Magazine article Radical Teacher

Student Activism

Magazine article Radical Teacher

Student Activism

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Over 12,000 student activists marched on Washington DC for the Power Shift '09 climate change conference. For full reports, see "Green Power Struggle" in The Nation (March 23, 2009) and read postings for March 2 and 3, 2009 on Alternet. org. Students at Power Shift '09 also lobbied for greater involvement in the student green jobs movement (The Nation, February 16, 2009).

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In March of 2009, 60,000 students and academics filled the streets of Paris to protest President Sarkozy's educational reforms which "have been characterized as a right-wing plot against academic freedom and against the broad thrust of Sarkozy's initial plans to modernize France by reducing the role of the state and promoting private enterprise" (UPI, March 18, 2009).

On the third annual protest on April 9, 2009, against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recruitment session at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, student activists had a stunning victory when the CIA cancelled the session at the last minute. Members of the Campus Antiwar Network, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and the International Socialist Organization joined forces to highlight the CIA atrocities committed at Abu Ghraib, Bagram Air Base, and Guantanamo. …

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