Category Archives: general-assembly

Resolution to Stand by the Millionaires Tax

The Occupy Education Northern California General Assembly voted on Saturday, March 17 to stand by the Millionaires Tax and keep gathering signatures to put the tax initiative on the November ballot.

 

The fight to pass the Millionaires Tax this November continues.

Occupy Education — the coalition responsible for the March 1 Day of Action, the 99 Mile March, and the March 5 Occupy the Capitol action — stands by the Millionaires Tax and calls on the California Federation of Teachers and the Restoring California coalition to stick by the most popular — and most winnable — initiative for refunding California.
The Millionaires Tax remains the only proposal that would take steps to permanently fund public education and services — and it would do this without regressive sales taxes. We reject the notion of “shared sacrifice” — we have already sacrificed more than our share. The 99% should not be asked to pay for the crisis caused by the 1%.

The so-called “compromise” pushed by Governor Brown is a ploy to prevent the Millionaires Tax from getting on the ballot. There is no guarantee that the signatures for the “compromise” can be collected in time. Jerry Brown continues to collect signatures for his original proposal. We too must continue our campaign.

The Millionaires Tax has galvanized thousands of students, teachers, workers, and community members to build a historic mass movement capable of transforming our state. The 1% are on the defensive, now is not the time to back down!

We are committed to continuing signature gathering and fundraising to ensure that the Millionaires Tax gets on the ballot and wins in November.

Occupy Education NorCal Nonviolent Action Agreement for March 5th

Passed by the General Assembly on 26 February 2012:

The Occupy the Capitol action planned for March 5th in Sacramento, California will be a mass, nonviolent action.

Those involved in its organization will not engage in acts of property damage either inside or outside the capitol and do not condone such acts.

Decisions about tactics will be made democratically.

Statement in Support of Arrested Sudanese Students

The OccupyEducation NorCal General Assembly passed a resolution in support of arrested Sudanese students on Saturday, 18 February.

For more info go here.

Call for National Day of Action For Education on March 1, 2012

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(Please Forward Widely)

March 1st, 2012: National Day of Action For Education

We refuse to pay for the crisis created by the 1%. We refuse to accept the dismantling of our schools and universities, while the banks and corporations make record profits. We refuse to accept educational re-segregation, massive tuition increases, outrageous student debt, and increasing privatization and corporatization.

They got bailed out and we got sold out. But through nationally coordinated mass action we can and will turn back the tide of austerity.

We call on all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education — pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions — and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities, to mobilize on March 1st, 2012 across the country to tell those in power: The resources exist for high-quality education for all. If we make the rich and the corporations pay we can reverse the budget cuts, tuition hikes, and attacks on job security, and fully fund public education and social services.

This is a call to work together, but it is up to each school and organization to determine what local and regional actions—such as strikes, walkouts, occupations, marches, etc. — they will take to say no to business as usual.

We have the momentum, the numbers, and the determination to win. Education is not for sale. Let’s take back our schools. Let’s make history.

Initial Endorsers:
NYC All City Student Assembly
Occupy Education Northern California

*** To endorse the call, or for more information, contact march1dayofaction@gmail.com or visit www.occupyed.org***

This nationwide call to action is issued in coordination with a Call for a Statewide Day of Action in Defense of Public Education on March 1 in California with statewide actions in Sacramento March 3-8.

Occupy Education California General Assembly Minutes for December 17, 2011

Occupy Education California General Assembly Minutes for December 17, 2011

Anything voted on and decided is highlighted in BOLD.

As a reminder…

Next meeting – January 7th – 12noon – UAW 2865 office
Coordinating Committee Conference call – Dec. 29th 5pm Thursday

# present 75 -85

(facilitators Melissa/Jay)

1) Re-cap of last meeting –
Call for Day of action – March 1st that builds for day of action on March 5th in Sacramento (call for Occupation) – Capitol Meeting and Banks
+ March to Sacramento from Berkeley

2) Day of Action/Week of action/Strategy – logistics/messaging
New York made call to do March 1st Day of Action
South CA – There is frustration of being left out down south LA/Irvine/Riverside/ -
Call for trade unions/
Jan 3rd Occupy movement – AFT in SF
Occupy SF – proposal to join call for action for March 1st
UC Davis – Communication is a problem they are addressing by creating online site for coordination
Berkeley City College – March 5th not limited to education
CUE/IBT – smaller actions leading up to March
SFLC – Statewide call and National call do not have to be identical
We can’t wait until January
Call – Cuts on Education and Social Services
SFSU – we need to move to plan on successful march actions
Berkeley – Berkeley High students march/ Oakland students march
Education/health care/ homes/ environmental plank
City College – Defend marching on Capitol
Endorse NY call!
We can’t have a laundry list of Calls
Trigger cuts will devastate Community Colleges – We need to go outside of education in our call
Occupy Stanford – we need to coordinate with South CA
We need specific demands on no fee hikes
Proposal to Support the sense of NY call to support a National Call (PASSED – Unanimous)

3) Coordination – How will this be coordinated?
Form coordinating committee to be people from each Sector
Encourage regional coordination – East Bay/SF/San Jose
Need coordinating committee for spreading organization across the state
Each Sector has its own group for coordination
We need these big meetings to meet (every 2 weeks here)
Make proposals instead of call –
Planning Statewide meeting in January – Refund CA
Cal Coordinating group (flow of info) to set up regional committees SF/East Bay/ San Jose/Sacramento
Regional Committee (cross sectoral) – periodic meetings of the whole
State-wide- Conference calls
Vote on Occupy Education California Communications proposal (PASSED- Unanimous)
Proposal for Nor Cal. Coordinating Committee / organize meetings/ distribute information/ assure we have meetings (all in favor of) (PASSED – Unanimous)
Regional organizing – do we determine them now? Work regionally vs sectorally
Encourage regional organizing but no actual committees formed (Most PASSED – one NO)

4) Workgroups –

LONG TERM STRATEGY
* Research
* Democratizing Education
* Taxation/trigger cuts

COMMUNICATIONS
* internal
* external

LOGISTICS
* Day-of-action
* March to Sac.

OUTREACH
* Labor
* Community
* Occupy
* Schools – pre-K -12

Each group should adopt a statement of purpose/description (e-mailed to Communications team) and 2 facilitators

Voted on and PASSED unananimously

Next meeting – January 7th – 12 noon – UAW 2865 office
Coordinating Committee Conference call – Dec. 29th 5pm Thursday

Minutes provided by Andrew Libson
{minor corrections by Stardust}