HISTORY – Movement Milestones (San Diego specific)

* October 24th, 2009 – Meeting at UC Berkeley at which 800 representatives converged from throughout the state to develop a mobilization plan to defend education.  The March 4th, 2010 Day of Action was democratically voted upon and passed this day.

* December 5th, 2009 – Regional Meetings in Northern, Central, and Southern California took place between the counties to further formulate collaborative plans for the March 4th movement.

* January 10th, 2010 – Second regional meetings took place to provide updates and evolve plans.

* January 23rd, 2010 – San Diego Regional Summit Meeting took place to unify San Diego education institutions, workers unions, and community organizations for March 4th.

* March 4th, 2010:

UCSD – Thousands of students walked out to protest the cuts to education and the acts of racism occurring throughout the campus.

SDSU – Nearly a thousand students walked and rallied against the SDSU administration for the method of dealing with the cuts and against the state for the crisis.

San Diego City College – 400-500 students walked out and marched throughout drawing teachers, workers, and students to the rally events held on the campus.

At 5pm, estimates ranging from 2500-5000 people met in Balboa park, students from UCSD were dropped off in buses, students from SDSU arrived on trolleys, and a contingent of high school students marched from Mission Bay High School to meet with other students, parents, teachers, workers, from all over San Diego and the K-12 and High Education institutions. This group of people marched from Balboa Park to the Governors building on Front Street where another rally was held and protesters expressed their discontent with the politicians agendas.

September 11th, 2010 – 2nd San Diego Regional Summit to Defend Education hosted at San Diego State University. Approx 70 people attended. Information can be found at http://www.sdplanningcommittee.wordpress.com.

There have been a countless number of events taking place throughout the county and state.  The above listed milestones illustrate the efficiency and growing momentum of our movement.  You can also click on the following link to Emancipating Education For All’s website to see an account of a portion of the protests for education in 2009 throughout the world.  Hundreds of actions in 52 countries on 5 continents were recorded.  A similar record was kept for 2008 and 2007 and can be found on their website as well.  

San Diego Regional Call To Action

The students and communities of San Diego are facing severe challenges for their future, and with more cuts to education and social services predicted in the next few years, it is imperative that we act now. These challenges stem from the increased burden of paying for the budget problems created by California’s   politicians.  We now have the opportunity to exercise out right to participate in the decisions shaping society.  For years in California, the private sector has amassed disproportionate amounts of wealth via tax breaks and weak regulations.  Now that the state’s financial system is in a crisis, great pressure is being put on the students, the teachers, and the communities to pay the debt, in a manner that is beyond our capacity.  For our children’s sake, for society’s sake, we cannot remain indifferent.  The budget crisis surrounding the educational system in California has forced teacher-student movements as well as civic organizations to respond to the situation since the governor and state legislature would rather protect profits over people.   Join us as we unite and solidify the democratic voice of the people of our state.  We all lead independent struggles that must have voice in California’s political arena, and together we can regain lost ground in the foundation of our society. Join us as we fight for the working people of California!

California Statewide Call

March 4 Strike and Day of Action To Defend Public Education — California Call

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 – Pre K-12, Adult Education, CC, CSU and UC – to “decide on a statewide action plan capable of winning this struggle, which will define the future of public education in this state, particularly for the working class and communities of color.”

After hours of open collective discussion, the conference democratically voted, as its principal decision, to call for a statewide Strike and Day of Action on March 4, 2010. The conference decided that all schools, unions and organizations are free to choose their specific demands and tactics – such as strikes, walkouts, march to Sacramento, rallies, occupations, sit-ins, teach-ins, etc. – for March 4, as well as the duration of such actions.

We refuse to let those in power continue to pit us against each other. If we unite, we have the power to shut down business-as-usual and to force those in power to grant our demands. Building a powerful movement to defend public education will, in turn, advance the struggle in defense of all public-sector workers and services.

We call on all students, workers, teachers, parents, and their organizations across the state to endorse this call and massively mobilize and organize for the Strike and Day of Action on March 4.

Let’s make this an historic turning point in the struggle against the cuts, layoffs, fee hikes, and educational segregation in California.

To endorse this call and to receive more information, please contact march4strikeanddayofaction@gmail.com

National 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 contact march4strikeanddayofaction@gmail.com )

Llamamiento de la Conferencia del 24 de octubre en UC Berkeley

4 de marzo de 2010: ¡Día de Huelga y de Acción

Para Defender la Educación Pública!

El día 24 de octubre de 2009 más de 800 estudiantes, trabajadores, y profesores convergieron en la Universidad de Berkeley en la Conferencia Estatal Para Defender la Educación Pública.

Esta reunión masiva agrupó a representantes de más de 100 diferentes escuelas, sindicatos y organizaciones de todas partes de California y de todos los sectores de la educación pública — Pre K-12, Educación de Adultos, CC, CSU y UC — para “decidir sobre un plan de acción en todo el estado capaz de ganar esta lucha, que definirá el futuro de la educación pública en este estado, particularmente para la clase trabajadora y las comunidades de color”.

Después de horas de discusión colectiva abierta, la conferencia votó democráticamente, como su decisión principal, un llamamiento a un Día de Huelga y de Acción Para Defender la Educación Pública, a realizarse el 4 de marzo de 2010. La Conferencia decidió que todas las escuelas, sindicatos y organizaciones son libres de elegir sus demandas y sus tácticas específicas — tales como huelgas, paros, marcha a Sacramento, manifestaciones, ocupaciones, plantones, etc. — el 4 de marzo. Asimismo son libres de determinar la duración de dichas acciones.

Nos negamos a dejar que aquellos en el poder nos opongan l@s un@s contra l@s otr@s. Si nos unimos, tenemos el poder para cerrar las escuelas y para obligar a quienes tienen el poder de satisfacer nuestras demandas. La construcción de un movimiento de gran alcance para defender la educación pública, a su vez, permitirá el avance de la lucha en defensa de todos los trabajadores del sector de servicios públicos.

Hacemos un llamamiento a tod@s l@s estudiantes, trabajadores, profesores, padres de familia, y sus organizaciones en todo el estado a aprobar la presente convocatoria y de forma masiva movilizarse y organizarse en este Día de Huelga y de Acción Para Defender la Educación Pública el 4 de marzo de 2010.

Marquemos con esta jornada de lucha un giro histórico en la lucha contra los recortes, despidos, alzas de colegiaturas, y segregación educativa en California.

Para apoyar esta convocatoria y recibir más información, por favor, póngase en contacto con nosotros: <march4strikeanddayofaction@gmail.com>.

March 4 National Day of Action to Defend Education

As people throughout the country struggle under the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, public education from pre-K to higher and adult education is threatened by budget cuts, layoffs, privatization, tuition and fee increases, and other attacks. Budget cuts degrade the quality of public education by decreasing student services and increasing class size, while tuition hikes and layoffs force the cost of the recession onto students and teachers and off of the financial institutions that caused the recession in the first place. Non-unionized charter schools threaten to divide, weaken and privatize the public school system and damage teachers’ unions, which are needed now more than ever. More and more students are going deep into debt to finance their education, while high unemployment forces many students and youth to join the military to receive a higher education. And all of the attacks described above have hit working people and people of color the hardest.

In California, students, teachers, workers, parents, and faculty have taken action against these attacks. They took to the streets in a one-day strike on September 24th, organized strikes and actions across the state during the University of California Board of Regents meeting from November 18th to 20th, and have called for a state-wide day of action on March 4th. These actions have created a broad mass movement in California, drawing in students from all over the state to create a powerful struggle. As the effects of the economic crisis continue to spread into the education system nationally, it’s time to join our voices with students and workers in California and draw inspiration from their example.

We support each group or coalition organizing in the manner and for the duration of their choosing. In solidarity with those in California, we the below-signed individuals and organizations call on students, teachers, workers, parents, faculty, and staff across the country to join together on March 4th to Take A Stand For Education!

Visit the Web site for more details at http://www.defendeducation.org.

Endorse the call at the bottom of the page or by sending an email to march4nationaldayofaction@gmail.com.

Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=213637229312.

To join the national discussion, please visit the March 4th Google Group at http://groups.google.com/group/march4thaction.

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