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Aug. 11-14: Student Power Convergence in Columbus, OH

Posted 2 years ago on July 17, 2012, 12:32 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

everything that rises must converge

via Student Power 2012

Students from all over the U.S. are planning a National Student Power Convergence in Columbus, Ohio from August 11-14th. Inspired by successful, youth-led campaigns at home and transformative movements abroad, students in the U.S. feel the need for a national movement. The convergence will bring together hundreds of students from across the country to discover the connection between our struggles and ignite a broader movement for justice and equality.

The convergence will feature appearances from organizers of international movements like the spokesperson for Québec’s CLASSE student union and noted speakers like Naomi Klein. Participants will learn from leaders of historic student movements and key organizers behind successful campaigns to stop the Keystone Pipeline and fight the deportation of Dream Act eligible students.

The convergence will include trainings designed to equip attendees with movement building skills and strategy sessions to connect a wide variety of organizers from across the student movement. Students from fledgling statewide networks like New York Students Rising, the Ohio Student Association, and many from more established groups are organizing the event.

This is the most diverse, tech-savvy generation in our history – and the first that can’t expect a higher standard of living than its parents. Our generation sees its opportunities increasingly eroded by inequality, racial injustice, and austerity. The political system, ruled by corporate interests, no longer serves the people. Students refuse to allow our country to continue going fiscally, morally, and culturally bankrupt.

“As students from the U.S., we come from a legacy of progress through resistance. Now it’s time to unite and realize that nobody can shape our future but ourselves,” says Biola Jeje, a CUNY student helping to plan the convergence.

From the mass student movements of the 1930s to student sit-ins of the 1960s, young people have instigated some of the most significant social and economic shifts in our nation’s history. Groups like SNCC and SDS were among the most influential change-makers of the 20th century. Now, it’s our turn.

The past year has shown resurgence in youth activism. From Wisconsin to Keystone XL, from Occupiers to DREAMers, youth in the U.S. already have the will and determination to forge a politically transformative movement. The convergence will provide a shared space where U.S. youth can determine a path for collective action.

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[-] 2 points by Shamus27 (84) 2 years ago

Guys / Gals,

I wanted to get this story from the BBC to you. (See link below)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18944097

If the US could get the taxes involved from these havens we would be well on our way to solving some of our debt problems.

Thanks for your show and for all you do.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22211) 2 years ago

Great link, thanks. So, the global super-rich are hiding approximately $21 trillion.

[-] 2 points by radicalarry1 (2) 2 years ago

Wages have stagnated in america for the last 40 years. (from the Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz, winner of the nobel prize in economics).
Gas has doubled in the last 15 years raising the price of almost everything we buy. Ask everyone you know if their wages have kept up with this. There are at least 240 million workers in America that should be really mad about getting ripped off that much and left behind.

[-] 1 points by zorbaka2 (61) 2 years ago

I understand the inequality and corporate takeover of politics but I sincerely do not see what you have against the keystone pipeline. Other far-out things you oppose is losing you support of the masses. You are seeming more and more like just another radical group who only want to destroy everything. I also understand your opposition to privatizing colleges and giving their coporate executives huge salaries while plunging students into massive debt. I hope you find a way forward to educate the public that greed does not lead to a happy life and let loose like it is now is destroying any real democracy we once had.

[-] 1 points by theringneck (5) 2 years ago

Occupy Vatican !!!

Please watch " Vatican: Owner of world's biggest banks and top companies [Catholic Church Exposed] " on youtube. An evil empire selling lies and superstition, all their wealth belong to the people and it should donate to the real charitable organization for a good cause instead.

[-] 1 points by sufinaga (513) 2 years ago

the vatican's age of consent is 12!!! the pope has covered up child abuse for many years! putting an image of a man nailed to a cross into children's minds is CHILD ABUSE. fishers of men are predators of men. we must protect our community from predatory crucifixion merchant money sharks. christianity is a roman invention to frighten the slaves. all christians are corporate agents.

[-] 1 points by theringneck (5) 2 years ago

In order to understand the peril of religion, please watch " The God Delusion (1/5) - Richard Dawkins " and " The Virus of Faith (1/5) - Richard Dawkins " on youtube. Thank you for saving the human civilization and humanity by recognize the truth of science teaching as well as from the power of knowledge. May knowledge bless you.

[-] 1 points by theringneck (5) 2 years ago

The Unbearable Truth Final Revelation, please watch " The Unbearable Truth: Christianity is a LIE 1 ", " The Unbearable Truth: Christianity is a LIE 2 " and " The Unbearable Truth: Christianity is a LIE 3 " on youtube. Thank you for watching.

[-] 1 points by theringneck (5) 2 years ago

bible study time, Please watch ( "god is not good": teaching god Ethics ) , ( Noah's Ark-God, Giraffes & Genocide ) and  ( The Thing That God Can't Do ) on youtube.