As of April 15, 2012 aggregate student debt has reached the astronomical sum of one trillion dollars. Student default rates have more than doubled as college administrators continue to charge still more for tuition, callously disregarding stagnant family incomes and disappearing post-collegiate job opportunities. Moreover, by turning students into a source of revenue, college administrators have transformed education into a form of labor. We too generate surplus value over which we have no control; we too have been systematically excluded from meaningful participation in the electoral process; and therefore we too must turn to one another in fighting back against the forces that threaten our families, friends, and futures.
The Coalition Against Corporate Higher Education therefore declares hereby its solidarity with all labor, organized and unorganized. We call on all students to join our allies, comrades, and friends in the Chicago labor movement that will take to the streets this May 1st. Come rally with us at the southwest corner of Union Park at 11am, where representatives from Graduate Students United, Occupy Columbia, the Coalition of Responsible Education, the Northwestern Living Wage Campaign, Occupy DePaul, the Justice for Loretta Capeheart Campaign, the DePaul Anti-Capitalist Coalition, and CACHE speak out about the struggles we have set in motion this past winter.