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[SDCPJ] CLC Endorsed October 7 National Day of Action and September 11 Planning Summit at SDSU

http://sdplanningcommittee.wordpress.com/about/

August 16, 2010

Lorena Gonzalez, Sec.-Treas.
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
3737 Camino del Rio South, Suite 403
San Diego, CA 92108
re: resolution in support of October 7 National Day of Action and
September 11 Planning Summit.

Secretary-Treasurer Gonzalez,

Please have the Resolutions Committee of the Executive Board review
the following from this Local for inclusion in the next Delegate
meeting, August 25, for consideration by the body.

Whereas there has been a long assault on the public sector in general
and public education in particular and

Whereas these attacks are often anti-union in motivation and

Whereas these attacks take the form of cuts in public services and
contracting-out and

Whereas neither the public nor service and education providers
warrant such attacks and

Whereas unions, government and the public served have resisted these
attacks for many years and

Whereas the great recession has intensified these attack including
their being a major factor in the upcoming elections

Be it resolved that the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
endorses the October 7 National Day of Action and a Planning Summit
to be held at San Diego State University on September 11th and
encourage its affiliates to send representatives to the latter and
turn out in mass for the former.
Fred Lonidier
President
UC-AFT San Diego Local 2034

Statewide Coordination Committee

October 7th Day of Action and October 30-31st Mobilizing Conference
In Defense of Public Education and Public Services

The historic actions, protests and strikes of last Fall and Spring showed our state and the nation that students, teachers, staff, and our communities are determined to fight against the cuts, layoffs, fee hikes, and the shrinking access to public education and services. However, our fight is far from over. On October 7th, supporters of public education plan to unite and demand accessible, affordable and quality education for all.

Public higher-education is an engine of economic growth that benefits all communities at large, but students of color across the nation are being tracked into non-academic programs while ethnic and multi-cultural classes are being cut. As public universities raise tuitions to the level of private institutions, students of all ethnicities are being denied access to higher-education on the basis of income- an economic barrier that disproportionately affects people of color.

The knowledge and innovation coming from graduates of state-supported universities create far more wealth in the state than the education's cost. Better educated citizens are shown to be more productive, pay higher taxes, create a stronger economy, and provide more jobs. Thus, it is important to seek out more revenue sources to support education and public institutions, rather than focusing on decreasing funding.

The politicians and administrators say there is no money for education and social services. But if there is money for tax cuts and prisons, why is there no money for public education? Schools are now suffering from inadequate staffing and pay-cuts. However, California's budget cuts are not only restricted to the education system. Our health services, public infrastructure, transportation and library systems will also continue to deteriorate. These issues are all intertwined. How do we stop the degeneration of California?

We, the people, have the democratic power to beat back these attacks and ensure that our public institutions effectively serve the public. But to do so, members of all regions and sectors ‚ adult-ed, students, workers, teachers, activists, unions, and community organizations ‚ must unite and take action on October 7th, and contribute our voices and thoughts to the October 30-31 conference at San Francisco State University to defend public education.

The purpose of the October 30-31 conference is to democratically propose demands, devise an action plan, and create a structure capable of defending public education and public services for the benefit of all.

We invite all supporters of education across the nation to attend and participate in the October 7th day of action and the October 30-31st conference. For more information, visit

The Statewide Coordination Committee

(Of the March 4th Movement)
SDSU M4 Committee <sdsu.m4committee@yahoo.com>
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