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 banks and
corporations make record profits. We refuse to accept educational re-
segregation, massive tuition increases, outrageous student debt, and
increasing privatization and corporatization.
We call on all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all
levels of education —pre-K through higher education in public and
private institutions— to mobilize on March 1st, 2012
across the country. Our action will tell those in power that the resources for
high-quality education exist for all. The amassed wealth of corporations and the rich can fully fund public education, reverse the budget cuts, tuition hikes, and
attacks on job security.
The students of Vassar College and the Dutchess County will not stand by and watch this attack on the right to education. Students around the country, including many Vassar students, will graduate with thousands of dollars of debt and dim
job prospects. Students at public institutions are the first to face tuition
hikes, austerity, and debt when corporations are prioritized over education. Budget cuts are resulting in the closure of public elementary, middle, and high schools—jeopardizing the future of young people. We at Vassar will stand in solidarity against these
injustices, on and off our campus. Faced with these challenges,
students will make their voices heard.
We have the momentum, the numbers, and the determination.
Education is not for sale. Let’s make our voice heard and take back our schools.
Grassroots Alliance for Alternative Politics, Vassar Young Democratic
Socialists, Democracy Matters, Rebuild the Dream