Rallies against education cuts begin; officials warn against violence
A national day of protests against education funding cuts kicked off Thursday with generally peaceful rallies, walkouts and teach-ins at universities and high schools. But an incident of demonstrators smashing the windshield of a car trying to enter the UC Santa Cruz campus elicited a warning against any other violence.
One of the organizers, Kevin Orantes, 23, a junior majoring in public administration and communications, said he became involved he was upset about the effects of budget cuts on access to education and wanted to leave a better legacy for his own children. “Today’s generation is reaping the benefits of sacrifice that generations before had to accomplish, like civil rights and women’s rights,” Orantes said. “If we don’t do anything for the next generation, it will all be in vain.”