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At my last count yesterday, I had word of 76 actions in 25 states for the Day of Action to Defend Public Education. That number was incomplete — I’ve already learned about a major action in New Orleans that flew under my radar, and I’m sure there were plenty of other smaller ones too.

But if we figure that 76/25 is in the ballpark, and that what we’ve heard about the nature of yesterday’s actions is representative, we can draw some conclusions about the day. Here are my initial thoughts…

News story about Santa Cruz’s day of action:

SANTA CRUZ – It started early as students made their way to morning classes, first a mass of bikers wove its way through campus like a swarm of bees, then a group of “radical” cheerleaders used gold pom-poms to draw attention, and finally, shuffling along, pale-faced zombies came through wearing signs that read “I like my branes fully develupped” and “Witness the death of public education.”

These “creative actions” by UC Santa Cruz students and faculty were all designed as eye-catching ways to round up people for a rally held in Quarry Plaza at noon Thursday, part of a National Day of Action to Defend Public Education. Approximately 250 people attended the rally, according to campus police, to protest recent fee hikes and budget cuts across the UC system. [Read the rest…]

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