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March 12, 2004

Gavilan College students to join thousands in march on Sacramento on Monday

WHO: Approximately 60 Gavilan College students and supporters.

WHAT: Will board a bus for Sacramento to add their voices to the March in March. So far, over 13,000 students statewide have signed up to participate in this year's rally. Last year's march drew 10,000 students and was credited with greatly increasing the visibility of community college students, and changing the perception of community colleges' importance among lawmakers. The bus will be funded by the Gavilan College Associated Student Body.

This year, in addition to the rally and march, community college students from 65 colleges around the state have prepared a joint art exhibit -- hundreds of life-size statues representing the "missing students," those whose education was cut short by budget cuts and fee increases in the past year. (Gavilan College was unable to serve over 500 student who applied for admission in Fall 2003 due to cut class sections.) The statues were purchased and decorated by students, and will be set up on floats on March 15 so the missing students can join in the march. Two Missing Student statues were decorated by Gavilan College art classes and have already been shipped to be part of the exhibit.

WHEN: 7 a.m., Monday March 15. (The bus will return as soon as possible following the event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Sacramento.)

WHERE: Near the bus stop, parking lot "A", Gavilan College campus at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy.

WHY: To make sure legislators and the governor keep community colleges in mind, and see how important they are to the State of California. The majority of college students in California attend the 109 California Community Colleges, yet community colleges often come last for funding. Students want to thank those legislators who have supported community colleges and budget proposals to fund increased enrollment growth, and protest those proposed changes which could decrease access to college, including the second significant fee increase in two years.

Last year, Mother Jones magazine ranked the March in March as the second most significant act of student activism in the world .
For more information about the march, and to view the gallery of "Missing Student" statues, go to www.keepthedoorsopen.org.

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Editors note: media advisory from Keep The Doors Open is attached, with complete itinerary for Monday's events in the capitol. Space for press is available on the bus.For information please call Leslie Tenney at (408) 846-4951.

For information about the Missing Student Project, go to http://www.keepthedoorsopen.org/missingstudents/about.php

Last modified: August 17, 2011
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