In an attempt to force legislatures to increase taxes California Teachers Association union members staged a protest at the state capitol yesterday. At 6pm when the capitol closed the union members refused to leave even when asked to do so by the California Highway Patrol. In the end 26 of the protesters were arrested.
“They chose not to leave, leaving us with no option but to physically remove them,” said CHP Officer Sean Kennedy.
Among those arrested was the California Teachers Association president David Sanchez. Sanchez said he was willing to be arrested “on behalf of the California students and our teachers who are in public education.”. The union Sanchez is in charge of takes $200 Million a year out of the pockets of teachers.
“I am not willing to sit idle while a handful of Republican lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly refuse to face the realities happening in the classrooms and communities across California,” Sanchez said in a released statement. “So a few CTA members decided to visit two of them to today to let them know that we are in a state of emergency and it’s time they started acting like it.”
The highly partisan Sanchez make no mention of attempting to cut costs. He also makes no mention of attempting to stop programs that waste millions of dollars every year. His only comments have been about raising taxes.
Thursday’s occupation was part of a week long campaign to put political pressure on politicians to raise taxes.