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Shot While Handcuffed, Minneapolis Protest Demands #Justice4Jamar

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Update 11:00 PM: The Livestream has been turned off, and protestors seem to be slowly dispersing on their own. We are monitoring the situation to the best of our ability. It appears as though Black Lives Minneapolis are still occupying the 4th precinct building chanting, “arrest the officers or arrest us.” Arrest the officer or arrest Read More

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‘Political correctness’ doesn’t hinder free speech – it expands it | Lindy West

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After decades of racism and casual misogyny, the punchlines are punching back. The American university system is currently the battleground for our next great culture war

The details of this memory are hazy, but the message has never left me. I think it was 2000 or 2001, my first year of college – one of those nights, maybe, when the Los Angeles air feels like bathwater and the sunset is so primordial you expect dinosaurs to raise long necks between the palm trees. I remember standing on the quad, looking up at the smaller of our two dining halls and noticing the uniformed pairs of security guards stationed at all three entrances. This was not normal, which is why I remember.

“Why is Campus Safety everywhere?” I asked some older student in passing, someone who knew things. I don’t remember who it was, but I remember their air of sardonic resignation, like they were about to tell me something shameful but juicy.

Related: Fear lies at the heart of opposition to 'political correctness' | Rebecca Carroll

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Amsterdam: 10 years Joe’s Garage

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For 10 years, Joe’s Garage organizes political action, film and debate evenings, discussions and demonstrations. Everyone is welcome whether it’s for advice in precarious housing, employment and other life issues or for a bowl of soup, a good conversation, nice music or a free raincoat from the Giveaway Shop.

As known, there is a desperate shortage of housing in Amsterdam. That is, we believe, generally not because of a lack of actual buildings but due to shortcomings of housing policy, power struggles in politics and greed in this capitalist capital. None of the 50 shades of the cabinet has ever really been able to solve this urgent problem.
Therefore we squat houses. After all, in hollow promises, one can’t live from pretty words and symbolic politics.

Joe’s Garage is also a squat but so much more than just that. Joe’s Garage is an autonomous, political, social and cultural center; 100% run by volunteers and without subsidy. Joe’s Garage shows what’s possible when people collaborate, share and exchange ideas, all in solidarity with each other. For 10 years now.

We, along with many of you, witnessed the neighborhood change significantly in the last 10 years. From a working-class neighborhood with many squats, social housing and Turkish grocery stores to a neat neighborhood with lots of expensive apartments and trendy coffee shops.
This change left no one unaffected. Some are delighted with the nicely refurbished homes, others miss the days you could still drink coffee for 1 Euro.. We find the conversation between people about this matter important and interesting to conduct.

Today we celebrate the autonomy, solidarity and freedom that we took 10 years ago and still cherish every day. Hasta la Victoria Siempre! Überhaupt und Jetzt! Love and Rage! And more of such…

Saturday november 21th 2015:
14.00, giveaway shop and more
15.00, gentrification tour
18.00, people’s kitchen
19.00, bands: Beatzers (ska folk from the Amsterdam swamp), The Bucket Boys (blue trash from the Amsterdam swamp), Adamastor (up-tempo Portuguese gypsy punk).

Joe’s Garage
Pretoriusstraat 43, Amsterdam
joe [at] squat [dot] net
https://joesgarage.nl hosted by Squat!net [https://squat.net]

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Opening times:
Ma/Mo: 19.00 Volkseten Vegazulu
Di/Tu: 20.00 – 21.30 Kraakspreekuur
Wo/We: 15.00 – 18.00 Lonely Collective Day Cafe
Do/Th: 19.00 Volkseten Vegazulu
Za/Sa: 14.00 – 18.00 Weggeefwinkel
Zo/Su: 20.00 Filmavond/Infoavond

1966: the year youth culture exploded

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It was the era of sex, drugs and pop revolution, but also of anti-war protest and inner-city riots. And the more the young pushed forward, the more the adults pushed back. Jon Savage describes a year that’s still freaking out the establishment

25 March 1966, the Jefferson Airplane and the Mystery Trend played a “rock & roll dance benefit” in support of the Vietnam Day Committee. Costing $1.50 to get in, the “peace trip” was held at Harmon Gym, on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley – the institution that, after Mario Savio’s December 1964 “put your bodies on the gears” speech, had become the centre of American student radicalism, in particular the protests against the escalating Vietnam war.

The event was one of several “peace rock” benefits held in the gym that spring that cemented the link between the politicos of Berkeley and the bohemians of the nascent San Franciscan music scene: others showcased the Grateful Dead, the Great Society, and the (original) Charlatans. Citing one of these shows, the columnist Ralph Gleason observed that the city was “on the verge of another dancing craze” such as had not happened “since the swing era”. Nothing apparently untoward there.

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Students plan further protests against higher education reforms

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Campaigners call for day of action in November and strike in 2016 over ‘biggest attack on public education in decades’

Students are stepping up their campaign against government reforms for higher education with a series of demonstrations, sit-ins and strikes planned for the coming months.

Campaigners who organised a major protest in London earlier this month have called for another day of action on 26 November and a two-day strike in the new year.

Related: Jo Johnson's university reforms: reactions from the experts

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Obama applauds University of Missouri protesters in call for student activism

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  • President salutes demonstrations amid racial tension at Mizzou
  • Obama says engaged citizens must listen as well as speak out

President Obama has praised the protesters whose stand against racism at the University of Missouri resulted this week in the resignation of the institution’s president and the announcement that its chancellor would step down at the end of the year.

Related: Mizzou Tigers score welcome win after week of racial tension and resignations

Related: How racial justice advocates took on Mizzou and won

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Alameda County Police Beating Caught on Video

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California – Two Alameda County sheriff deputies are under ‘investigation’ by the sheriff’s office for beating a suspect with their batons dozens of times in a San Francisco alleyway this week, authorities said Saturday. The San Francisco Public Defender’s office released the video Friday night after witnesses to the arrest contacted them with concerns. Public Read More

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Worldwide Solidarity with Victims of Extremism

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The so-called Islamic State has claimed victims in several countries this week. Attacks in Iraq, Lebanon and Paris have killed a total of at least 188 people and wounded at least 491. Beirut: The worst terror attack in years hit Beirut, Lebanon on Thursday, November 12, killing at least 43 people and leaving 250 injured Read More

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South Korean Police Repress Massive Anti-Government Protest

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Over 130K workers, farmers, students and ordinary citizens, some with children and family members, joined a peaceful and massive rally in Seoul on November 14. Police used tear gas and capsaicin-laced (pepper spray) in water cannons against demonstrators demanding the resignation of conservative President Park Geun-hye. The rally, organized by the Korean Confederation of Trade Read More

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London: Against Apolitical Squatting, communique by Squatters and Homeless Autonomy

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Coming to Terms

In Camden, an eight-month squat is evicted by pigs and three are arrested under Section 144, the 2012 ban on residential squatting. A man in a SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SQUAT t-shirt waits for NELSN to forward a text. Two arrive from a council-estate squat further north. Builders begin to secure the building. Against Section 144, against increasing precarity and repression, broken self-identity and fractured organisation, London squatting seems to have begun a coming-to-terms.

Attempts to surround the fragility of the squat scene with nostalgia have come thick and fast: Remember the Squatters’ Union; remember unrestricted residential squatting; remember squatters’ rights. As ever this nostalgia is a thinly disguised dose of forgetfulness: Squatting has always meant struggle; and no mourning for a golden age can deny the permanence of our struggles and the permanent need to politicise them.

In the blur of this permanence, however, squatting has been increasingly forced into the temporary. Court papers are served quicker and quicker, evictions become fortnightly rituals, and the looming ban on commercial squatting places squatters before an ever shortening horizon. The loss caused by the 2012 ban is a collective memory permanently recalled by the imminence of the next.

For those who do not find comfort in a false unity of the past – and whose future seems to have heard its end already – we must come to terms with our present.

The Sacrificial Squatter

Moving when evicted, served when moved, evicted when served. Contemporary squatting is a series of defensive and reactive acts. Ritualistic and cyclical, squatting is determined by forces always separate from squatters themselves.

The promise of “dropping-out” has dropped to the floor of every squat rave. Standing up, it has become the reality of crossed imperatives. The balance between resistance, self-determination and self-preservation is impossible to strike; and, unable to live up to any, collective stress seems organic as organisation.

In larger activist circles too, squatters have offered up liberated spaces only to become the silent facilitator among other rebels and radicals. Seen mainly as preparation for actions and events, squatting features more in the context than the content. In a political and economic situation where content dominates context – where legalistic ideology sees no variance in the same – preparation does not validate whoever prepares.
Abolishing the artificial roles of “facilitator” and “facilitated” ultimately means that everyone must help to facilitate everyone else. Finding themselves repeatedly in the former role, squatters have not demanded the mutual solidarity they need. Even the most politically active squatters now seem to fall into the dominant consensus from anti-capitalists and are absent at the daily eviction resistances.

From this lack of validation and solidarity has grown silence. Most of the political activity squatters do falls under any banner but squatting – and this is one that stretches far: Not only housing, but all struggles have basis in the liberation of space. If there are squats in the struggle, then it is a squatting struggle too.

This is squat-for-squat-sake politics: where flying the squatting banner comes simultaneous to flying others. To emphasise squatting as the liberation of space and temporary expropriation of property demands that it is seen as legitimate direct action in itself.

Against the unachievable duties of “Resist all Evictions”, new squatting politics must find a place for self-preservation in resistance. The duty to resist in all cases contradicts maximum expropriation in some and the self-preservation of squatters in many. It surrenders self-determination to agitprop painted as unreachable duty. It decreases the times when we can actually resist in keeping them out, not just longing them out.

Our Squats are not Tokens, Our Barricades are not Gestures

A planned eviction resistance at a council estate occupation begins with a collective meeting on the potential roles of newly arrived recruits. The punch-line is that Russia Today live-streamed the whole event – which turned out to be a non-event altogether.

Often as theatre and often seeming farce, the Left is playing eviction resistance to an audience of corporate media and well-meaning professional activists. The show is titled something like Awareness-Raising or Mass Appeal.

Eviction resistance is rarely something for the cameras. The forces of populism rush to condemn or ignore the less watchable aspects of resistance – the messy violence and dull labour required to defend our squats and occupations. Squatters are left with the spectacle of resistance and a trolley of possessions in the street.

The need to defend squats and the political creativity they have is urgent. The political creativity drained from squatting by leftist tokenism and the strategy of passive resistance goes hand-in-hand with a situation drained of politics itself.

Against Apolitical Squatting

In Amsterdam, squatting and gentrification has often had an uncomfortably close relationship. In areas of London too, such as Shoreditch or Camden, in occupying empty, sometimes derelict buildings in poor areas, squatters bring refurbishment, street art, and a look of “alternative authenticity” so appealing to trendy middle-class house-buyers. And so: the process goes from dereliction, to squats and, in turn, to regeneration and invasive economic power. That the squatters themselves were evicted sooner or later to make way for yuppiedom is important to note.

Equally important is the use of squatting as resistance to gentrification. The squatted council estates at the Aylesbury in Elephant and Castle and Guinness in Brixton – additional to the presence of squatters in street-based resistance – continue the legacy of Gospel Oak and 144 Piccadilly before them. Squatters at 10 Otterhaken in Hamburg put up a fierce resistance which continued the escalation of their neighbourhood. Young squatters in the Basque Country continue to make the liberation of space the basis for insurrectionary action.

That these two forms of squatting – to create alternative forms-of-life and larger class-based resistance – have had such different effects should not suggest a natural contradiction between them. The political use of squatting culture to add to larger cultures of resistance should not be denied. Oppositional self-identity, whether on the streets or in squats, continues to make squatting a threat to cultural power.

The cooption of this self-identity in the name of middle-class warfare falls at the feet of squatters also. In splitting squatting culture from squatting politics, they have been left with a culture unable to defend itself.

A squatted space not used for politics soon loses the politics of squatted spaces. Creating spaces intolerant to social hierarchy and state surveillance, for organising and consciousness-raising, is integral to the creation of effective resistance in squats and on the streets.

Further along to apathy, squatters build lists of recommendations from ex-landlords in hope of a longer stay. A reversion to comfortable hierarchy in the present always means uncomfortable coercion in the future. The creation of the “landlord-friendly squatter”strips squatting of its oppositional nature and, with it, its political potential.

In the social realm too, radical forms-of-life created by communal living and unusual shared experience are replaced with family, precedence and guilt. While benefiting from the organic mutual aid within familial relations, being restricted by them restricts the potential for subversive forms-of-life.

All squatting starts from a level of anonymity. The flow of bodies in and between squats, hostels, social centres, streets, council-estates and university occupations causes a contradictory coupling of familiarity and anonymity. Making new, more effective squatting collectives and networks means recognising this interplay between the familial and anti-familial. Groupings must be strategic and personal – recognising one in the other – and must work for both political action and self-preservation.

The withdrawal from risky politics into comfortable normalcy in the street and squat is a core symptom of increasing repression. The 2012 ban on residential squatting, a Left dead-set on passive resistance and a depoliticised squatting movement has left squatters with increasingly fewer lines of defence and political creation.

Organic as this repression seems, resistance is sprouting everywhere. Squatting continues to prove itself as direct action against power. People rip down the fences at the Aylesbury; squatters refuse to stop squatting residential. On the continent, in Naples, Amsterdam, Calais and elsewhere, mass occupations continue in the context of illegality.

In Naples, autonomists occupy empty buildings in solidarity with homeless migrants. ‘Homes for All’is not a request but a strategy. In Amsterdam, squats were cracked in solidarity with occupations at the University, providing bases for mobilisation and support. The mass squats by migrants and small numbers of anarchist comrades still exist in the cracks of state power and violence in Calais. Occupations stand as clear markers of self-determination and the will to create communities and cultures of resistance wherever people stay.

The forms of squatting able to resist repression will fit the changing needs of larger struggles while emphasising squatting as struggle. In escalated situations, such as Naples or Calais, squatting is generalised by its use in creating temporary autonomous zones and communities of resistance. In Amsterdam, squats broaden the free education struggle beyond the University while providing the mechanisms for its escalation.

In situations where squatting is increasingly deescalated and isolated, the task is to generalise and escalate the squatting resistance. The old networks and forms-of-life are dragging into a state of alienation and disassociation: between squatters and larger struggles, between the varying and sometimes contradictory uses of squatting, between squatting collectives who know nothing of one another, between comrades. In the vacuum of this disassociation, new informal organisation and radical action must continue to grow.

FUCK REGENERATION! FUCK SECTION 144! FUCK PASSIVE RESISTANCE!
AGAINST APOLITICAL SQUATTING!
FOR AUTONOMOUS CLASS-STRUGGLE SQUATTING!

Squatters and Homeless Autonomy is a London squatting collective working to combat gentrification and establish autonomous anti-capitalist spaces. Squatting the RBS building on Charing-Cross Road over Christmas 2014, they were also involved in the Institute of Dissidents – the occupied Institute of Directors building on Pall Mall – and have run temporary anarchist spaces at Neal Street and St James’s Square. In September the collective occupied the Mamelon Tower pub to oppose the eviction of tenants there and plans to turn it into upmarket flats.

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Paris: At least 100 dead after multiple attacks on French capital

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As many as 100 people have been killed following a series of attacks in France. The exact numbers of dead and injured have still not been calculated and confirmed, yet French police have warned that the current figures may rise. The current estimate of those who lost their lives is 118 in the Bataclan theatre and Read More

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Ireland: Garda batons man at Gorey #NAMA Protest – GSOC investigates

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Original article By Mark Malone on Soundmigration Footage has been spreading across social media in Ireland which shows a member of the Gardai wildly lashing out with a metal baton hitting an unarmed man and appears to show it striking him to the side of the head. The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has opened an investigation Read More

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Million Student March sweeps across nation’s college campuses

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by Ashoka Jegroo

Ad for Million Student March. (Facebook)

Students at the City University of New York’s Hunter College in New York City joined students at over 100 campuses across the United States on November 12 in a day of action for free education, student debt cancellation and a $15 minimum wage for campus workers.

Dubbed the Million Student March, campuses all over New York City and the country participated in rallies, walk-outs and marches. The march was inspired by the Fight for $15 campaign, where fast food workers have demonstrated in favor of a $15 minimum wage multiple times this year. The march also occurred amidst a backdrop of campus activism against racism in schools like the University of Missouri and Yale.

“Education should be free,” a statement on the Million Student March website said. “The United States is the richest country in the world, yet students have to take on crippling debt in order to get a college education. The average college graduate of the class of 2015 has over $35,000 in debt. More than 40 million Americans share a total of $1.2 trillion in student debt and 58 percent of that is held by the poorest 25 percent of Americans.”

The class of 2015 is set to be the most indebted class in U.S. history, likely to only be eclipsed by next year’s class if trends in the cost of education continue. According to the Department of Education, between 2002 and 2013, “prices for undergraduate tuition, room and board at public institutions rose 39 percent, and prices at private nonprofit institutions rose 27 percent, after adjustment for inflation.” Tuition at the City University of New York schools like Hunter College, is set to be raised by another $300 per year soon.

“Our objective here was to ensure that CUNY is free and open to working class communities, primarily black and brown communities,” said Daisy Villalobos, one of the organizers of the citywide Million Student March in New York. “The tuition is far too high, and it’s a form of racial and economic segregation. We want to ensure that an education and upward personal and communal mobility is free and available to everyone.”

Students at four CUNY schools held demonstrations on their respective campuses throughout the day on Thursday and then began rallying outside of Hunter College in midtown Manhattan at around 5 p.m. Students and activists from various organizations spoke on education costs and a variety of other issues like police in schools and communities of color, racism at Missouri and other campuses, and CUNY investment in and support of Israeli companies.

Banners were dropped at UMass Amherst as part of the Million Student March. (Twitter)

These connections between different but intertwined forms of oppression were also made in campuses across the nation. At the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, students spoke about getting their school to divest from fossil fuels and chanted “1,2,3,4! Climate change is class war! 5,6,7,8! Racial justice cannot wait!” At the University of California-Davis, students chanted in solidarity with students at Missouri, and students at Claremont McKenna College, whose dean resigned on Thursday amidst student protests against campus racism, chanted against white supremacy as well.

Back in New York, after the rally outside Hunter College, students marched to the front of a nearby building where CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken rents an $18,000 per month apartment. CUNY faculty and staff held a similar protest outside the chancellor’s apartment building on October 1 for a contract and a raise, and the students at the Million Student March expressed their support for them.

“In solidarity with them, we put their demands on our flyer to pay the adjuncts and the professors because without them, there is no education,” Villalobos said. “We had a couple of faculty here representing, but we also have been going to their meetings to ensure that they know that the students got their back.”

The Million Student March’s website also contrasted the high salaries of school administrators with the pay of campus workers currently fighting for a $15 minimum wage.

“While top administrators take home six and seven figure salaries, many campus workers are paid poverty wages and are forced to rely on federal and local assistance,” a statement on the website said.

According to the New York Times, Chancellor Milliken makes $670,000 per year.

A Hunter College student participating in the Million Student March in New York City. (WNV/Ashoka Jegroo)

The New York City Police Department prevented the students from getting too close to the luxury apartment building, even threatening to make arrests at some points, as students rallied and chanted outside. The students then marched back to Hunter College where more people spoke, and organizers told students to show up in front of Baruch College on Monday.

“There’s going to be a rally against the Board of Trustees’ meeting,” said Percy Lujan, one of the organizers of the march and the chairperson of the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee. “We’re going to present the demands of the CUNY Prison Divestment campaign, basically pointing out CUNY’s investing in private detention centers, private prisons, and Zionist enterprises.”

Nationwide, the Million Student March organizers are also making sure that the recent upsurge in student activism doesn’t stop here and that students keep fighting to win a free, quality education.

“We don’t have illusions that a big national day of action will win us these demands. It’s a necessary first step to build a base, to build momentum,” Elan Axelbank, co-founder of the national action and a student at Northeastern University in Boston, told the Washington Post. “We’re thinking about having a second day of action in the spring.”

Day of Action Against Education Reforms in Italy

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Friday was a day of action throughout Italy against the “good school” education reforms approved by the Renzi government. Students, Staff and supporters organized under the hashtag #nobuonascuola (No Good School) are adamantly opposed to the education and job act reforms the Renzi government tries to impose. Students accuse the government of intending to privatize Read More

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Student activists nationwide challenge campus racism – and get results

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The ousting of Mizzou’s president has catalysed demands for racial justice in universities across the US, as students take pages from Black Lives Matter and 1960s social movements to push back against neglectful administrations

About 100 professors and 200 students were milling about Carnahan Quad when cheers suddenly erupted. Then came the words so many yearned to hear: “He’s resigned!”

Tim Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri, had been toppled by the power of student protest, notably Jonathan Butler, who was a week into a hunger strike. “Jonathan can eat again!” a hoarse voice called over the crowd to laughter and applause on Monday. Faculty staff and students, black and white, had tears streaming down their faces. Spontaneous dancing began, both with music and without.

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A nailed scrotum and the FSB set ablaze: Petr Pavlensky's life in art

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As protest artist faces three years in prison for his latest stunt, the Moscow Times reports on his radical protests against Russian repression

The huge doors to the yellow building on Lubyanskaya Ploshchad in central Moscow are rarely used, but they still manage to instill a sense of fear in those who pass by.

The imposing building, now home to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), encapsulates the reign of terror carried out by its former occupants, the Soviet-era KGB.

Related: Pyotr Pavlensky is setting Russia's evil history ablaze

Related: 'There are easier ways to make a living than nailing your scrotum to Red Square' – Petr Pavlensky Q&A

Pavlensky is our eyes, hands and conscience

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Students across US march against debt and for tuition-free public college

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  • Million Student March demonstrations from Boston to Chicago to Texas
  • Protests also call for $15 minimum wage for campus workers

Students held rallies on college campuses across the United States on Thursday to protest against ballooning student loan debt for higher education and rally for tuition-free public colleges and a minimum wage hike for campus workers.

Related: College affordability in 2016: debt-free v tuition-free, explained

Bobcats participated in the #MillionStudentMarch to protest student debt, rising tuition: https://t.co/eijV3TGol4 pic.twitter.com/6Y5DbfypOO

UC Berkeley students adding voices to Million Student March, demanding free education & an end to student debt. pic.twitter.com/9RNtZUdKxJ

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Mexico: Ayotzinapa Students Attacked by Police in Tixtla

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  Tixtla: Several buses carrying normalistas from Ayotzinapa were attacked by Mexican federal and state police as they were returning to the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural School from Chilpancingo. Police ambushed their buses as they were driving on the Tixtla-Chilpancingo highway. The students who were attacked yesterday are from the same school as the 43 Read More

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Photos & Video From the #MillionStudentMarch (Live Blog)

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The Million Student March is going on NOW! Stay tuned to this blog for all the photos and video we can find from the 100+ events that are going on across the nation today. Their demands are tuition-free public college, the cancellation of all student debt, and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers. Read More

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'Poverty pay' leads Walmart employees to skip lunch – or steal it from coworkers

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Workers group Our Walmart announces 15-day fast to protest company’s wages, demanding $15 an hour and full-time schedules ahead of busy holiday season

Walmart employees are so poor that they are skipping lunch, sharing it or, in some cases, stealing it from their coworkers, some of the company’s workers claimed on Thursday while announcing a fast in protest of the company’s wages.

Starting Friday morning, over 100 Walmart associates who are members of Our Walmart, a workers organization, and about a 1,000 supporters will begin a fast to shine light on what they describe as Walmart’s “poverty pay”.

Related: Struggling workers take wage protest to upscale doorstep of Walmart heiress Alice Walton

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