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National Day of Action to Defend Eduation on October 7th.

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There is going to be a national day of action to defend education. The schedule is there will be sighn making and other general info being handed out from 10 to noon then a rally will start and noon with speakers and music and I believe the rally will wrap up around three. The rally will be held in the south park blocks in front of Smith mamorial student union on PSU campus. Please try to make it for this is a very crucial cross roads in education we can either defend education or there will be massive more cuts soon to education.

National Day of Action to Defend Education

Hundreds to gather at Portland State University

Portland, OR—
In coordination with the October 7th National Day of Action to Defend Public Education, and in solidarity with the "Global Wave of Action for Education" that is occurring throughout Oct/Nov 2010, hundreds will rally at Portland State University calling for affordable education for all. Students, faculty, workers, and community members will participate in coordination with hundreds of thousands from across the country and around the globe.

Locally, the event is being coordinated by the Portland Coalition to Defend Education, an open group initiated by PSU student organizers. Activities will take place Thursday October 7th from 10am-2pm in the South Park Blocks at Portland State University. Student groups will set up information tables as well as have materials available to make signs and banners, followed by speakers and music on stage starting at 12pm in front of the Smith Memorial Student Union building. Throughout the day there will be live updates from actions on campuses across the country.

As a follow up to the events of the March 4th National Day of Action earlier this year, this event is part of a continued mobilization to demand accessible, affordable and equitable education for all. More and more, our public schools are faced with the challenges of inadequate funding from the state. In Oregon, some seek to restructure our universities relationships to the state, relying private investors and free market rationale, in order to overcome the effects of the budget crisis. We understand this to be an unstable solution. The objective of the Portland Coalition to Defend Education is to raise awareness and spark discussion about these ongoing issues. We hope to bring wider participation and more student voices into the efforts to stabilize our threatened education system.

We oppose the deregulation of higher education, the increasing cost of tuition, and the cutting of faculty and worker rights and salary. We demand that public education receives adequate funding, effective immediately. We are rallying for the re-prioritization of education and not the funding of banks, prisons and war; and to put schools, jobs, and our communities first!

The October 7th National Ad-Hoc Organizing Committee to Defend Public Education has called on students, teachers, youth, faculty, staff, workers, parents, and all community members to join in the movement by organizing local actions on October 7th - the National Day of Actions and Strikes to Defend Public Education, and call for an end to the privatization of education.

For more information on the national call to action visit, www.defendeducation.org
For local information visit www.defendeducationpdx.wordpress.com

Press Contact:
Stephanie Rio Collier
Portland Coalition to Defend Education

.. and what of the idea of universal education 06.Oct.2010 11:29

Ecotopian Yeti a_cascadian@yahoo.com

I plan to be there. This should be more than just about tuition hikes and obviously it is stated that it is. Access to education is a human right! Under Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states "Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit." The US and Soviets, if I remember correctly, both refused to sign this UN declaration, because of their own violations to the declaration. But if we look at Article 26 with its statement "higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit" how could higher education be "equally accessible to all" if that system is based on debt driven tuition and unbelievable tuition costs. We NEED to recognize that the cost of higher education, the debt-loan system and the joblessness of graduating students only really means one thing CLASS WARFARE!

If we truly wish a social justice based "modern society" we need to look at other models such as the Finnish model or the Mondragón Cooperatives in the Basque Country within Spain. In fact here is an idea: Why do we not take the ideas of the "Free Skool" which values student-teacher empowerment and create an Educational Cooperative (called it the Cascadian Ecucational Cooperative ... CEC) modeled after the Mondragón Cooperatives. I am positive the head of the educational division of the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation would even provide direct assistance in the form of guides, lectures and even some students and teachers could travel to the University of Mondragón in the Basque Country to study their system ( http://www.mondragon.edu). Read this article "Praxis Peace Institute - Mondragón Seminar 2010"  http://www.yesmagazine.org/events/praxis-peace-institute-seminar-in-spain

Why are we waiting for the US Corporatist government to hand us anything? We can build our own educational systems and we can create a society based on social justice separated for the US War-Machine! If we restructured our communities around human rights, social justice and ecological balance then we can have universal health care, universal education, participatory democracy on every level of society and we can end the class war that takes the forms of racism, sexism, homophobia, gender chauvinism, age discrimination, disability discrimination, religious intolerance, hate, fear and mental breakdowns. We can do so much better and we as a network of communities can empower ourselves instead of begging for a morsel from a corporatist system.

Article 26

1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.


And now on Education... 07.Oct.2010 08:56

Ecotopian Yeti

The following film is

...This film looks and the history and structure of modern education while offering an alternative. The alternative represent is the Sudbury school which is one system within democratic education which shares many aspects of the anarchistic free school system. This film is presented by a Left Libertarian and is in NO WAY connected to the right wing American "Libertarian Party."

Democratic Education Part 1 of 2

Democratic Education Part 1 of 2

Big Foot is stupid 19.Oct.2010 10:09

not a fucking yetti

Article 26 of what Declaration?????? We have the bill of rights in America you progressive moron. You don't have a "human right" to education, you have a right to pursue an education and pay for it your own fucking self. Nobody owes you parasites shit.