Look at the language of this piece; it’s horrific.
“…a select group spending most of the day inside the rotunda to achieve one goal: getting arrested.”
“The main group of arrestees, who will be charged with trespassing, apparently felt they had made their point, although it was unclear at times exactly what that was.”
“..but at times the leaderless Occupy movement supporters discussed issuing demands on a range of issues.”
How is this OBJECTIVE journalism? The writer clearly has a biased view towards the Occupy movement - a view his is imparting on other, less-analytic readers, who accept that all news is fact.
Honestly, it appears he didn’t even bother to ask - as a journalist should - what the point these kids were trying to make; instead he just disqualifies them as ignorant, rabble-rousing kids. I’ll give you a hint: it wasn’t that hard to figure out. They want their government to contribute more money towards education, less on prisons, and pass the tax reforms that would provide more money for their schools. Hardly the goals of a disorganized mob.
So here’s some pictures of the March 5 protest in Sacramento.
I talked to so many people, all of whom were saying the same thing: soon-to-be graduates were afraid of graduating with massive debt. High school students were scared of going to college in the first place. Every student was terrified of being unable to get into the classes they need, because budget cuts are reducing the number of available programs and teachers. Fear should not be the predominant emotion concerning higher education.
Partial video interviews can be seen here and here. I dunno why they’re only partial, I thought I uploaded the whole video, but whatevs. I had to take over the Ustream when another reporter’s phone died - and goddamn does live stream suck up energy fast; in an hour my phone was dead too.
A current live stream can be seen here. Many of the education activists left after the march, but Occupy Education has moved in, and are sitting on the floor of the capitol building. A dispersal order has yet to be given, but police are soon to be moving in with zip-ties..
So, I’m heading up to Sacramento tomorrow to cover and participate in the March for Education/Occupy Education rally tomorrow. (It’s my first time to my state’s capitol! O_o)
Around 11,000 students and teachers have signed up to bus or drive there, not to mention however many began walking there on March 1st.
If you do the Twitter thang, follow us here. It’s a big ol’ team up between City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University, which is pretty awesome.
I’ll prolly throw up a couple updates here as well, so watch out for that tomorrow.
March 1, day of protest against cuts to education funding in U.S.
I’m not sure where this is…
But I know that today marks the day that college students from San Francisco begin their 5 day march - on foot- to Sacramento.
Many more of us will be joining them on the 5th, in Sacramento, to protest the current state of education.
I’m considering live-blogging the event. Thoughts?