Letter to the Editor:
Deepening budget cuts have prompted a group of students to mobilize and collectively express their grievances with Sacramento and local authorities on how funds are allocated. Amidst our generation’s slew of distractions, Occupy ELAC has managed to join together and create public discourse about our prospects for education. What does Occupy ELAC want?
Ask any occupier and you’ll get a unique answer. One of Occupy ELAC’s greatest, and weakest, quality is that its been a laboratory for participatory democracy and free thought. There is no unified political ideology or school of thought. Occupy ELAC is unified on one thing. They ardently believe education should be affordable and accessible to all.
With unit prices already set to increase for the Spring semester, Occupy ELAC wishes to draw a line in the sand and prevent costs from rising any further. They also hope to gradually reduce the costs of education; making it as available as possible to as many people as possible. Occupy ELAC also stands in solidarity with teachers and faculty members. They believe school faculty should have greater job security and fair salaries and benefits.
Although young and idealistic, the occupiers are also very pragmatic and realize some of these demands may not be attained during their time in college. In fact, they realize some of their demands may take tens of years to accomplish. However, Occupy ELAC seems to adhere to the old Taoist proverb. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”