Solidarity Actions To Defend Oakland Lakeview Elementary School Occupation-Unions & Alameda Labor Movement Must Back Occupation As Sanctioned Strike


Solidarity Actions To Defend Oakland Lakeview Elementary School Occupation-Unions & Alameda Labor Movement Must Back Occupation As Sanctioned Strike

Solidarity Actions To Defend Oakland Lakeview Elementary School Occupation-Unions & Alameda Labor Movement Must Back Occupation As Sanctioned Strike

Many of you already know about the sit-in at Lakeview Elementary, to protest the closure of five Oakland elementary schools, to demand repudiating the $100 million debt to the state of California (a debt which was tripled under the state takeover (2003 – 2010, when the state itself ran the Oakland school district and used it as a laboratory for privatization), and fully funding quality public education for all Oakland students. Today, we re-opened Lakeview as the People’s School for Public Education.

At approximately 9AM this morning, Oakland Unified School District police posted “Stay Away” notices telling all present to leave and stay off the Lakeview site for at least 30 days. They were led by the notorious Sergeant R. Bhatt, who killed black teenager Raheim Brown less than a year ago. At approximately 3:45 pm, OUSD police returned, together with a negotiator from the Oakland Police Department, to walk through the school site, allegedly to check for safety and well-being.) Thus far, the police have not attempted to physically break up the school or the encampment. The more strength we show, the greater the numbers we mobilize every day, and the more public support we can demonstrate, the greater the likelihood that we can maintain the People’s School at Lakeview and, further, deepen and broaden this to directly repudiate austerity cuts and fight for quality public education for all Oakland schools and students.

We are fighting back and we can win:

  • Oakland education unions are calling on the Central Labor Council to tell the city and the school district that if the police remove us from the Lakeview site, then the labor council will declare the entire Lakeview site to be a sanctioned strike site with sanctioned picket lines. The presidents of the Oakland Education Association (the teachers’ union) and University Professional and Technical Employees Local 1 (representing staff at U. of California Berkeley and UC Office of the President) have already sent emails to this effect to Labor Council head Josie Camacho, as have executive board members from the Peralta Federation of Teachers (representing faculty at local community colleges). Other unions will be following suit. Union members should urge their leaders to send similar messages to Ms. Camacho.
  • We need you to come out and show your active support at the Lakeview site;
  • Daily rallies: We will rally at 4PM .every day between now and Friday in front of the school (746 Grand Ave., across from the Grand Lake Theater).
  • Saturday Convergence: This Saturday (June 23), we will assemble at noon at Oscar Grant Plaza (14th and Broadway), then march to Lakeview Elementary for a 2PM rally.

Sign our petition, which you’ll find at:”People’s School for Public Education”, http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/i-support-the-lakeview-sit-in/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=system&utm_campaign=Send%2Bto%2BFriend
In Solidarity and Struggle,
Jack Gerson
jackrgerson

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