TESC Community Protests Impending Layoffs, Tuition Hikes, and Shrinking Financial Aid
February 5, 2010
11:30AM – 1:30PM
The Evergreen State College, Red Square
At 11:30 AM on Friday, February 5, 2010, hundreds of Evergreen State College students, faculty, and staff members plan to “Walk Out” of their classes and jobs in a protest against Governor Gregoire's proposed budget cuts to higher education, social services, and environmental protection programs. As legislators scramble to solve the $2.6 billion shortfall, TESC faces a $1.6 million cut, bringing the college's 2010-2011 funding to 1999 levels. Statewide, low-income students seeking affordable higher-education may lose many State Need Grants and State Work Study jobs.
Evergreen's Walk-Out, organized locally by the Coalition for a Fair Budget, is part of a statewide response to a call from the Washington Student Association to mobilize against further cuts to higher education and financial aid programs.
The Walk-Out rally, to be held on Red Square, will begin with a performance by the Hungry Emcees, an Evergreen freestyle hiphop group, with food provided by Olympia Food Not Bombs. Following the performance will be speakers including Professor Peter Bohmer, representatives of Seattle's Sisters Organize for Survival and Olympia's POWER (Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights), and students whose ability to attend the school will be endangered by rising tuition and shrinking financial aid. A march around campus will follow.