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


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:

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“The Beast That Swallows Its Young” by Matt Kresling

Is this fruition of my college years,
arriving in an envelope, business-size,
Sallie Mae Corporation letterhead?
This is to inform you that you
havent made a payment on your loan
since the winter of [italicized] 1997.

If at this time you cannot make
the monthly payment we set,
youll be required to remit to us
the balance in full.
You know, I dont think I’ll pay—
what kind of fool
would feed the beast that swallows its young?
Would feed the beast that swallows its young?

Clearly, eighteen isn’t old enough to drink
but old enough to sign a promissory
Military? Sure, join up!

And who can put a price tag
on a top-notch education?
How about $50,000? $80,000? Well, that’s
just for the textbooks.

But what exactly is the consequence
should I refuse to pay?
Is there still a Dickensian debtor’s prison?
Oh, there isnt? Well

If at this time you cannot make
the monthly payment we set,
well be required to revoke what every citizen fears:
your card for digging your hole deeper in debt
to the beast that swallows it’s young,
to feed the beast that swallows it’s young.

Everyone must go to university.
Without a good degree,
how will you pay the lenders
who stalked you while attending university?
And everyone must grow the university.

This is to inform you that Ill never make a payment.
This is to inform you that Ill never make a payment
to the beast that swallows its young.

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