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Thousands protest Schwarzenegger cuts

Published Jun 2, 2005 9:15 PM

Organizers at the huge May 25 union rally of public employees entitled, “Action Day For a Better California,” in downtown Los Angeles at Pershing Square reported an attendance of 15,000 teachers, nurses, firefighters and community activists who mobilized against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s attacks against education, health care and unions. This rally was held in conjunction with another anti-Schwarzenegger protest in Sacramento.

Schwarzenegger vowed to repay $2 billion in education funding that he shifted last year to allegedly balance the state budget. According to Mary Bergan, president of the California Federation of Teachers, who was quoted in an article about the rally on the United Teachers of Los Angeles website, Schwarzenegger promised to return the $2 billion when the money was available. “The money became available this year,” Bergan said. “Then he broke his promise. Meanwhile, California has sunk to 44th in the nation in per-pupil funding. Forty-fourth and falling.”

—John Parker