On this, the day after the 1 year anniversary of the inauguration of Occupy Wall Street, it looks as though we know with near certainty who will be elected this coming January. Mitt Romney’s campaign is in shambles, and prominent Democrats like Nancy Pelosi are claiming the the election is sealed for President Obama – and this was BEFORE Romney’s Watergate-scale video that was released. Although some people believe that the comments made in this video are too damning for Romney to continue campaigning, he continues to stand by his statements – and so do his supporters, as I had the misfortune of being told in a Starbucks this evening. Meanwhile, President Obama has successfully appealed the right to indefinitely detain American citizens, and the Chicago Teacher’s Union have suspended their strike (although they have NOT ratified their contract yet).
In light of all this exciting news, and because the school year starts in about a week, it’s time to get this blog up and running again!
I want to give a brief rundown of some of the different things affecting UCSD, and the UC as a whole, and then talk about organizing efforts and some of the things planned here on campus.
There are a whole litany of propositions on the ballot this year that are important.
Proposition 30, Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, is a crucial piece of legislation, as it will freeze tuition for a year if passed. However, there is no guarantee that tuition will not go up in the future, even it is passed; if it does not pass, we are facing a 20.3% tuition increase in January of this year (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0913-uc-regents-20120913,0,53917.story)
Proposition 32 is nothing less than an all-out assault on unions. Please take some time to check out the research, who is donating, and why this is bad news for California. http://www.stopspecialexemptions.org/
Propositions 34 and 36 deal with prison reform; I don’t know much about them, but I know that they’re important (just like all ballot measures); be sure to research these!
Proposition 37 would require mandatory labeling of all Genetically Modified food. This would be a huge step forward for food justice, and there are a lot of companies like Monsanto fighting against it, so please research this proposition as well. Read the rest of this entry »