DC SLAP delegation participates in SOA protests in Ft. Benning, GA

Students from American, Georgetown, and UMD traveled down to Ft. Benning in Georgia to attend the annual rally to close the SOA-WHINSEC. Every year, groups from around the country arrive in Georgia to protest the US government’s continued support of the SOA – where students are taught tactics in torture, interrogation, and terror. The event lasted three days, and students were given the chance to attend various lectures that covered topics of social and economic justice.rnrnStudents were also given the opportunity to meet and interact with other activists from around the country, including USAS chapters from the University of Michigan and the University of Southern Mississippi. A labor caucus was held to tie domestic struggles at home with fights for justice abroad, and discuss the greater implications of high labor standards in America. All in all, the trip was a great experience for DC SLAP schools, and we look forward to next year’s rally.rnrn-Reported by Joseph Tso, photo by Linda Panetta, courtesy of...

Montgomery County Part-time Profs Organize

Montgomery College students, adjunct professors and members of the DC Student Labor Action Project participated in a “Lunch with Adjuncts” day on Weds, March 23rd. The event raised awareness about the struggle by part-time faculty to form a union, and provided outreach for an upcoming action at the Montgomery College Board of Trustees meeting on April 28. Student organizers added over 400 signatures to their petition supporting the adjunct’s right to organize. rnrnAdjuncts have been organizing with SEIU Local 500 to improve low wages and benefits; Local 500 successfullyrnorganized adjuncts at GW and won 40% pay raises and job security in their new contract. Negotiations for a union election at Montgomery College are in progress and an election date — which the adjuncts feel sure they’ll win — will be announced soon.rnrnThe lunch event “was a clear example of strong student support for worker’s power,” Montgomery student Seth Dietz told UNION CITY, “The adjuncts can’t lose with the students behind them.”rnrn- reported by Andrew Dobbyn, DC SLAP...

Students Rally for Farmworker Justice

Students from universities across DC picketed in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ campaign for better wages and working conditions outside the K St NW Burger King Wednesday. rnrnThe students chanted “Down, down with exploitation! Up, up with the fair food nation!” and asked the rush hour crowds to sign petitions in support of the campaign. Following the picket students delivered a letter to the downtown BK’s management. The action was part of the National Student-Labor Week of Action, during which thousands of students at hundreds of campuses across the country hold events to show solidarity with worker justice struggles. rnrnMembers of the DC Student Labor Action Project and DC Student-Farmworker Alliance have been holding regular actions at Burger Kings in DC, as well as tabling and petitioning to raise awareness. rnrnFor more information about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and to sign their petition,...

DC SLAP Represents in Miami

Wearing bright yellow t-shirts reading “Burger King exploits farmworkers,” over 1,500 members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)and their allies – including DC-based leaders and activists — marched through Miami last Friday, November 30, to demand that Burger King work with the CIW to raise farmworker wages and address sweatshop conditions in the fields. rnrnThe high-energy, colorful procession made its way across the city to the beats of hip-hop and son jarocho, lively music from Veracruz, Mexico, as chants such as “si se puede!” echoed through the streets. The 9-mile march linked Goldman Sachs, the private equity firm that owns part of Burger King, to Burger King’s national headquarters for a rally and candlelight vigil.rnrnThe rally featured the presentation of a pile of worn work boots to a Burger King representative, asking company executives to walk a mile in farmworkers’ shoes, in response to Burger King’s claim that farmworker poverty was a “myth.” Farmworkers currently make 40-45 cents for every 32-lb bucket of tomatoes picked, receive no overtime pay, healthcare or benefits, and are denied the right to organize. In extreme cases, workers have been held against their will in documented cases of modern-day slavery. rnrnReported by Ashwini Jaisingh, originally published in Union City,...

GW STUDENTS COOK-OUT TO KICK COKE

Order up: burgers and hot dogs, hold the coke. The George Washington (GW) Progressive Student Union held a cook-out and petition drive Tuesday to demand that GW dump Coca-Cola and switch to local vendors who respect worker and environmental rights. Over 100 students pledged support for the campaign and also agreed to stop purchasing Coca-Cola products. “Overwhelming evidence links the corporation to horrible crimes of murder, kidnapping, and environmental destruction,” said GW sophomore and Progressive Student Union member Nick Savio. “GW should not be rewarding such actions with a lucrative contract.” The campaign is part of a larger nationwide movement that has resulted in 30 schools dropping their contracts with Coca-Cola, including the University of Michigan, Rutgers, Drexel, Smith, and...