FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO DEFEND PUBLIC EDUCATION
Rally & Pie-Eating Contest

SANTA CRUZ (October 7, 2010) – Assemblymember Bill Monning and other local candidates will join together with the UCSC community to cheer on their favorite contenders in the Who’s Eating Your Tuition? Pie-Eating Contest. The pies will be steaming, and so will the hungry crowd, demanding their fair share of quality, affordable public education in the lead up to the November 2nd Elections.

WHAT: National Day to Defend Public Education Rally & Pie-Eating Contest

There will be rally speakers including Assemblymember Bill Monning, as well as picketing, performances, and a pie-eating contest put on by campus professors to demonstrate how teaching and student services are starving while executive pay and new construction are gobbling up public funding and student fees.

WHEN: Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 12pm-1pm

WHERE: UCSC Baytree Plaza 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

WHY: While student fees have skyrocketed, programs and courses have been slashed at the University of California Santa Cruz. That is why students, faculty, staff and community members will join together on this national day of action to demand that the UC administration and elected officials stop layoffs, program cuts and fee hikes, and provide quality, affordable, accessible education for all.

Media contacts:
Erin Ellison, Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant  (732) 245-7410
Megan Thomas, Associate Professor of Politics (831) 359-0408
María Morris, Spanish Language Instructor (831) 278-1844

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