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LA Protest Shuts Down FCMAT Meeting:Protesters Say Stop Closures, Charters/Privatization

by Labor Video Project
Community activists, kids and public education supporters protested at the LA meeting of FCMAT. They spoke out and shut it down when the FCMAT refused to provide answers.
Dozens of parents, students, teachers and public education advocate from around the state rallied and spoke out at the meeting of FCMAT Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) in Downey at the Los Angeles County Board of Education. They were from the Ingelwood School District and the Oakland Unified school district.

FCMAT is a “non-profit” funded by the State of California which they said had been used as a tool to destroy public schools in Black and Brown working class communities while expanding charters. The FCMAT tried to keep the community and labor members out but were forced allowed them to speak and later were forced too adjourn the meeting after speaker demanded answers. The FCMAT board is made up mostly of superintendents from rural white districts and also charter representatives. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has backed FCMAT allowing to push forward with the closure of 11 schools in Oakland and around the state.

Participants called for the shutdown of the state funded agency and full funding for public schools in California.

This was the first protest against FCMAT which usually is able to operate without public oversight. The UTLA, OEA, SEIU, CTA, CFT and other education unions in the State have been completely silent about this union busting "non-profit" funded by the Democratic legislature and Governor.

The action was supported by Oakland Not For Sale, Schools & Labor Against Privatization SLAP, We Are F.R.E.E. Inglewood, Real Moms Of Magnolia Street Resident of Oakland, HEAT, Higher Education Action Team HEAT, United Front Committee For A Labor Party UFLCP and Inglewood Rising.

This action took place on 9/21/22

Additional Media:
Connecting The Dots On Privatization of Community Colleges, Port & Public Services With Non-Profits

Privatization of The Port, Community Colleges & K-12 Education: SLAP Education Conference Part 3

Shut It Down! OEA Strikes & ILWU Shuts Docks In Fight Against Privatization & Union Busting

East Bay Trade Unionists Oppose Port Privatization of Howard Terminal For Billionaire GAP A's Stadium

No Shutdown! Oakland La Esquelita School Meeting On Closures, ,Charters, OEA & Fisher's Stadium

STOP FCMAT Attack On Oakland Public Schools! OEA, Community & Pols Oppose $90 M In Cuts By Thurmond

Oakland ILWU & OEA, Students & Community Rally To Stop Privatization & Union Busting From The Port To The Schools!

Additional Information:

Attack on CCSF By FCMAT

History Of FCMAT In Oakland

FCMAT Take-over

Austerity Ordered By FCMAT

FCMAT Privatization Agenda In Oakland

Production of Labor Video Project
§Racist FMAT Privatization Agenda
by Labor Video Project
The state funded "non-profit" has supported racist attacks on California Black and Brown working class public schools shutting them down and replacing them with charters.
§Protest At FCMAT Meeting
by Labor Video Project
Protesters demanded to be heard about the decades long attacks on public community schools.
§Stop School Closures
by Labor Video Project
Although California has a $100 billion dollar surplus the Democratic governor and super majority Democratic legislature are allowing the FCMAT which they fund to take over school districts and force school closures in these communities replacing the schools with charters.
§A Great Grandmother Confronting FCMAT Official
by Labor Video Project
One of the participants was a great grandmother who fought segregation in the South and now in California schools. She confronted FCMAT official about their attack on her grand children.
§In The Hall At The FCMAT Meeting
by Labor Video Project
FCMAT officials tried to stop people from entering the building but were forced to open it up to the public.
§FCMAT Meeting Taken Over
by Labor Video Project
The FCMAT meeting we taken over by public school activists after the FCMAT executives refused to answer their questions.
§UCLA UAW 2850 Graduate Student Supported Action
by Labor Video Project
A UAW 2865 graduate student Peter Racioppo supported the fight against privatization and supported a labor party as a political alternative to the Democratic Party which is pushing privatization and charters through FCMAT. He is also a member of UFCLP
§Oakland Parent Max Orosco Spoke At FCMAT Meeting In LA
by Labor Video Project
Max Oroso, a parent of Oakland kids and a member of Schools and Labor Against Privatization SLAP also spoke out about the effect of school closures on his children. He is also running for the Oakland School Board.
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