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After March 4th????

By • Mar 7th, 2010 • Category: News & Analysis

BY: Earl Gilman
March 4th demos were militant and reminiscent of the 1960s. I did not hear many people advocating supporting “liberal candidates” or petitioning to pressure “our” politicians.

However, much of the “old Left” is attempting to repeat the same slogans and ideas that they advocated 30 years ago…which resulted in diverting the Vietnam anti-war movement into the McGovern campaign.

The latest gimmick the “old Left” is pulling is the Lakoff Initiative, called the California Democracy Act. This act would eliminate the 2/3 requirement in voting in the State legislature and permit legislation to pass by simple majority…thus solving the problems of capitalism.
It also leads the youth into the Democratic Party and the two party system which the Supreme Court has just ruled that big business can finance openly.

Must of the “old Left” calls itself “socialist” but seem to think socialism can only happen in 100-200 years, so in the meantime they advocate working within the system.

Of course, the financial crisis of California is nation-wide, so that legislation will not solve the problem that the”companies too big to fail”
will get their subsidies while education and welfare suffer.

We can repeat the same demonstrations over and over until people stop coming or we can start building a socialist alternative based on local coalitions that through Peoples Power take power in their communities away
from the professional politicians. That means we don’t waste time and money trying to elect “good” politicians but elect our representatives outside of the capitalist electoral process and we don’t allow schools to close or people to be evicted…no matter how illegal the system claims that is.
Strikes & Walkouts in Northern California March 4th 2010

With the global crisis deepening, California is being hit hard. Two consecutive booms then busts, in high tech and then housing, have left the state devastated. The official jobless rate for California is 12.4%, but the reality is probably twice that. Millions of foreclosed homes sit empty alongside tent cities springing up across the state. Austerity was forced on the working class with almost no opposition — until students rose up last fall. There have been occupations and strikes. On Thursday there will be statewide strikes, walkouts, and direct action. Hopefully it will spread beyond the campuses and become a general strike.

San Francisco, California—On the heels of strikes over cutbacks rocking Greece, the San Francisco Bay Area is bracing for an unprecedented widespread students, faculty and staff protests, walk outs and strikes in the public schools, community colleges, CSUs and UCs this Thursday March 4th as part of a statewide strike and day of action. While many of the faculty and staff at these campuses are represented by unions also planning after work protests at the SF Civic Center and Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza at 5 pm a broad coalition has been organizing for five months independently of these unions for direct action, walk outs and strikes. These efforts aim at not just protesting the destructive budget cuts crippling public, adult and higher education but engaging in civil disobedience to save public education, public services and public property such as the Civic Center which is slated to be auctioned soon.

“The $113 million in cutbacks are literally terrorizing the children in our school,” says San Francisco Sheridan Elementary School teacher Maria Lourdes Nocedal.

Students, faculty, staff and families are not only discussing the massive budget cuts, school closings, lay-offs, rising fees, course cancellations and overcrowding, and loss of critical student services that are damaging access and the quality of education but taking direct action to stop them.

“The cuts are targeting the poorest in our state most in need of an education,” explains Cañada College student Katy Rose. Rose is unemployed and was forced to move back into her mother’s Menlo Park house with her husband and two teenage children due to the declining economy when she and her husband lost their jobs.

“There is a bipartisan efforts to destroy and privatize education in California. We can no longer even rely on our unions to stop it since they give generous campaign donations to the very officials slashing and burning public education year after year.”


Northern California events on March 4th 2010:

_San Francisco_

· Rally at SF Civic Center @ 1:30 – San Francisco Civic Center, snake marches

· CCSF (main campus)- rally @ 12:00 – events all day on campus

· CCSF (Mission campus) – on campus events – meet up with 3:00 rally @ 24th & mission

· Many SF K-12 schools planning morning events, protest at 24th and Mission, and march to Civic Center at 3:00

· SF State – campus shutdown pickets @ 7 am, other campus events

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_East Bay_

· Oakland Education Association, local job actions, rally from noon till 5 at Frank Ogawa Plaza

· Diablo Valley College – walkout @ 12:00 other events on campus

· UC-Berkeley – picket lines from 7 am to noon, noon protest @ Bancroft & Telegraph, 12:45 march to Frank Ogawa Plaza

· CSU East Bay — noon rally/open mic speak out @ Agora Stage

· California Maritime Academy — noon Street Theatre/Mock “Die-In” @ Maritime’s main quad

· Laney College: 11 am protest, followed by march to Frank Ogawa Plaza

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_South Bay_

· Skyline and Cañada Colleges– student walkouts @ 10:00am, other campus events

· Pacifica, Ocean High School – other campus actions and teach in

· De Anza College – 10:30 am-noon teach-in; 12:30-1:30 protest in Main Quad; 1:30-3:10pm march to Cupertino City Council

· San Jose State — 11 am protest @ San Jose City Hall; 11:45 am march to San Jose State Tower Lawn (7th Street Plaza entrance); noon protest at SJSU

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_North Bay_

· Sonoma State – student walkout at 11:30 am, noon-1:30 pm Rally near Stevenson Quad


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