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Youth take back education in the Bay Area

Young leaders and activists who are fighting for education are taking it to the streets on Saturday, Nov. 9, in three large cities, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. The GenUp coalition, which is led by high school and undergraduate students who strives to fight for educational equality in the Bay Area, will lead this march.

The GenUp Coalition, which consists of several youth-led/youth-focused social justice organizations, including March For Our Lives CA, Bay Area Student Activist (BAStA), Women’s March CA, SASHA, SMAC and more. They have been working closely with teacher unions and garnering extensive support as well as official resolutions of endorsements/participation from Oakland Educators Association, Fremont Unified Teachers Association, United Educators of San Francisco, Newhaven Teachers Association, United Teachers of Richmond, and San Jose Teachers Association.

There are six regions for GenUp in the Bay Area that are focusing on organizing this day of action, which is San Francisco, Oakland, Berkely, San Jose, San Mateo and Fremont. In each region, they have Regional Anchors, District Organizers, and Student Ambassadors, all helping to organize this march

On Nov. 9, there will be a “March for Education,” which is going to be youth-led. This march will be fighting for: education funding, higher teacher wages, student loan debt relief, fair and equal education, restorative justice programs, decriminalization of students, and the end of the school to prison pipeline.

The GenUp coalition believes that education is important as it’s not an issue that is focused in today’s society. As the coalition states: “Education is the foundation to all the social issues today. It’s not a lot to ask, but just for a better and brighter future by improving our education system that has failed us for way too long. All we’re asking is for people to start caring for our futures. It’s time that we do something and take charge.”

They are hoping not just for youth to show up, but also have teachers, the community and community organizations/leaders turning out for the march. The goal for turnouts in the march is 1,000 people. 

The “March for Education” will be between 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for San Francisco, it will take place starting at the plaza between the Asian Art Museum and the Main Library. For San Jose, it will begin at the same time, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Then, for Oakland, it will take place at the same time, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater.

To learn more go to there website at generationup.net 

Story by: Alan Terrones, San Francisco Gen Up Eastern Neighborhood Chai

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