Defend Our HBCUs!

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Stop Obliterating NC Black History: Protect Our Schools, Build Black University

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North Carolina Senate Bill 873 is designed to destroy the long standing history of 5 NC public universities serving black and minority students. The bill would force Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State, UNC Pembroke, Winston-Salem State, and Western Carolina to lower their tuition to $500 a semester, damaging their ability to provide the necessary services and education to their students. This bill would effectively defund and make institutions with a history of providing quality education for Black, minority, and rural populations unable to provide a four year education.

We are not fooled by the NCGA’s attempt to blame our universities for lack of “success” when they have been systematically cutting funds to higher education, specifically HBCUs. We call on our legislators, the Board of Governors, and Gov. McCrory to end the war on HBCU’s and the UNC system. We demand that those in power uplift our communities by providing the necessary resources that prioritizes our students and communities. We will not be idle as our state destroys our education.

We Demand:

Senate Bill 873 be immediately withdrawn as proposed legislation;

Full funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, allowing black students to have opportunities that are currently limited to predominantly white institutions;

Increased funding for all public universities, creating a debt free UNC system;

ALL workers on campus, including part time and contract workers are paid livable wages, and job security for our adjunct professors;

The North Carolina General Assembly and Board of Governors not sell our University by running it as a business, but instead upholds an institution of learning and critical thinking;

Transparency from all decision making institutions regarding higher education;

Public input process that values the voices of students, professors, community and particularly the voices of HBCUs.

Additional Articles:

Charlotte Observer

www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/05/18/proposed-hbcu-tuition-cuts-draw-criticism-north-carolina​

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March for MORE

Dear Fellow Educator/Freedom Fighter,

For the better part of the last 10 years, North Carolina’s schools have been under attack.  You know this as well as anybody.  The politicians that control our state have cut our budgets, frozen our pay, made us pay more for health insurance, overfilled and underresourced our classrooms, infiltrated our communities with private and charter schools, taken away our rights, shamed our schools, and made it clear that they have a destructive vision for the future of schooling in North Carolina—segregation, inequality, and privatization.*  Our kids deserve MORE.

The same politicians, during the same period, have also limited our students’ families’ access to health care, kept many of their parents in economic crisis, made it easier for companies to pollute the air they breathe and water they drink, and criminalized their bodies and communities through the school-to-prison pipeline, ICE raids, and HB2. Our kids deserve MORE.

Many of us have been fighting for MORE. We’ve rallied. We’ve petitioned. We’ve written well-argued letters to the editor.  We’ve called and lobbied our legislators. We’ve done everything we knew how to do, and yet, the onslaught has continued.

The Governor has recently called for another pay raise for teachers, in an election year ploy designed to focus our attention solely on pay and not on the crisis that 25% of our state’s young people living in poverty represents. Our kids deserve MORE.

Some of us, then, coming out of the Schools Our Students Deserve campaign, are calling for committed students, parents, educators, and community allies to try new tactics aimed at refocusing statewide and national attention on our state’s Governor and the harm he has done to our schools, our communities, and our students. Here’s the plan:

  • On June 14th, we’ll be gathering at 2 locations (one in Eastern Durham County and one in Eastern Wake County) to begin a march to the Governor’s office in Raleigh.  We’ll walk roughly 10 miles that day and spend the night at either a church or a supportive community organization.  We’ll ask friends and supporters to join us for a community dinner, and we’ll call on local, state, and national media to share our stories and our vision.
  • On June 15th, we’ll have breakfast, gather ourselves, and march the other half of the distance to Raleigh.  We’ll be inviting community supporters to gather with us at the Old Capitol building for a rally in support of the North Carolina that our students deserve.

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thanks,

nicholas

*Editor’s note: in-state tuition for undocumented students is another important issue facing our schools

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