Sunday, February 7, 2010

Protest state budget cuts - March 4

March 4, 2010.
March and Rally  for Education
11AM. North Steps. State Capitol.


Students  and  Faculty, will march to demand a decent  budget for California’s schools and universities. Protests will occur around the state, at universities and work sites at the Capitol in Sacramento.  Please join us.

In the last two years California’s  k-12 schools have received over a  $16 Billion  cut back.  California presently ranks  45th  of the states in per pupil spending and last among the states in class size.  Now, the Governor proposes to reduce  k-12 spending by another  $2.4 Billion. The U.C’s and the CSU campuses have suffered over a  $2 billion cut while tuition and fees were increased over 30%.  Classes have been cut, graduation delayed, and faculty dismissed.  They must not be cut more.  We must work together to save public education.

For 2010, the Governor proposes truly draconian cuts in Cal Works, IHSS, Medi Cal and Children’s nutrition  among others-  each of which hurts to poor in our state.  The legislature must hear from us.
What caused this crisis?
“The reality is that we got into this mess because of an overwhelming excess of greed and stupidity on the part of the Wall Street bankers and the people deciding economic policy. “ Dean Baker.  Economist.  The bankers and finance capital caused this crisis- let them pay for it!
The   California Faculty Association (CFA), the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and California Teachers Association (CTA) have endorsed the Day of Action.
 Flyer by Sacramento Progressive Alliance.

The current  economic crisis has forced the cutting of higher education, of k-12 education, and of social welfare systems. What caused this crisis ? It was caused by the greed and avarice of the financial class and aided by the politicians of both major political parties.
Major banks and corporations looted the economy creating an international meltdown.  Now, they have been rewarded with bail out money.  The crisis was not caused by students, teachers, public employees  nor recipients of social security.   Now we have cuts in parks,  in universities, in nurses, libraries.  School children did not create this crisis.  Foster care children did not create this crisis.
The major bankers, finance capitalists in the U.S. robbed the bank last year  – and the federal treasury.  They took hundreds of billions of dollars – and you and I will have to pay for it.    Goldman Sachs alone took $10 Billion.  For example,  Ken Lewis of Bank of America received an 81 million dollar pension.  They have not even been punished.  One thing we should do is arrest the top 100 executives and CEO’s of these companies, give them a fair trial, and throw them in jail.  Until we arrest some people – there will be no real changes.” 

Details of the march and rally will follow. Please mark the date. 


gary fitzgerald said...

It is an insult to the memories of Dr. King, Howard Zinn, Eugene Debs and Cesar Chavez, etc. to include Barak Obama in this group. These people were dedicated progressives who spent their lives (and gave their lives) opposing everything Obama has done as president. Just because the right wing says he's a leftist and he pretends to be a progressive doesn't mean he is. Shame on you for including him with them.

Small Business Acquisitions Blog said...

The Audacity Of Nope

Nope, you can't have decent schools, affordable health care,
secure pensions, living wages, etc.
Sorry, it's not good for you.

Take two Nopes, 25mg Prozac;
and if you don't feel better in the morning, try not reading the newspaper, watching TV, or listening to the radio.

Best not to speak to people about these things either
(it makes em depressed).

If your situation deteriorates &
you can't afford medical help or
prescription drugs, you may turn to alcohol and street drugs.

This almost never works,
but stay away from guns and alcohol if you find yourself here.

Wages are down, get used to it.

Pensions & bridges have collapsed, get over it.

How is it that the rest of the industrialized world,

even after the financial collapse,

has universal health care,
fair wages, and decent pensions,

and most Americans don't know
what these things look like?