The community college community is using Wednesday and Thursday this week to prepare for a one-day walkout next month over budget cuts, overcrowding, lay-offs and other concerns.
To prepare for this "day of action" on Thursday, March 4, the community colleges in San Mateo County are running two-day teach-in sessions this week on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 3 and 4.
"The teach-in is a protest against the massive budget cuts, lay-offs, rising fees, course cancellations and overcrowding, and loss of critical student services at all three colleges that are damaging access and the quality of education," said Canada College spokesman Robert Ovetz in a statement.
Wednesday, Feb. 3
At Canada College at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. in Woodside, Reference Librarian David Patterson will speak from 8 to 10 a.m. on the history of community colleges and take questions.
Then a panel discussion from 10 a.m. to noon on the topic "Next Steps: College Students and Workers Speak Out." Students from the budget-cuts movement at San Francisco State University are expected to attend.
A session on distributing flyers runs from noon to 2 p.m., followed by a discussion on police brutality in the black community led by James L. Taylor, an associate professor of politics at USF. This event is part of Black History Month.
A talk on the privatization trends in education is set for 6 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4
The day starts at 8:10 a.m. with "Canada Strikes Back!" a 75-minute panel discussion with Mr. Patterson and Mr. Ovetz on neo-liberalism and the history of community colleges and student activism.
Javier Garay, a participant in a 2005 strike at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will present "Estamos Aqui!" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the campus theater.
At noon in the theater, the school is showing the HBO documentary "Walkout," an account of a 1968 student protest in East Los Angeles over inequality in education.