How would you characterize your connection to the Occupy movement?
List of on-the-ground Occupy sites where you participate, if any
How did you hear about Occupy Cafe?
What draws you to Occupy Cafe?
opportunity to discuss what kind of future we should pursue--specifically with respect to public education.
I was born into a poor family. I pulled myself up through hard work, merit- and need-based aid, and student loans to earn a PhD. I am now a full time professor in a non-tenure track position at a prestigious university where I teach the children of the 1%. I also teach children of the 99% who are here on student loans.
I live modestly in a blue collar neighborhood, yet I'm still not paid enough to pay off my own student loans. Last year, faculty salary increases were postponed to keep tuition down. Without tenure, I have little job security. By speaking out, I risk losing my job. Ironically, my teaching and research focus on social justice, democracy, and equal educational opportunity.
I am the 99%.
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