|March 13, 2003
WHO: 185 Gavilan College students
WHAT: Will go to Sacramento to participate in "Keep the Doors Open,"
a day of lobbying and activism to protest budget cuts to the
community colleges. They will bring with them a paper chain with names
of hundreds of students who are unable to go to Sacramento, but want
their voices heard. The Gavilan College Associated Student Body has
committed funds to charter buses and provide lunch for those attending.
WHEN: Monday, March 17. Students will assemble in the Student Center at
6:30 a .m and buses will leave Gavilan at 7:00 a.m. (photo op.) See
attachment for timeline of activities in Sacramento.
WHY: Community College students will be disproportionately affected by
the proposed budget cuts, compared with other state educational
institutions. Proposed cuts and 118% fee increases will have the effect
of denying access to higher education to an estimate 200,000 students
across the state of California. These cuts come at a time of increasing
demand for education and job training. Gavilan College faces budget cuts
of $1.2 million this fiscal year, and over $1 million for 2003-2004.
These cuts will reduce access to education for students in our district.
A small group of Gavilan College students with president Steve Kinsella
has met with Assemblyman Simon Salinas at his district office last week
to discuss these issues, and ask for his support.
For more information about the march, go to www.keepthedoorsopen.org
Editors note: see related attachment with more information on the march,
and the itinerary of events in Sacramento. Press may accompany the
students on the buses by arrangement with Public Information Office
(408) 848-4724 or Associated Student Body (408) 848-4777.