NEWS MEDIA ADVISORY: Friday, January 11, 2013

Contact: Rodger Scott xgtel@prodigy.net

Wendy Kaufmyn (510) 714-8687 kaufmyn@aol.com

“Making History: The People Fight Back to Save City College”

San Francisco, CA – City College of San Francisco students, staff, teachers and department chairs will picket and boycott their interim chancellor’s welcome address which traditionally kicks off the new semester. Instead of listening to Dr. Thelma Scott-Skillman’s speech, entitled “History in the Making”, City College’s community will make its own history by conducting a press conference and rally addressing the people of San Francisco.

The people of San Francisco overwhelmingly showed a vote of confidence in CCSF by passing Proposition A, a parcel tax specifically dedicated to offset budget cuts, prevent worker layoffs, maintain essential classes, programs and student support services. However, the district is intending to use the funds for other purposes, namely paying high-priced consultants and bolstering reserves.

During this event people will be asked to sign a Pledge of Resistance stating their intention to take drastic action if the district doesn’t spend Proposition A funds (or reserves) as intended.

“San Francisco voters sent a clear message of affirmation for City College’s mission to serve the whole community,” said Leslie Simon, instructor in Women’s Studies and former department chair. “We denounce the district’s downsizing our mission, downsizing our college and limiting student accessibility.”

Allan Fisher, ESL instructor, insisted that, “The administration has failed to promote student enrollment, thereby creating a ‘budget crisis’. Meanwhile they are spending excessive amounts on administrative salaries, high paid consultants and lucrative interim administrative positions.”

Wendy Kaufmyn, Engineering instructor of 29 years, said, “ We need to remain steadfast in our commitment to the California Master Plan and its vision of free education for all and to AB1725, legislation which encourages an administrative role by department chairs elected by their peers.”

WHEN: 9:00 -10:30am, Friday, January 11, 2013

WHERE: CCSF Ocean Campus – between the Diego Rivera Theater and the Visual Arts building

WHY: To put CCSF administration on notice that the people are fighting back!

 

To make the event on Flex Day a success the Action Committee is asking EVERYONE to do the following:

1. SHOW UP! Please BE THERE by 9:00 am at the latest. We want to show a strong and lively presence before people start arriving to go in to hear the chancellor.

2. Email everyone you know.

Tell all your friends, acquaintances, anyone you know who lives in San Francisco, etc. to come out event on Flex Day. Below is the media advisory about the event. Feel free to use it as the basis for your email.

3. Please come prepared to help in one of the following ways:

i. hold a banner or sign

ii. pass out leaflets

iii. march in a picket line

vi. chant and sing

v. be a positive and peaceful presence!

4. Come to Bill McGuire’s house on the 10th for last minute planning and coordination. 258 9th Avenue/California_liamcguire@comcast.net_RSVP, Potluck_4PM

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