This week promises to be a crowded one at the State Capitol. Two separate coalitions have planned major sit-ins to protest state budget cuts.
The California Teachers Association has assembled a coalition of education groups for what it’s calling “State of Emergency Week.” Plans include daily sit-ins at the Capitol. The group wants lawmakers to pass Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed tax extensions rather than put the issue to voters.
Concurrently, another group spear-headed by activist Cindy Sheehan, will be holding sit-ins as well. According to Sheehan, “Governor Brown is attacking the vulnerable, you know, people who don’t have that much political power, so we have to be their voices here.”
Sheehan – whose son died in the Iraq War – says she’s pushing for a tax on the wealthy and wants to meet with Governor Brown. She’ll also attempt to camp out on the grounds. The activist’s group calls the Wisconsin labor protests earlier this year an inspiration.
Lawmakers still have a 15 billion dollar shortfall to close.