Over 100 UC Santa Barbara students walked out of class Wednesday morning to rally against a Republican tax bill that protesters said would hold back students who are trying to pursue an education.

The UC Student Workers Union hosted the event. About 40 graduate student walkouts happened across the country on Wednesday in response to the tax bill, including at colleges such as University of Southern California and UC Los Angeles.

Under the House Republican Tax Reform bill, graduate students who receive tuition waivers would have to pay income taxes because the waivers would be counted as income.

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Students chanted “one, two, three, four, tax the rich and not the poor!” and “two, four, six, eight, educate and agitate!” Many students said the new tax bill would normalize student debt. Nicole Wallace / Daily Nexus

The group chanted “Black Lives Matter” after David Stamps, president of the Graduate Student Association, spoke about the importance of solidarity with other marginalized communities. Stamps told students they needed to “show up” when a community besides their own is being affected. Nicole Wallace / Daily Nexus

Under the House Republican Tax Reform bill, graduate students who receive tuition waivers would have to pay income taxes because the waivers would be counted as income. Nicole Wallace / Daily Nexus

Undergraduate students like Student Activist Network member Rosaline Aka participated in the walkout to stand in solidarity with graduate students. Nicole Wallace / Daily Nexus

Approximately 100 students and community members gathered on the Storke Tower lawn to express their discontent with the Republican tax bill. Multiple speakers explained how they would be directly affected by the bill and encouraged the students present to take action. Nicole Wallace / Daily Nexus

About 40 graduate student walkouts happened across the country on Wednesday in response to the tax bill. Many students expressed frustration with the Trump administration for not prioritizing higher education. Nicole Wallace / Daily Nexus

Eileen Boris, a professor in the department of feminist studies, said she believes the tax bill is directly correlated to the Trump administration. Boris said the president should leave the “body of education and the body of public life” alone. Nicole Wallace / Daily Nexus

A version of this article appeared on p.1 of the Nov. 30 print edition of the Daily Nexus.

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