Press Release: Open University at UC Berkeley Hosts Sproul Rally Tuesday at noon

From: The Open University at UC Berkeley
Monday December 01, 2014 - 11:07:00 PM

On the 50th anniversary of Mario Savio’s famous speech on Sproul steps during the height of the Free Speech Movement, The Open University will be hosting a Speak Out and Rally on Sproul on Dec. 2 at noon.  

Students speakers from various groups including a student-parent from the Village Residents Association, students from environmental coalitions, and more will be speaking. Campus and community workers including AFSCME 3299, Teamsters 2010, and fast food workers from the movement fighting for $15 hourly wage will be speaking. Professors including Khalid Kadir - lecturer in International and Area Studies and Global Poverty and Practice - and Leopold Podlashuc - visiting lecturer from South Africa in the History Department - will be speaking. Community activist Ellen Choi from Movement Generation will be speaking. We will all be speaking out about the tuition hikes. Our voices have power and we will use them to not only commemorate the legacy of the FSM, but also to defend our public education.  

Our movement is not over, and we will continue to speak out against the tuition hikes that have continued to deny Californians the right to an affordable education and against the privatization of our public education. Join us in our fight. 

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels…upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!" - Mario Savio