Defend CA Public Education
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Open Letter

Defend CA Public Education

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      Save CCSF

This Open Letter is an indispensable tool to reverse the attacks on public education in California. It gives the authorities an ultimatum: either cede to our demands or we will begin a massive wave of actions beginning on March 1, 2012.

Please help us gather hundreds of thousands of signatures, including from all major labor, student, and community organizations, by forwarding this out widely. Moreover, please begin organizing on the ground to make March  1, 2012 the start of the largest, most united, and most powerful wave of actions California has yet seen. 

(This Open Letter was first adopted by the Nov. 15 General Assembly of Occupy Cal, the largest GA in the history of the U.S. Occupy movement, with more than 5,000 students, faculty, and campus workers. For more information, contact )

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    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • C.V. Hamilton PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      In 1749, Benjamin Franklin wrote a pamphlet entitled Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania. There he declared:

      "The good education of youth has been esteemed by wise men of all ages as the surest foundation of the happiness both of private families and of the commonwealth. Almost all governments have therefore made it a principal object of their attention, to establish and endow with proper revenues, such seminaries of learning, as might supply the succeeding age with men qualified to serve the public with honor to themselves, and to their country."

      Thomas Jefferson wanted “national education” to be publicly funded. He said so in his Notes on the State of Virginia (1781) and again in his 1806 State of the Union address. He even advocated financial aid. In a Virginia state bill “for the more general diffusion of knowledge,” Jefferson wrote, “it becomes expedient for promoting the public happiness that those persons, whom nature has endowed with genius and virtue, should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive, and able to guard, the sacred deposits of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens, and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth, or other accidental condition or circumstance … sought for and educated at the common expense of all.”

    • Emanuel Preciado ESCONDIDO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Further Edukation!

      • over 2 years ago

      I've been hurt breaking up a fight at a CA high school as a Special Ed teacher. Denied workers comp, I have gone from secure to unknown in a few seconds. Im a disabled vet who thought helping would payoff on a societal level. I now know to affect change sometimes you have to go to war.

    • Carla Schick OAKLAND, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have been a public school teacher since 1987 and have witnessed the declining conditions in education at times when our students need more support than ever. I have also watched educational success become equated with high test scores rather than the development of critical thinking skills.

      We spend $40,000 a year for prisoners and less than $6,000 a year for our students. That is sheer stupidity. We need to invest in our future.

    • elisabeth lehrer CROCKETT, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Education is what makes this country strong and people self reliable. It keeps our country competitive and healthy. Education is the spine of a successful democracy. Keep our citizens educated!!!!!!


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