"For me, the most important lesson
[of the Freedom Movement] is that by respecting the fact that fellow activists could passionately disagree over strategy and tactics—yet remain allies—they strengthened SNCC and the Movement as a whole."
From Bruce Hartford's article in the current issue of Urban Habitat.
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Friday, March 2, 2012

Thousands rally in bay area -- March 1 Day of Action

An estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people attended the rally -- mostly teachers and students from San Francisco K-12 schools, Community College of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. This was just one of hundreds of actions that took place March 1st across California and nationwide in defense of public education and social services. from U&I.
NEXT STOP -- SACRAMENTO MARCH 5 --   march from SF......marching 99 miles!

The day’s protest in support of public education began with small campus demonstrations and culminated in a march through Oakland. Over the course of the day, demonstrators marched down Telegraph Avenue, rallied at Frank Ogawa Plaza and protested in front of the UC Office of the President, among other actions. Later in the day, a small group began a journey to Sacramento in advance of the upcoming March 5 protest there. By 8:30 a.m., protesters had wrapped caution tape around the perimeter of California Hall — which houses Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s office — and about 20 protesters gathered outside the building in the rain. Protesters then shifted their attention to Sproul Plaza, where they convened in small groups and prepared for a noon rally.  from Daily Californian

speech by SFSU student at City Hall Rally

California students march  (Steve Rhodes)
 Photo Gallery from SJ Mercury News

Alex Schmaus, a student in City College of San Francisco and a participant in "Occupy CCSF," told the crowd that he had accumulated $27,000 in debt as a student at SFSU but didn't earn a degree, and now collection agencies were threatening to garnish his paychecks.
Schmaus drew connections between the campaign for better funding for higher education and some of the larger goals of the Occupy movement, including more access to housing and sending less people to prisons. Students from Mission High School in San Francisco were also invited onto the stage to speak, wondering what opportunities would be available if they were priced out of being able to attend college, and how they could give back to the world without access to an education."The way things are going we're going to have only private universities, we're not going to have public universities," Terence Yancey, 26, a philosophy major at San Francisco State University told the crowd. from SF Appeal

Amy Goodman (38 minute report) on Chicago and NYC Education Protests

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