American University CASJ ~ Radical Rush Week

American University CASJ ~ Radical Rush Week

An events list for Community Action and Social Justice (CASJ) Coalition’s Radical Rush week, Thursday March 27th – Thursday April 3rd at American University. 7 Days of workshops on radical organizing, intersection of struggle, awareness, and anti-oppression.

American University – Wednesday Night Tuition Freeze Casseroles March

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During the student strike in Montreal, nighttime became a time for spontaneous displays of anger against the Charest government. Citizens of Montreal would flood the streets banging their pots and pans in a show of protest against, among other issues, the rising tuition fees for Quebec students. These protests became known as Casseroles. They eventually effected a reversal of the intended tuition hike and a promise from the Quebec government to instill a multi-year tuition freeze, while also repealing Bill 78, which was a law designed to curb public protest.

In the last several decades, access to affordable, quality, higher education has been greatly reduced, undermining the promise of opportunity in the pursuit of happiness and “the American Dream.” The US Department of Education has reported an average annual tuition increase of 5-6% nationally for the last two decades due to across the board reductions in local, state, and federal education funding. American University has been following the national model of dramatic tuition increases while offering little help to students struggling under the burden of student debt. Last year, American University raised tuition by another 5% and have committed to a 30% tuition hike over the next 5 years. Ironically, AU referred to the hikes as a concession to students amid a rough economy and competitive higher education environment, however, budget records show last year the school raked in a budget surplus of $44 million dollars. In addition to the unwarranted tuition hikes proposed, students are already finding it tougher to finance their education. A recent study found American University average student debt from private loans far exceeds the national average. AU students say that navigating obstacles in the financial aid office to obtain federal subsidized student loans is becoming close to impossible, leaving many students (even those that qualify) without any alternative to taking out private loans. The increasing financial burden of higher education is forcing some students to weigh dropping out of college before attaining their degrees, or face acquiring mountains of debt they will be paying off for the rest of their lives. Both of these outcomes are unacceptable.

Following in the footsteps of the Quebec student movement this summer, the Coalition of American University Students (CAUS) is holding a nighttime casseroles march of their own to demand a tuition freeze at American University.

It’s high-time we change the conversation on education in our schools and communities as well.

When:  Wednesday November 7th 10:45 PM

Where: American University Amphitheater

What to Bring: pots, pans, and solidarity

Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/186178441507024/

The march is being organized by CAUS (Coalition of American University Students), a consensus-based student union organized to give voice to students in pursuit of a more affordable, better quality, education and a better society on campus.

For more on tuition freeze efforts at American University, see the link below for a full story on dcmiccheck (occupydc’s independent newspaper) :
http://www.dcmiccheck.org/2012/10/10/movement-for-students-union-grows-at-american-university/

You, Me & Our Community + J@M Summer Update! First Community Roots Meeting, Thursday 6pm

JOIN COMMUNITY ROOTS FOR OUR FIRST MEETING OF THE YEAR.

We’ll be discussing our group’s mission and the Justice at Maryland campaign for campus workers’ rights.

“Community Roots is fundamentally an activist based organization that works to unite the different ethnic communities at the University of Maryland to be heard as a united voice for change. Our goal is to motivate and inspire the ethnically diverse student body of the University of Maryland to take definitive action in the face of domestic and international social injustice.”

Feel FREE to bring FOOD! Click here for more info!

When: Thursday 9/13, 6:00pm- 8:00pm

Where: Tydings 1101, UMD

Members of Community Roots with art.

OCCUPY DC, ongoing

After watching the uprisings in the Arab Spring, people in the United States are pissed off and taking back power over their own lives.  The occupation has spread to 245 cities across the country, including in Baltimore and DC.

New York:

5,000 people have taken to the streets in New York to Occupy Wallstreet since September 17.  In the Declaration of the Occupation of New York, the General Assembly proclaimed:

our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.

Occupy Wall St. takes the Brooklyn Bridge (Oct 1), 700 arrested

Baltimore:

Baltimore began their occupation yesterday at McKeldin Fountain (the corner of Pratt and Light) and has been going strong!

Washington, DC:

Occupy DC began on Sunday at McPherson Square.  There are daily General Assemblies (open to everyone!) at 12PM & 6PM, as well as marches at 9AM & 5PM.

Tomorrow, a second occupation begins in DC as part of Stop the Machine! Create a New World!  This occupation marks the end of the first decade of the latest US invasion of Afghanistan.  They are meeting Thursday noon at Freedom Plaza (across from the white house) for a rally and concert.  OccupyDC will be joining together for this action!  Cmon y’all, lets get free!!

Justice at Maryland Interest meeting, Oct 5

If you’ve heard about the widespread racism and sexual abuse on the University of Maryland campus and you want to join the fight back, come to a coalition meeting tonight at 6pm.   We’ll be discussing concrete actions to support UMD workers.

Take a look at our website, JusticeatMaryland.com, to see what we’ve done in the past and check out this article about our coalition.  As workers, students, staff and community members we’ve been working hard and would love to have your help and input.  Only together can we fight back and win our collective liberation.
When: Wednesday, October 5, 6pm
Where: lobby of Art-Soc building, UMD

Red megaphone with "!!!!" -- speak out against racism and sexual assault at UMD!

Tar Sands Oil Sit-In Aug 20- Sep 3

Join the badass two weeks of civil disobedience against the Tar Sands Pipeline, an environmental and corporate disaster that causes harm to all of us, especially the indigenous populations of Alberta.  The organizers request that if you plan to participate, you set aside at least 3 days- one for training, one for action, and one for possible legal consequences.

Click here for more information!

When: Saturday August 20 through Saturday, September 3

Where: the White House fences