To the students in 31 states and at 28 actions and at God knows how many campuses,
I will be going to class tomorrow. But I support what you are doing and I will contribute, where and when I can, to promoting accessible, affordable education for California, the US, and the world.
I hope all of you who can march do so. I hope all of you who can vote also do so – building power is even harder than planning actions, and let us not discount the ballot’s power for as long as we can wield it. Study your Senators, Governors, Representatives, state legislators, county board and municipal functionaries. Push them on their commitment to education, to schools, to students and teachers. Vote accordingly.
While rallies and public examples can certainly assist us (as Schwarzenegger’s prioritization of education after last November showed) we must vote to create a legislative majority that understands and responds to our needs and our pressure, from the State House to the White House.
So go to rallies. Go to teach-ins. Go to march-ins. If you feel you’d be better served in class, stay in class and start to organize your classmates.
But please, for your sake and mine, vote.
And don’t stop there. Maintain this frustration, this urgency, past November; the struggle for education is tied to the struggle for safe and healthy communities, for jobs, for life more abundantly in every situation.
Strike to defend education October 7th.
Vote to defend education November 2nd.
Work to defend education from this day forward.
We were taught that a better life begins with education. Give your self a chance for the former by demanding the latter.