Voting has begun: political action season in full swing

There are less than four weeks until the Nov. 6 election and CFA activists are hard at work volunteering time and energy to ensure that candidates who will stand up for the CSU are elected.

This week, vote-by-mail ballots are arriving, so now is the time to read through the list of CFA-endorsed candidates for statewide and local office.

Faculty activists are phone banking, walking precincts, texting, tabling, and talking to colleagues and students about the importance of voting, and voting for candidates who will advocate for continued state reinvestment in the CSU.

“It is so important that we all volunteer these next few weeks,” said Kim Geron, a Cal State East Bay Professor and CFA activist. “We need leaders who understand the value of quality public higher education, and who will fight with us to maintain appropriate funding for our system.”

One candidate we are fiercely advocating for is Tony Thurmond, who is running for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Thurmond, a social worker and Assemblymember, fought with us in our Fight for Five campaign to improve faculty salaries, and in our work last spring to increase state funding for the CSU after decades of disinvestment as our student population grew increasingly diverse.

Thurmond would be an ex officio member of the CSU Board of Trustees if elected.

“I’m tired of the false narrative that the state cannot fund public higher education. If our budget reflects our values, then our values must shift to education and not incarceration,” Thurmond said.

Click here to watch a College Affordability Town Hall held at UC San Diego on Oct. 4 featuring Thurmond.

To get involved in political action with your chapter, click here.

It’s not too late to register to vote: Even though ballots are going out to those who are registered to vote-by-mail, it is not too late for individuals to register to vote or update their voter registration to participate in the Nov. 6 election. Individuals can register or re-register through Oct. 22 at: registertovote.ca.gov. It only takes about three minutes to complete.