On the ground at the UCLA student protest regarding tuition increases, budget cuts, and really just a misalignment of priorities with students, professors, and UC workers.
We have been marching and yelling all day, and now we are having a sit in in Murphy Hall, the big administration building.
People are pretty pissed off around here with the way Sacramento slices through the education budget when it looks for money, but can't come together to put a decent budget together without the political gridlock people hate.
Students want a freeze on fee hikes, and are calling for cutting prison spending, a comparison that has gotten some traction in our state government and even has the Governator paying some lip service to it.
Maybe not the same type of student movement the UC system has experienced in the past, but it is encouraging seeing campuses around the country united in their call for education reform.
With a President that seems like he intends to do something about the travesty of US education, change can happen.
No instances of police misconduct yet, or anything out of the ordinary really, so that is great. We have the law school and other graduate schools showing their solidarity with speakers and protesters, and even flyers with students rights and code of conduct.
#march4 and CSUN (Cal State Uni Northridge) are trending topics on twitter, which if you are familiar with it means that people are talking, but not only are we talking, we are acting!