak-Joe Ntuk, Michael Costello, Jennie Quinonez-Skinner, Nichelle Henderson, Preston Rudy, and John Griffin.

Thank you for your activism!