UC Davis history professor Louis Warren's A New Campus Contract provides a history of declining funding for the University of California and a strategy for restoring it. It revolves around reminding California taxpayers, and especially legislators, that they benefited from affordable education when they were young but are now unwilling to pay for the next generation. He argues that students should tell legislators--"We want the same deal that you got!"
I think Warren's talk at a recent teach-in was more powerful than this piece. But it's good to have this in print.