College for All

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Leadership & Structure

Chair: Sebastian Uchida Chavez (CUNY City College of New York, NCC Member At-Large)

Committee members: Ajmal Alami (Virginia Tech, NCC Co-Chair),
Eliott Geary (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, NCC Co-Chair)
Morganne Blais-McPherson (University of California Davis)
Nathanael Veach (University of California Santa Cruz)

Background

The College for All Committee was established after the 2018 YDSA Convention as mandated by Resolution #4.

National Strategy

The current crisis in higher education gives YDSA a historic opportunity to raise mass awareness about the broader failures of capitalism and uphold a socialist alternative.

Seizing this moment to win tuition-free public college, student debt cancellation, and ending profit in education requires a strategic approach.

This means local efforts must be well-coordinated to build a national movement that can effectively challenge the political establishment.

  1. Raise consciousness about the crisis in higher education
  2. By organizing and agitating around issues that expand access, quality, and democracy in education
  3. In order to build capacity to pass federal College for All legislation

…all while articulating a broader critique of capitalism and emphasizing a socialist alternative.

Local Strategy

Several YDSA chapters are already organizing locally in response to the crisis in higher education. Our Three-Pronged Strategy coheres these local campaigns by directing them towards a shared national goal.

Resources

The College for All Committee has prepared the following materials to help chapters kick-start their campaigns to win College for All.

College for All Guide: This guide offers an in-depth look at the crisis in higher education and a summary of the escalating tactics that will help us build the student movement we need.

Strategy Memo: We’ve prepared a two-page memo that explains our national and local strategies to win College for All.

Campaign Trifold: Use this slick pamphlet while tabling to let everyone know of what is happening to our schools and universities, and how they can help us fight for a socialist alternative.

Coordination

A movement of the scale we need must to be well-coordinated. The College for All Committee has held national calls for this campaign — and the plan is to continue to do so!

College for All Webinar: We invited two international student leaders from Quebec and Chile to share their insights on building student movements and fighting back against neoliberal education reforms.

Training Video: Our national leadership prepared a training presentation to help chapters fight for College for All on their campuses.

Office Hours: Need help moving your campaign forward? Not sure how to “cut an issue”? Want to know how to bridge your campaign to the national movement? Bring all of your College for All questions to our weekly Office Hour calls hosted by the campaign committee!

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