OCCUPY PHOENIX STANDS with STUDENTS, TEACHERS, and PARENTS!
As part of the Occupy Phoenix Free University and our January "Month of Education," we will sponsor a Rally for Education at César Chévez Plaza on Saturday, January 7th, starting at 12pm and continuing all after...noon/evening. Together with teachers, parents, and students, we will be discussing vouchers, merit pay, high-stakes testing, the rising cost of college tuition, and many more important topics. Are you a parent who has seen cutbacks damage your children's public school? Are you a teacher struggling with low pay, large classes, and little support? Are you a college student buried in debt? Join us on January 7th at noon and speak out! Let's send a message to our legislators that our children's education is not for sale! A good education is a right, NOT a privilege for just the wealthy few! Bring your signs and friends of all ages!
Tentative schedule for the date:
RALLY FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IN ARIZONA!
BREAKOUT DISCUSSIONS WITH EXPERTS & ADVOCATES:
-Higher Education Secrets for the 99%
-What’s Money Got to Do With It? How Income Affects
-Why the Arts Matter in Public Education
-What Happens When Public School Becomes a
Business? Charter Schools, Privatization, and
Corporate Takeovers in the Classroom
... and more!
CALL TO ACTION
Show your support for education! We want the people of Phoenix & Arizona to see that there are MANY (hopefully thousands!) who support teachers and students.
As you may be aware, there are many problems with the education system (i.e. corruption among those legislating education issues, bureaucracy, quality of schools for many people, lack of funding, inaccurate information being taught, the soaring cost of a good education, etc). We will gather to show the world that there are many people who believe in the benefits of a good education and will fight to solve these problems.
-We are at César Chávez Memorial Plaza between 1st and 3rd Aves. and Washington and Jefferson Sts. in Phoenix.
-Bring signs, info, personal/community food and water, chairs, and whatever else you deem beneficial to a successful rally! *Most importantly, bring yourself and others!!!
-Help promote in any way possible: use your connections to make this event BIG and successful. Make/pass out fliers (we will post a general flier here soon), tell everyone, and 'invite' your FB friends to this event!
-Parking near the plaza is easy to find, but scattered (there are some places/neighborhoods where you can park for free and walk to the plaza, as well as meters and garages), but we will work on helping people with this issue via info on our website and updates on this event page, so stay tuned. Also, most importantly, the plaza is LIGHT RAIL ACCESSIBLE! (Get off at Washington/Central if coming from the east, or Jefferson and 1st Ave. if coming from the west).
-Visit our website at www.occupyphx.org
-Look for the canopy and/or a congregation of people to find us at the plaza!
Hope to see you there!