For Immediate Release:
Attention: News/Events/Calendar Departments
Contacts: Alexia Garcia, (503) 754-8293, email@example.com
Educators and public service advocates demonstrate at the Oregon Business Association's annual dinner.
What: A demonstration at the Oregon Business Associations annual dinner to highlight the damaging effects of corporate influence in our state government, and the detrimental effects it has over education and other public services.
When: Thursday, October 17th, 5:30pm
Where: Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.)
Portland, Oregon, Oct 15th, Oregon Save Our Schools and other community groups are hosting a rally with music, speakers, and skits to shine a light on the damaging effects of business-led school "reform", as well as the other ways in which pro-business policies are damaging public services in general.
The event is a family friendly opportunity for the Portland community to learn more about how the OBA led city and state policies are obstructing our teacher's ability to teach and our children's ability to learn, while driving down living wages and cutting valuable services that benefit the community.
First grade teacher Emily Crum notes, "Our public schools are being criticized by big business and politicians who want to "reform" the public school without taking into consideration the voices of teachers who directly work with students and have their interest at heart."
Portland Public school board member Steve Buel agrees, "The Governor's education plan was modeled on the Oregon Business Plan which didn't include meaningful input from Oregon's educators or parents. It doesn't address what Oregon's children need, but what national corporations think they need."
The OBA's Statesman Dinner will be recognizing 2013 Statesman of the Year Honoree, Sue Levin, Executive Director of Oregon's Stand for Children. The OBA and Stand for Children have been pushing a lock-step corporate education reform model that values high-stakes testing, charter schools, weakening of teacher unions and public pensions, while at the same time ignoring the effects of poverty on our children and families. Levin and the OBA are pushing education "reforms" in line with corporate interests at the expense of our communities' health.
The demonstration is also endorsed by SEIU 503, the Laborers 483 union and Portland Jobs with Justice, and will aim to bring together the broader community towards demanding more public input in decision making and fully funded public services.
The festive atmosphere will also include comedic skits and music provided by international folk musician David Rovicks.
Other groups that have endorsed the event include: Social Equality Educators, Badass Teachers Association, Solidarity Against Austerity, Cleveland H.S. Student Union
For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/296548047152265/? ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming