San Francisco students are planning to walk out of class tomorrow morning, but not because they don't want an education -- rather, they want a better education.
And what better way to get the teacher's attention than to walk out of class? In this case, students across the nation are hoping to get the attention of the 1 percent -- you know, the nefarious money-makers whom students blame for the crippling the school's finances.
As part of the national Occupy Education movement, students with Occupy SF State are planning to walkout of class at 11 a.m., along with students at City College. Teachers are also planning a teach-in at the
California State Office Building, and a massive rally will be held at Civic Center at 4 p.m. tomorrow. On Friday, upset teachers and students will descend on the state Capitol for a mega-rally to protest the perennial education cuts statewide. Should be a good time.
"The 99% have already paid a high price as a result of the global financial crisis. Now we are demanding that those who caused the crisis through their greed and recklessness pay," Terence Yancey, a student at SF State and active occupier, wrote to SF Weekly.
As readers already know, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a tax initiative that
includes a regressive sales tax, one that Yancey says will
disproportionately hurt the poor and working class. Occupy Education is supporting the The Millionaires Tax, which is a proposed ballot measure that asks the richest Californians to kick in more money to pay for the state's beleaguered education system.
corporations and the 1 percent are not paying their fair share,
and that is why we are in the current budget crisis in California,"