Civil rights pioneer Reverend James Lawson, Jr. – who marched with MLK and Cesar Chavez and who trained nonviolent resistors from the lunch counters of 1960 North Carolina to the college students of today – addresses the crowd at Cal State Northridge, as part of the statewide Day of Action for Higher Education, held on March 2, 2011. In the Governor’s new budget, Jerry Brown has proposed $500 million in cuts from the CSU system alone – public education is under assault! Rev. Lawson discusses the proper role of institutions in the life of a society, and exposes the government’s false claims that “we’re out of money.” He closes by encouraging students to make this day’s protest just one part of a meaningful life, filled with actions aimed at creating a better world.
The video includes Reverend Lawson’s full remarks, as well as his introduction by Marta Lopez-Garza, Ph.D, Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies.