March 1st, 2012: National Day of Action For Education

Statement:

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.

Invite your friends to the March 1, 2012 Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/206613039422535/

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Help Stop ACTA – Sign the Petition

What a surprise! Paid-off government officials around the world are once again crafting laws that are presumably designed to help their corporate crony buddies at the expense of everyone else. That, of course, is reason enough to start a revolution but there’s more to it than that.

ACTA, if allowed to pass, will essentially become another tool to be used against the free exchange of information between people of all nations and political affiliations. It will make SOPA and PIPA seem like mere distractions.

Who would want to do such a thing?

Governments. Political leaders and their monied puppetmasters know that we can’t outspend them in a propaganda war (television) but that we can discredit them and their outdated modes of thinking by sharing the truth broadly and with tremendous speed, agility and imagination with the help of the Internet and other “connected” devices.

To those in power, this is unacceptable and they will do whatever they can to stop new, emergent thinking.

If we act quickly and decisively now, we can shut down their evil plot – at least until they come up with yet another plan.

Sign the petition to stop ACTA by clicking here.

Occupy the Courts – Kansas City Jan. 20, 2012

On January 20, 2012, I had the privilege of protesting outside our Federal Court House with my fellow Kansas Citians, the 2nd year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling .

Although it was an arctic 1 degree Fahrenheit and windy, we came together in solidarity with over 110 other cities to demonstrate to the corporatacracy and their crony stooges on the Supreme Court bench that we have not simply “gone away” because of the winter cold.

“We are very much in their face; on the streets, at kitchen tables across the country, in local newspapers, on community radio and the Internet – we’re having the conversation that matters.”

Despite what is being reported (or not) in the mainstream media, this movement toward sanity is gaining strength.  And unlike what the media has reported, it is not homeless people, unemployed students, full-on crazies or damn-dirty-hippies that attend these events. Quite the opposite is true.

I’ve attended several of these events and am amazed at how many passionate, well-informed and critically thinking people there are out there.  These aren’t professional think-tank goons; they’re alert, intelligent, everyday citizens. They come from every conceivable background, represent every age group, come from many different cultural backgrounds, economic and educational strata and in general, demonstrate that there is very broad support for what we’re doing.

Then I come home and turn on the television and see exactly the opposite; stupid people (disguised as news reporters and political commentators) spewing even dumber propaganda into the heads of the mass uninformed.  It’s so sad.

Below are a few photos from our recent event.  You may notice that none of them are homeless communists waiting to grab your guns and turn you gay.  They’re regular people who understand that NOW is the time to take our government back while we still can.

And now, I proudly present some of the brave Americans that stood with me in the arctic cold to make our case: