Strike Syllabus Week 2: History of California Bullshittery:
Underfunding Public Education and the Housing Crisis
Slide Deck here
Facilitators: Eugene & Thomas (UCSB)
Week 2’s presentation takes us away from the ongoing spectacle of COVID-19 and asks the question: What is the COLA movement responding to? A cost-of-living adjustment’s intent has been to address the housing crisis that grad students have been facing in California. This crisis is not new, and as a product of several historical moments that continue to exacerbate the crisis in the current moment. The presenters, Thomas (he.him) & Eugene (he.him), will be going through California’s Master Plan for Education and Prop 13 to show how they converge in the present. The presenters will be giving an extended lecture to show how California’s housing crisis doesn’t just affect grad students, and a COLA4ALL is sorely needed to disrupt the displacement of vulnerable communities and the artificial inflation of housing prices.