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March 4th Actions in New Jersey February 28, 2010

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The following were taken from the umbrella Facebook event for New Jersey actions. There are a lot of Facebook events for all the different actions on March 4th, but it would be great if people could RSVP and then send invitations to all your friends, coworkers, and classmates.

Montgomery High School
Thursday, March 4, 2010, 7:30am – 2:30pm
Students will wear signs protesting cuts and the US endless wars and leaflet in and around the high school and especially at bus line up at end of day. I will be doing this and have been contacted by a couple of others interested but we need a few other volunteers to make this more successful.
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1248034476

Middlesex High School
Thursday, March 4, 2010, 7:30am – 2:30pm
Students will wear signs protesting cuts and the US endless wars and leaflet in and around the high school and especially at bus line up at end of day. I will be doing this and have been contacted by a couple of others interested but we need a few other volunteers to make this more successful.

Contact: http://www.facebook.com/ramon.aldarondo

Your High School:
We have hundreds of high schools represented in this group. Why not get another leafleting and sign wearing event going at your high school? I will help you get started. Contact me ASAP. If you RSVP YES from a high school, I will try to reach out to you and get you set up for some ACTION! Also write on the wall of this event and / or the group announcing your plans at your high school.

Contact: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1248034476

New Jersey City University March 4 Rally to Defend Public Higher Education – Massive Turnout Needed
Thursday, March 4, 2010, 11:00am – 3:00pm
New Jersey City University, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ
Contacts:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1337790047
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503851284
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000260176652

(Newark, NJ) March 4th National Day of Action to Defend Education
Thursday, March 4, 2010, 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Military Park (Broad Street), Newark, NJ
Contacts:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1308703&ref=mf

WALK OUT, RALLY, AND ATTEND FUNERAL OF STATE HIGHER ED!!!
Chris Christie, Don’t Balance The Books On The Backs Of Students And Workers!!!
Thursday, March 4, 2010, 11:30am – 2:00pm
Between Hunziker and Raubinger. Convene Outside Student Center
William Paterson University
Contacts: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=33709362

Comments:
While there is heightened focus on education on March 4th around the whole country, that date is a kick off date for a broadly based student, faculty and staff movement to defend funding and support for public education and higher education, to make higher education affordable and better yet, free to working families across the whole country.

The priorities in this nation favor bailing out the financial industry (which is responsible for the sad state of the economy) and funding endless wars. To make that happen, cuts to public education and higher education funding at every level, slashing of other services and many other draconian measures will be coming across now and in the months and years to come. Access to higher education and decent public education for all as well as many of the other programs being cut were implemented after years of struggle by advocates, activists, freedom fighters and those who dedicate their lives to struggle for a better nation and world. Now we need to say . . . we will not go back, we will not give up what we have earned through struggle – we will move forward to make systems including schools more equitable and accessible to all working families. That is how we must roll in this 21st century if we are going to survive and thrive.

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SUNY Purchase Call to Action February 25, 2010

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A call to action has gone out at SUNY Purchase, reposted here from the new SUNY Purchase March 4th blog (check it out!) and also reposted to the New School Reoccupied.

Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are in a dire state.

We are currently in the throes of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. New York’s unemployment rate is at its highest level in almost seventeen years and is showing no sign of improvement. Yet in the midst of this, we’ve managed to neglect the greatest possible hope our country and our community has to offer: our institutions of public higher education.

Nationwide, tuition continues to skyrocket as federal aid stagnates under ever increasing financial pressure from public universities. Students are being priced out of higher education and privatization threatens the very existence of public education as know it. College has become out of reach for all but the most economically elite and tuition differentiation threatens to exacerbate the divide between the poor and the privileged.

We bailed out the banks. We bailed out the motor industry. Where is higher education’s reprieve? Now is not the time to abandon higher education. Now, more than ever, we need Albany to invest in SUNY and invest in our futures.

What began as an action in California to take a stand against tuition hikes of almost 32 percent has become a nationwide movement to defend public education against the risk of rising tuition, increased class size and delayed graduation time. Our colleagues at campuses across the country have put out a national appeal to protect higher education from the instabilities of unregulated tuition increases, and we, as concerned students of SUNY Purchase, have heeded the call.

This March 4, we must show Governor Patterson and President Schwarz that we will not acquiesce to the whims of shortsighted budget cuts and a privatization that goes against the character of our school and the integrity of the educational system. This March 4, we must join forces with students from across the country to protect and defend higher education.

SUNY and CUNY were founded with the mission to provide high-quality, affordable education to all those who seek it. The systematic degradation of our public universities is detrimental not only to those of us in college, but to anyone who feels that education is the key to our future and the pathway to success.

Education is a right, not a privilege. We refuse to sit by idly as budgets are slashed, classes are cut and our scholarship is commodified to fill holes in Governor Patterson’s deficit.

In this spirit, we beseech upon Governor Patterson and President Schwarz the following demands:

1) NO BUDGET CUTS:

Budget cuts threaten public education by weakening student services, inflating class size, and restricting course selection. How much longer will it take us to graduate when fewer classes are offered less frequently? SUNY enrollment is at an all time high, and we will not pay more for fewer resources. We will not abide by the elimination of majors in the name of strategic planning or by the replacement of tenure-track faculty positions with adjunct labor. We believe budget cuts will hurt our school and degrade the quality of our education. We are against all downsizes to the SUNY system.

2) NO TUITION HIKES:

Education is becoming increasingly out of reach for students enrolled in public universities. Too often, students are forced to take out loans from predatory lenders to help finance their educations. Students from all socioeconomic backgrounds are affected by these budget cuts and tuition increases, but as always, working class students will be hit the hardest. Governor Patterson has proposed a differential tuition system that would allow individual SUNY’s to charge tuition based on a student’s chosen board of study. Differential tuition will adversely impact lower income students and will force students to select majors on the basis of economic grounds instead of educational merit. This will create an academic hierarchy that will damage the diversity of boards of study and hinder the development of majors such as Global Black Studies.

3) NO PRIVATIZATION:

The Public Education Empowerment and Innovation Act proposed by Governor Patterson promotes public-private partnerships that threaten the very fabric of public universities. The Empowerment Act will disenfranchise SUNY and alter the foundation of the public university system. President Schwarz has announced his support of the Empowerment Act. We, as concerned students, do not support this measure. Public-private partnerships will be used to generate additional revenue by bringing in private businesses to fund our education instead of the state. This takes the responsibility off New York and puts private interests in its place. The Empowerment Act would also allow SUNY campuses to lease land to private companies for profit. More forestry will be cut, destroying local ecosystems and devastating the acreage that spans across 64 campuses throughout New York. On educational principle and environmental tenet, we oppose the Public Education Empowerment and Innovation Act.

4) NO CORPORATIZATION:

As corporations move in, their interests follow, changing the interests of our college. Corporations have already targeted K-12 students with advertisements and vending machines in schools, turning primary schools into little more than billboards. The increased presence of corporations on campus will threaten Purchase’s autonomy and individuality. The recent Supreme Court decision ruling no limit on corporate spending in federal elections gives corporations the same rights as individuals. This shift in values is a parallel to the corporatization of public education. We will not allow corporations to “Purchase” College.

5) STUDENT REPRESENTATION OUTSIDE THE PSGA:

We demand student representation in all three bodies outside of the PSGA, as they are instrumental in making proposals that directly affect our student body and the quality of our education. The Purchase College Association, Budget Planning Committee and President’s Cabinet make a majority of the decisions that directly impact the future of Purchase College. We insist on proportional representation and voting power on each committee to ensure the best interests of the student body are reflected. Our autonomous student representatives will make up at least 50 percent of each committee and will have veto power in President’s Schwarz’s plans for generating outside revenue.

The Public Education Empowerment and Innovation Act is detrimental to Purchase College and is detrimental to public education. Join us March 4 and help defend higher education nationwide!

PurchaseMarch4@gmail.com

http://www.purchasemarch4.wordpress.com

For more information:

http://www.defendeducation.org
http://publications.budget.state.ny.us/eBudget1011/fy1011littlebook/reform_highered.html
http://Takethecity.wordpress.com
http://www.suny.edu/govtrelations/state/innovationact.cfm
http://www.reoccupied.wordpress.com
http://occupyca.wordpress.com
http://www.bailoutthepeople.org
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/nyregion/16suny.html?pagewanted=2&ref=nyregion
http://gothamgazette.com/article/eyeonalbany/20100129/204/3169/
http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/contactelectedofficials_14389.htm?page=contactelectedofficials_3979.htm

New School Walkout March 4th February 21, 2010

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More great news on the momentum for March 4th: March 4th 11:45AM Walkout at New School to join main rally. Check out the Facebook event. Here’s the description:

In response to a 33% tuition increase at Public Schools across the State, and the brutal suppression of Student Protest, California students have issued a call for a Strike on March 4th. This call quickly spread across the entire country. Students, but also faculty and workers, are set to suffer as a result of State Education Budget cuts, which will lead to larger class sizes, fewer scholarships and decreased opportunities. Folks are also suffering as banks, despite being funded heavily with public bailout money, deny loans to struggling students.

At New School, tuition is set to increase by around 5%, or $3000, at a time when many students can hardly afford lunch. Administrators routinely draw six figure salaries; tuition money is funneled to a building we’ll never see. That insane despot Bob Kerrey has retreated to his Ivory Tower, muttering about transforming the New School into the University of Phoenix, an online-only for-profit institution. His career is over. But the struggle isn’t.

New School was founded as a college for working adults, giving many who never had the opportunity to go to school the chance for an education. Its faculty and students are committed to changing the way our world works; free emancipatory education is a necessity. It’s time for the administration to get with the program.

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Announce the walkout in all your classes through the week, via blackboard etc.
Meet at 11.45am outside 66 West 12th Street, we’ll be heading uptown to join the main demo etc.