ΝΕΑ ΥΟΡΚΗ-κατάληψη αλληλεγγύης!

Το κείμενο συντρόφων από το Σαν Φρανσίσκο που ενημερώνουν για την κατάληψη στο New School της Νέας Υόρκης και καλούν σε πορεία και συνέλευση αύριο στην περιοχή mission του Σαν Φρανσίσκο.

Retort


International Day of Solidarity with the Greek Uprising
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20TH

For two weeks now, Greek youth, immigrants, and workers have been taking
over streets and schools demanding an end to police brutality and
capitalist exploitation. Their uprising is an inspiration to all of us who
understand that their conditions of oppression are also ours, and that
their resistance is our resistance. Greece is everywhere!

From the streets of Athens to the streets of San Francisco, we who are
faced with the precarious conditions of economic decline, we who are
increasingly denied the basic right to food, affordable housing, education
and dignified conditions of labor, can no longer look on in helpless
isolation. While the banks get bailouts, we get pink slips and eviction
notices, police harassment and the skyrocketing cost of living, schools
close and social services are cut.  And in the Mission District of San
Francisco we get gentrification and ICE raids. In order to survive the
great storm that is upon us, we must come together as a community and
develop autonomous ways of supporting and sustaining each other. We must
create forums and spaces for the practice of mutual aid and social
solidarity.

Come join us this Saturday for a march and General Assembly where we can
begin to imagine a new society – a free Mission District, a free Greece,
and a free world. Come in solidarity with the university occupations and
street battles in Greece, France, Italy and Spain and with the occupation
of the New School in New York City. Their struggle is our struggle.

From the wreckage of the old world whispers new possibilities. This
tinderbox is only just being lit.

        In resistance and struggle,

        Global Solidarity in Action, San Francisco


March and General Assembly
On Saturday, December 20th a march will begin at 24th and Mission at 4:00pm
as part of an international day of action called for by the assembly of
the occupied Athens Polytechnic University. Worldwide actions are planned
in resistance to global capital and exploitation, in memory of all
assassinated youth, and in solidarity with migrants and other marginalized
people and all those struggling for freedom and human dignity.


From:  New School Occupation Committee
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
http://www.newschoolinexile.com/

We have just occupied New School University.

We liberate this space for ourselves, and all those who want to join us,
for our general autonomous use. We take the university in explicit
solidarity with those occupying the universities and streets in Greece,
Italy, France and Spain.

This occupation begins as a response to specific conditions at the New
School, the corporatization of the university and the impoverishment of
education in general. However, it is not just this university but also
New York City that is in crisis: in the next several months, thousands
of us will be losing our jobs, while housing remains unaffordable and
unavailable to many and the cost of living skyrockets.

So we stress that the general nature of these intolerable conditions
exists across the spectrum of capitalist existence, in our universities
and our cities, in all of our social relations.  For this reason, what
begins tonight at the New School cannot, and should not, be contained here.

Thus: with this occupation, we inaugurate a sequence of revolt in New
York City and the United States, a coming wave of occupations,
blockades, and strikes in this time of crisis.

Be assured, this is only the beginning,

With solidarity and love from New York to Greece,
To Italy, France and Spain,
To the coming insurrection.


The Demands of the Radical Student Union

The New School Radical Student Union issued several demands prior to the start of the occupation yesterday (Dec. 17). On Wednesday, December10th, the Radical Student Union issued several demands at a demonstration and sit-in at the Board of Trustees meeting for the New School University. With a student occupation underway in the New School cafeteria, the same demands are reiterated more forcefully:

    Dear New School Community,

    As you may well know, the Radical Student Union (SDS, SEAC, UFPJ) organized a demonstration and sit-in at the Board of Trustees’ meeting last Wednesday, December 10th. Initially this demonstration was planned around our own issues with the Board regarding Robert B. Millard and his role as treasurer, yet after distributing flyers and vocalizing our disputes with Millard the end result was over 60 students who came to not only protest Millard, but Bob Kerrey as well. Upon hearing the faculty vote, we tailored our demonstration in solidarity with the faculty concerns as we saw an appropriate connection.

    We strongly support their vote of No Confidence in President Bob Kerrey and Executive Vice-President James Murtha. They have systematically denied our rights as students to have any say in our own education. This is but one area in which their attempts to control and shape all aspects of the University in their own interest has stifled cooperation, democracy, and self-governance at the New School.

    Can students honestly say that we want Bob Kerrey to be the president of this university when we are given no choice but to force him to simply hear our concerns, which he continually refuses to do? Should we not have a president who is democratically accountable to everyone in the university, who represents the interests of those whose efforts make this university run on a day-to-day basis? What trust can we have for an administration and board that not only supports him lock-step, but has the audacity to assert that our concern with their role in the university is simply “misplaced anxiety over the state of the economy”?

    Our country is indeed in a severe economic crisis — and meanwhile the costly occupation of Iraq, an unpopular and illegal war, rages on. The people of this country have chosen President Elect Barack Obama because he said he stands for hope and change in these times of need. Do we want a university president who not only believes that democracy can be militarily imposed on another nation, but also believes that he is accountable to no one when imposing his will on the academic curriculum, despite the fact that this university was founded in opposition to war and the strain it always puts on the academy? If he believes in democracy, then why does he maintain a Presidential autocracy? Why did he organize a conference on “Free Inquiry At Risk: Universities in Dangerous Times” when he has proven himself to be the biggest threat to our university? Does Kerrey not remember that the New School was founded as the University of Exile, and posed as a haven for radical academics and activists who had to literally escape the possibility of death in Europe? We need a university president who can work to build solutions during these times of need, not one who is part of the problem. We need to make this university into a symbol of change for a world desperately in need of substance, and not just a brand created by the Offices of Finance & Business and Communications & External Affairs.

    We in the Radical Student Union believe in a democratic university where we have a say in university decisions in proportion to the degree we are affected by their outcomes. As such, we believe deans, faculty, and students should not be denied the right to be involved in the decision-making processes that Kerrey and Murtha consistently keep us out of. We have the right to voice our opinions in regards to the future of this university and how it could be run under such freedoms.

    If the faculty chooses to continue its efforts, they have the full and active support of the Radical Student Union. We have come together and have formulated a plan of action to build a more democratic university throughout the spring. Removing Kerrey and Murtha is a central concern. We will also continue to pursue Millard’s removal, transparency and accountability for the general budget and the endowment, and the creation of a committee on Socially Responsible Investment and University Self-Management. All of this is detailed in our booklet: “The Project for a Socially Responsible University.”

    What We Want:

        * The removal of Bob Kerrey as president of our university
        * The removal of James Murtha as executive vice president of our university
        * Students, faculty, and staff elect the president, EVP, and Provost.
        * Students are part of the interim committee to hire a provost.
        * The removal of Robert B. Millard as treasurer of the board of trustees.
        * Intelligible transparency and disclosure of the university budget and investments.
        * The creation of a committee on socially responsible investments as defined in our booklet.
        * The immediate suspension of capital improvement projects like the tearing down of 65 fifth Ave.
        * Instead, money towards the creation of an autonomous student space.
        * Instead, money towards scholarships and reducing tuition.
        * Instead, money for the library and student life generally.

    The Radical Student Union (SDS, SEAC, UFPJ)
    thenewschoolforrevolution@gmail.com

από κάποιος 19/12/2008 3:47 μμ.


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