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LABOR NOTES Mourning Students Interrupt Politics as Usual in Washington State: Picking up on more March 4 creativity: 75 students from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, organized a funeral for public education March 4 in concert with the massive protests in California schools and on other campuses around the country. After the wake, they proceeded into the Capitol building,interrupting the Senate with a protest song to the tune of Amazing Grace (the lyrics are below). read more…

DEMOCRACY NOW (VIDEO, Olympia Coalition is mentioned at 37 min.) Hundreds of Thousands Take Part in National Day of Action to Defend Public Education: Students and teachers held hundreds of demonstrations on Thursday as part of the National Day of Action to Defend Public Education. Hundreds of thousands took part in what was the largest day of coordinated student protest in years. read more…

EVERGREEN OFFICE OF GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS (full VIDEO of gallery performance and full testimonials in the Senate Ways and Means Committee) The Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget Protests Budget Cuts During National Day of Action: Members and supporters of the Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget, which meets weekly at the Evergreen State College, held a mock funeral for public education yesterday as part of a nationwide day of action centered in California. read more…

ASSOCIATED PRESS Video Essay: Students Protest Budget Cuts VIDEO

THE OLYMPIAN Students mourn budget cuts: Students from The Evergreen State College dressed in black funeral garb and sang a parody of “Amazing Grace” in the Senate gallery Thursday to criticize state budget cuts. After several warnings to not interrupt proceedings, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen tried to gavel down the group. The lyrics to the parody included the words, “The bright young minds of our country, Now wake to meet their doom; So why should we apply to school, When close ahead lies gloom?” read more…

LA TIMES Thousands protest CA education cuts: A day of passionate protest against education funding cuts attracted thousands of demonstrators Thursday to mostly peaceful rallies, walkouts and teach-ins at universities and high schools throughout California and the nation. read more…

KOMO NEWS (VIDEO) Students Protest tuition hikes at Capitol: College students took to the state Capitol on Thursday to protest against deep cuts in education funding. The students from Evergreen State College went into the Capitol building and sang, interrupting legislators on the floor. Sen. Mike Carrell was speaking on the floor, discussing House Joint Resolution 4220, when he was gaveled quiet amid the noise from the gallery. read more…

KOMO NEWS (VIDEO) UW students walk out to protest rising tuition costs: Hundreds of students at the University of Washington joined other schools across the country in staging a walkout Thursday afternoon.
They gathered and picketed in the UW’s Quad at 1 p.m. as part of the nationwide “March 4th National Day of Action for Public Education.”
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THE NEWS TRIBUNE In Senate, students sing of displeasure over education cuts: Students from The Evergreen State College dressed in black funeral garb and sang a parody of “Amazing Grace” in the Senate gallery today to criticize state budget cuts. read more…

THE HUFFINGTON POST In Olympia, Wash., a group of about 75 protesters arrived at the Capitol bearing a faux coffin emblazoned with the slogan “R.I.P. Education: Students staged raucous rallies to protest education funding cuts on college campuses nationwide Thursday, but some demonstrations got out of hand as protesters threw punches and ice chunks in Wisconsin and shut down a major freeway in California during rush-hour traffic. read more…

SOCIALIST WORKER Student conference against cuts in Washington: OLYMPIA, Wash.–Around 40 students, workers and community members gathered at a conference February 14 at Evergreen College to discuss the Washington state budget and its implications for higher education. read more…

THE NEWS TRIBUNE Republican legislators find it all to easy to target state workers: Recently I drove around Thurston County with Dave – a state community corrections officer. We traipsed through brush to an encampment of three homeless sex offenders living in tents and under tarps. We walked through mud and past an unchained Rottweiler to check a drug offender’s trailer and through numerous homes of other offenders to ensure they were honoring the conditions of their community release. read more…

KOMO NEWS Thousands join dueling tax rallies at Capitol Monday: OLYMPIA, Wash. – Activists on both sides of tax debate descended on the state Capitol on Monday to speak their minds. read more…

SEATTLE TIMES Thousands rally in Olympia for and against tax increases: OLYMPIA — Thousands of people swarmed the state Capitol on Monday to protest tax increases — and then an hour later thousands more gathered to support them.
A crowd that State Patrol officers pegged at around 3,000 people chanted “No more tax!” at the statehouse, only to be replaced by an even larger throng yelling “No more cuts!” read more…

SOCIALIST WORKER Intimidation tactics at SFSU: It has been suggested that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to restore $305 million to California State universities’ 2010-2011 budget is a response to months of militant action on the campuses and the continued growth of the student movement. The fact that our tactics are working has, inevitably, caught the attention of the police. read more…

THE NEWS TRIBUNE Students Rally Across State: Hundreds of University of Washington students gathered at noon Friday on the Capitol steps to voice their displeasure over increased tuition and proposed cuts to financial aid and the school’s budget.
A state trooper estimated the crowd at 300 to 350 people. About the same time, students at Western Washington University, The Evergreen State College and Central Washington University staged walkouts. About 500 Eastern Washington University and 150 Washington State University students also held walkouts recently, media reports say. read more…

THE NEWS TRIBUNE Cuts threaten college students’ scholarships: When University of Washington junior Janel Brown talks to younger students about college, she tells them that if they do their part in the classroom, the rest will take care of itself.
The same assurances were made to Brown while she attended Franklin High School in inner-city Seattle. Due in large part to Husky Promise, a tuition assistance program that serves about 7,000 low or lower middle-income students at the UW, Brown is the first one in her family to attend college. read more…

THE NEWS TRIBUNE We’re putting Washington’s future at risk Legislature needs to think of the long-term impacts of cutting education funds: For Madeline Corrado-Din and Trina Griffis, the debate over higher education funding in the Washington Legislature is far from academic.
Madeline is the first in her family to attend college. Trina is a single mom, balancing parenthood, work and school. Both came to The Evergreen State College to earn a bachelor’s degree so they can compete for higher-paying jobs today and in the future and give something back to their state and their community. For them, access to a baccalaureate education is critical. read more…

THE OLYMPIAN Evergreen Students, some faculty to protest cuts: Students and faculty members from about five classrooms at The Evergreen State College plan to walk out of class this morning in protest of pending state budget cuts. “There is at least five classes that are going to walk out together, including faculty members, and two other faculty members,’’ said Candace Catskin, a student helping to organize the event. read more…

KLEWTV NEWS WSU students protest cuts and hikes: PULLMAN – Proposed cuts and tuition increases prompted some WSU students to take a stand Thursday. Or rather a sit.
Thursday afternoon students walked out of their classes and took part in what they called a peaceful protest outside the CUB.
Tuition at WSU will go up 14 percent each year for the next two years, while almost 360 positions are expected to be cut. Students said they hope the demonstration shows university administrators how unhappy students are with paying more to attend a university that’s planning to offer less. read more…

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