Nadat er in de afgelopen maanden verschillende acties hebben plaatsgevonden in de VS, in verschillende steden en onder verschillende spandoeken, zal 4 maart een poging worden gewaagd om de krachten van studentactivisten in de gehele VS te bundelen door middel van een nationale “strike and day of action to defend public education.” Californië, een van de meest woelige staten qua studentenactivisme momenteel, is de initiatiefnemer.

Dat de acties legitiem zijn tonen inmiddels ook de polls in de VS: een grote meerderheid van de Amerikanen staat achter de kritieken van het studentenactivisme. Velen zijn het eens met de kritieken dat universiteiten als bedrijven gerund worden, dat de toegankelijkheid slecht is, dat de overheid ervoor moet waken dat collegegeld niet te hoog wordt en dat momenteel studenten te grote leningen moeten afsluiten om te kunnen studeren. Zie hieronder de oproep vanuit Californië om hiertegen te protesteren (en de bronnen onderaan voor meer achtergrondinformatie).

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De oproep:


National Call for March 4 Strike and Day of Action To Defend Public Education

California has recently seen a massive movement erupt in defense of public education — but layoffs, fee hikes, cuts, and the re-segregation of public education are attacks taking place throughout the country. A nationwide resistance movement is needed.

We call on all students, workers, teachers, parents, and their organizations and communities across the country to massively mobilize for a Strike and Day of Action in Defense of Public Education on March 4, 2010. Education cuts are attacks against all of us, particularly in working-class communities and communities of color.

The politicians and administrators say there is no money for education and social services. They say that “there is no alternative” to the cuts. But if there’s money for wars, bank bailouts, and prisons, why is there no money for public education?

We can beat back the cuts if we unite students, workers, and teachers across all sectors of public education — Pre K-12, adult education, community colleges, and state-funded universities. We appeal to the leaders of the trade union movement to support and organize strikes and/or mass actions on March 4. The weight of workers and students united in strikes and mobilizations would shift the balance of forces entirely against the current agenda of cuts and make victory possible.

Building a powerful movement to defend public education will, in turn, advance the struggle in defense of all public-sector workers and services and will be an inspiration to all those fighting against the wars, for immigrants rights, in defense of jobs, for single-payer health care, and other progressive causes.

Why March 4? On October 24, 2009 more than 800 students, workers, and teachers converged at UC Berkeley at the Mobilizing Conference to Save Public Education. This massive meeting brought together representatives from over 100 different schools, unions, and organizations from all across California and from all sectors of public education. After hours of open collective discussion, the participants voted democratically, as their main decision, to call for a Strike and Day of Action on March 4, 2010. All schools, unions and organizations are free to choose their specific demands and tactics — such as strikes, rallies, walkouts, occupations, sit-ins, teach-ins, etc. — as well as the duration of such actions.

Let’s make March 4 an historic turning point in the struggle against the cuts, layoffs, fee hikes, and the re-segregation of public education.

– The California Coordinating Committee

(To endorse this call and to receive more information contactmarch4strikeanddayofaction@gmail.com )

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Bronnen:

National March 4th Calls for Action and Endorsements

USAS Endorses March 4: Defend Education!, United Students Against Sweatshops

USSA: Poll Shows Americans Overwhelmingly Endorse Activists’ Critiques of the University, Democratizing Education Network

Why are we destoying public education? University of California students and staff prepare for system-wide strike to protest cuts. 17-11-2009, Democracy Now.

USSA: President endorses March 4 National Day of Action to Defend Public Education, Democratizing Education Network

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