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Occupy Education: March 1 protests planned for CA campuses

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Occupy Education will be schooling California college campuses on March 1 with scheduled protests denouncing cuts to higher education and promoting a message that, "education is not for sale."

Dubbed the "National Day of Action," the call for change is detailed on the movement's website:

"We refuse to accept the dismantling of our schools and universities, while the banks and corporations make record profits. We refuse to accept educational re-segregation, massive tuition increases, outrageous student debt, and increasing privatization and corporatization.

They got bailed out and we got sold out. But through nationally coordinated mass action we can and will turn back the tide of austerity.

We call on all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education —pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions— and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities, to mobilize on March 1st, 2012 across the country to tell those in power: The resources exist for high-quality education for all."

College campuses throughout California, and the country, are expecting faculty and students in the thousands to engage in marches, rallies, teach-ins, walk-outs, protests and other types of gatherings, the L.A. Times explains. The University of California and California State University systems each suffered $750 million worth of state funding cuts in the 2011-12 academic year.