Planned actions during the "Education is NOT for $A£€ - Global Week of Action"

Overview of actions and protests planned for the "Education is NOT for $A£€ - Global Week of Action".

Please report, whatever you are willing to share with the world, what you are preparing on doing for the week of action.

Simply leave a comment in here or send a message to: united.for.education[at]gmail.com and I will publish your plans here.

~ One World - One Struggle ~

Halle/Saale (Germany)

This just came in from a group in Halle/Saale (Germany):

Video Conference:

We might organize a "general" assembly on 5 November and would (in case we do) like to participate in the video conference!

Current state of planning:

  • From 9 - 12 November:
    - one information event per day (lectures & discussions) two speakers confirmed. (one on the discourse of Bologna, the other on the concept of lifelong learning)
    - late-night film screenings
    - hot spiced wine + information during the day at our campus
  • 13 November: maybe "reclaim your university" / "rave against bachelor" party
  • 18 November: maybe general assembly on the German Rectors' Conference and demonstration

Update: the final program can be accessed here.

Toronto (Canada)

I just received the following announcement:

Letter to International Students Movement

In solidarity of the Education is Not For $A£€ - Global Week of Action, the Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS) at the University of Toronto (in Canada) will host its second Free Education Week.

Our first one was held in May 2009 and was a huge success; it sparked much enthusiasm for another week of free workshops and lectures relevant to the concerns of the part-time student community. A central theme to this initiative is how necessary and possible free post-secondary education is.

Our next Free Education Week will be in November in Toronto. We also hope to co-host sessions with other universities (we are still working on establishing contacts with other groups nationally).

The format will be similar to the one we hosted in May 2009, with one or two sessions per day, covering a broad range of issues. Topics included: Free Education is Possible; From Medicalization to Social Models of Disability; Worker Rights; Corporatization and Environmental Consequences; African Canadian Womyn and the Radical Tradition; Creating a Sustainable Food System; Don’t Play Games with our Priorities: No Pan Am Games!; Education Through Art; and Imbizo III: African Centred Mathematics.

Leading up to our second Free Education Week, we hosted a screening of the film Dream Tower. This is a 45-minute documentary about a free education project initiated by UofT students in the late 1960s. The building on the southeast corner of Huron and Bloor Streets was known as Rochdale College and was purchased by Campus Co-Op. Students had complete autonomy of the six-million-dollar college and offered free classes with alternative structures, degrees that could be purchased in a short period of time and a free community radio station. It survived for seven years – from 1968 to 1975 – until it was shut down by police. The film screening took place on Thursday October 8 in the UTAC (UofT Art Centre) Lounge at 6:30pm.


For details please visit FreeEducationWeek.blogspot.com

EDUCATION IS A RIGHT!!!

San Diego (U.S. of A.)

On Nov. 5th we are planning a Student Walkout at San Diego State University (In California, USA).

We are protesting recent budget cuts that took $600 billion from the CSU system and $47 million from SDSU. In response, the Professional Studies and Fine Arts School cut the Arts, Art History and Design Department by 20% this year and next year we expect more cuts.
We are marching from the Art Department to the PSFA office, to the steps of the Administration Building carrying clay skulls which we will deposit on the steps of the Administration Building. The skulls represent our losses after the cuts (600 faculty cut from SDSU, and 100 Art classes to be cut next year).

San Francisco (U.S. of A.)

"Hey all,

we at San Francisco State University are planning a rally and sit-in on Tuesday, Nov. 17th.

Our tuition was increased by a staggering 32% this semester and will most likely go further up
next semester.
Nevertheless, hundreds of classes were cut and numerous lecturers were not hired this semester.
Students had a hard time getting into classes they need, many lost their financial aid because they
could not get the necessary amount of units, and still others could not come to school at all this semester.

However, our so-called student government and the administration is trying to push through a project
to build a $93 Million Recreation center, which, when approved, will increase student fees again!

And on top of all this:
From our university's website:
"As a result [of the California budget crisis], all CSU [California State Universities]
campuses have been directed that they may not accept any admission applications for the
Spring 2010 term for any enrollment category."

We are a group of organizers here on campus and we're trying to increase awareness and
get a movement going here at SF State."

Zagreb (Croatia)

The follwoing message was sent during the last international chat meeting:

"Preperations in Zagreb (Croatia) have started. Student activists met from many different faculties and cities two weeks ago. It still needs to be decided, if there will be occupations.
More occupations might happen around Nov.23rd. Currently activists in Zagreb are focussing on networking with other cities."

Berlin (Germany)

A general assembly will take place at the Technical University of Berlin at 2pm on Nov.12th.

Sierra Leone

The National Youth Coalition Students' Assembly (NYCSA) is planning to commemorate the "Global Week of Action" from Nov15-21st due to local circumstances.

Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)

Groups in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia) met a few times recently and disucssed how to join the protests during the GWA. They decided to go ahead and try to occupy the College of Philosophy, despite the short time since their last protest on Oct.20th. Public discussions on the GWA, the "Bologna Process" and the struggle against tuition fees are being prepared as well. Most of this will take place on Nov.17th.
Furthermore a flashmob is being prepared for some time during the GWA.

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UPDATE: The group decided NOT to go ahead with the occupation after all. Instead they will have flashmobs, public discussions on the importance of free and emancipatory public education and "live" music.

~ Independent student movement - Sloboden Indeks (Free Index)

Germany

There will be demonstrations and other actions across Germany on Nov.17th.

Lists of protests announced:

Tübingen
Kundgebung um 16.00 Uhr an der Neuen Aula, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz

Heidelberg
Demo ab 12.00 Uhr, Zentralmensa Uni Heidelberg

Stuttgart
morgen evtl. spontane Schüler_innendemo

Ulm
10.00 Uhr Demo ab HBF

Konstanz
Mobilisiert zum 21.11. zur Landesweiten Demonstration in Stuttgart

Bayreuth
Demo am 17.11., Start: 14:00 am Rondell auf dem Uni-Gelände,
Endkundgebung: gegen 16:00 vor dem Rathaus auf dem Luitpoldplatz.

München
9h Kundgebung U-Bahnhaltestelle "Universität"
10h Demo  Reden von:
Studis,Schülis,Azubis,Eltern,

Erziehern

Eichstätt
Besetzung der kath. Uni

Würzburg
Aktion erst am 1.12.

Nürnberg
Demo 11.30 Lorenzkirche

Regensburg
17.11. eine Kundgebung im zentralen Hörsaalgebäude.
SchülerInnen, Elternvertreter und Studierende werden sprechen.
Am 18.11. gibt es einen Flashmob, Vollversammlung ist 14:00h

Passau
Kundgebung beginnt um 12.00 Uhr auf dem Mensavorplatz. Anschließend Demo durch die Stadt.

Coburg
Kundgebung Schlossplatz, ev. Demo.

Berlin
17.11.:Pk um 9.00 Uhr aller Berliner Hochschulen in der FU im Hörsaal 1a
Demo ab 11.00 Uhr, Rotes Rathaus

Potsdam
Demonstration, 10.00 Uhr ab Neuer Lustgarten

Hamburg
Kundgebung ab 16.30 Uhr ab Ida-Ehre-Platz
Zusammenarbeit mir Kitas, Gewerkschaften, LehrerInnen Profs, Studis, Schülis.
Besetzung wird andauern.

Marburg, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Kassel fahren nach Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden
Demo ab 11.00 Uhr, HBF. Ende: Kundgebung, Luisenplatz.

Rostock
Kundgebung geplant

Greifswald
Flashmob geplant

Münster
Kundgebung ab 15.00 Uhr, Domplatz, Demo ab 16.00 Uhr.

Ibbenbüren
Demo zwischen 8.00 und 9.00 Uhr ab HBF

Paderborn
heute Abend Podiumsdiskussion im Audimax

Essen
Demonstration, 10.00 Uhr ab Uni Campus

Duisburg
SchülerInnendemo

Dortmund
Kundgebung ab 16:00 Katharinenstr.
"Aktionstag" mit Musik, Reden, Flashmobs, Filme & Videos aus Schulen

Bochum
Kundgebung ab 14.00 Uhr ab HBF, zahlriche Flashmobs

Düsseldorf
Demo ab HBF, 11.00 Uhr.

Köln
Demonstration, Schüler ab Schillergym. 9.00 Uhr 9.30 Uhr gemeinsam mit
den Studis ab Albertus-Magnus-Platz (Uni-Campus), 16.00 Vollversammlung

Aachen
Demo ab 13.00 Uhr ab Elisenbrunnen

Bonn
Demo 9.00 Uhr, ab Kaiserplatz (Nähe HBF), Ende: Marktplatz.

Bielefeld
15:00 Uhr Demonstration ab Rathaus

Wuppertal
12:00 Karlsplatz Demonstration

Krefeld/Mönchengladbach
Seit 1 Woche besetzt Raum V1 neben Audimax
Gründung "WG V1" mobilisieren nach Düsseldorf

Soltau-Fallingsbostel
mobilisiert nach Hannover

Hildesheim
Demo ab 12.00 Uhr, An der Lilie, hinterm Rathaus, gemeinsam mit Gewerkschaften, danach Volxxküche in einem Hörsaal,

Lüneburg
Uni ist besetzt, vielleicht Demo

Hannover
zwei Demonstrationen
a) 11.55 Uhr ab Opernplatz
b) 12.00 Uhr ab Steintorplatz
Arbeiten mittlerweile mit Schulen, Kitas und Hochschulen zusammen

Northeim
(gehen nach Göttingen)

Trier
Vollversammlung um 13.00 Uhr

Magdeburg
Flashmob um 8.30 Uhr

Flensburg
Vollversammlung um 10.00 Uhr im Audimax, Demo ab Audimax um 12.00 Uhr,

Kiel
18.11. Demo, weil Landtagspalamentssitzung
GEW, DGB-Jugend, Azubis

Jena
Demo um 10.00 Uhr ab Uni-Campus

Weimar
Mittwoch ist Vollversammlung an der Uni um 13.30 in der Mensa oder im Audimax

Switzerland

Activists in Geneva (Switzerland) want to organize a big "live-stream" conference with other universities in other countries on Nov.16th. Details here.

On Nov.17th they plan to call for a big demonstration together with other groups and educational institutions.

Various protests - among demonstrations - are being prepared in Basel, Bern and Zürich as well.

California (U.S. of A.)

Statewide week of action in California (U.S. of A.) from Nov.16-20th.

Most universities are preparing actions [sit-ins, teach-ins, rallies, ect.] for Nov.18th.

Groups at Berkeley University, Santa Cruz UC and others are calling for strikes on Nov.18th & 19th.

UCStrike.com

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* BLOCK PARTY! *

In solidarity with the University of California strike: ucstrike.com

FREE SHIT! LOUD MUSIC! SKATEBOARDING DOGS!

Meet in Washington Square Park, under the Arches

Bring boomboxes, friends, and "Party Supplies"!

event page on facebook

Italy

A high school students week of action is also being prepared in Italy during the same time frame.
Demonstrations all over Italy are to take place on Nov.17th.

The protests are supported by the Unione degli Universitari (UdU) and the Unione Degli Studenti (UdS).

Poland

Announced during an international chat meeting:


"In Poland we are planning on 17th a similar action in 7 cities on the same time. It will be called "Alarm for Education". People are asked to bring some things that make noise and come in front of the Universities."

Basel (Switzerland)

A day of action is being prepared by groups in Basel for Nov.11th (Wednesday).

U.S. of A.

SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) is supporting the National Day of Action for Education Rights on November 10, part of the" Education is NOT for $A£€ - Global Week of Action '09". The following press release is from organizers of the November 10 Education Rights action in the U.S.

NewSDS.org

Budapest (Hungary)

Groups in Budpapest are preparing a demonstration to the Austrian embassy on Nov.12th to express their solidarity with the occupations across universities in Austria and unite with them in the struggle for free and emancipatory public education.

Edit: The demonstration has been re-scheduled to tuesday (Nov.17th).

Utrecht (the Netherlands)

Received the following message by mail:

"Actions planned from 10 to November 12th: On Thuesay the 10th there will be a grand opening of the Week of Action in Utrecht, with a banner drop reading "Education is NOT for $A£€" and a rally with music, info and soap box on the campus grounds.

We're organizing a lecture "University for sale?!" and two "Open Space" meetings to open up the debate about how education would be if it where up to students. We're setting up an info-stand for all week long to keep people updated on the international student movements."

Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Yesterday on the 9th of November a meeting took place uniting all groups struggling for student rights.
The plan was made to have an open for all discussion about problems of education in a public place. Those are the Faculty of Arts on the 11th of November and probably the Faculty of Social Sciences on the 12th. Although it is planned to disturb a speech held by the minister of defence on the 12th.

Marburg (Germany)

The "Initiative Bildungsstreik Marburg" prepared a whole program for the Global Week of Action. It includes flashmobs, discussions, seminars and a demonstration on Nov.16th.

bildungsstreik-marburg.de

Sierra Leone

"As the National Youth Coalition Students' Assembly-Sierra Leone engages in programmes for the Global Week of Action and plans to commemorate the International Day of Students on the 17th November 2009, it is but important for you to know that the Fourah Bay College- University of Sierra Leone Students Union have plan to stage a peaceful demonstration on Monday, 16th November 2009 against the college administration for the rapid increase in fees.

Regards.

Mohamed kanneh
Sierra Leone"

Indonesia

"GWA ACTION PLAN – LMND PRM Indonesia

>>Our plan to commemorate Int’l Student Day
We’re now working on mobilising groups in campuses in every city where LMND PRM exist across Indonesia for the National Demonstrations

>> Yogyakarta Agenda
In Yogyakarta, we’re spreading the announcement thru posters and spreading the flyers in campuses to join:
1.A sort of pre-condition of ISD commemoration.
We’ll hold Public Discussion
-Mercubuana University of Yogyakarta ( at the end of the week)
2. Nov 17th Demonstration as part of GWA
Tuesday, 9-11 a.m at the Roundabout of Gajah Mada
Technical Meeting will be held on Sat, 14th of Nov 2009
Besides Yogyakarta, Makassar (Sulawesi) and Samarinda (Borneo) had confirmed their participations for Nov 17th.

For many other regions we're still waiting for their confirmations.But it is likely that Palu (Sulawesi), Ternate (Maluku) and Madura will participate too."

Copenhagen (Denmark)

Students at the University of Copenhagen are planning to occupy the Institute of Sociology beginning on Wednesday, Nov.18th.

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

"On Nov 17th BSU (Bangladesh Students' Union) of Jagannath University wull display some images of student movements on their campus.

On Nov 18th we are preparing for a big protest and rally on Dhaka University campus.
On that day we will also organise a film show."

10.00 am picture display
11 am rally and demonstration in dhaka
university
6.00 pm film and the footage of actions will be shown in public by multimedia projector

France

High school protests across France are expected on Nov.17th to resist a new reform which will introduce a "two-class" education system.

Demonstrations in at least 26 cities. Almost all 3,000 high schools are involved!

http://www.frontdeluttepourleducation.fr

Neuquen (Argentina)

A Presentation of the GWA and the ISM took place on last friday the 13th with students from europe, presenting also some movies about the students-struggles worldwide, in the university of Neuquen "Universidad del Comahue" in front of the autonomous "Barcito". Also took place at the same time a congress of autonomous spaces.
The presentation went well and now we hope that some student groups will also join the worldwide network.

New York (U.S. of A.)

The following press release was sent to me:

PRESS RELEASE:

CCNY Rally Against Budget Cuts to CUNY
November 17, 2009 +138 St. & Amsterdam Ave.+ 12:30 PM – 2 PM

Governor Paterson recently approved budget cuts to CUNY colleges.
With these proposed cuts ($53 Million to CUNY’s Budget and $90 Million
to SUNY’s Budget) our tuition will certainly be hiked (again), and
further arbitrary standards will be implemented to restrict
enrollment. Already, the City College of New York's school of liberal
arts and sciences has raised the minimum SAT score requirement for
admissions. Thirty six million will be cut to HESC (New York State’s
Higher Education Services Corporation) which funds TAP (Tuition
Assistance Program - NY State funded financial aide) and enables
thousands of underprivileged NY residents to pursue higher education.

Historically, the CUNY system has been a place for those who would not
otherwise have access to higher education and its benefits. The
infrastructure of this country must include accessible education as a
way of challenging the status quo, which is why these budget cuts,
tuition hikes, and enrollment restrictions need to be adamantly
opposed. CUNY's students and surrounding community agree on this issue
and think that the constant cuts to higher, and primary education will
lead to an uncertain, and frankly, an unjust future.

We are expecting a large (approx. 300 people) turnout (if weather permits).

CCNY Rally Against Budget Cuts to CUNY
November 17, 2009 +138 St. & Amsterdam Ave.+ 12:30 PM – 2 PM

The Morales/Shakur Center+NAC 3/201+ccnystudentunion@gmail.com +212-650-5008

BELOW IS A COPY OF OUR GREVENCES & DEMANDS SPECIFIC TO CCNY & TO CUNY:

SO FAR THE CCNY ADMINISTRATION HAS:
*RAISED OUR TUITION
*CUT STUDENT SERVICES/SUPPORT
*TAKEN AWAY ALL OUR CLUB SPACES
*ELIMINATED THE BLACK STUDIES DEPT
*DENIED ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS

OUR DEMANDS ARE:
*NO MORE TUITION HIKES, BUDGET CUTS, OR LAY OFFS
*PAY CUTS AND SALARY CAP IMPLEMENTATION FOR ADMINISTRATION
*FREE & QUALITY CHILDCARE FOR ALL STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF
*NO NEW CAPITAL EXPANSION AT THE EXPENSE OF ACCESSIBLE & QUALITY EDUCATION
*CURRICULUM & DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE REFLECTIVE OF THE STUDENT BODY...
-BLACK STUDIES, QUEER & GENDER STUDIES, ASIAN & PACIFIC STUDIES, &
CARIBBEAN & LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
*IMMEDIATE EFFORTS TO MAKE THE ETHNIC & CULTURAL COMPOSITION OF THE
FACULTY TO RESEMBLE THAT OF THE STUDENT BODY
*MORE PERMANENT STUDENT SPACE ON CAMPUS DEDICATED ONLY TO THE USE OF
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
*STUDENTS, FACULTY, & STAFF TO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE DECISIONS
THROUGH REFERENDUM HEARINGS ON ADMISSIONS, CURRICULUM, & BUDGET
POLICIES AT CCNY

The Morales/Shakur Center+NAC 3/201+ccnystudentunion@gmail.com +212-650-5008

Zaragoza (Spain)

Event against the privatisation of higher education and in Solidarity with victims of repression in Barcelona on Nov.17th.


Illinois (U.S. of A.)

Received the following in my inbox on Nov.16th:

"The Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) went on strike today in order to secure tuition waivers. We will continue to strike and picket tomorrow as we return to the bargaining table with the administrations. For more information, please reply to this mail or visit http://uigeo.org "

"Today, the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) in Champaign-Urbana,
Illinois, USA, went on strike against the University of Illinois
Administration for its refusal to guarantee tuition waivers in our new
contract.  As our press release states, cutting tuition waivers would
make graduate education untenable for all but the most affluent
students.  We had over 1000 people on the picket lines today, and will
be standing in solidarity with you when we go out again tomorrow.  We
hope that our administration will see that we will not watch idly as
they try to corporatize and privatize our university.

For more information, see our website at http://uigeo.org , or the press release at
http://www.uigeo.org/2009/11/15/for-immediate-release-uiuc-graduate-employees-organization-to-strike-over-tuition-waiver-security"

Toronto (Canada)

"What: Townhall to discuss the Faculty's Academic Review
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Hart House East Common Room- UofT

**please note the location change**

The Faculty of Arts and Science is currently in the process of conducting a review of all programs and departments. This review is primarily to evaluate future funding of departments and programs including Health Studies, Equity Studies, Area Studies and Women and Gender Studies.

We have already seen how the Transitional Year Programme, Disability Studies, History and Philosophy of Education @ OISE and Health studies are facing imminent threats. These have taken the form of budget cuts, administrative disassembly and the refusal to renew faculty contracts.

Of particular concern is the emphasis on principles outlined in the Towards 2030 report (http://www.towards2030.utoronto.ca/synth.html). Some of these principles include the deregulation of tuition fees, the privatization of campus space, and the corporatization of research.

The Health Studies Students' Union and the Equity Studies Students' Union are organizing a student Town Hall to discuss the potential vulnerability of small, interdisciplinary programs, especially those that emphasize the importance of access, equity and critical thinking.

By Spring 2011, the Faculty will be deciding which programs are to continue receive funding from the University, and which are not.

Students, their course unions and the community at large must be heard throughout these processes.

Please come out to the Hart House East Common Room on November 17th at 2 pm to discuss potential student mobilization in response to these undemocratic processes currently being undertaken by the Faculty."

Barcelona (Catalunya)

12th November - The Student's Assembly of the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Barcelona organized a day of discussion about "Art, education, and repression"

14th November - In the Free University La Rimaia, a discussion about the alternatives to the economic crisis was organized, with the participation of the ICEA (Institut Ciències Econòmiques i de l'Autogestió)

18th November - A spontaneous demonstration coursed the center of Barcelona, from Plaça Universitat to Passeig de Gràcia, to protest against the repression of the Student's Movement

Casablanca (Morocco)

12th November - The "Club Conscience Etudiant" organized the presentation of 2 videos: 1) about the ecological crisis; 2) about the International Student's Movement, followed by a debate.

13th November - The "Club Conscience Etudiant" organized a debate on the privatization of education in Morocco and Worldwide. In addition, an exhibition of books was prepared in the University Hassan II.