Students for a Democratic Society is circulating the below statement and unites with the call for students internationally to take action on March 1st of 2012. We believe that education is a right, not an economic privilege for the advantaged. We demand and fight for a university that is for everyone! We believe big administrators on campus should cut their own pay checks instead off raising our tuition. We say “Chop from the Top!”; cuts should be made to the bloated salaries of those on top. Front-end staff should not have to endure layoffs and furloughs. We want student, worker and faculty control over our universities; we should be in control of our own futures and lives.
SDS is calling on chapters throughout the country to organize and take action on March 1st, 2012. When people come together and demand change, a better world is possible. Strike, rally, walkout, occupy, sit-in, teach-in, leaflet, or table! Whatever you’re doing we want to hear about it! Make March 1st a day to remember. Education is a right, now is the time to fight!
March 1st, 2012: National Day of Action For Education
We refuse to pay for the crisis created by the 1%. We refuse to accept the dismantling of our schools and universities, while the banks and corporations make record profits. We refuse to accept educational re-segregation, massive tuition increases, outrageous student debt, and increasing privatization and corporatization.
They got bailed out and we got sold out. But through nationally coordinated mass action we can and will turn back the tide of austerity.
We call on all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education —pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions— and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities, to mobilize on March 1st, 2012 across the country to tell those in power: The resources exist for high-quality education for all. If we make the rich and the corporations pay we can reverse the budget cuts, tuition hikes, and attacks on job security, and fully fund public education and social services.
This is a call to work together, but it is up to each school and organization to determine what local and regional actions—such as strikes, walkouts, occupations, marches, etc.—they will take to say no to business as usual.
We have the momentum, the numbers, and the determination to win. Education is not for sale. Let’s take back our schools. Let’s make history.
Occupy Education Northern California
Occupy Chicago Education Committee
Students for a Democratic Society – National Working Committee
Students United for a Free CUNY
University Professional and Technical Employees – CWA 9119 (University of California)
Cal State East Bay Chapter of CFA (California Faculty Association)
CACHE (Coalition Against Corporate Higher Education)
San Francisco Labor Council, Executive Committee
Save our Schools Coalition, Rhode Island
Occupy Boston Students
CUNY-Wide General Assembly, City University of New York