march 26, 2012. was walking around DC when i heard the familiar sounds of chanting, saw the familiar ominous presence of police cars and officers, heard some sirens. so i went to find out what was happening…it was a student-led protest on student loan debt and the immorality of organizations like sallie mae. a group of about 200 was chanting and holding fists up, waving signs in the faces of about 40 police officers of various ranking (from lowly security guards to blue suits to FBI agents). cop vans, motorcycles and sedans drove by and crowded the area. there were 20 students sitting down in the entrance way of the capital one bank where the sallie mae organization is located. when policemen forcefully began handcuffing the protestors sitting down, the chants called out the officers themselves: “POLICE OFFICERS. ARE ARRESTING UNARMED STUDENTS. WHO ARE DEEP IN DEBT. PUTTING THEM IN HANDCUFFS. FOR REQUESTING A MEETING WITH SALLIE MAE. THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE? THE POLICEMEN KNOW THIS IS WRONG!”
to all those students protesting in washington DC i see you! was filming and am making a short film to spread awareness of the work you guys are doing.
the group is the USSA, the United States Student Associationhttp://www.usstudents.org/
The United States Student Association, the country’s oldest and largest student-led organization, represents over 4 million students at over 400 campuses across the nation. We work to develop current and future leaders and amplify the student voice at the local, state, and national levels by mobilizing grassroots power to win concrete victories on student issues.
HERE IS THE NEWS ARTICLE:
this is the film that I made. please watch and share.
“The key to a democracy is an educated and informed electorate.”
Schools serve societies. If people are not educated, if people do not have the basic skills to be truly active citizens, democracy simply can’t function. What type of society is the public education system in America serving?
democracy: rule by the majority
plutocracy: rule by the wealthy
ALL CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND is a 30 minute documentary that seeks to answer this vital question.
THE LINK IS HERE: https://vimeo.com/37269413