Wow. How did I let this one slip past me? I didnt know this was so close to home. But, just like for most struggles, it will continue.
This semester will play a significant role in the future of this struggle. We will be facing greater austerity measures—budget cuts, continued attacks on public education and social services, and another year of layoffs, fee hikes, and cost increases—not to mention foreclosures and unemployment that continue to devastate our communities.
The economic policies in neoliberal capitalism that have enriched Wall Street while exploiting working people will not change. The wars will continue as our schools and communities are devastated with massive cuts. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that the bombs dropped in Vietnam explodes at home – and this holds true today.
Students and youth across the globe have been responding to this crisis for years. Over the past few years, we have seen major actions in the UK, Greece, Puerto Rico, France, Argentina, Brazil, and many other countries. January 2011 saw students play a significant role in the uprisings of Egypt and Tunsia. We have been inspired by the courage of our brothers and sisters and it is this inspiration we must bring into our struggle.
In the US we have organized for two major days of action to defend public education, as part of the larger movement to fight back against the economic crisis. This year, we need to make a stronger statement with our actions. It is our turn to step out and be bold. We must join with those fighting racist attacks and banning of ethnic studies. This year, we are calling for Month Of Action in March to begin building a stronger student fight back, and to pull energy of the youth in the streets. – DEFEND PUBLIC EDUCATION ORG