Student protest.

Position:News for Educational Workers

Blaring out from sound systems at almost every major protest in April and May 2011 against the government's plans to raise tuition fees, Conscious Hip-Hop has become the soundtrack to student protest in the United Kingdom (The Guardian, April 30, 2011).

United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) launched a national "Take Back Our Economy" project and mobilized in more than 30 cities on March 2 and April 4, 2011, in support of student and worker rights. Emory, William and Mary, Tulane, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rutgers held sit-ins, videos of which can be seen at www.truthout. org/print/1721.

Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute protested the ExxonMobil CEO as their commencement speaker, having instead an alternative speaker from the Post Carbon Institute for their May 14, 2011 graduation ceremony (www.care2. com, April 29, 2011).

At a Tucson Unified School District board meeting, Ethnic Studies/Mexican American Studies students chained themselves to the board members' chairs and prevented the introduction of a resolution that would have terminated the accreditation of their program (AlterNet, April 26, 2011 and The Nation, May 23, 2011).

10,000 students from Powershift, a youth climate movement organization involving students, community leaders and activists, protested in the streets of Washington, DC, calling for action on the climate and the BP oil spill (www., April 20, 2011).


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