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SDSU Associated Students to March in Protest of Budget Cuts

(SAN DIEGO) The SDSU Associated Students (AS) is organizing a student march and rally at San Diego State University (SDSU) on Monday, November 16th from 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is being held as a protest of the State of California’s cuts to higher education with the goal of sending a strong message to the state legislature.

The slogan for the rally is “When they cut, we all bleed”. AS believes that students must unite and demand that their voices be heard. At the rally, AS will help facilitate this by setting up an “AS Advocacy Tent” that will give students the opportunity to register to vote, learn about and sign postcards in support of Assembly Bill 656, and by writing letters to legislators.

AB 656 is a bill authored by State Assembly member Alberto Torrico which, if passed, will create the California Higher Education Fund that would be funded by a new 9.9% oil severance tax. Currently, California is the only oil producing state that does not have such a tax. The fund would annually allocate monies to California’s three higher education systems: The California State University (CSU); The University of California (UC); and the Community Colleges.

Participants should gather outside the SDSU Arts and Letters building at 11:50 a.m., with the march commencing at noon. Student leaders will lead the student body throughout campus to the Aztec Center Steps with a rally to follow. Student leaders and other guest speakers will address the crowd.

AS hopes to unify the student body at SDSU and send a clear message to state legislators that no more cuts will be tolerated. “When they cut…we all bleed”.