Tuesday, Nov. 8: FIRE THE BOARD OF REGENTS

Anti-immigrant policies are hitting the ground on Georgia’s campuses. The GA Board of Regents’ Policy 4.1.6 bars any person without “proper documentation” from attending the the five most competitive public universities. The Regents’ heinous agenda, from immigrant scapegoating to incessant fee hikes, must be stopped–by US!

Join us for our DAY OF ACTION against the GA Board of Regents!

11:00 AM – Rally at Georgia State courtyard and press conference (location TBA)

11:45 AM – March to USG headquarters

12 NOON – Enter and attend Board of Regents meeting.

The Regents continue to make harmful economic and political policies that attack students and their communities. We demand education, not deportation. We demand quality higher education and will fight for our libraries, our departments, our professors, our workers, and ourselves!

We stand in full solidarity with the International Student Movement and the ‘November Global Weeks of Action to Defend Education’, UC students protesting UC Regents, and all people involved in the struggle for free and emancipatory education.

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PANEL DISCUSSION this Wednesday!

As concerned students, faculty, and community members of Georgia State University, we recognize that the character of our “public” university is being severely compromised by incessant budget cuts, fee increases, and anti-immigration legislation hitting the ground on Georgia campuses. We are witnessing the effects of political and economic policies on our campus and as our university continues to expand by building lavish dormitories and defund our academic programs. This is a crisis of priorities.

The Regents’ agenda of austerity must be stopped. Join us for an informative, participatory, and thoughtful discussion on what we can do together to take back our school.

The university belongs to those who make it

Update and Thank You

(please note: this is a proclamation for people arrested on the night of Troy Davis’ death, from Atlanta to Jackson. These people and their actions were outside the realm of this GSPHE as an organization)

Thanks to all of you for your financial contributions for the arrested on the night of Troy Davis’ murder on September 22. It is in times of crisis when we realize we must have unwavering support for each other, and everyone deeply appreciates the help received from the Atlanta community.

The funds gathered through our PayPal account, the fundraiser party, and other donations given throughout the week paid for bail for those arrested. The charges are obstruction of a police officer, wearing a mask to conceal identification, and simple battery. All three charges are misdemeanors.

However, those arrested need support in the coming months in regards to a successful defense. The rest of the amount will be spent on other legal/court fees, and the court date and details of the finances are still pending.

We will keep you informed as more details emerge. Thank you for your continued support.

Solidarity

GSPHE in Solidarity with the Irvine 11

On September 23, 2011, ten students from the UC system called the Irvine 11 were found guilty of conspiracy and disturbing the peace. The case began in February 2010 when eleven students disrupted a speech by Michael Oren to protest the injustices committed through Israeli force and propaganda.  The students left peacefully but were then arrested.

Currently, the Muslim Student Union (MSU) at UC Irvine was suspended for one quarter and continues to face probation for two academic years. The Orange County District Attorney’s office charged the Irvine 11 with “breaking the law by organizing in emails and meetings to disrupt Oren’s speech.”

It is obvious that the Irvine 11 were prosecuted because of the nature of the Israeli occupation and because the students are Muslim. Israel has shown itself committed to repressing not only the people of Palestine, but of all forms of solidarity with the people of Palestine. Israel has been a collaborator in the creation of islamaphobia, in an effort to equate muslims and brown people, and therefore Palestinians, as terrorists.

We are completely appalled with the jury’s ruling and it is deeply troubling that California announced this verdict only a day after Troy Davis’ death and we must acknowledge the parallels between both cases.  Both cases involve repression of a minority people of color. Both cases help to illuminate their condition within the United States in particular and within a system of racism in general.

The prosecutors see concerned peoples and community members organizing themselves to make their voices heard as acting out against the law. Equating “organizing in meetings and emails” to “breaking the law” would be laughable if the attack on the Irvine 11 wasn’t already clouded with more critical and difficult issues – such as our incredibly unjust court system, state repression and the occupation of Palestine. The UC system chose to make an example out of the Irvine 11 and stifle all forms of student protests throughout the state, setting a dangerous precedent for free speech and political organizing.

We stand in full solidarity with the Irvine 11 and we will continue to support all efforts to make change from below for emancipatory education and environment. Likewise, we stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine!

Listen world, you will see! Palestine will be free!

Five Georgia Students Arrested

Four individuals arrested in Atlanta during a nocturnal march in response
to the murder of Troy Davis and at least one GSPHE member in
Jackson. There were others arrested besides GSPHE members, but we don’t have all the information on them.

Charges remain, at this time,  unknown.

Email us if you can contribute financially

georgiasphe@gmail.com

To learn more about the murder of Troy Davis check out this story: here http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/09/the_long_murderous_arm_of_the_law_has_killed_troy_davis.html

NEWS: Sept. 13 – 14th Board of Regents AGENDA and CUTS

On September 13, 2011, the Georgia Board of Regents met to finalize drastic cuts for the 2012 – 2013 academic year. Below is their agenda, and you can find their agenda in full here.

Below is word for word the cuts that the Regents will be enforcing. This is their language and is taken directly from their website:

“The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget directed state agencies to submit reduction plans of 2% for the amended FY 2012 and FY 2013 budgets. Accordingly, each institution has developed budget reduction plans at the 2% level. In a majority of cases, the reduction actions are continuing for both FY 2012 and FY 2013; therefore, a single reduction plan is being presented for both fiscal years.

A 2% reduction equates to $34.8M for the University System. Appendix II includes the targets by institution and Appendix III includes details of institutional plans to meet the reduction targets.

Institutional Strategies
1. Eliminate positions and reduce workforce – Institutional plans include eliminating full-time, part-time, and temporary faculty and staff positions.
2. Freeze and delay hiring critical positions – Actions proposed by the institutions include delays in hiring full-time and limited-term faculty, as well as freezing vacant faculty and staff positions.
3. Decline in campus maintenance – Plans include continued deferral of building maintenance and repairs to campus facilities and delay in planned campus renovation projects and facility upgrades.
4. Delay investment in equipment – Plans include reductions in equipment purchases by extending the life of technology, lab and plant operation equipment and delaying equipment upgrades for classrooms.
5. Reduce library subscriptions and books – Plan details include reduced purchases of subscriptions, journals and databases.
6. Delay expansion efforts – Plans include delay in strategic investments to expand premier graduate and professional programs and a slowdown in efforts to expand medical education.
7. Other reductions – Other actions proposed by institutions include limiting faculty and staff development, reduced funding for public service and outreach, and reduced operating and travel expenditures.”

The USG continues to extract resources from the students enrolled in the system instead of taking pay cuts themselves. These resources are not limited to our pockets, they attack our libraries, the desks in our classrooms, and our art and lab supplies.  They are making these cuts shamelessly.

Their agenda of austerity must be stopped.

STUDENTS > PROFIT

Freedom University

MISSION / MISIÓN

Founded in 2011, Freedom University is a volunteer-driven organization that provides rigorous, college-level instruction to all academically qualified students regardless of their immigration status. Our faculty are fully committed to providing our students with college courses equivalent to those taught at the state’s most selective universities. We believe that all Georgians have an equal right to a quality education. Separate and unequal access to higher education contravenes this country’s most cherished principles of equality and justice for all.

Please find more information on Freedom University here. You can find more information the courses, how you can register, and how you can help.

Freedom University was created specifically in response to the spate of anti-immigration legislation that has swept Georgia – including the Board of Regents’ decision to ban undocumented peoples from attending our PUBLIC universities!

We will always find a way to fight back!