Demonstrators stage picket at CSU East Bay

April 18, 2011 11:53:31 AM PDT
Students and faculty members staged an informational picket at Cal State East Bay in Hayward Monday during a visit by one of the chancellors.

There was a large police presence, as the demonstration prompted increased security. It eventually ended Monday morning, but the demonstrators left their mark at the plaza in front of the administration building with lots of chalk art pictures and messages for the chancellor.

Students and faculty rallied outside the building for about 1.5 hours. Their target is Chancellor Reed who was on campus dealing with the presidential opening the university currently has. Faculty members are upset because they are working without a contract while students are upset about current tuition hikes and proposed increases possibly coming in the future. They say they just cannot take it anymore.

"What's happening right now, is that the CSU and the state of California is really committing suicide. We are not going to be able to sustain public higher education for the people people of this state unless we invest in it," one woman told ABC7.

It was the second such protest in a week. There were demonstrations against potential tuition increases and smaller class sizes at the Hayward campus last week and also the other 23 CSU campuses around the state.

During the protest, police officers were stationed at the front door, at the stairs, and at the president's office. The protest was, however, peaceful. Protestors say they are calling for the chancellor's resignation. They want him to stand with them as they fight the legislature for more money, but say they just do not feel like that is happening.

Chancellor Reed was not available for comment Monday.

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