NEW YORK - After more than a decade of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's corporate restructuring of public education, a coalition of community groups hit the streets to ask New Yorkers, especially parents, what their priorities really were.
During the last 20 years of the Giuliani and then Bloomberg administrations, the living standards of the 99 percent have steadily declined, while the wealth of the 1 percent has risen.
About 3,000 school workers and their allies rallied at the Capitol in Austin March 11. Buses came from all over the state.
The mood was boisterous and upbeat as some 2,000 demonstrators massed outside Philadelphia School District headquarters in an attempt to stop threatened closing of nearly 30 public schools.
Parents, students and community groups, whose pent up outrage at school privatization dictated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been unleashed by the strike, joined teachers on the picket lines.
The soon-to-be-released film "Won't Back Down" is already drawing criticism from teacher and public school advocates.
Republicans - presumed presidential nominee Mitt Romney included - have become anti-public education, Democratic Vice President Joseph Biden says.
In addition to shining a light on current day attacks on voting rights, immigrant rights and workers rights. marchers yesterday added the fight for universal public education to their agenda.
More than a thousand public employee unionists, educators, parents, environmentalists, and Occupy activists rallied for a "Strong Schools, Strong Oregon" day of mass action at the state Capitol.
The occupiers were dramatizing their frustration with plans by the Chicago Public Schools to close the school and reopen it as a charter.