A vampire is loose in the state of California,
sucking the lifeblood out of public education, public health, and social
services. This vampire has three
Government officials, politicians, and pundits proclaim a “budget crisis.” We counter, “California is not broke. The budget crisis is the result of a 30 year political strategy called “starve the beast,” a term coined by David Stockman, President Reagan’s budget chief. The “beast’ is government entitlement programs. The budget crisis is an excuse to push through policies the public would not otherwise support. The budget crisis is a crisis about values, distorted priorities and access to political power.
Vampire Slayers is a working group of faculty, staff,
and community members working closely with students and other organizations in
the social justice movement. We are based at San Francisco State University
with an affinity group at City College of San Francisco. Vampire Slayers focuses
Our goal is to move discussion and action beyond the mentality of “don’t cut my budget, save my program. We frame the crisis of public higher education in the context of large issues- the structural deficit strategy, regressive taxation policies, privatization of public goods and services, deregulation, expenditures on incarceration instead of education, elimination of the social safety net, and racist and xenophobic policies of social control.
We want to contribute to building a stronger movement in
We are inspired by the words of W.E.B. DuBois: “The freedom to learn has been bought by bitter sacrifice…We should fight to the last ditch to keep open the right to learn.”