NYU: Cut the Bull!
Day of Action for the Right to Education
Thursday, March 1st
12PM – “NYU: CUT THE BULL” Campus March (Waverly and University-NE Corner Wash Sq Park)
2pm: Manhattan Convergence @ NYC Dept. of Education (52 Chambers Street)
March over Brooklyn Bridge for university and bank protests in downtown Brooklyn
4pm: Speak Out at the Right to Education Assembly, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
For more info, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit the NYU4OWS website: http://nyu4ows.tumblr.com/
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US ON MARCH 1ST
“Students, community members, teachers, and parents across the country will be mobilizing on March 1 for walkouts, teach-ins, and marches to say: Education is a Right, Not a Privilege!Join NYU4OWS and our allies at 12 Noon on Thursday, March 1st as we stand in opposition to tuition hikes, student debt, and corporate governance practices at our university!Here at NYU we’ve seen what happens when a university is run by the 1%: we’re one of the national leaders in student debt with an average student debt burden of almost $35,000 per student. We have the second highest tuition in the country (now $56,000 per year!). While the top administrators vote themselves million dollar packages, they bust GSOC-UAW, the graduate employees’ union, and support the lock-out of workers beyond our campus. For example, Daniel Straus, a trustee of the Law School, is currently locking out hundreds of health care workers at nursing homes he owns in Connecticut, demanding workers give up health care and retirement benefits.
NYU also houses the only Chick-Fil-A franchise in New York City, despite the fact that the company has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay and anti-women hate groups like Focus on the Family.
It’s time for these practices to end! NYU students and community members will meet in the Northeast corner of Washington Square Park (University and Waverly) at 12pm on March 1 to begin a Campus March demanding that NYU “Cut the Bull” and get the spirit of Wall Street out of our university. The March will include speak-outs and other actions at some of the most important symbols of the NYU-Wall Street nexus. It will also begin a campus discussion about how NYU can disassociate itself from the unethical financial institutions that continue to wield tremendous power over this community and so many others.
Following the Campus March at NYU, we will continue on to the Department of Education (52 Chambers Street) to join with students, teachers, and community members from across New York City to protest the banks that profit off student loan debt and the corporatization of education. As a citywide movement, we will assemble at Ft. Greene Park in Brooklyn at 4pm to put forward our vision of an educational system for the 99%.
Across New York, the last few months have seen major protests against tuition hikes at CUNY, ongoing actions against Mayor Bloomberg’s educational policy which has resulted in over 100 school closures and only 13 percent of African-American and Latino youth graduating from high school prepared for college, and the launch of the Occupy Student Debt campaign to protest soaring education costs and bank profiteering. Now we must say: Our education not for sale!#M1 CALL TO ACTION:
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.”
Posted on Wednesday, 29 February 2012