CALL to ACTION for the GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE (Oct.18 + Nov.14-21): RECLAIM EDUCATION! We are all people affected by the increasing commodification and commercialisation of education. It is time for us to unite worldwide!

CALL to ACTION for the GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE (Oct.18 + Nov.14-21)
The CALL to ACTION should encourage people to get involved in the coordinations for the Global Education Strike and shortly explain what it is about and why it is necessary.
RECLAIM EDUCATION! Global Strike for Education Oct.18 + Nov.14-21
        We are all people affected by the increasing commodification and commercialisation of education. It is time for us to unite worldwide!
Why? Because around the world we can observe how tuition fees just like the pressure to perform increase, budget cuts are pushed through, schools and universities de-democratized, while the influence of ‘private economic actors’ increases and an education market and competition between institutions is being facilitated by national states. all over the  world the governerments are trying to privatize Education. In June 2012 alone 45 protests in more than 40 cities [] were recorded in connection with this struggle.We fight because we want FREE, EMANCIPATORY, PUBLIC Education for all. Education should be, not just according to the some laws, a human right. Everybody should be able  to study regardless of his/her social conditions. But that’s not what  happens in the real world.
All over the globe we see governements cutting budgets and staff from schools and universities. First they leave the instituons with no money, so they can’t function.  After that, the governements give a single solution to the problem they  created: privatization. They, after making it impossible for public  education to survive, blaim the public system, and say the private  market will take good care of our Education. But that’s a lie.
The  private market worries about PROFITS. They’re not concerned if students  are, or not, learning how to live in a society. They want consumers,  not real-life individuals with the power to see the world with his/her  own eyes and criticize  what’s wrong with the neighbourhood,the city, the globe. And that way  of putting education has a name and a surname: the capitalist system and  the neoliberalism.
This  has gone beyond just education and everyone should join in with the  students fight,this is about all of our rights and we must all fight.  Corporations are taking over goverments we did not elect them we must  make our voices heard.
We  are witnessing more than just a collapse of our educational  institutions but a collapse in respect for the young people of the  world. We are being mechanized to function as a cog in the capitalist  machine. Programmed to compete with our fell on every level. Our  creativity, our energy and our free spirits are activly being crushed by  our educational institutions. We need an education system that  cultivates creativity and collaberation with our brothers and sisters.
WHY strike together GLOBALLY?
People worldwide are struggling against:
  • Increasing privatisation and commercialisation of education
  • De-democratisation within schools and universities
  • Hikes in (tuition) fees
  • Increasing pressure to perform
  • Increasing influences of ‘private economic actors’ on teaching and research
  • against cuts in the educational system — Massive staff cuts and budget cuts
  • western imperialist notions of education< YES!
Let’s connect and unite in the struggle for FREE EMANCIPATORY EDUCATION!
To  fight for alternatives and resist such effects from the current  economic system together, participants of previous global chat meetings  believe it is time to call for a first coordinated strike at educational  institutions across the world in history.
To  strengthen the struggle on the local and regional level, this  coordination would encourage a desperately needed public discussion on  the actual purpose of education for the individual as well as for the  society at large.
It  would also point out the global dimension of the struggle and therefore  put greater emphasis on the actual roots of the problems we are all  experiencing.
We  must call for a global strike and encourage all to join the old, the  young, students ,unions, workers ,all must get involved and say enough!  before we lose it all! If privatization fails to deliver affordable, quality services the
GATS  will make it very difficult to get services back into public hands.  GATS _ general agreement on trade in services (this is a world  wide  problem! )  goverments and corporations due not want  education  to be  at the top of priorities,they have there own hidden agendas!
Callout Text Consolidating Working Group: 🙂
– Jacob Ferdman – (California)
– rushdia mehreen – (Quebec) @rushmew
– mo: (Marburg)
-Myriam: (*out of* Quebec)
Gabs:  (Brazil) (Cali)
Aspects to be included in the CALL to ACTION (please contribute):
Reclaiming Education, Reclaiming our Lives – Getting Organized for the GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE !!! <- header?
  • mentioning recent protest and resistance activities related to the struggle against the increasing commercialisation/commodification of education and for free emancipatory education in the world (linking to the overview of education protests worldwide in June 2012:
  • pointing out why the form of action (striking) is necessary (functions of educational institions within the capitalist system and the national state; e.g. human capital, knowledge production, education factories)
  • explain why it is necessary to connect and unite globally (forces of capitalism are global due to pressure to remain competitive on the global level; bringing people involved in the struggle around the world together;…)
  • Make the reasons of the protest as clear as we can and find many requests that will be similar for the countriew all over the world.
  • #globalNOISE, if you join it, maybe 1-2 lines.
  • it is crucial to clearly define the importance of education as a public good under public responability! Why are we fighiting? for what?
  • idetify the stakeholders to be addressed
  • Being that we are coordinating a global education strike, we should present the tactics of the strike to everybody involved. e.g. How would the global strike respond to partial negotiations? Is it negotiation for all or none? Are we going to hold our ground in our localities demanding free emancipatory education for the other countries, even if by some miracle we achieve free emancipatory education in our localities?
  • ..we must point out to people what is neo-liberalism! and that this is world wide
  • ^^ as respose I think that negotiations could be fruitful even if we don’t get “all” – 1. they can create a sense of victory within the movement, 2. they can make life better in a small way- I think the key thing with compromise or trying to change the systems of education is that each step must be part of a larger plan of the total reconstruction instead of a compromise that creates more reliance on the corrupt systems
  • point out that tax-payers always payed for education, and now the money from taxes are being stolen from the education ministers.
  • Fight against the misinformation in the mass media about the student movements and it’s goalsyes, they must be ritualistically discredited
  • Points of methods: A. the call out shouldn’t be pages long; B. we should divide the work load to build a good list for diffusing/disseminating it
  • In Hamburg and Berlin we will try to connect our protest so that the goal will be biger and the message stronger – we want to occupy youthhouses and playgrounds for example – may we can manage that with occupying schools – I hope we can manage something in this two cities, than in Hamburg I have no clue how much power we have to do/mange this but I will give my best
  • point of order: thematic organization carries more powerful message. perhaps we can find several overall themes herein? like what? education?locus of struggles, unifying actions of the past, neoliberal global agenda? it’s all here already, i’m speaking only of format
  • Training vs. Education: we want to be educated about the interconnectedness of people, planet, technology, politics, etc.; we do not wish to be merely trained to be a producer and consumer.  If we are truly educated, then that will breed a new generation of mature, well-informed critical thinkers that can ask the right questions in order to comprehensively solve local and global issues
  • We should call for Free education as a gift to next generation.  Students should be able to study without collecting so much debts, and pay for it later, when they are actually working…
  • Here in Brazil we fight for dignity. The main reason of our strike (all Federal Universitys are on strike – students, teachers and workers) for 10% of the country money invested in Public Education. And the stryke it’s not only because of the teacher’s salary (they began the movement), but for better learnig-teaching conditions.
  • Could we start with the Joint Statement as a base to do the redaction? Add a few words about the struggles worldwide today, enhance the aspects that people here have underlined (because I think we find them pretty much all of them in the Joint Statement)
  • emphasis on the need for truly global unity in response to truly global problem. Here Here
  • One aspect of the universal nature of our struggle is a point that my friend brought up. He said that the oppression that many of us feel in the university systems is part of a larger oppression of young people in general. It is part of a system that has been socializing us into people that think inside of boxes and listen to orders without question. That crushes our natural creativity and yearning for learning. Occupy addressed this perfectly: “Childhood is not a Disorder.”
  • I am a graphic designer and woud like to work on the design team to make this call to action very powerful visually to complement the words that come out of this convo  -this excellent!!
  • I think that we need to have a clear understanding/definition of what global solidarity in the form of education, can look like
How do we want to coordinate this? Phone? Email? Chat?  I guess chat would be most transparent and gives others the opportunity to join as well. maybe a chat meeting to finalize the call in one week? in the meantime everyone can just work on it inside the pad?Will this pad stay open? yes.
So in terms of process, do we want to do this right now, try to consolidate, or do we want to come up with ideas and reconvene later?
I say we work on it separately and possibly reconvene in one week?  Then we can have it ready for the next full chat on the 28th of this month.  What do y’all think?
i’m down but lets stay in contact via email with ideas and questions as they come, I agree.
This pad is used to coordinate who contacts groups and networks associated to the struggle against the increasing commercialisation of education and for free emancipatory education to encourage them to get involved in the GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE  (Oct.18 + Nov.14-21). Please list the regions/institution(s) you will cover and consider to leave your email address, in case others want to help or get in touch with you.
details on the coordination of the Global Education Strike (GES):
We should write here a template email to send to all the Universities, student unions, teacher associations, … and people could translate it (french, spanish, and more) and post here for easy distribution…
Here’s a suggestion:  we should design a small logo or banner that every university could temporarily put on their website frontpage and that would say something like:
«In support of the Global Education Strike, one world one struggle»
This way, even the schools that dont want to strike, will be able to join the movement in a way!  If many Universities around the world agree to display such a logo on their site, it could be good visibility. <- Mo: I like that idea. Do you want to suggest it to the global mailing list and see if somebody would want to create such a banner? maybe a few banners to choose from would be nice as well.
(english, french, spanish, german, italian, greek)
  • EI Headquarter (Belgium) <- Mo: contacted them before as part of the student union on June 30th – but no reactions. maybe a teachers union or somebody with direct connections can reach out to them?
  • Germany (Mo, Marco)
  • so far covered: GEW bund, GEW Hessen, AStA Marburg, LAK Hessen
  •                       Jugend verschwindet, gemeinsam offen, GEW Hamburg, GEW Studis Hamburg, Schülervertretung der Fachhschule Altona ( FSP2 ),
(english, french, spanish)
– Canada (Sam_Qc and rush_qc)
– United States (jacob__), (Yester), (Sam_Qc:Connecticut)
  • -California
  • – California Faculty Association (controlled by Democratic Party, but they are the teachers’ union here, so…): Sue Pak –
  • – Cal State System
  • SQE (Students for a Quality Education)
  • CSU Bakersfield:
  • CSU Channel Islands:
  • CSU Dominguez Hills:
  • CSU Fullerton:
  • CSU East Bay:
  • CSU Fresno:
  • CSU Los Angeles:
  • CSU Long Beach:
  • CSU Monterey Bay:
  • CSU Northridge:
  • CSU Pomona:
  • CSU San Bernardino:
  • CSU Sacramento
  • San Francisco State:
  • San Jose State:
  • Sonoma State:
  • – UC Systems
– french and english language universities in Africa (including north africa) & Middle-east (Myriam)
contacts of those who help to spread the word:
Mo / Yannick:

About ottwf

The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email:
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