February 8, 2013
Theme is retaking our schools, remaking society
The North Carolina Student Power Union (NCSPU) will hold a statewide organizing conference in Raleigh on February 16th. Conference organizers say their goal is “to bring together leaders of social justice organizations, university faculty, and, most importantly, students for a day of education, inspiration, and action.”
“We will discuss how we can best resist upcoming attacks on education and our communities and continue to build the movement for social justice in NC.There will also be skills workshops and opportunities to network with student organizers from across NC.”
What: Retaking Our Schools, Remaking Society – a statewide organizing conference
When: Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 9 AM to 5 PM
Where: NC State University, Riddick Hall room 301 (2401 Stinson Dr, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27607)
The NCSPU is a student-led organization with members from campuses across North Carolina. Click here to learn more about NCSPU.
In the wake of the Great Recession, as reactionary governments across the globe have embraced austerity economics and cut funding for public education instead rebuilding for the future an economy that works for everyone (not just the financial industry and wealthy elites), non-violent student movements from Chile to Spain and Quebec have sprung up in response. The situation in “North Carolina is no different,” says the NCSPU:
“Wealthy right-wing donors bought the North Carolina legislature and put Tea Party conservatives in the driver’s seat of our state. Their program is clear: public education and services will face massive cuts, and the general welfare of our state will be undermined to benefit the richest few. From voting rights to women’s rights, those in power want to take us backwards. North Carolina families, students, and workers cannot afford this regressive agenda — and we will not accept it. It is more urgent than ever to build upon multi-issue, grassroots mobilization efforts in NC. Our state has a rich history of activism and resistance, and as in the past, students must serve as leaders in the fight for social justice. The time for organizing a powerful student movement is now!”
For more information or to register for the conference, visit http://studentpowernc.org/conference/.