SAN FRANCISCO — Angry about budget cuts and crackdowns on Occupy camps, protesters plan demonstrations at four University of California campuses where board members will gather by teleconference after worries about violence led to the cancellation of a previous meeting.
The Board of Regents is expected to decide Monday whether to ask the state to increase funding to the 10-campus system to aid the hiring of instructors, increase enrollment and avoid raising tuition. The board will not be voting on a specific tuition proposal.
Charlie Eaton, a UC Berkeley graduate student and organizer of the ReFund California campaign, said protesters "want to open the teleconference to the 99 percent" and "insist that our voices be heard as equals to the millionaires and bankers on the Board of Regents."
The anti-Wall Street group also is calling on banks and the wealthy to pay more taxes to fund higher education.
"We've got to have a conversation about how do we make millionaires and the banks pay" for public higher education in California, Eaton said.