On March 4th, California schools will begin a statewide occupation of universities in order to “resist the neoliberal destruction of public education in California and beyond” This is a call to join them.
We are AFAW, a group of students, ex-students, would be students,teachers, learners, dreamers, readers, writers, lovers,friends, human beings…We are fed up, We are fucking pissed. We are here, We are ready, We are awake, We are making a call to all students, faculty, workers, and visitors on this campus to take actions in whatever way you may see fit to show solidarity with California campuses, and to shatter the glass walled prison you are in that they like to call a school.
Something Burns Something Grows.
For too long have we allowed the University to operate under the guise of providing us with an education, while in reality it’s only function is as a factory which produces workers to support the colonialist capitalist system. They ensure that we will enter into the workforce by continuously raising the cost of education to the point where it takes years for most students to pay off the debt they aquire while in school. Don’t be fooled into thinking your University is anything other than a corporation that does not work for you, they only work to control and use you. The concept of attending school for any other ends than to find a job and attain higher income, has become an impossibility. What is allowed to be taught, the way our classes are structured, the food that is served to us, the books that are made available to us; are all dictated by the corporate & state entities that control our Universities. Even this pathetic attempt at providing substantive education is only made fully available to the privileged sectors of our population. We are acknowledging that until the control of education is taken out of the hands which currently cradle it, nothing can change. We do not want to negotiate, that time is past. Relinquish your hold on our education, and we are assured that that we can create a new form of education free from your hierarchy, patriarchy, and inherently racist classism. Below is a list of a few ways we feel we can begin to make the statement to those who are currently in control that: WE DON’T WANT YOUR FUCKING JOBS, WE DON’T WANT YOUR FUCKING CENSORED AND DULLED EDUCATION, WE ARE TAKING OUR SCHOOLS BACK, WE WILL NOT FUCKING COMPROMISE.
“Occupation means to take a certain space away from the influence of the existing powers, who have little choice but to use police force to reassert their control. As long as a space is occupied, the people inside have at least the chance to define what’s happening in it.” -A Collection of Written Insurrections from Vienna
Occupy Occupy Occupy!! Dance in the classrooms! Keep the library open all night! Start a food fight! Make barricades to keep the fun inside and the oppressors out!
Have a FUCKING PARTY to CELEBRATE the start of something beautiful and free, CELEBRATE breaking away from all that attempts to blind and oppress us, CELEBRATE the destruction of the lifeless beast that holds our education captive and the creation of a space to share knowledge that cannot be penetrated by capitalist colonizers!!!
Render the visible corporate presences (Starbucks, Aramark, Fast Food, etc.) on our campus inoperable in whatever way possible (a rock and a can of paint can go a long way!!) We are individuals trying to learn, not a target group to market products to! Damage to property only is violent to the corporate system. A window, a wall, a cash register does not have a heartbeat.
Make banners expressing yourself and hang them from every building! Make the walls our canvases! We do not attend a white walled prison, this is OUR SCHOOL, OUR SPACE!
Refuse to give another cent to the monster, encourage others to do the same! If they won’t teach us for free, WE CAN TEACH OURSELVES AND EACHOTHER!
Make music ring through the halls! Yell to make your voices heard! Wake yourself up! Wake up everyone who has been lulled to sleep by the warm poison milk of capitalism!! Cause a break, a fracture, a disruption!
Take back YOUR LIFE, YOUR EDUCATION, YOUR SPACE! You are NOT A DRONE, NOT A MONEY PRODUCING ROBOT, YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING!
They will try and stop us. They will threaten us with violence, with prison, with expulsion. We will fight back, we will riot in the jails, we will render their academic threats useless by taking away their power.