RSCC: STOP EDUCATIONAL GENOCIDE AGAINST BLACK & BROWN YOUTH! Liberate the schools! Close the prisons!

CONTINGENT AGAINST EDUCATIONAL GENOCIDE

Art by Seth Tobocman (from Rethinking Schools)

The Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee (RSCC), NYC calls on progressive youth and students to join a Contingent Against Educational Genocide for the March 1 National Day of Action for Education.

Convene at 1:45 PM, Thursday, March 1 at the intersection of Duane Street and Elk Street in Manhattan near the African Burial Ground. Look for the banner that says, “STOP EDUCATIONAL GENOCIDE AGAINST BLACK & BROWN YOUTH”. We will then march to 52 Chambers Street for the start of the citywide action. Take the 4, 5, 6, J, Z trains to Chambers Street / Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, or the R train to City Hall.

We charge genocide …

Because NYC schools fail to prepare 87% of Black and Latino students for college, according to official stats.

Because the NYPD arrests an average of five students everyday in school, 90% of them Black and Latino, and school policies increasingly put our youth on a pipeline into prison.

Because CUNY ended open admissions, abolished remedial programs at its four-year colleges and uses standardized tests and tuition hikes to exclude poor, working-class and oppressed-nationality people.

Because the NYPD murdered 18-year-old Ramarley Graham inside his own apartment in the Bronx and then detained his grandmother for five hours at the precinct.

Because the NYPD conducted a record-high of more than 680,000 stop-and-frisks last year, 87% of them targeting Black and Latino people.

Because the US criminal injustice system keeps about 2.5 million people behind bars and another 5 million under supervision. More Black men today are in prison, on probation, or on parole than were enslaved in 1850.

We charge genocide, because the system is killing our communities with its schools, its police and its prisons. Schools are closing. Tuition is rising. Everyday, our people are disrespected in the classrooms by Eurocentric teachers and in the streets by rampaging cops. The same system that oppresses us in the hood oppresses our homelands – Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Latin America as a whole, the Philippines and many other places that suffer from US imperialism.

These conditions must be put to an end. We must organize the youth and students to fight for the most dispossessed, exploited and oppressed sections of our communities. We must unite our communities to fight for survival against genocide. We must struggle for fundamental transformation led by those with nothing to lose and a world to win.

Join us in a Contingent Against Educational Genocide on the March 1 National Day of Action for Education to demand an end to the killing of our communities by the schools, the police and the prisons.

The RSCC’s first call to action! SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION!

NO TO THE ‘GASODUCTO’ IN PUERTO RICO!

PROTEST AGAINST EL GASODUCTO IN SOLIDARITY
WITH THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO

There will be a national march in Puerto Rico on Sunday, February 19th protesting against the 92-mile natural gas pipeline in the u.s. colony of Puerto Rico, called the Via Verde in Spanish by the Puerto Rican colonial government, or “The Green Way.” 

We invite all CUNY students and our communities to show solidarity with the Puerto Rican people and we invite the community here to say NO AL GASODUCTO and YES TO A FREE PUERTO RICO!

Come join the RSCC contingent at the march/rally called by NY Contra El Gasoducto on February 19th in the NYC march/rally in solidarity with the National March Against the Gasoducto/Gas Pipeline at 11:30 AM in front of 26 Federal Plaza. Take the 4, 5, 6, J, Z trains to Chambers Street / Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, or the R train to City Hall.

“El Tubo de la Muerte” (The Tube of Death): 

The ‘gasoducto’ is a planned 92-mile natural gas pipeline, running from the southwestern coast of the island to the north. It cuts across over 200 bodies of water (from which drinking water is produced) and at least a thousand acres of forestland and farmland, endangering at least 200,000 nearby residents. For comparison, the island has a population of less than 4 million people.

Governor Fortuno and his comprador (sellout) state proposed this pipeline with the full support of its u.s. colonizer, by way of the u.s. Army Corps of Engineers. The pipeline is said to be energy efficient, lowering energy costs on the island, but that has not been proven to be factual by either independent or UPR (Universidad de Puerto Rico) scientists. The pipeline itself is expected to cost upwards of 800 million to one billion dollars. Polls have shown that an overwhelming majority of the population (70%) opposes the building of “el tubo de la muerte” (the tube of death). In fact, while it is false that it will substantially decrease energy costs, it is more importantly an ecological and human disaster, as the pipeline would run across fault lines and tsunami danger areas.

Who is this pipeline for?

Puerto Rico gets almost all of its energy from outside the nation and this ‘gasoducto’ would guarantee the island’s dependency on outside energy. This would benefit u.s. energy interests, as it guarantees them a permanent stake in Puerto Rico’s energy issues. This shows that the comprador colonial government does not care for the safety and well-being of the Puerto Rican people. It is more interested in saving a couple of dimes and providing profits for u.s. (and British) energy companies.

Where we stand:

The Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee (RSCC), NYC understands that the forces supporting el ‘gasoducto’ are sellouts and colonizing forces themselves. The u.s. Army Corps of Engineers refused to translate the 100+ page document about the proposed ‘gasoducto’ from english to Spanish, even though most of the population only speaks Spanish. We support the demand of NO AL GASODUCTO.

As revolutionary students who are descendants of enslaved and/or colonized people (and yes, some of us are proud Puerto Rican revolutionaries), we understand the fundamental issue concerning Puerto Ricans on the island and in the u.s. is that of u.s. colonization, imperialism and national oppression.

The collaboration of a ‘vende patria’ (traitor) such as Fortuno and the colonial oppressor u.s. has got to go. The issues that continuously hurt the Puerto Rican people (both on the island and in the u.s.) — such as el ‘gasoducto’, the AIDS epidemic, the War on Drugs, police brutality, poor education, lack of quality health care — all stem from the fact that Puerto Ricans are colonized subjects of the yanqui empire. RSCC believes that the fight against el ‘gasoducto’ (and other issues) must centralize the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, as these issues stem from u.s. white-supremacist capitalism. And, Puerto Ricans on the mainland must not only actively take part in the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, but must also take part in dismantling empire in the belly of the beast, here in the u.s.

NO AL GASODUCTO!

VIVA PUERTO RICO LIBRE!