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11 March 2011

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Dennis Des Chene
1.

From the website you link to:

“Many legislators have said that they have not yet seen ‘pain’ in the System of Higher Education and especially its universities. There are some, clearly, who want only to inflict pain; there are even some who seem to think the highest priority in this moment is to authorize concealed lethal weapons to be carried on campus.”

I’m not sure that against this mentality rational argument will have any effect. Demonstrations à la Madison are in order. Or a general strike by faculty?

Deborah Achtenberg
2.

Faculty, staff and students in Nevada have demonstrated against the savage and unnecessary budget cuts in Nevada. At my institution, the University of Nevada, Reno (where my department, the Department of Philosophy, is not currently threatened), faculty and students rallied to SAVE UNR, OUR PUBLIC UNIVERSITY on March 2, 2011, the National Day of Action in Defense of Public Education <http://nevadasagebrush.com/blog/2011/03/02/students-faculty-rally-at-getchell-building/>; and students in the Las Vegas area demonstrated on the Las Vegas strip in the Shut Down the Strip for Education rally on March 11, 2011 <http://www.lasvegassun.com/events/2011/mar/06/17406/>. A large statewide student rally will take place in the state capitol, Carson City, on March 21.

Nevada has an active progressive movement, including the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) <http://www.planevada.org/> which has organized numerous demonstrations at the capitol. PLAN includes a number of labor organizations and a wide variety of non-profits. Another organization active in opposing the budget cuts Is the Nevada Values Coalition <http://www.nevadavalues.org/>. Another active group is Nevadans for Fair Mining Taxes <http://site.nevadafairminingtax.org/About.html> .

We're all in it together and say: DON'T GUT SOCIAL SERVICES AND EDUCATION! FIX THE REVENUE PROBLEM!

John Protevi
3.

Thank you very much for this information, Deborah. I will post it above in a full post.

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