About 1,000 protesters swarmed outside the Capitol building at around noon March 4, rallying the movement against budget cuts that have caused class sizes to swell while tuition costs have increased.
The rally was one of many that took place across the region.
Parents, students and instructors from colleges throughout the state came in support.
The following is a sampling of voices that were present at the Capitol protest:
City College student and business major Carlos Gamboa, made his grievances regarding college funding cuts.
Gamboa said that his prospects for transferring to a four-year university have been affected by California’s current education funding crisis.
“I’m planning to transfer to Sac State or a UC institution, and these budget cuts are likely to jeopardize my efforts to do any of these goals,” Gamboa said.
Gamboa said he believes that the state should prioritize educational spending and cut down on correctional funds.
Gamboa also said that he lost his position as a student assistant at City College because of budget cuts and that he is currently without work.
Sam Maldonado, a City College transfer to UC Berkeley, doesn’t expect much to come about from a single rally.
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