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(en) US, SDS National Week of Education November 5 - 13 ---- National Day of Demands Friday November 14th

Date Tue, 07 Oct 2008 10:09:20 +0200

On November 5, 2008 SDS will be in solidarity with students from France,
Liberia, Canada, Ireland, Germany, and more countries participating in an
international student day of action against the privatization of our schools and
lives. Since in America this happens to be the day after the presidential
election, people will be distracted and it’s not a strategic day to act. So,
instead of one day of action, on the 5th SDS will launch a national Week of
Education and outreach, building up to a national Day of Demands on November
14th. ---- Week of Education ---- The goals for this week are to educate,
agitate, and organize. We need to GROW! This is a great chance to recruit new
people to SDS. We’re also mobilizing students for the national Day of Action
immediately following this week.

During this Week of Education SDSers across the country will educate ourselves
and fellow students on important topics including, but obviously not limited to:

- student debt
- politics
- power
- oppression
- social change
- student and labor movements
- terrorism (imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy)
- privilege
- war
- poverty
- environmental sustainability

… you know - all the important things our schools are typically NOT teaching us
or are teaching us WRONG!

We will use creative and participatory education methods such as:

- student-led workshops
- teach-ins
- street theater
- puppet shows
- parades
- panel discussions
- movie showings
- radical art shows
- banner hangings/ banner drops
- invite speakers (Iraq Veterans Against the War, dissident authors)
- interactive games
- political parties (as in fiestas!)

… and more!

Try and have a daily presence on your campus! Be creative and fun with your

Let’s remember, everyone’s minds will be on the election results, so be relevant
and talk about those results! Everything discussed during the Week of Education
should be connected to our role as students and the need for us to organize
ourselves for social change!

Join the Accessible Education campaign group: groups.google.com/group/spfae. Let
us know what you do. Let’s share ideas to make this successful. If this week’s
done right it could mean that our 2009 national convention will have to be held

Which leads us to our…

Day of Demands

On November 14th we will take a step toward transforming the movements for
student power and accessible education that we’re building in schools around the
country into a Student Movement that can and will make demands at the level
necessary to transform the entire educational system. We will, with much fanfare
and merrymaking, publicly make our demands to the people and institutions that
control our education system; the Department of Education, our school
Administrations, Student Loan Companies, and the rest of the unaccountable folks
who ignore our needs and profit from our exploitation.

The *goal *of this Day of Demands is to *announce the arrival of a militant,
radical, and dedicated student movement and make public our vision for a
democratic, liberatory, and accessible education system*. It is to take the
power we have been building at our schools and in our communities, and by
mobilizing collectively allow ourselves to make demands more sweeping and more
far reaching than anything we can accomplish at our individual schools.

On the Day of Demands SDS chapters from across the country will organize
marches, rallies, and parades that will end in public presentations of both our
local and national demands to the targets chosen by local chapters. Media teams
will make sure the whole world hears us.

The Department of Education has 10 regional offices in cities across the country
which we suggest chapters target if they’re close enough. Office locations are:

- Boston, MA
- New York, NY
- Philadelphia, PA
- Atlanta, GA
- Chicago, IL
- Dallas, TX
- Kansas City, MO
- Denver, CO
- San Francisco, CA
- Seattle, WA

Of course, their headquarters is in Washington DC.

Most of the student debt in this country is through federal loans from the
Department of Education. Not to mention all the horrible policies they’re
responsible for (standardized testing, No Child Left Behind, funding public
schools according to property values, etc.)

We need your help to make the Week of Education and Day of Demands possible and
successful! Join the Accessible Education campaign group at
groups.google.com/group/spfae. Get on the calls and chats. Play a role in this
historic moment. Seriously… we need your help. With materials and ideas and
other stuff. Please.

Talk to your chapters and start planning. Let’s build this movement and make SDS

Jeff Rousset (Philly SDS/ Drexel SDS)
Mike da Cruz (Brown SDS/ Providence SDS)
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