By Elena Kadvany, Mar 6, 2010 6:55 AM
The past weeks have seen chaos in the form of social change spread like wildfire across the University of California campuses. A dance party turned riot at UC Berkeley last Thursday. Students are still recovering from a slew of racially charged incidents. Hundreds of UC students lobbied legislators in Sacramento for funding on Monday (and five were arrested).
But in the midst of all the uncertainty and disorder, something exciting is happening at the UC campuses. Although the budget cuts are a threat to the future, and the highly publicized racial incidents unimaginably worse, the passionate solidarity emerging among students is as unexpected as it is empowering. A community has been born in protest. United by crisis, cross-campus student activist movements are standing up to defend public education.