March 4th (march forth) National Day of Action to Defend Public Education

4 Mar

Today’s the day. Meet at the Co-op at 12 or Art/Soc (Cordell Black Hall) after that.

March 4 in College Park

March 4 at the University of Maryland

UPDATE: 4pm Rally to End Police Brutality @ Tawes Plaza

Washington Post story on M4, with a report from College Park:

Organizer Bob Hayes said Maryland students are angry that their tuition dollars are going to pay for development projects and the salaries of administrators, instead of better instruction.

“We feel disconnected from our education,” Hayes said. “We’re being run by a Fortune 500 company instead of by a university.”

Here’s the first press hit, featuring CPSdS’s very own, Jon Berger:

USA Today: College students rally over tuition, education quality

•Students at the University of Maryland-College Park and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond plan to raise concerns about the effect of budget cuts on quality.

“We’re seeing more classes taught by adjuncts and grad students who aren’t getting paid (fairly). We’re seeing larger class sizes, and some kids in certain majors … can’t get all the courses they need in four years,” says Maryland junior Jon Berger.

Also, check out round-ups from around the country (with shout-outs to College Park!) on the studentactivism.net blog, HuffPost, Socialist Worker, and CNN

Keep it here for updates!

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March 4: Take Action to Defend Education

28 Feb

Open space for the education we desire


Public education is under attack.  Tuition is rising, teachers are getting laid off, programs are getting cut, and our schools are being run like corporations. The quality of our education is decreasing while student debt is rising and youth unemployment is at record highs. On March 4th, students and faculty around the country are participating in a National Day of Action to Defend Public Education, and we’re gonna throw down in College Park.

Our university administration thinks that a quality education can be defined by rankings in magazines, freshman SAT scores, and federal research grants.  But we know that our education can’t be measured in dollars. We want to be equipped with the tools to fight for a world free of poverty, war and exploitation.

On March 4th, we are walking out of class and creating a space that can contain the education we desire.

At noon on Thursday, walk out of class and find each other in the STAMP by the food co-op.  We will march to Tawes plaza for a rally, and later move into the Art/Sociology building for discussions about hip hop and education, race and gender in the classroom, the corporate university, sports and education, and whatever else we want.  Then we’ll have a general assembly to talk about the state of our education, and where we want to take it, ending the night with a sick dance party.


RESIST. RECLAIM. REBUILD. MARCH FORTH.

March 4: National Day of Action to Defend Public Education

22 Feb

Resist Reclaim Rebuild

Defend Education

March 4

From the snowpocalypse:

On March 4, students across the nation will take action to reclaim education. The University as it exists is different than the University as we would have it exist. Students are the base of the University; we pay tuition, sit in classes, drive the buses, play sports and cheer in the stands. We provide whatever communal spirit exists. If the University exists as more than a series of buildings, then it begins with us. And yet, administrators and the state run our school as a business, draining more and more in tuition and fees out of students and their families while classes grow and the quality of our educational experience declines. We are not unique.

CPSdSer on The Kojo Nnamdi SHow

14 Dec

College Park SdSer, Bob Hayes, and Feminism Without Borders President, Mary Yanik, discuss campus activism with Sara Lipka of the Chronicle of Higher Education  and Kojo Nnamdi on WAMU 88.5fm.

The 1960s are often romanticized as the glory days of student activism, but recent campus protests have redefined student activism in the 21st century. Student pressure this year prompted the University of Maryland and 90 other universities to cancel contracts with Russell Athletic for violating labor standards at a factory in Honduras. We’ll look at student activism at one campus–UMD, and explore the issues motivating students to organize today, from tuition hikes to human rights.

Mary and Bob talked about the work Feminism Without Borders has been doing in coordination with United Students Against Sweatshops as well as looming cuts to the University of Maryland and what students in California have been doing to resist attacks on public education.

Occupy Everything! A look at the NYC and New School student occupations

17 Nov
Ripped off of Daniel (dcsds.org)

College Park Stop: 20 Nov 2009 6pm

Friday 20 Nov

ArtSoc 1213

6pm

Folks from NYC are coming in to chat about the usefulness and recent history of student occupations . . .

Unpacking the radical transformations in higher education over the past decade, we’ll take a look at the corporatization of private universities like the New School, the privatization of public universities in Europe and the United States, and the backlash against the rising costs of tuition, the lack of employment potentials, and the ubiquitous burden of student debt.

Then we’ll talk specifically about the New School and the series of events leading up to the December and April occupations there.

Finally, we discuss occupation as a political tactic and medium of dissent, attempting to answer questions like:

Is occupation a means to an end, or is it a “pure means?”

Is it effective in the sense that it ‘gets something done,’ or is it better employed as an affective form protest?

What is affective protest? And why not lobby for reform, picket, or join the student senate?

Above all, we hope to offer what we’ve learned from our experiences at the New School to other university communities with a desire to resist and affect change.”

WHY STUDENT OCCUPATIONS?

An occupation is a break in capitalist reality that occurs when people directly take control of a space, suspending its normal functions and animating it as a site of struggle and a weapon for autonomous power.

Occupations are a common part of student struggles in France, where for example in 2006 a massive youth movement against the CPE (a new law that would allow employers to fire first-time workers who had been employed for up to 2 years without cause) occupied high schools and universities and blockaded transit routes.

In 1999, the National Autonomous University of Mexico City was occupied for close to a year to prevent tuition from being charged. Both of these struggles were successful.

In Greece and Chile, long and determined student struggles have turned campuses into cop-free zones, which has in turn led to their use as vital organizing spaces for social movement involving other groups like undocumented migrants and indigenous people.

Facebook: College Park Stop Nov 20

Facebook: DC Stop Nov 21

Facebook: Frederick Stop Nov 22

STARE Presentation from tonight’s town hall meeting

11 Nov

 

Happy Guy Fawkes' day

Students rally in front of the administration building on November 5th.

This presentation was used at the STARE coalition town hall meeting tonight.  Over 300 students, faculty, staff and alumni attended and made plans to continue our struggle against the growing inaccessibility and corporatization of our university.

The powerpoint includes info about STARE and our demands, as well as information compiled by CP SdS on the long term context of the alleged ‘budget crisis.’

Download the file here

 

Mass Meeting S.T.A.R.E.

10 Nov
Mass Meeting 10 November

Students Taking Action to Reclaim Our Education