GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE

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GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE, Huelga Global de Educación

International Joint StatementAround the world over the past decade students, pupils, teachers, parents and employees have been protesting against the increasing commercialization and privatization of public education, and fighting for free and emancipatory education.
Many of us use the International Student Movement as a self-managed platform initiated to exchange information, to network and to co-ordinate protests at both the international and the global levels. Since the ISM platform was initiated in November 2008 various global days and weeks of action were coordinated.
We strive for structures based on direct participation and non-hierarchical organization through collective discussion and action. Anyone who identifies with the struggle against the privatization of public education, and for free and emancipatory education can join and participate on as well as shape the platform!
The following aims unite us worldwide:
What are we struggling against?
The effects of the current economic system on people and education systems:
→ tuition fees or any form of fees which exclude people from accessing and equally participating in education
→ student debt
→ public education aligned to serve the (labour) market;
► The so called Bologna-Process (as with its counterparts around the world) is aimed at implementing education systems that primarily train people in skills serving the labour market. It promotes the reduction of costs for training a person, shortens the length of time spent studying, and produces underqualified workforces.

→ turning education into a commodity as part of the commodification of all aspects of life
→ the significant and increasing influence of business interests on basic budgets for public education
→ the significant and increasing budget cuts on public education worldwide
→ the privatisation of public funds through the subsidisation of private educational institutions
→ the commodification and exploitation of labor within educational institutions
We stand against discrimination and exclusion within any educational institution based on:
→ socio-economic background, for instance by charging fees so that people with less money can’t participate equally
→ nationality
→ performance and academic record
→ political ideologies and activities
→ gender
→ sexual orientation
→ religion
→ ethnic background
→ skin colour
We stand against the prioritisation of research towards commercially valuable patents rather than open knowledge freely available to all
→ Public educational institutions are increasingly forced to compete for private sponsorships to do (basic) research; at the same time private funds tend to be invested into research promising to be profitable, leading to a decline in funding for areas of research which may be important but not deemed economically lucrative. Educational institutions and participants are evaluated on the basis of economic profitability and often compete to receive additional public funding based on this criteria.
We stand against the prioritisation of income-generating research grants ahead of education and basic research
Activities for the army within educational institutions:
→ no research specifically for military purposes
→ no recruiting and advertising activities for the army
What are we struggling for?
CONTENT:
→ free and emancipatory education as a human right. Education should primarily work for the emancipation of the individual, which means: being enabled to critically reflect and understand the power structures and environment surrounding him-/herself. Education must not only enable the emancipation of the individual but society as a whole
→ education as a public good serving public interests
→ academic freedom and choice: freedom to pursue any educational discipline
ACCESS:
→ free from monetary mechanisms of payment by participants and any kind of discrimination and exclusion and therefore freely accessible to all individuals
→ sufficient funding for all public educational

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09/23/2012 #Greeks protest again on #Syntagma Sq.

All governments of Greece have betrayed the people.

The result of Betrayal is the current tragic reality.

Poverty, misery, brutality , suicides.

The above compose the reality we experience.

A first attempt was made ​​last year with the ”indignants”.

Soon, however, the system managed to split the movement of indignant citizens, sowing discord and suspicion.

These days the Greek government is attacking the people, imposing cuts equal to 5% of GDP!

Never in human economic history has happent something like this.

The plan is for the Greeks to work 6 days a week until they are 67 years old with wages that are corresponding to 30% of wages in Germany.

Every day, groups of workers demonstrating in the streets their opposition to the destruction of the country.

On Wednesday, September 26 takes place ​​nationwide general strike.

Tomorrow, Sunday, September 23 we invite everyone to Syntagma Square to protest our anger and our opposition to economic measures, the rapid spread of Nazism and the violation of human dignity.(we will be there so the next day,on Monday ,will post photos and informations)

The only thing left is solidarity.

Head down to the streets and demonstrate your anger and your indignation.

We will claim our decent survival!

The Greek elections created the perfect storm.

Since the founding of the Greek state was ruled by politicians who were directly dependent on factors outside of Greece.

The first  Greek parties were pro-English, pro-French and pro-Russian.

It was the Greek politicians that called foreign politicians to determine the fate of Greece.

The same continues today.

The seven-year premiership (1996-2004) of Simitis tied Greece  to the chariot of Germany.

The German governments took advantage of this privileged relationship and promote the products of German industry in Greece.

Siemens was selling its products in Greece five times more than the price sold in other markets.

The Thyssenkrupp sold at three times the price in Greece drooping submarines.

The German governments and business drained and corrupted all the Greek political leadership.

The bribes and direct assignments was the usual practice.

Corruption in Greece in recent years has two names:

-Greek politicians

-German governments and businesses.

Once the Germans completely eroded Greece, demanded, the stolen , to be paid by Greek citizens.

The first and second memorandum, imposed salary reductions over 40%, increased unemployment over 25%, plunged the country into recession. The living standards of Greek plummeted. One brutal measure succeeds another.

Under these conditions, the Greeks were invited to vote.

(Photo: Victory of Samothrace. Louvre.)

The outcome of the vote is in direct response  , of the Greek people , against the German government and the EU:

-No to continuing of the same situation

-Protest and anger

-Disappearance of the dominant government  formation (PASOK) from the politics of Greece (took 13% while two and a half years ago had more than 43%).

-Rise of the left (SYRIZA) from 4.5% before two and a half years to 16.8%.

Do not form government (at least for now)

 

The Greek voters were bombarded the last years by many dilemmas:

-Euro or not ?

-Salvation or not ?

-Austerity measures or not ?

-Europe or destruction ?

With elections Greeks reverse the situation so far. They do not accept any kind of  blackmail and convey the dilemma to political parties , EU and Germany.

GREEKS HAVE DECIDED NOT TO ACCEPT ANY MORE DILEMMAS.

The dilemmas are now transferred to the real controllers:

-Can the Greek governments to decide without the people?

-Is it allowed to cut salaries and pensions and at the same time be given away 250 billion to banks?

-Can the German speak for Greek corruption when German is the one that creates it  ? ? ?

-Can the EU ,the ECB and the IMF to decide for the paradigmatic punishment of the Greeks ?

-Could there be EU once a Member – State separates ? (others will follow at least five)

-Can the bankers decide instead of people ?

-Can Europe become dominated by Germany ?

The Greeks wisely decided not to accept any government.

They decided to blackmail, as being blackmailed for two centuries.

They decided to change the terms of the game.

They decided it is time the EU and Germany to reveal their real intentions.

-They decided to expose the hypocrisy.

-They decided to play a leading role in developments in the European Union.

-Decided to no longer be extras.

Germans and bankers played with fire!

Are they ready to be burned ?

pic.twitter.com/XGtl16UT

#thegameagainstGreece

#thegameagainstEurope

#thegameagainstHumanity

I ask you directly: Is your child a terrorist?

(on the occasion of a tweet  Anonymous Mind ‏ @anonhive)

When a society does not hear her children is doomed to be destroyed.

When parents do not listen to the voice of their children, CANCELS THEIR LOVE FOR THEM.

When the old men decide for young people, everything is wrong.

When the example is negative then the future is dark.

If we think that the world we made is fair, then let’s defend it.

What would be your reaction if a parent hitting his child in the middle of the road?

When paid torturers beat the world’s children, you do not say anything?

That was yesterday in Montreal, Canada. (04/20/2012)

Tomorrow will be in your own town, in your own country.

Tomorrow will beating your kid.

#thegameagainsthumanity

What do you know about Greeks?

These are the wages in Europe today. In Greece, however, we had a new wage cut in March. The new salary is 568 euros.

Already employers seek further cut wages by 10%.

The EU , ECB , IMF asking for 15% wage cuts , at least.

The price of gasoline is now at 1.92 euros per liter.

Me , after 26 years of work I get paid 920 euros a month. 2 years ago my salary was 1760 euro.

With these conditions the Greeks are called  to vote.

Be sure that their vote will be a protest vote.

Greeks:We fight the same way we celebrate.

The living standards of the Greeks fell 40% in 2010 to 2011 due to lower salaries in the private and public sectors.

Unemployment is at 21% (unofficially at 27%).

Following the restructuring of public debt and new loan agreement signed by the Greek state and the troika (EU-ECB-IMF.), new measures come from June 2012.

-abolition of the 13th-14th salary

-reduce the basic wage to 200 euros per month

-reduction of  basic and supplementary pensions

-reduction of 10 days of annual leave

-removal of contracts and workers’ rights

-dismissal of 50,000 public employees in 2012

-dismissal of 200,000 public employees in the next 2 years

-gradual abolition of lump sum and immediately cut by 30%

-removal of severance -retirement  pay in the private sector

-elimination of tax exemptions

-new tax on drinks – cigarettes

-increase taxes on motor

-equation price of heating oil and motor

-lifting of the ban of the first housing attachment for debts

-tax ownership

-private tax collectors

-closure of schools

-closure of hospitals

-sellout of national property

 

Watch the video below how the Greeks celebrate the resurrection of Christ in churches , every year.

This is happening outside of the churches at midnight on Easter.

 

Watch the video below how the Greeks protesting.

(the man attacked at the end of the video is a former minister)

 

In Greece, the war (death) and the feast was always directly linked.

The ancient warriors, the night before the battle, enjoying themselves, because they knew that the next day, might be dead.

The same happened to the revolution of 1821.

The same happened the day that Greece entered the Second World War.

 

Imagine the picture of Greece, when it announced new measures …

The job of the injured (by police) photojournalist.

Photos by Marios Lolos.