UPenn SDS Statement of Solidarity with NYU Student Occupation

19 02 2009

To the students currently occupying New York University administration buildings, and the Take Back NYU coalition:

University of Pennsylvania SDS pledges solidarity and support for your continuing struggle for democracy and autonomy at NYU. Your occupation along with the student occupations around the world, are an inspiration to us as a new chapter and remind us of the tangible reality that student power can become. Writing from Philadelphia, the birthplace of liberty and independence in this nation, and in the spirit of peoplehood, your struggle reminds us that we are everywhere, and we are winning.

Take Back NYU’s list of demands for the occupation are the following:

  1. Amnesty for all parties involved.
  2. Full compensation for all employees whose jobs were disrupted during the course of the occupation.
  3. Public release of NYU’s annual budget and endowment.
  4. Allow student workers (including T.A.’s) to collectively bargain.
  5. A fair labor contract for all NYU employees at home and abroad.
  6. A Socially Responsible Finance Committee that will immediately investigate war profiteers and the lifting of the Coke ban.
  7. Annual scholarships be provided for thirteen Palestinian students.
  8. That the university donates all excess supplies and materials in an effort to rebuild the University of Gaza.
  9. Tuition stabilization for all students, beginning with the class of 2012. Tuition rates for each successive year will not exceed the rate of inflation. The university shall meet 100% of government-calculated student financial need.
  10. That student groups have priority when reserving space in the buildings owned or leased by New York University, including, and especially, the Kimmel Center.
  11. That the general public have access to Bobst Library.




Philly SDS Gives the Department of Education an “F”

9 12 2008

On November 14, 2008 the Philadelphia chapter of Students for a Democratic Society held a rally at the Department of Education in order to attract public attention and that of the Department of Education, to the problem of student debt. Kicking off the organizations National campaign for Accessible Education, SDS chapters around the country organized similar events at the Department of Education in their respective cities.

The goal of the action in Philadelphia was to engage the Department of Education in conversation with students and student groups in order to start addressing the horrendous student debt crisis in the city. However, with the Department of Education ignoring requests to sit down and speak with Philly SDS, a rally where students presented the department with a giant report card failing them in the areas of affordable, accessible, and quality education as well as in student participation served to relay the message.

With a boisterous crowd wielding signs, banners, and noisemakers, the students eventually closed their rally with a march around city hall. Unsurprisingly, participants and observers alike overwhelmingly agreed with SDS’s demand that the Department of Education start to act on the issue of student debt in Philadelphia.

Currently, with the announcement of budget cuts effecting social and education services throughout the city, Philly SDS is focusing attention on supporting community efforts to counter-act or stop the budget cuts. The campus chapters at Drexel, Penn, and Temple continue to work on the issue of student debt and accessible education.





Huge Turnout!

17 11 2008

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14 11 2008

phillylogo PHILADELPHIA STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOV. 14, 2008

Contact: Jeff Rousset, (845) 642-8145, jeff.rousset@gmail.com

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PHILADELPHIA STUDENTS AWARD DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FAILING GRADE

Announces National Campaign: Accessible Education

PHILADELPHIA — Students from area universities and high schools converged on the local office of the U.S. Department of Education today, publicly awarding the agency an “F–” report card for their failure to act on the worsening student debt crisis. The students pressed the agency to meet with them about mounting costs that increasingly bar continuing education from those without financial resources.

“All we’re asking for is a voice in the process,” said Joanna Grim, a member of Temple University’s chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, which organized the event. “Here in Philadelphia, our high schools have a 50 percent dropout rate, and those who do graduate are finding college unaffordable.”

College tuition, which has doubled on average in the last decade, is proving to be a significant barrier for many. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States has the lowest university completion rate of any Western developed country, at just 54 percent — due in an overwhelming majority of cases to financial hardship. Students who do graduate face a daunting burden — in the past decade, the average student debt for a graduating college senior has more than doubled from $9,250 to $19,200, and more than two-thirds of students surpass $20,000 in debt.

Students from Temple, Penn and Drexel University filled out scores of postcards for the Department, each reading “BAIL ME OUT!” along with a Philadelphia student’s name and financial needs. Agency representatives did not return students’ phone calls requesting a meeting.

“The doors to the Department of Education are closed today, just like the doors to our universities. Students are being locked out of their education by debt,” said Pasha Mamontov, a sophomore at Drexel.

Today was a national day of action for Students for a Democratic Society at Department of Education offices around America, to announce their first national campaign: Accessible Education.

Philadelphia SDS is the city-wide chapter of the nation’s largest progressive student organization, Students for a Democratic Society, with more than 200 chapters around the United States working together to build student power for Accessible Education.

Press Release PDF:

Philadelphia SDS Press Release


more: http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillysds/

 

from Washington DC:





Coverage coming in from Philly SDS’s student debt action at the Department of Education!

14 11 2008

Metro Coverage:

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Citypaper coverage in the crossword section:

One of the questions on todays paper is “1960s student group revived in 2006”

hot shit, anyone know the answer?





10 11 2008

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NOVEMBER 14th. 3:00PM.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BUILDING

MEET BY THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF CITY HALL

ON JUNIPER STREET, BETWEEN MARKET AND CHESTNUT

We are delivering an F- report card to the Department of Education for their inaction on the Student Debt Crisis! We will be asking for a meeting with Department of Education Officials to deliver hundreds of “BAIL ME OUT” cards, signed by students across Philadelphia, with their education and financial aid needs.

This is a national day of action! SDS chapters around America are demonstrating at local Department of Education Offices to announce our new campaign for STUDENT POWER and ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION.

Sign up on our facebook right now to make sure you get event updates!
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=49304790518

Here’s a map to the site:





Join Philly SDS for Drexel’s breakout celebration!

14 10 2008

Join DREXEL SDS as we

CRASH CONVOCATION with a DANCE PARTY

to demand STUDENT DEBT RELIEF!

Friday, Oct. 17, 10:30 AM

Main Building  (3141 Chestnut)

Sign up on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=44176968232

Convocation is boring, but at least classes are canceled!! Lets build student power together! 

And hit up the party after!

DROP BEATS NOT BOMBS

POST ACTION PARTY

FREE DRINKS + MUSIC

Right nearby Drexel!

Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 9:00pm

437 North Napa St.

Map:

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=30505925901

The SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) is hosting a party Saturday night, the day after their Convocation Dance Party on the Quad! Come join us, get to know about our campaign, have a few drinks, chill out after a long week! All are invited, especially freshmen!!
Everyone’s invited to come, have fun, and get to know our cause a little more!








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