On the left are two graduate students in Geography, both members of the UAW union which represents teaching assistants and readers. At right is a member of the Coalition of University Employees union.
The fellow in the center is Alex Tarr, graduate student in geography. Why is he protesting? He said that "There is a crisis of governance in California, with no way to pass a sensible budget because of minority political rule at the state level. There is also a crisis of leadership here at UC. There is in the Office of the President no vision of public education that does not go down the path of privatization. Innovations such as ‘distance learning’and the ‘cyber university,’ for instance, are neither better for education nor fiscally sound."
To his left is John Stehlin, an instructor in the geography department.
On the right is David Kessler, a member of CUE. He works in the Bancroft Library, and said that funding cuts have been very harmful to the library, resulting in overworked staff and diminished service to the public.