Faculty, students meet with more than 100 Legislators during 2014CFA Lobby Days

Nearly 100 faculty members and students went to the Capitol in Sacramento April 1 and 2 to advocate for CFA-sponsored legislation, a greater budget augmentation, and other bills that would improve the quality of public higher education in the state.

Attendees heard CFA member and Assemblymember from San Diego, Dr. Shirley Weber, give a keynote address on April 1 that noted the importance of unions to California and the importance of higher education as a priority for the state’s future economy.

CFA member and Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra of the San Fernando Valey addressed faculty and students the next morning and urged them to speak from their hearts when they meet with legislators. He said to tell personal narratives about the need to rebuild the CSU after the deep cuts of the last five years.

Teams of faculty and student activists had 30-minute visits with 103 elected officials and their staffs, including Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

“The dedication of our faculty and students to fighting for a reasonable budget and protecting quality education through lobbying for sensible legislation is truly inspiring,” said Kevin Wehr, chair of CFA’s Political Action & Legislative Committee. “Seeing nearly 100 of our people blanketing the Capitol building was an awesome sight.”

Click here to view a photo gallery of CFA’s Lobby Days.