The decision to hike tuition has kicked off a new round in the long struggle between the university and the State of California over funding for the 10-campus system.
News stories have documented the ravaging of the district's finances by local banks and out-of-town educational consulting companies.
Students shared their stories of having to work low-wage jobs to pay high tuition costs.
The new segregation, by class and income, harms students just as the old state-legalized segregation in the Solid South did.
They walked in silence holding signs that read "Hands Up - Don't Shoot" and posters with the names of victims of police brutality from around the country including New Haven.
According to Love, students need to build "relationships with unions - on and off campuses, to build bridges in the community, students are workers."
Chris Christie brought checks to the fundraiser totaling $4 million, demonstrators shouted, "Illinois is not for sale."
USSA, the nation's largest and oldest student organization, is committed to "helping students identify what their goals are and how to achieve them."
On a near perfect summer evening here, July 31, about 75 parents along with a number of students filled the Simeon Career and Technical Education auditorium.
The meeting came on the heels of the announcement that CPS was cutting over $50 million from neighborhood schools and diverting it to politically connected charter school.