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Students from across the State March on the Capitol

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Hon. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Hon. Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez , Hon. President Pro Temp Darrell Steinberg , Kevin Feliciano, President of the Student Senate of California Community Colleges, Gregory Washington, President of the California State Student Association, Claudia Maga, UCSA President & Over 10,000 students from across the state

Sacramento, CA- The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC), California State Student Association (CSSA) and the University of California Student Association (UCSA) invite the media to Fund our Future, a huge march and rally at the State Capitol in support of higher education. Over 10,000 students will converge on Sacramento to demand that Governor Brown and the Legislature increase higher education funding, protect the Cal Grant program, and support legislation that would give much needed relief to students and their families.

Event: “Fund our Future” March and Rally

Date & Time: March 5th, 2012 10:00 A.M (March starts at Southside Park, 2115 6th Street)

Rally & Press Conference: 11:00 A.M (Capital Park West Steps of the Capitol building)

Location: California Capitol Building 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA

The three official state student associations, collectively representing millions of students across California, have come together for what could be one of the largest student organized rallies in California in recent memory. Thousands of UC, CSU and community college students are coming to Sacramento, and we are united with a simple message: Our future depends on the state fully funding higher education. Balancing the state budget on the backs of students and their families must end, said Kevin Feliciano SSCCC President.

This March is the first time in years that UC, CSU and community college students have united for a single action in Sacramento. Many other ally groups will also be joining students for this March. Year after year, the state has chosen to disinvest in public higher education. Students at the CSU, UC and community colleges have seen fees skyrocket, courses and departments cut, and services slashed. Students demand that the state stop putting our future at risk, and reverse these cuts, says Gregory Washington CSSA President.

The UC Student Association will also be holding their annual Lobby Day on March 5th, which is the culmination of their three day 10th Annual Student Lobby Conference. UC students will hold over 100 lobby visits with legislators, advocating for a reversal of cuts to higher education, protecting the Cal Grant program, and passing the Middle Class Scholarship Act. “Students are fed up, and prepared to do whatever it takes to protect public higher education in our state. The Legislators and the Governor will hear our message both outside the Capitol building and in their offices. The time is now for the Legislature and Governor to listen to students, and take urgent action to fund our future”, says UCSA.

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