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Increasing Federal and State Investment in Public Higher Education: Invest in Minds not Missiles
October 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Public education is under siege across the country: From budget cuts by Republican-controlled state legislatures and administrations; from charter school, voucher and other privatization campaigns led by Hedge Fund managers and their allies; most recently from the Supreme Court Janus decision undermining pubic sector unions. These factors also weaken public higher education, which in addition have to fight off the campaigns of the Koch Brothers and their allies to limit progressive education and speech on campuses.
Though almost all of our institutions of higher education are under pressure, one of the most critical and most vulnerable institutions of higher education in Massachusetts is the University of Massachusetts at Boston, originally chartered with the mission of ensuring quality higher education for disadvantaged urban residents. The recent Court rejection of the millionaire’s tax exacerbates the situation. Countering the efforts to shrink access to higher education, the Bernie Sanders campaign, Our Revolution and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, have called for four years of tuition free public higher education for all qualified high school graduates. These proposals finance the program through the federal budget by reversing the Republican tax cuts, and by cutting the bloated Pentagon Budget.
These issues will be addressed at a public forum at UMass Boston.
Welcome: Representative of the UMass Administration:
Panel: Financing Public Higher Education
Chair: Prof. Jane Regan (BU College of Communication, Dept. of Journalism)
– Protecting and Promoting Public Education – Barbara Madeloni, Past President, Mass Teachers Assn.
– Pressing the State Legislature to Increase its Education Budget: State Rep. Mike Connolly (26th Middlesex);
– The Continuing Struggle for Inclusion: Prof. Tony Van Der Meer, Africana Studies, UMass Boston.
– Four Years of Tuition Free Public Higher Education – The Peoples Budget: Prof. Jonathan King, Our Revolution National Campus Faculty and Staff Committee, and Massachusetts Peace Action.
– Making our Tax Dollars Available for Public Education, Veterans Affairs, and other Essential Needs by Cutting the Inflated Pentagon Budget: Senior Lecturer Paul Atwood, American Studies, UMass Boston Honors College and Veterans for Peace.
Panel: The Value of UMass Boston to the Boston-area Community:
– The Role of UMass in Providing Urban Access to Higher Education: Prof Marlene Kim, Dept. of Economics, UMass Boston.
– Public Research for Public Good: Prof. Randy Albelda, Dept. of Economics, UMass Boston.
– Responding to our Immigrant Communities: Prof. Jean Lesly Rene, Haitian Creole and Culture Institute and Africana Studies, UMass Boston
– Opportunities for Non-Traditional Students: Ms. Jelena Mitic-Elliott, Undergraduate, UMass Boston.
– Graduate Programs as a Key Public Service Resource: Graduate Students, UMass Boston.
Closing Remarks: Where Do We Go From Here? Zac Bears, PHENOM; Anneta Argyres, Professional Staff Union, SaveUMB; Juan Blanco PHENOM-UMB.
Please pre-register to help our planning and organizing.
Program Committee: Paul Atwood, Marcus Breen, State Rep. Mike Connolly, Michael Gilbreath, Jonathan King (Co-Chair), Jelena Mitic-Elliott, Jane Regan (Co-Chair).
Co-Sponsors: American Friends Service Committee, Faculty Staff Union Executive Committee; Institute for People’s Engagement; Massachusetts Peace Action; national Our Revolution; Our Revolution Somerville; People’s Budget Campaign, PHENOM, SaveUMB, SEIU Local 888, Veteran’s for Peace; William Joiner Center, UMB.