Monday September 29th – Migrant Children Vigil and Call to Action!

On Monday, September 29th, University of Maryland students are organizing a vigil and march on the White House for the migrant children of Central America imprisoned in detention centers here in the United States.

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A vigil is a somber space to express support on an issue or person/s in need of assistance. The vigil in support of the child migrants has been ongoing at St. John’s Church since early July, and different organizations and universities host a vigil every Monday. Starting at 6:30PM, we will have a series of guest speakers including student testimonies, music, and performances to show our solidarity with migrant children. See the facebook event page here – > UMD Unity Quilt, Vigil and March

These children are being detained in facilities that resemble dog kennels, without adequate access to food, healthcare, blankets, or books. These conditions are dehumanizing! not only metaphorically, but literally. We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us and no person is illegal simply based on where they were born. People have been moving across the Americas for thousands of years. Movement is a part of life and freedom, and this event is part of the movement to address this injustice. We will also proudly present our growing quilt that expresses solidarity of all UMD students, faculty, and staff that stand behind the migrant children.

A UMD Charter Bus is leaving STAMP Student Union at 5:00PM and returning to campus by 8:30PM (contact plumas.umd@gmail.com to reserve your seat!). The students will be assembling at St. John’s Episcopal Church (1525 H St NW DC) at 6:00PM and the vigil starts at 6:30PM.

Check out the month of action planned by PLUMAS (A Latino Social Justice Student Group)!

Presenting the 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide! (color-print version)

Now presenting . . . (drum roll ….wait, drum roll! not “drum circle”) THE 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide!

This year’s Guide is the product of the work of dozens of students, workers, activists, artists, writers, poets, collaborators, comrades, and friends – from the University of Maryland and beyond – organized by RadicalRush and students in Co-op Housing University of Maryland, with support of dozens more mentors, housemates, friends, and family.

An extended online version with more articles and original content is coming soon! THANKS SO MUCH to all the people that made this possible and to every contributor who sent content, ideas, love, and support to make this zine great!

Disorientation Guide Cover by Savannah Staubs, 2014

Disorientation Guide Cover by Savannah Staubs, 2014

Click on the image above or click here to read our zine! 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide (Color – Print Version) #disorient2K14

Shout-out to all of our amazing people who made donations: Abishek Gopal, Avid Antonelli, Charles Imwold, Cici Bisogno, Corey Rennolds, Tim Dawson, and our anonymous contributors as well! Immortals will appear in the upcoming extended version online guide! 😀
If you would like to contribute to help us print hard-copy zines for incoming students at the First Look Fair or make future disorientation guides possible, please click on our link and make a donation. We have neat personalized prizes for donators too! Have a radical year! – UMD Radical Rush and Disorientation Guide

Excerpt From UMD Disorientation Guide – Coming Wednesday at First Look Fair

Did you generally get the impression there was something missing from your new student orientation? Well your intuition served you well because there is a lot more to campus and campus-life than meets the eye. This is an excerpt from the upcoming 2014-15 UMD! Look for them at UMD’s First Look Fair tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday Sept. 17th-18th on McKeldin Mall.

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If you want to make sure you and your friends get copies. Please consider making a donation to our online fundraiser so we can keep printing! Indiegogo/UMD_Disorientation.

Follow ACT_UMD on twitter or RadicalRushUMD on facebook for more information on where to find a physical copy and when the online version is released. #disorient2K14

Students Call For Tuition Freeze at University of Maryland – RALLY FRIDAY

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh has been advocating for more funding and improvements that will increase quality, affordability, and accessibility to higher education at College Park. Yet, the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents and State of Maryland General Assembly cut funding for higher education once again resulting in another 3% tuition hike for USM schools.

**Note: President Loh has not indicated support for the demonstration, or the demands of demonstrators**

President Loh poster, modified per request of UMD AVP of Marketing and Communications

President Loh poster, modified per request of UMD AVP of Marketing and Communications

 

Student-Labor-Action Project – SLAP

 

It is obvious that budgets are being balanced disproportionately on the backs of students, and we cannot allow this to happen. While many hike-apologists cite more severe tuition hikes at other public institutions as an excuse for complacency, we believe access to quality education is a right, not a privilege, and thus any hike is a move in the wrong direction.  Young people today are faced with particularly grim chances of finding a job where they can earn enough money to live a comfortable life, and most employers now require a 4 year degree at a bare minimum. To attain a job paying a livable wage, bypassing College is not a real option. Students who don’t come from wealthy backgrounds are paying for school with student loans, acquiring debt that will take decades to pay off – student debt has surged to over $1.2 Trillion dollars becoming a major national financial problem. A 3% tuition hike will mean an approximate increase of $650 annually for in-state tuition. Along with fees, high book-costs, sky-high housing and food costs, and ever-lurking DOTS parking enforcement officers, students will be burdened even more – particularly poor and low-income students.

Education should be free, and a 3% tuition hike is no compromise. That’s why we are demanding the Board of Regents and the Maryland General Assembly compromise with President Loh and UMD students to (i) implement a 3-year TUITION FREEZE, and (ii) make public the contract between the campus bank, Capital One, and the University.

The student rally is Friday April 25th 11:00 a.m. in front of the Administration Building. 

Let’s present a united front to #SLAPTheHikes and #SLAPdebt and show the Board of Regents and Maryland state legislators that we’re serious about improving access to education!

University of Maryland Students – “TUITION FREEZE, NOW!”

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NEW STUDENT GROUP SET TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN ON STUDENT DEBT AND FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY AT UMD

DEMANDS:
We are demanding (1) the University of Maryland Administration publicly support a 3- year tuition freeze, and (2) make public the financial relationship to CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL CORPORATION to ensure financial transparency and accountability, particularly as it pertains to student loans.

Their FIRST DIRECT ACTION is 11AM FRIDAY APRIL 25th in front of the Administration Building!

Come out and SLAP the hikes!

See their facebook link for more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/441048006026921/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

March in Solidarity with Occupy Oakland Against Police Brutality, Nov 2

Join OccupyDC on Wednesday, November 2nd at 4 pm to march to the Department of Justice to demand justice for Occupy Oakland in the wake of horrific police brutality unleashed against hundreds of American citizens exercising their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.

Why march?

MARCH because the police brutality unleashed on Occupy Oakland and in Occupy communities everywhere is unacceptable.

MARCH because we refuse to bear the burden of the economic crisis, while the banks and the financial firms that caused it get bailed out with over a trillion dollars of taxpayer money.

MARCH for an economy that prioritizes the needs of the 99%, not the greed and profit of the 1%.

MARCH to end corporate donation and fulfill the promise of true democracy in our world.

Bring your family, coworkers, and friends to McPherson Square (15th and K st NW) at 4 pm on Wednesday November 2nd to demand justice and an end to police brutality!  Click here for the facebook event!

When: Wednesday, November 2 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: From McPherson Square to the Department of Justice

Occupy protesters run from tear gas deployed by police at 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday. Darryl Bush/AP.

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!!