Making history on April 4!

Want to know why 1,000 CSU students, faculty, alumni, and labor allies descended on the State Capitol on April 4?

Watch this.

On April 4, we held a one-of-a-kind event to demand that lawmakers end decades of disinvestment and increase the CSU’s budget augmentation in the coming fiscal year.

Our students are increasingly students of color, low-income, and the first in their families to go to college. They deserve the same opportunities as the students did back in the 1960s when the Master Plan was created. When the majority of students were white. This fight for increased funding is about more than just money—it’s about racial and social justice.

“In bad years, the CSU system suffered extreme cuts; then in good years there is never enough reinvested for the system—and students—to recover,” Lillian Taiz, CFA’s Chair of Political Action/Legislative Committee, told lawmakers during a Senate Budget Subcommittee hearing on March 15.

“As a result, the ‘People’s University’ has lived in a world of perpetual austerity even as state leaders demand that we provide greater access, help more students graduate more quickly, and ensure that they receive quality higher education…The CSU needs more investment right now from the Legislature and the Governor.”

During the hearing, Taiz, along with CFA President Jennifer Eagan and students, urged senators to fully fund the CSU. CFA is advocating for $422.6 million in additional funding for the CSU for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which would allow for a 5 percent enrollment growth and avoid a tuition increase.

When we fight for reinvestment in the CSU, we tell lawmakers it’s time to #FreeTheCSU and #FundTheDream for California’s students.