The SF Chronicle reported today that “a few thousand” demonstrators came out in San Francisco yesterday to show solidarity with the movements for democracy sweeping the Middle East. We’re proud to say that Berkeley grads, undergrads, and workers were out in force for the rally and march. At least 20 grad students and UAW 2865 members turned out, and we were happy to run into AWDU members from UCSC and Davis, as well. Our friends and fellow organizers in the public education movement turned out as well: from SWAT (the Student Worker Action Team), and from other UC unions: CUE, UPTE and AFSCME.
The event was a powerful and positive reminder that the organizers and activists of the public education movement here in California have taken to heart the interconnectedness of all our struggles, whether those are struggles for workers’ benefits, affordable education, the right to protest in our university or against an oppressive government.