March 1st, 2012: National Day of Action For Education
Occupy Houston is joining the call for 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.
“Knowledge is power, but education is expensive,” said Occupy Houston organizer Carl Gibson. “Students from UH, Rice, TSU to HCC all realize that. We’re mobilizing by collectively deciding to create alternatives to the education structure and spreading awareness of the deteriorating state of the educational system.”
“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,” said March 1 Organizer Jamin Stocker. ”We refuse to accept educational re-segregation, massive tuition increases, high book fees, outrageous student debt, cuts to teachers wages, unfair testing standards, extortionate bureaucracy and increasing privatization.”
“Banks got bailed out and we got sold out,” said March 1 Organizer Steven Johnson. ”But through nationally coordinated mass action we can and will turn back the tide of austerity.”
This is a call to work together, by organizing campus strikes and walkouts followed the discussion being dubbed The Education Question: What can we do now and when?, and “Say No to Business as Usual.”