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Student Zombies Protest Closure of CCSF

PHOTO: City College of San Francisco building. Hundreds of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) supporters will rally at Civic Center Campus this afternoon before marching to City Hall, where they will deliver thousands of postcards from community members to Mayor Ed Lee that demand City College stay open and accredited. Photo credit: CCSF
PHOTO: City College of San Francisco building. Hundreds of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) supporters will rally at Civic Center Campus this afternoon before marching to City Hall, where they will deliver thousands of postcards from community members to Mayor Ed Lee that demand City College stay open and accredited. Photo credit: CCSF
October 31, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Student zombies and other costumed protesters are marching on this Halloween for the future of City College of San Francisco.

The college is fighting to remain open after being sanctioned for financial and administrative problems.

Student Shanell Williams says the students are marching to City Hall to deliver thousands of postcards from community members to Mayor Ed Lee that demand City College stay open and accredited.

"We chose this theme because we think it would be very scary for San Francisco to lose such an important institution for working class communities,” Williams says.

The college has been under threat of closure since this summer when the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges moved to end the institution's accreditation as of July of next year.

Last month, the California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 filed a lawsuit to block the planned closure.

Since then, the U.S. Department of Education has agreed that the Commission failed to follow its own procedures, and the City Attorney of San Francisco filed another suit, charging the Commission with political bias against City College.

Jessica Buchsbaum has been a faculty member with City College for 12 years. She says she's most concerned about losing programs that serve vulnerable community members.

"We really want Ed Lee and the community to stay engaged for all of those students, especially for the most vulnerable,” she says.

Some of those programs include the English classes Buchsbaum teaches to immigrants who are mostly parents or working adults, or the Second Chance Program that helps former prisoners reintegrate into the community.


Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA