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March 4 Strike and Day of Action To Defend Public Education

By AK Press | March 3, 2010

It’s almost here, so a quick overview…

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March 4 Strike and Day of Action To Defend Public Education

On October 24, 2009 more than 800 students, workers, and teachers converged at UC Berkeley at the Mobilizing Conference to Save Public Education. This massive meeting brought together representatives from over 100 different schools, unions, and organizations from all across California and from all sectors of public education – Pre K-12, Adult Education, CC, CSU and UC – to “decide on a statewide action plan capable of winning this struggle, which will define the future of public education in this state, particularly for the working class and communities of color.”

After hours of open collective discussion, the conference democratically voted, as its principal decision, to call for a statewide Strike and Day of Action on March 4, 2010. The conference decided that all schools, unions and organizations are free to choose their specific demands and tactics – such as strikes, walkouts, march to Sacramento, rallies, occupations, sit-ins, teach-ins, etc. – for March 4, as well as the duration of such actions.

We refuse to let those in power continue to pit us against each other. If we unite, we have the power to shut down business-as-usual and to force those in power to grant our demands. Building a powerful movement to defend public education will, in turn, advance the struggle in defense of all public-sector workers and services.

We call on all students, workers, teachers, parents, and their organizations across the state to endorse this call and massively mobilize and organize for the Strike and Day of Action on March 4.

Let’s make this an historic turning point in the struggle against the cuts, layoffs, fee hikes, and educational segregation in California.

To endorse this call and to receive more information, please contact march4strikeanddayofaction@gmail.com and consult
www.defendcapubliceducation.wordpress.com

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Endorsers:
Oct. 24th Mobilizing Conference to Defend Public Education
Statewide Coalition of University Employees
Statewide UPTE
Solidarity Alliance at UCB
General Assembly at UCB
CFT: CA Federation of Teachers
United Teachers Los Angeles: the largest teachers local in CA
AFSCME Local 444: East Bay Municipal Utility District
AFT 1021: part of United Teachers LA, represents over 10,000
California Labor Federation, which has over 2 million workers in unions
California Faculty Association [CFA]: CSU Faculty Union,representing the 23,000 professors, librarians, etc.
Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) - the SSCCC endorses a march 4th day of action
Carpenters Local 713 passed AFSCME Local 444’s
CDPH Inter Union Organizing Committee: SEIU 1000, Stationary Engineers 39, CAPS, PEGS, and others have joined the March 4th Strike Call
Oakland Education Association- 2,800 teachers,counselors and librarians
Association of Raza Educators
San Francisco Labor Council
California State University Employees Union
California Teachers Association
Coalition for Equal Quality Education, Boston, MA
United Educators of San Francisco
Third World Assembly at UCB
SWAT at UCB
7th Generation Nation at UC Davis
California College Democrats
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MARCH 4 Strike and Day of Action REGIONAL EVENTS (http://thirdworldjournal.co.cc/?p=140)
List will be updated frequently as more events and details are finalized.

Regional Events

Los Angeles Regional Rally

• 3 pm Rally @ Pershing Square (5th & Hill) in downtown L.A.
• 4 pm March from Pershing Square to the Governor’s office
• 5 pm Rally @ Governor’s office (300 Spring St.)

East Bay/Oakland Regional Rally

• 12 pm-4 pm Rally @ Frank Ogawa Plaza (in front of Oakland City Hall, 14th & Broadway)
• March to the Ogawa Plaza Rally from:

-UC Berkeley: 12 pm Rally @ Bancroft & Telegraph, followed by March

-Laney College: 11 am Rally, followed by March

-Fruitvale BART: Assemble @ 11 am, March @ 11:30 am
• Travel to San Francisco Regional Rally (See regional listing below)

San Francisco Regional Rally

• Rally at Civic Center @ 1:30 – SF State Students will be marching to meet here
• Rally @ 3 pm 24th and Mission – K-12 march to Civic center with CCSF, SF State
• 5 pm Rally @ San Francisco Civic Center
• *Other K-12 schools planning morning events and march to Civic Center 1:00-3:00

Sacramento/State Capitol Rally

• 11 am-1 pm Rally @ State Capitol (North Steps of Capitol)

San Diego Regional Rally

• 3 pm Rally @ Balboa Park, followed by March to governor’s office
• 4 pm Rally @ Governor’s office (downtown)

San Fernando Valley Regional Rally

• 3:45 pm gathering @ CSU Northridge Sierra Quad
• 4:15 pm March
• 5 pm Hands around CSUN
• 5:30 pm Rally @ CSU Northridge Sierra Quad

Local Events

Oakland Unified District (OEA)

• 7:30 a.m. Informational picketing in defense of public education and against cuts
• 9:15 a.m. Districtwide mock “Disaster Drill” (as in “California’s budget is a disaster!”)

(San Francisco, San Lorenzo, Dublin and other districts are holding mock drills.)

UC Berkeley

• 7 am-12 pm Pickets
• 12 pm-1 pm Rally/Action @ entrance to Sproul Plaza (Telegraph & Bancroft)
• 1 pm-3 pm March from UC Berkeley to Oakland’s Ogawa Plaza
• Students, faculty, workers and campus community will travel to San Francisco Regional Rally (See regional listing above)

UCLA

• 10 am Pickets
• 11:30 am Walk Out
• 12 pm Rally @ Bruin Plaza

(UCLA invites high schools and community colleges in the Westside area to join)

UC San Diego

• 11:30 Walk-out & Rally @ Gilman Parking Structure
• 12:30 pm March from Gilman to the Silent Tree outside Giesel Library and Rally there
• Students, faculty, workers and campus community will travel to San Diego Regional Rally (See regional listing above)

UC Santa Cruz

• 6:00 am Picket at the entrances to campus
• 9:00 am Rally @ main entrance to the campus (Bay and High)
• 12:00 pm Rally @ main entrance to the campus (Bay and High)
• 5:00 pm General Assembly @ main entrance to campus (Bay and High)

UC Riverside

• 1 pm gathering @ UCR Bell Tower
• 2:30 pm March from UCR to downtown
• 3:30 pm Rally @ University Ave and Market St. (Downtown Riverside)

DVC -

• 12pm Walkout : Other events on campus TBD
• Meet up with rally in Oakland’s Ogawa Plaza

City College of SF

•12pm (main campus) Rally and events all day on campus
•12pm (Mission campus) – on campus events – meet up with 3:00 rally @ 24th & Mission

Skyline/Cañada/Peninsula College

• Walkouts @10:00am other campus events

Ocean HS

• Teachers and students to march and rally along California Highway 1

De Anza CC

•12pm to walk out and rally in SF at 5 p.m..

Skyline CC, San Mateo County,

• 11 a.m. Rally
• 12pm Walkout at Noon, carpool to SF 5 p.m. Rally.

San Francisco Sate

• 7 am Campus Shutdown; Pickets from morning till 1pm; all day campus events TBD
• 1pm Students, faculty, workers and campus community will travel to San Francisco Regional Rally (See regional listing above)

Sonoma State

• 11:30 am Student Walk Out
• 12:00 pm-1:30 pm Rally near Stevenson Quad

CSU Bakersfield

• 11:30 am-1 pm @ the Student Union Patio (rain: Stockdale Room in Runner Café)

CSU Channel Islands

• Students, faculty, workers and campus community will travel to the San Fernando Valley to participate in San Fernando Valley Regional Rally @ CSU Northridge (See regional listing above)

CSU Chico

• 8 am sendoff for students, faculty, workers and campus community traveling to State Capital Rally (See regional listing above)

CSU Dominguez Hills

• Students, faculty, workers and campus community will travel to Wilson High School Long Beach and Los Angeles Regional Rally (See Long Beach details below or regional listing above)
• 11 am-1 pm students hold a fair on CSUDH East Walkway (Games to learn about public education costs, access and quality)

CSU East Bay

• 8-10 Pickets on both entrances
• 11AM–Walkout of classes
• 11-1 pm Rally/Open Mic/Speack Out @ Agora Stage
• 1PM March to Warren Hall to present student demands
• Students, faculty, workers and campus community will travel to San Francisco to join Civic Center Rally

Fresno State

• 10:30 am March from NW corner of Blackstone and Shaw, go down Shaw to Fresno State
• 12 pm-1 pm Rally @ Peace Garden

CSU Fullerton

• Students, faculty, workers and campus community will travel to Los Angeles Regional Rally (See regional listing above)

Humboldt State

• 3 pm-5 pm Rally @ Humboldt County Courthouse-Eureka with CSU and K-12 faculty and students

Cal State Los Angeles

• 9:30 am Rally @ the USU area (Free Speech area)
• 2 pm March to Los Angeles Regional Rally (See regional listing above)

CSU Long Beach

• 12 pm-1 pm Rally @ South Campus, Upper Quad,
• 1 pm-2 pm Parade
• 4 pm Rally with K-12 and Community College (see below)

Long Beach: Wilson High School

• 4 pm Rally @ Wilson High School Gymnasium (4400 E. 10th St.)
• Music by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman)

California Maritime Academy

• Students, faculty, workers and campus community will travel to San Francisco Regional Rally and Sacramento/State Capitol Rally (See regional listing above)
• 12 pm Street Theatre/Mock “Die-In” @ Maritime’s main quad

CSU Monterey Bay

• 11 am-1 pm Rally/March
• Followed by car-pools to Community Rally
• 4 pm Community Rally @ Colton Hall (570 Pacific St. between Madison & Jefferson)
- Contact: Kat General, 415-728-8927

CSU Northridge/San Fernando Valley Regional Rally

• 3:45 pm gather @ CSU Northridge Sierra Quad
• 4:15 pm March
• 5 pm Hands around CSUN
• 5:30 pm Rally @ CSU Northridge Sierra Quad

Cal Poly Pomona

• 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm Send off Rally @ – as CFA members, students and campus community board buses for Los Angeles Regional Rally (See regional listing above)

Sacramento State/Sacramento/State Capitol Rally

• 11 am-1 pm Rally @ State Capitol (North Steps of Capitol)
- Contact: Kevin Wehr, 916-541-2125

CSU San Bernardino

• 11:30 am March @ Marquee entrance (NW corner of University Pkwy and Northpark Blvd)
• 12 pm Rally @ Pfau Library

San Diego State/San Diego Regional Rally

• 11:30 am-12:00 pm collect video testimonials from students and campus community next to Aztec Center (Large “scoreboard” showing the loss of students, teachers and classes at SDSU due to budget cuts)
• 12:00 pm Rally by Aztec Center
• Students, faculty, workers and campus community will travel to San Diego Regional Rally (See regional listing above)

SANTEE HIGH SCHOOL, LOS ANGELES
March 4 Walk Out. ALSO: February 26 plans for sit-ins with other high schools in the LA area. Sponsored by Students Enforcing Educational Demands,(S.E.E.D) Contact: Julia Wallace LA March 4th Committee, 310-404-6729

RANCHO COTATI HIGH SCHOOL, SONOMA COUNTY
7 am-Start of school: Flyer distribution to parents. 3 pm gather in high school parking lot for a march to 4:45 pm rally at Commerce & Expressway. Sponsor: Rohnert Park-Cotati Educators Association.
Contact Mark Galipeau 707 321 4532. red72impala@yahoo.com

SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE
March 4 walkout at San Diego City College begins 11 am. Meet at the Gorton Quad. At 3 pm the group will join with the rest of San Diego at the Centro Cultural de la Raza to march on the Governor’s office (see below). Contact: 562-665-3759
Or view the Facebook group

MT. SAC COLLEGE, LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Demonstration to Save Public Education 1:30 PM Free Speech Area, For more information contact: 562-665-3759
Or view the Facebook group

RANCHO COTATI HIGH SCHOOL, SONOMA COUNTY
7 am-Start of school: Flyer distribution to parents. 3 pm gather in high school parking lot for a march to 4:45 pm rally at Commerce & Expressway. Sponsor: Rohnert Park-Cotati Educators Association.
Contact Mark Galipeau 707 321 4532. red72impala@yahoo.com

SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE
March 4 walkout at San Diego City College begins 11 am. Meet at the Gorton Quad. At 3 pm the group will join with the rest of San Diego at the Centro Cultural de la Raza to march on the Governor’s office (see below). Contact: 562-665-3759
Or view the Facebook group

MT. SAC COLLEGE, LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Demonstration to Save Public Education 1:30 PM Free Speech Area, For more information contact: 562-665-3759
Or view the Facebook group

San Jose State

• 11 am gather at San Jose City Hall
• 11:45 am March to San Jose State Tower Lawn (7th Street Plaza entrance)
• 12 pm Rally @ San Jose State Tower Lawn

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

• 3:30–5 pm Rally @ Office of state Senator Abel Maldonado (1356 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo)

CSU San Marcos

• 10:30 am-11:30 am Teach-in on State Budget @ Academic Hall (ACD) 102 (simulcast to other classrooms)
• 12 pm-1 pm Rally @ Kellogg Library

CSU Stanislaus

• 11:30 am-1pm Rally @ campus Quad

Nationwide See www.defendeducation.org.

DETROIT (Wayne State University)

•4pm Rally at Gullen Mall on WSU Campus
•4pm March to Cadillac Plaza and Detroit Public Schools Headquarters
•Picket and Rally Outside Cadillac Plaza and the Fisher Building (Grand Blvd. & 2nd Ave.) — 5 p.m.
Join us on March 4 for a march and rally from Wayne State University to the New Center.

Alabama University, Montgomery

Statewide event 10:00am – 2:00pm Alabama State House, Montgomery, AL Students, faculty, staff and other supporters to visit Montgomery and take part in a huge Higher Ed Day Rally that allows rally participants to voice their support for
higher education. 2,000 plus expected to attend the festivities to create a
real-life “visual” for lawmakers about the public support for Alabama’s 15 public universities.
Facebook page

Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT
Take a Stand! Defend Public Education and Education Rights!
Facebook page

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana Teach-In & Rally
Website: www.lsustrike.wordpress.com
Email: lsustrike@yahoo.com

University of Massachusetts, Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA Mass
Email: StudentsUnitingUMB@gmail.com
Facebook group

NEW YORK CITY REGIONAL ACTIONS ON MARCH 4

NYC region events listings
http://march4ny.wordpress.com/

Rally at City Hall: Shut Down City Hall Not Our Schools!
1 pm, New York City Hall Organized by the Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública and Concerned Advocates for Public Education

March 4 Protest: Governor Patterson’s Office to the MTA Headquarters
4 – 6 pm, gather at 633 3rd Ave (between 40th and 41st Sts.) Join students, educators, concerned parents and community members as we protest the cuts to K-12 and higher education. Sponsor March 4 NY Day to Defend Education.

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270871459701http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=244000051960

Walkout at Hunter College
1 pm Contact: HunterMarch4th@gmail.com

Rally at Queens College
1:50-2:50 pm Participants include: STAND, QC Anti-War Coalition, Political Science Club, NYPIRG, Democratic Student Alliance

Rally at CUNY Graduate Center
4 pm 365 Fifth Ave. @ 34th St. Then March to Parterson’s Office and the MTA Organized by The Adjunct Project

MICHIGAN REGIONAL ACTION ON MARCH 4
Statewide March on Lansing, State Capitol 11 am: Gather at the Capitol Steps & March, Noon Rally at Capitol Steps
More Info

MINNESOTA
Noon Rally at Morrill Hall and march around/through campus.umnsds.wordpress.com

RHODE ISLAND

REGIONAL ACTION ON MARCH 4

S.O.S. Save Our Schools Coalition 3-4 pm Rally at Providence School Dept., 787 Westminster Ave. 4 pm March through downtown and 5 pm Rally at City Hall Contact: Bill Bateman 401-837-7663 / 401-572-3740

Providence College
Save Our Schools Coalition, Co-sponsored by the RI Unemployed Council
3-4 pm Rally at Providence School Dept., 787 Westminster Ave.
4pm March through downtown 5 pm Rally at City Hall
Contact person: Bill Bateman, liberator@cox.net, 401-837-7663

University of Texas, Austin
Stop the Cuts Coalition
Facebook page

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Planning protests on March 4 • nobudgetcutsuw.blogspot.com/

International

Portugal

Public sector workers in Portugal have called a one-day national strike on March 4 in protest over a wage freeze.

*Compiled by Jonathan and Juan, www.calfac.org/march4.html

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