SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

San Francisco | Education & Student Activism | Front Page

Sun May 22 2011 (Updated 05/26/11) Teachers, Students, & Parents Signal they are Tired of Education Cuts, Ready to Fight Back
Thousands Rally to Defend Public Education in S.F. The California budget crisis continues to be played out on the backs of poor and working people. Billions of dollars have already been cut from education, healthcare and vital social services. Additional cuts will close more schools, community clinics, childcare facilities and services for the most vulnerable sick, disabled and elderly persons. The State continues to sacrifice programs that support communities in exchange for tax policies that favor the wealthy, corporations and the largest, costliest prison system in the world.

On May 13th, several thousand teachers, students, and parents rallied to defend public education in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza. Many participants said that they are tired of fighting education cuts every year and are now ready to fight back. The rally was sponsored by the California Teachers Association (CTA), the Parent Teachers Association (PTA), and student groups, amongst others. Labor unions and community organizations were also represented among the diverse crowd.

Gail Mendes, Secretary/Treasurer of CTA, exhorted the crowd and praised and thanked all those teachers, students and parents who protested throughout the past week of action across the state, including at the capitol building in Sacramento. She specifically praised those protesters who got arrested. Hydra Mendoza, President of the San Francisco Board of Education, also publicly thanked those who have been protesting saying, "you are making a difference."

videoVideo | photo Photos: 1 | 2 | CA State of Emergency

12/23/14 More Than Forty Animal Injuries Documented at Salinas Rodeo Over Last Two years   Animal Liberation | Santa Cruz Indymedia
12/11/14 Anti-Police Protests in Berkeley Swell Following Eric Garner Grand Jury Announcement   Police State and Prisons
12/11/14 Students and Community Members Pledge to Act Against UC Tuition Hikes   Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia
12/11/14 Santa Cruz Police Attempt to Sneak $250K 'Rescue Vehicle' Past Public   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
12/02/14 Mayfair Community Unites Around Issues of Health, Education, Labor, Food Safety   Health, Housing, and Public Services | South Bay
11/30/14 First Independent Media Center Kicked Off on N30 at Seattle WTO Protests in 1999   Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | International
11/30/14 Protests & Disruptions Erupt Nationwide After No Charges in Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism
11/21/14 Students Protest Tuition Increases, Class Size, Fewer Classes, Cuts to Services   Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia
11/18/14 Indybay Journalist Assaulted by Leon Panetta's Security; Protesters Banned from Bookstore   Anti-War | Santa Cruz Indymedia
11/18/14 Santa Cruz Biotechnology Charged Again with Violating Animal Welfare Act   Animal Liberation | Santa Cruz Indymedia
11/14/14 Rasmea Odeh Conviction Protested Across U.S. by Supporters and Human Rights Activists   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Palestine | Immigrant Rights