National Teach-In: Students Rising for Jobs and Economic Justice
The National Teach-In: Students Rising for Jobs and Economic Justice was held by the AFL-CIO and streamed live from where it was held, at the University of California Washington Center in Washington, DC.
The AFL-CIO urged activists to join “Elizabeth Warren, Frances Fox Piven, Barbara Ehrenreich (invited) and student activists for a national teach-in on the jobs crisis and student activists’ fight for worker’s rights, equal access to education, fair taxation, and economic and social justice.”
According to the AFL-CIO press release;
- America wants to work, and a new movement of students and young people is growing to demand that our leaders get to work creating good jobs. As part of that movement, we are organizing a National Teach-In at the University of California Washington Center on Oct. 12 that will be webcast live across the country. Frances Fox Piven, other featured speakers and student activists will discuss the roots of the jobs crisis and how unions, students and community groups are fighting back to defend the core values of our country. You can join by organizing a teach-in on your campus that tunes into the live webcast and then continues to discuss local and state issues and campaigns. The National Teach-In is part of a nationwide campaign that week to impress upon our political leaders and corporate power-brokers: Now is the time for big, bold action to put America back to work, retain good jobs and rebuild the U.S. economy.
- The teach-in will examine the disaster caused by corporate control of our economic and political system. Americans are working harder than ever today while earning less – as corporate profits soar. The big banks are stripping away the wealth of consumers, homeowners, students and young workers. Meanwhile, our infrastructure erodes and corporations offshore millions of jobs overseas – while hoarding more than $1.3 trillion in cash that could be used to create jobs. Schools, day care centers, senior citizen facilities, health clinics, parks and firehouses are starved for funds so corporations and the wealthy can get billions of dollars in tax break…
- Unions, student organizations and community groups are fighting back against these abuses of corporate power and the efforts of the right wing to reduce wages, maintain tax breaks for the wealthy and eliminate social safety net programs. In Wisconsin, students and workers joined together to protect the rights of public-sector workers to bargain collectively. In August 2011, more than 700 corporate accountability events – rallies, town hall meetings and demonstrations at congressional offices – were held in 48 states to tell political leaders to stop protecting tax breaks for the wealthy and focus on putting America back to work….
- We are on the cusp of a new social movement to resist and roll back the corporate domination of political and economic systems by the banks, big corporations and Wall Street profiteers. Please join the National Teach-In: Students Rising for Jobs and Economic Justice to be part of this movement.
The following spoke at the teach-in:
- Victor Sanchez, USSA President
- Lenore Palladino, MoveOn.org
- Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley
- Marlie Wilson, New York University
- Terasia Bradford, Ohio State University, United Students Against Sweatshops
- Robert Figueora, University of Wisconsin, Student Labor Action Coalition
- Molly Magier, Rutgers USAS
- Roberto Juarez, Maryland DREAM Youth Committee.
- Allison McGrail, UMass Amherst Student Labor Action Project
- Curtis Hierro, Graduate Student, University of Central Florida
- Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center
- AFL-CIO: National Teach-In - Final Program (accessed on Oct. 25, 2011)