Members of the SEP and ISSE distributed several hundred leaflets at the Florin Street Walmart in Sacramento, California announcing the SEP's public meeting scheduled for 6 pm Tuesday, June 26 at the Valley-Hi North Laguna Library. Supporters also campaigned at Sacramento City Community College, where tuition rates have increased to $46 per unit and where courses and faculty have been slashed under Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's series of austerity budgets.
The average debt for public college students in California is $18,113. This number will continue to increase as tuition rises and financial aid drops. The Cal State system has approved a 9 percent tuition hike for next year, and the UC system is proposing a 6 percent increase. Community colleges like Sacramento City are increasing their tuition by 25 percent.
SEP members spoke with students and workers at both locations and distributed copies of SEP presidential candidate Jerry White’s statement, “Oppose Brown’s cuts in California.”
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