The following is from the good people at the NC Defend Education Coalition. Click here to support their excellent cause:
“On February 10, the UNC Board of Governors will vote on tuition and fee increases for all UNC system schools. Some hikes could exceed 10%, compelling students to speak out against the increase that will effect many students’ ability to access higher education. They have found support from many organizations, including the NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber II.
Earlier this month, the Association of Student Governments (ASG) pledged to support student efforts to have a presence at the February 10 meeting by funding transportation from every school.
But under pressure from the UNC General Administration and Board of Governors, the ASG leadership caved and backed out of their promise to fund transportation. Clearly, the Board of Governors wants to have this meeting without having to confront the students who it will directly impact.
‘The only way to stop this unconstitutional increase is through mobilization. Student power will be the deciding vote,’ said Andrew Payne, former ASG president who successfully led a mobilization of more than 5,000 students in 2001 against budget cuts to the UNC system.
We need your help today! Students across the UNC system, from Fayetteville State University out to Appalachian State, have signed up travel to the Triangle Feb 10 and now there is no funding for transportation. We are urgently trying to raise $3,000 to:
–reimburse the cost of gas for students traveling to Chapel Hill
–help student organizations rent vehicles
–cover any other costs, including lodging, food, signs, etc.
With only one week until the meeting, we are scrambling to make alternative arrangements to get everyone to Chapel Hill on February 10.
Please consider making an urgently needed donation today, and spread the word to others who oppose the rising cost of education, increasing student loan debt, and who want to keep the doors of North Carolina’s higher education system open to all!