Archive for August, 2013

LABOR DAY RALLY FOR JUSTICE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

Monday, September 2, 3pm
at Providence City Hall
For more information, call 401-400-0373
or email coalitiontodefendpubliced@gmail.com

Join the Coalition to Defend Public Education, the Rhode Island Badass Teachers Association, the Providence Student Union and others to protest against the destruction of our public schools! We are rallying to save and improve our public schools, to restore public respect for our teachers and humane treatment for our students, and to demand full funding for public education. We oppose high-stakes testing, the use of “student achievement data” in teacher evaluations, and the handing over of public tax dollars to the private operators of “Educational Management Organizations” (EMOs) and charter schools. Join us in this struggle to save America’s most democratic public institution!

We will start at Providence City Hall at 3pm with a speak-out, songs and poems; then march to the Rhode Island Department of Education; then march over to the Providence Place Mall, where we will conclude our rally. We encourage everyone to stick around for the Jobs With Justice Labor Day Action afterward.

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You can also join the Rhode Island Badass Teachers Association

And you can join the Coalition to Defend Public Education

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STOP SPYING ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE – Want to help build the movement to stop government and corporate surveillance? Download the petition in PDF format, print, and circulate/gather signatures.

If you download the petition to gather signatures, please comment on this post so we can get in touch to collect it when the petition drive is finished.

To join our mailing list, where we plan direct actions like this, email us or join us at the next Coalition meeting on Saturday, September 14, 1pm-3:30pm at the Mount Pleasant Library, Providence.

There will be a rally to protest the Bradley Manning sentence at 6pm today in Burnside park organized by the Coalition to Defend Human and Civil Rights! He got sentenced to 35 years in prison for doing the right thing. Let’s not be silent! Please share.

Democracy Now: Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years

Stay tuned for updates on actions today in Providence…

Brandon Toy, an Iraq War veteran who
resigned from his job building weapons when he
became disillusioned, is asking for funds to
make a documentary.

More Than Human/Less Than Human will examine
the role dehumanization plays in generating
consent for war, historically and today.

View the Kickstarter page here

As he wrote when he resigned in protest from the defense industry:

We have become what I thought we were fighting against.

Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war
crimes including counterinsurgency “dirty” wars, drone
terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass
surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have
shed light on the true nature of the current US
Government.

Further reading:

I Hereby Resign in Protest Effective Immediately
Iraq War Vet Turned Defense Contractor Resigns in Protest, Launches Documentary Film Project

Truthdig: Restore Honor and Pardon Edward Snowden

NPR: What’s The Big Deal About Privacy?

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Join us for a planning and brainstorming meeting:

NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION: Saturday August 17th at 1pm at Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood in Providence.

 

 

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Join us for our second planning and brainstorming meeting:

Saturday, August 3rd, 1PM
Rochambeau Library, bottom floor
708 Hope St. Providence