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Education not Incarceration Planning Meeting for January 31st Forum
by Jonah
Saturday Jan 17th, 2004 12:27 PM
Education not Incarceration Coalition Planning meeting: Tuesday, January 20th, 7-9PM, Neibel Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave (near the Ashby BART) to plan for the Education not Incarceration Forum to Organize
a Response to the State Budget, Saturday, January 31st, 11AM-1PM, Laney College. We are having our largest meetings in our existance right now!!!
Come be part of this movement.



Dear Parents, Educators, Students and Community Members:

School districts across California are being decimated by cuts in education. California spends more money per capita than any other state on prisons. It costs $35,000 per year to incarcerate an inmate, while public education spending is currently $7,000 per student. Class sizes have been significantly increased, teachers, custodians, food workers and support staff have been laid off, class sizes increased, and the purchase of crucial teaching materials has been indefinitely postponed.

The future of our children cannot be postponed. Affirmative action laws are meaningless if children are denied their right to a quality K-12 education. They will be unable to achieve academic success and if and when they do get to college, they probably won't be able to afford the rising tuition costs. The schools-to-prisons pipeline is in full effect in the state of California. California legislators are using our tax dollars to increase spending for prisons and decrease spending for education.

Gov. Schwarzenegger is now pursuing further spending cuts, spending caps and an offensive against the collective bargaining agreements of public employees. The cuts will be across the board and the hardest hit will be in education, health care, public transit, and social services to meet human needs and keep people out of prison. Since our elected officials are not taking a stand against these cuts, WE MUST TAKE A STAND FOR OURSELVES AND OUR COMMUNITIES!

California doesn’t need any more prisons. Our communities need quality schools, well-paid teachers, and a strong network of active parents, community members, and youth. Teachers, parents, and youth organizations must unite to become involved in the Education Not Incarceration movement and speak out for our children’s future.

For this reason, Education Not Incarceration will be holding a Community Forum at Laney College (location TBA, see http://www.may8.org), 900 Fallon Street, Oakland on Saturday, January 31st from 11am – 1pm. We invite all members of the community to come out and join us in our effort to organize a multi-sector, state-wide campaign against the proposed cutbacks by the legislature in Sacramento. Please call us at (510) 444.0484 with any questions.&nbs p; We look forward to your attendance at this forum and your continued support.


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