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Education Rights Campaign Confronts the UW Board of Regents: “Education is a Right! No Tuition Hike!
The Education Rights Campaign at UWM will confront the UW Board of Regents meeting this Thursday to demand administrators vote “No” to the proposed 5.5% tuition hike.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – June 10, 2010 — Students, faculty, and staff will protest the UW Board of Regents meeting at UWM this Thursday to demand an end to tuition hikes and budget cuts. They will also demand that administrators give amnesty to students who speak out for education rights, including the 16 education rights activists arrested in March.
The protest will be outside the Board of Regents meeting in the UWM Library on Thursday June 10th at 11am. The regents have refused to allocate even one minute for students and faculty to speak before the regents as they attempt to raise tuition.
The Education Rights Campaign will confront the Board of Regents because they are responsible for doubling tuition at the UW system in just ten years. As the UW system faces $174million in cuts, students and staff who are forced to take the burden of the cuts are demanding that high paid administrators take cuts from their six-figure salaries instead of approving yet another tuition hike.
“The 16 students who were arrested for protesting outside Chancellor Santiago’s office have not been silenced, and we will take our message to the Board of Regents” said Paul Sickel, of the Milwaukee 16. “The administration is focusing their efforts on tackling students who protest tuition hikes instead of tackling the financial problems facing our university.”
The Education Rights Campaign is a coalition of over 20 student and faculty organizations at UWM who demand an immediate end to budget cuts, a tuition freeze, and increased money for need based aid.
Education Rights Campaign
Education is a Right! No Tuition Hike!
Below is a statement from the national Campaign for Education Rights:
Protest on Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Join students and youth across the country on Tuesday, November 10 as we raise our voices to demand an end to budget cuts, layoffs, and tuition hikes, and to say loud and clear: “Education is a right!”
Universities across the country are in a serious crisis. Many universities are responding to economic shortfalls by cutting vital university programs such as scholarships, women’s centers, and even jobs. Administrators are raising already unmanageable tuition and fees, while forcing staff to take furloughs.
Rising tuition, textbook prices, and extra fees, have made access to education even more challenging for poor, working class, immigrant, and oppressed nationality students. Many of these students depend on financial aid, or loans from bailed out banks that are now refusing to help low-income students pay for education. These attacks on working people are unacceptable, and must end.
We will not stand by while the rich are bailed out on the backs of students and workers. It is time for our generation to stand up to the plate and build a better future for ourselves and our children. Across the country, campuses are fighting back: from the historic walkouts and ongoing mass mobilizations at the University of California, to the Save our School campaign at the University of Minnesota, to the struggles against education cuts at Middle Tennessee State University, and at all points in between. Now is the time to carry the momentum forward into a nationwide movement for education rights.
We need to fight for the right to earn a living wage, the right to housing and healthcare, the right of self-determination, and the right to higher education for all people.
Send us your endorsements and let us know what you’ll be doing on November 10. Organize a local action, teach-in, protest, or march, or contact us to find out what actions are happening near you.
Contact us at email@example.com, or visit our blog: http://educampaign.wordpress.com/
Campaign for Education Rights
Network to Fight for Economic Justice
October 25, 2009
National Day of Protest for Education Rights: November 10th 2009
As the U.S. continues to try and bail out the failing banks with billions of taxpayer dollars, universities across the country are in crisis. Many universities are responding to economic shortfalls by cutting vital university programs such as scholarships, women’s centers, and even jobs. These administrators are rising already skyrocketed tuition and fees, while forcing staff to take furloughs. Meanwhile, many administrator positions are increasing, and administrators are making more money than ever. All this, while the U.S. government wages two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, supports apartheid in Palestine, and continue to fund death squads in Colombia.
We as students and youth need to rise up and say: enough is enough! We will not stand by while the rich are bailed out on the backs of students and workers. The brave students in the University of California system have been fighting against these cuts with walk-outs and occupations that have united students, faculty and staff alike. We need to carry this momentum forward with a united, national student day of action where campuses across the country can rally against unjust cuts to needed programs, against cuts to staff, and against tuition hikes that would make college access even more challenging for poor, working class, immigrant and oppressed nationality students.
Therefore, we are calling for a National Day of Student Action for Education Rights – to happen on November 10th – where campuses take action against cuts and tuition hikes and for education rights. Money for Jobs and Education, Not War and Occupation!
Welcome to the UWM Education Rights Campaign blog. We are a coalition of Faculty, Students and Staff who are concerned with the unjust budget cuts and tuition hikes affecting our school. On November 10th, 2009 we will be participating in a national day of action against these types of cuts that are affecting schools and universities across the country.