March 1 National Day of Action For Education Occupy Education Sat, 14 Apr 2012 15:59:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Occupy the Capitol Protests March 5 in Sacramento and Albany Mon, 05 Mar 2012 16:09:29 +0000 admin Occupy the Capitol protests are taking place in Sacramento, California, and Albany, New York, today to demand full funding for education.

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Defend Northwestern High Schoolers punished for standing up for a better education! Sat, 03 Mar 2012 21:27:47 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> ***Please forward widely!***

Defend Northwestern High Schoolers punished for standing up for a better education!

Demand that their suspensions be revoked!

Call Principal Batenga and other school officials – see info below

Solidarity statements and other inquiries can be sent to


Thursday, March 1st was a National Student Day of Action in which students around the country organized demonstrations protesting education budget cuts, educational inequality, and advocating for quality and affordable education for all.

Students at Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County Maryland planned a walkout and rally as part of the National Student Day of Action. Over 300 students planned to walk out to protest unsanitary conditions in their school, enormous class sizes, cuts to the ESOL program, and denial of promised pay raises for their teachers. The students also were asking for more teacher/parent/student input in the curriculum and demanding an apology for a group of Filipino teachers who were fired and deported after not having their work visas renewed.

The Administration at Northwestern discovered the walkout plan early in the day by trolling Twitter and put the school on lockdown. Police blocked the doors and canine units waited in the school’s parking lot. They held student leaders in the Principal’s office all day, threatened them with expulsion, and at the end of the day suspended four students for 5 days requiring that when they return their parents must accompany them to classes all day.

Northwestern is a high school where a majority of the students are Black and Latino. The student organizers’ mission was to walk out for a better school and a better education. Instead the Administration violated their civil liberties, squashed these students’ free speech, and punished them for wanting to improve the school environment for themselves and their teachers. Instead of having a dialogue with students, the Administration at this school chose to make an example of several students and punish them harshly knowing this could affect these students ability to get into college.

We ask you to stand in solidarity with the students at Northwestern. We cannot let school officials succeed in punishing them for wanting changes to their school and quality education. Support these students by contacting the following school officials and demanding that their suspensions be revoked and removed from their permanent record:

Mr. Edgar Batenga

William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.

Amber Waller
Board of Education Member, District 3
301 952-6115

Jane Spence
Instructional Director of High School Performance

Northwestern Vice Principals:
Mr. Douglass Jones, x-2318
Ms. Patricia Cox, X-2237
Mr. Robert Pollard, X-2280
Ms. Jennifer Love, x2280
Mr. Arrington, x2265

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Occupy Education Protests In San Francisco, Across California Sat, 03 Mar 2012 07:39:27 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> “Students, educators and Occupy Wall Street activists held demonstrations Thursday across California to protest state budget cuts to education, partially shutting down at least one college campus…” Occupy Education Protests In San Francisco, Across California , Huffington Post, March 2, 2012

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Occupy University of South Florida March 1 Action Sat, 03 Mar 2012 07:24:33 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> Today March 1st, Occupy USF, SDS-Tampa Bay, students, faculty, and staff staged a day of action on University of South Florida’s campus in solidarity with the Direct Actions taking place across the nation in support of Education. About 100 or so students, faculty, staff, and activists staged a walk-out and marched across campus to the Marshall Student Center where the crowd staged a “sit-in” in the main floor of the lobby and delivered a “teach-in” to stand up against the budget cuts and tuition hikes that have been happening across Florida. Our university president, Judy Genshaft, even came out to see what the commotion was about and flashed us the “bulls” sign.

Let’s keep this train running. We have the power if we stand together. Remember that

Education is a RIGHT, not a privilege!

In solidarity,

-Occupy USF-

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Fordson High Students Rally for March 1 Nationwide Day to Defend Education Sat, 03 Mar 2012 07:12:10 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> Earlier in the day, chaos erupted at Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan, when an annonymous person called and made a threat, putting the school on a lockdown. The rally was briefly canceled, however put back on after the situation cleared. Due to this situation, turnout was low.

That however did not stop students from spreading the message. Students gathered on Ford Rd. and held signs, including “We neid an edyucayshin” and “No Child Shareholder Left Behind”. After students went inside where the weather was warmer and held a productive discussion about how cuts have affected them, and what the solutions were.

Students agreed they need to get their parents involved. Also students made future plans to visit the school board meeting all together.

For more information, see the article written on the event.

Credit for the photos goes to Nafeh Abunab. Credit for the article goes to Jessica Carreras.

Husain Bazzi
Event Organizer

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Occupy Hampshire Statement on March 1, 2012, Action Sat, 03 Mar 2012 01:59:31 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> This statement provided by Aislinn Bauer:

On March 1st, 2012, a group of 50 Hampshire students mobilized in solidarity with the national day of action to defend public education called for by Occupy Education.

Students, teachers, parents and workers took action March 1 to say, “Education is a right not a privilege.” Across the country tens of thousands of protestors mobilized to fight for education for the 99%. Demands include that public education be fully funded at all levels—from pre-K to Ph.D. Education activists protested layoffs, union busting and a lack of democratic decision-making in schools and universities.

At Hampshire, students marched through out campus, stopping at several locations including FPH, Merrill/Dakin quads, ASH, Institutional Advancement, and Cole to address issues of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, hostility towards workers on campus and the lack of transparency and democratic decision making overall. We presented President Lash with our formal demands of:

• administrative and financial transparency and democratic decision making on campus
• job security for faculty and staff
• no tuition hikes or cuts to financial aid

and finally that he meet with us at an all community meeting Wednesday March 7th at 4pm.

Multiple students shared personal stories about how the tuition increases will prevent them from attending Hampshire in the future, and highlighted the discrepancies around the unequal allocation of funds. The Hampshire administration claims that there is a need to increase tuition to fix the budget, however when students proposed alternative positions like decreasing administrative salaries, they were immediately shut down. President Lash confirmed that his annual salary is $300,000. When students suggested that he take a pay cut to be on par with faculty and staff he said that he was not comfortable with that. To that, a student responded that her family made $7,000 total last year and that she is the first to attend college and will graduate with $50,000 in debt.

Throughout, President Lash claimed to support the movement and be on the side of students, faculty, and staff. We think that the way to show student, staff, and faculty is to take these demands seriously and take action.

We are committed to Hampshire’s founding mission of accessible, radical education for all! We see March 1st as both a continuation of the struggles on campus and the beginning of a campaign to truly make Hampshire a college for the 99%.

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Occupy Education Calls for National Day of Action to Defend the Right to Education Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:13:58 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> Occupy Education Nationwide Media Advisory


February 26, 2012

Contact: Caitlin MacLaren or Stardust, (415) 226-9843, | @occupy_ed


Occupy Education Calls for National Day of Action to Defend the Right to Education

Students, Teachers, Workers Unite to Take Back Schools for the 99%


What: National Day of Action for the Right to Education

Students, teachers, parents and workers will take action March 1 to say, “Education is a right not a privilege.” In response to budget cuts and mounting tuition costs, protestors will launch the next phase of the Occupy movement on campuses across the country, demanding that public education be fully funded at all levels—from pre-K to Ph.D. Education activists will protest layoffs, union busting and a lack of democratic decision-making in schools and universities through student walk-outs, marches, grade-ins and demonstrations.


When: March 1, 2012 (M1)


Where: Pre-planned actions at sites nationwide. List of major actions below.


Schools are turning away hundreds of thousands of students and cutting back on crucial classes for

millions more,” said Aaron Jaffe, a graduate student at the New School in New York City. “We need to reverse the tide of tuition increases and student loan rip-offs, so students can afford to get a good education once again.”


As higher education increasingly becomes a necessity for any type of career advancement, people who need it the most are being shut out due to high costs,” said Brooklyn College student Biola Jeje. “Student loan debt is an issue that not only affects students but working families trying to provide a stable source of income in these tough economic times.”


Major Actions

New York City: March from the Department of Education (52 Chambers Street) to Ft. Greene Park. March begins at 2 p.m. Rally at Ft. Greene at 4 p.m.
Contact: Caitlin MacLaren,, 786-253-8708

Oakland: Rally at Oscar Grant Plaza at 5 p.m.
Jack Gerson,, 510-658-5520

San Francisco: Teach-in and occupation at the California State Office Building (455 Golden Gate Avenue) from 3-4 p.m. Mass rally at San Francisco Civic Center from 4 to 6 p.m.
Terence Yancey,, 323-580-8126

Washington, D.C.: March from McPherson Sq. (15th and K St.) to the Department of Education at 3 p.m.
Contact: Ben Johnson,,

Boston: Citywide walkout and rally at Dewey Sq starting at 1 p.m. The march will be a “tour of our oppressors” around Boston and concludes with a speak-out at the State House at 4 p.m.
Contact: Nate Matthews,,

Seattle: Demonstration at the Gates Foundation. March to begin at 2:45 at Westlake Park.
Contact: Ed Lambert,, 206-790-2475

Philadelphia: Citywide walkout and march. Rallies at Temple/Penn Universities at 1 p.m. Gathering at Governor Corbett’s Office (200 S. Broad St.) at 3 p.m. to march to the Board of Education (440 N. Broad St.)
Ethan Jury,, 610-291-0170




Occupy Education is a coalition of more than 80 local Occupy, labor and community groups across the country fighting to guarantee the right to education for everyone. The March 1 Day of Action has been endorsed by groups such as Occupy Education California, the NYC Student Assembly, Occupy Colleges and the Occupy Student Debt Campaign.


For More Information…

For interview requests and hot action story tips

Day-of-action press hotline: (415) 226-9843


For featured news roll, videostreams, and twitter feeds:

Front pages of and

M1 participating organizations:

Subscribe to presslist or obtain photos and video of the actions:


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NYC March 1st Day of Action Thu, 09 Feb 2012 16:24:35 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> NEW YORK CITY DAY OF ACTION TO DEFEND EDUCATION!


We reject the agenda of the 1%, which has led to cuts in funding for public education, soaring student debt, school privatization and job insecurity.

Student loan debt in the United States is now around $1 trillion.

Tuition at public colleges and universities in New York is scheduled to rise $300 a year for the next five years.

Over the past decade, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Department of Education has closed more than 117 schools.

Only 13% of Black and Latino students in New York City graduate from high school prepared for college.

RSVP on facebook here:

NYC Day of Action Schedule:

Morning: Local actions at schools and campuses throughout the city!

2pm: Manhattan Convergence @ NYC Department of Education (Tweed Court House, 52 Chambers Street)

March over Brooklyn Bridge – University and Bank actions in Downtown Brooklyn

4pm: Convergence and Rally Ft. Greene Park, Brooklyn

Evening: Rally at the PEP Meeting on school closures, Brooklyn Technical High School


NYC Endorsing Organizations:

New York City Student Assembly
Students United for a Free CUNY
CUNY-Wide General Assembly, City University of New York
Occupy Student Debt Campaign
GSOC-UAW Local 2110


CALL TO ACTION: 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.

Download the flyer here: PDF Version

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