IN NYC: All out to defend public education Oct. 7
Sep 29, 2010
On Oct. 7 there will be a citywide rally including students, educators,
workers and community activists to defend public education at 4 p.m. at the
Harlem State Office Building, followed by a march across Harlem, ending at the
City College of New York.
Rallies, teach-ins, and sit-ins will take place at many City University of
New York and State University of New York schools. Students at Brooklyn,
Hostos, Hunter, Lehman, and Queens colleges and City College will conduct
activities earlier in the day before joining the rally in Harlem.
These actions are part of the National Day of Action to Defend Public
Education, which continues the national movement begun on March 4.
Since 2008 public higher education has been hit hard; $400 million has been
slashed from SUNY and $200 million cut from CUNY. Since 2004 tuition has
increased 46 percent at SUNY and 44 percent at CUNY. Vital services, like
childcare, have been cut back.
Millions of dollars have been cut for kindergarten to 12th grade in public
schools. New York state measures will tie teacher pay to student performance on
high-stakes standardized tests.
This is in line with “Race to the Top,” the federal
government’s $4.35 billion fund, which is dangled in front of strapped
state governments as a prize for states that launch the most vicious attacks
against public education and teachers.
In Harlem the attacks on public education and the community are really
acute. Charter schools are being moved into the same buildings as public
schools. Then public schools and the children who attend them are pushed
The economic crisis and devastating massive unemployment and homelessness
converge in Harlem with the racist attacks on public education and the
criminalization of young people who are being denied equal, quality education.
At the same time, rich developers and Columbia University are taking over the
Oct. 7 organizers call for an immediate halt to and reversal of all tuition
hikes, budget cuts, layoffs, privatizations and closures of public schools;
jobs and free health care for all students; cancellation of student debt; free
public education for all from kindergarten to college; the elimination of
racism in the public school system; equal pay for equal work; and job security
for all faculty and teachers.
Endorsers include Bail Out the People Movement, Black New Yorkers for
Educational Excellence, City Councilperson Charles Barron, Coalition for Public
Education, Coalition to Save Harlem, Committee to End Abusive Policing in Our
Communities, December 12th Movement, East Village Community School Parents
Association (NYC), FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together), Harlem Tenants
Council and Iglesia San Romero.
Also endorsing are Independent Commission on Public Education, International
Action Center, International Socialist Organization, Labor-Community Forum of
the South Bronx Community Congress, May 1 Coalition for Worker and Immigrant
Rights, National Black Education Agenda, New York City Labor Against the War,
Roots Revisited, Socialist Alternative, STAND (Queens College), Students for
Educational Rights (CCNY), Take Back Our Transit System, Workers World Party
and Ya Ya Network.
For more information see www.march4ny.wordpress.com and