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Oppose the Right Wing/Republican assault on students, unions, and the American Dream.
Students are needed to  build a resistance!
Participate in   The Virtual Teach In with Cornel West and Frances Fox Piven.
April 5.  11 Am. ( Pacific Time)
University Union. CSU- Sacramento. Sponsored by DSA and the Progressive Alliance.

The teach in gives us an opportunity to connect the struggles in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, etc. to the budget struggles in California.   The  statewide California events on April 13 will focus on the higher education and the California budget.  It is important that many people see the budget cuts in a wider perspective.

There are teach ins planned for over twenty campuses around the nation.

If you wish to create your own virtual teach in, here is a guide.

HOW TO ORGANIZE A PARTICIPATING TEACH-IN ON YOUR CAMPUS
Please join us in organizing this event and building a progressive social movement to fight the destructive power of corporate greed. College campuses around the country will be linked to the New York City teach-in via the Internet. Anyone with a connection can participate. After the web cast, each campus will have its own discussion of how students can join with unions and community organizations to escalate their own local campaigns.
It’s easy to take part. All you need to do is:
Reserve a room with WIFI or an Ethernet connection to receive the webcast feed, and to make sure that you have audiovisual capability to make it available to the audience. The room reservation for Tuesday April 5, 2011, should be for several hours across the afternoon (or starting at 11:00 am Pacific Coast Time). Allot time in your reservation for setting up and testing equipment and your Internet connection and to clean up afterward.
Identify a person who will take charge of the webcast hook-up from your end.
Identify a moderator, even if only to welcome people before the webcast.
Publicize the event. Use social media and seek coverage from local media including newspapers, student papers, radio stations and television.
Organize a few people to help set up and clean up afterwards.
And then add your own teach-in to the national program:
Invite local speakers and activists to address national or local topics following the webcast.
Identify local actions and organizing efforts around student debt, home foreclosures, predatory lending and other destructive actions by banks, increases in college tuition, the Dream Act, cuts in public services, daycare cutbacks, teacher lay-offs, attacks on unions etc. in which students and other community members can participate.
Seek co-sponsorship from student groups, local labor unions, churches and local activist organizations.
Prepare educational materials for distribution at the event and available online. Include information about national, state and local efforts opposing austerity and budget cuts.
Publicize the event—again.
As you develop your plans, please contact us for technical details about how to connect to the live webcast from New York City and that so we can help connect you to others in your area also planning events. Please see www.fightbackteachin.org.
Frances Fox Piven and Cornel West

March 17, 2011

The following is from our leaflet to build for April 5 and April 13.

The nation,  including California, is suffering a severe recession.  In this crisis  we need to rebuild the promise of California.  That promise is a good job for all,  the opportunity to have  a rewarding career, a decent life,  and the chance for a good education.  The budget cut mania  does not promote good jobs nor  rewarding   careers.  It only digs the hole deeper. Cutting k-12 and higher education makes the state economy  worse.
   The  economic crisis has already  forced the cutting of higher education, of k-12 education, and of social welfare systems.
What caused this crisis ? It was caused by the greed and avarice of the financial class and aided by the politicians of both major political parties.   The  major banks and corporations looted the economy creating an international meltdown.  Now, they have been rewarded with bail out money.  The crisis was not caused by students, teachers, public employees  nor recipients of social security.   We already suffer from  cuts in parks,  in universities, in nurses, libraries and police and fire  protection.
   The  continuing economic decline has had a devastating impact on the California budget- and the budgets of 42 other states.   Revenues have continued to plunge and  legislatures  made a series of deep cuts to virtually all of the state's programs, including the university systems.  Finance capital stole the future of many in this generation.
  For this year Governor Brown proposes a budget with  $14 billion in more cuts.  In addition, the Governor proposes ballot initiatives for June to extend the current tax rates for five more years.   Republicans are trying to keep these initiatives off the ballot.  If these taxes are not extended, the total cut to the budget will be some $26 billion dollars. The Governor’s  current budget proposal would reduce the state general funds allocated to the CSU to $2.29 billion in 2011/12, 12.5% less than the 2010/11 budget act –this on top of  over $4 billion in prior years’ cuts.   If the taxes are not extended, these cuts would at least double and tuition would increase by up to 50%.  These cuts would be devastating for students and working families.
   This fiscal crisis in the state did not fall from the sky; it resulted from the Great Recession and the looting of our economy by Wall Street and Corporate America.  The proposed budget cuts will only lengthen and deepen the Recession.  Some politicians claim that we can’t afford public education and good universities.  However, there is plenty of money to fund basic human services if we go where the money is; the rich who have gamed the system and accumulated vast wealth in the last three decades.
While  working people  are loosing their jobs in budget cuts, major corporations continue to use the rigged tax code to avoid paying any federal taxes at all. If  you pay a single dollar in taxes,  you’re paying more than the  combined income tax liability of GE, ExxonMobil, Citibank, and Bank of America.
Evan worse, the very wealthy such as the Koch Brothers, are using the budget crisis they created to attack union workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana.  Make no mistake about it- if they win in Wisconsin the fight will be brought to California.
Alternatives to painful  budget cuts
Repeal or tax the Republican/Obama Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest 5%.  This would generate about $8 billion annually in California.
Enforce the current law taxing sales of goods by out of state companies (such as Amazon) over the internet.  $1.2 billion.
Tax Oil Extraction when companies take our oil out of the ground.  Alaska, Louisiana, and Texas charge about 12.5%.   $10 billion.
Close Prop.13 Commercial Property Tax Loophole.  $7 billion annually.
Repeal the 2008 California  tax cuts given to corporations. $ 1 billion.
Cut the military budget by 30%.   $420 billion (nationally.) California’s share would be $42 billion.
Details of these proposals are here. http://choosingdemocracy.blogspot.com/...
Things you can do :
Participate in   The Virtual Teach In with Cornel West and Frances Fox Piven.
April 5.  11 Am. ( Pacific Time)
University Union. CSU- Sacramento. Sponsored by DSA and the Progressive Alliance.

Read. Inform yourself.  Join Sacramento DSA. https:/sites.google.com/site/sacramentodsa
Take Class Action.  Join the protests on April 13, 2011, at your nearest California State University campus.  
 Join with the  Campus Progressive Alliance to help to plan and carry out these demonstrations.
Defend Ethnic Studies.
Defend immigrant workers.

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