This morning, the Quad received a tip about a banner drop on BU campus from a group identifying themselves as the “Committee for the March 4th Day of Action.”
Today is the Day of Action to Defend Public Education, a movement which, according to the Huffington Post, “originated in California last fall in response to threats of staggering university tuition hikes and budget cuts,” and today spurred demonstrations, walk-outs and teach-ins throughout California and on college campuses across the country. One source promoting the events expresses its concerns: “But if there’s money for wars, bank bailouts, and prisons, why is there no money for public education?” The recent string of racist events on UC campuses has caused additional outrage and will be included in protesters’ concerns, says the Huffington Post.
The banners, the Quad was informed, are meant to act in solidarity with the movement in California and related to events today at UMass, as well as to “draw attention to the practices of BU.” The two banners brought to the Quad’s attention read “Drop Fees, Not Bombs” and “What is a School Without its Students.”
UMass Boston has larger events planned, including a teach-in and protests.