Students to protest at March in March

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

Students from American River College, including members of the Associated Student Body Student Senate, will join the throngs of community college students protesting and lobbying at the capitol for the fifth annual March in March on March 3.

This year, ARC’s delegation will be focusing on textbook affordability and accessibility.

California community college students from around the state will come to Raley Field in West Sacramento and march to the state capitol, in downtown Sacramento, to lobby legislators and their staffs.

“It’s one of the best feelings to march in there and lobby (the State Legislature) on behalf of the students,” ASB President Kenneth Hinton said.

Daniela Vargas, ASB Director of Public Relations, will join Hinton at the event.

“As the years have gone by attending ARC, I have seen funding be cut for higher education,” Vargas said.

“I’m a political science major and I see things in this scope, preventing students from continuing on with their education could strip this country of potentially great minds that can pave the way for a better future. It all starts at a small scale.”

Students wishing to attend the March in March on the bus should email Hinton at [email protected] with their name and student ID number.

Those students going, should arrive at the Center for Leadership and Development 8:00 a.m. for check in.

The bus and two paratransit vans will be leaving at 9:00 a.m. for Raley Field, where the protest and march begins at 10:00 a.m.

The paratransit vans seat eight disabled students, but only two have signed up to go thus far. Last year, 43 ARC students participated at the march, which included approximately 2,000 students.

“The California Community Colleges are the state’s largest workforce training provider, serving 2.9 million students and conferring more than 125,000 degrees and certificates each year in more than 175 programs,” reads a statement on