UC students & staff stage zombie protest at regents meeting
July 19, 2012
The public comment period during the UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday morning was heated, culminating in a zombie-themed protest that interrupted the meeting for 15 minutes before the board could resume open sessions.
Members of the public and students dressed as zombies at the UCSF Mission Bay campus demanded that the board stop fee and tuition hikes and the privatization of state capital debt during the public comment session of the meeting, which began shortly after 8:30 a.m.
Many spoke in support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s November tax initiative, while others accused the regents of acting in their own interests.
“We’re dressed like zombies because the debt is killing us,” said Matt Wade, a UC Berkeley doctoral student in city and regional planning.