Occupy Education

By Ezra Deutsch-Feldman

March 1 was a national day of action for the Occupy Education movement. At campuses across the country, students, faculty, and staff organized protests, marches, sit-ins, and other nonviolent actions to draw attention to funding cuts, student debt, and the growing corporatization of higher education.

AAUP chapters from Delaware to California participated in the day of action. Faculty at Saint Catherine University in Minnesota posted flyers and submitted editorials to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. Indiana University held a panel discussion on skyrocketing student debt. Faculty, staff, and students at Lincoln University in Missouri organized a letter-writing campaign and held a lobbying day at the statehouse in Jefferson City. You can read about how other AAUP chapters participated in Occupy Education, and get ideas for actions you can take on your own campus, at www.aaup.org/AAUP/about/events/occupy.