Share in Creations Against Budget Cuts OR How Can We Take Care of Eachother Better
In hopes to turn the chapter, Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget is calling for participation in their first Fair Budget Fair at the Eagles Ballroom (4th and Plum, Olympia WA), Saturday and Sunday: January 15th and 16th.
The community’s concerns with the budget crisis are rising.
The governor’s new budget proposal calls for the elimination of Basic Health, the only source of health care for 66,000 people. 49,000 people with severe disabilities will lose state assistance. K-12 education is losing 2.2 billion dollars and higher education is under attack by higher costs and lower quality.
Groups of artists, musicians, and activists are continuing work with the Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget. This Coalition is now hoping to reach out to the greater Olympia community. To gain a sense of how people are being affected, and what they want the term ‘activism’ to mean. From lectures, panels, workshops, and discussion to art auctions, performances, food, and dance - there will be opportunities for participants to be informed on the cuts that are affecting people’s health care, education, social services, and jobs. In turn, moments of uncertainty will offer more information, contributing to discussion, and creating alternatives separate from the systems in place.
HCC Occupation Post Script:
Some Reflections and Explanations
TESC Community Protests Impending Layoffs, Tuition Hikes, and Shrinking Financial Aid
February 5, 2010
11:30AM – 1:30PM
The Evergreen State College, Red Square
At 11:30 AM on Friday, February 5, 2010, hundreds of Evergreen State College students, faculty, and staff members plan to “Walk Out” of their classes and jobs in a protest against Governor Gregoire's proposed budget cuts to higher education, social services, and environmental protection programs. As legislators scramble to solve the $2.6 billion shortfall, TESC faces a $1.6 million cut, bringing the college's 2010-2011 funding to 1999 levels. Statewide, low-income students seeking affordable higher-education may lose many State Need Grants and State Work Study jobs.
Evergreen's Walk-Out, organized locally by the Coalition for a Fair Budget, is part of a statewide response to a call from the Washington Student Association to mobilize against further cuts to higher education and financial aid programs.
The Walk-Out rally, to be held on Red Square, will begin with a performance by the Hungry Emcees, an Evergreen freestyle hiphop group, with food provided by Olympia Food Not Bombs. Following the performance will be speakers including Professor Peter Bohmer, representatives of Seattle's Sisters Organize for Survival and Olympia's POWER (Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights), and students whose ability to attend the school will be endangered by rising tuition and shrinking financial aid. A march around campus will follow.
All Seattle Public Library locations will be closed Monday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 6 due to citywide budget cuts.
This includes no online library catalog, no available book drops (no materials are due and no fines accrue during this week).
Library Closure News .pdf
Wow. This is mind boggling to me, which shows how into libraries I am. I want there to be more libraries - not less. I also want state libraries and archives to be well funded - not struggling.