Georgetown Student Rally for Campus Officers

Cold fall rain did not deter more than 40 students and staff who rallied Nov. 13th at Georgetown University to support campus police officers. Representatives from a variety of student organizations, as well as Georgetown staff, gathered on Red Square to show their support for the Georgetown Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers in their union negotiations. The officers’ union, Allied, has been in negotiations with the university since August; the university has yet to agree to the union’s proposal to bring hourly wages – now about $3 less than other area colleges — on par with other campus police in the metro Washington area. rnrnThe issue was brought to forefront after Georgetown experienced two hate crimes based on sexual orientation. Students involved in the resulting dialogue about campus safety realized that the uncompetitive salary for DPS salary resulted in an understaffed department and a lack of resources for officers. After speeches by representatives of the Georgetown chapter of NAACP, the Latino-American group MEChA, Asian American Students Association, and the labor rights group Georgetown Solidarity Committee, the demonstrators carrying signs saying “Show Us Your Values” and “How Much is Your Safety Worth?” marched to the offices of President DeGioia and Vice President Dimolitsas to deliver petitions with hundreds of signatures from students, professors, and organizations, including the College Democrats and Republicans. rnrn- report/photo by Julia...

What is DC SLAP?

rnHelp us "SLAP Corporate Greed"! E-mail dcslapintern@yahoo.com to get involved!rn rn rnWHAT IS DC SLAP? rn rn rnSLAP is here as a resource to anyone who is interested in the fight for social and economic justice. We invite everyone to help us in this fight at whatever level they feel most comfortable with. We maintain a listserv and have semi-regular meetings to keep each other up to date on our various campaigns. We stay local and we go national. We work on campus and we work in the DC community. We are here as a student voice for change.rn rn rnSLAP has been in DC since 2000 and in that time students at all of DC’s campuses have been involved in both right to organize and ethical contracting campaigns. Students at UMD, GM, Howard, Johns Hopkins, CUA, AU, GWU, and GU have all been involved in supporting workers at their campuses.rn rn rnWHAT IS THE HISTORY OF SLAP, NATIONALLY? rn rn rnThe Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) is a joint initiative of Jobs with Justice and the United States Student Association that engages student organizations in economic justice campaigns. JwJ coalitions around the country house local SLAPs that connect students from multiple campuses. SLAP supports the growing student movement for economic justice by making links between campus and community organizing, providing skills training to build lasting student organizations, and developing campaigns that win concrete victories for working families. Additionally, SLAP partners with student organizations such as United Students Against Sweatshops, MEChA, Student-Farmworker Alliance, Student Action with Farmworkers, and Not With Our Money to build a strong student movement for...

Student-Worker Dinner Creates Unity at GWU

Members of George Washington University’s Progressive Student Union hosted a Worker Appreciation Dinner on April 18th to thank the professors, cleaning and maintenance workers, and food service workers who make their education possible. More than 20 workers attended, including members of UNITE HERE Local 25, who provide food service, SEIU Local 32 BJ, who clean buildings and maintain the grounds, and SEIU Local 500, which represents adjunct faculty. While enjoying the pasta dinner together, guests at the dinner discussed how the university’s attempts to cut corners hurt both workers and students, and strategized about how to engage more students in supporting worker campaigns to improve the quality of jobs and service.rn rnPhoto Credit: Jaclyn Lichter, SEIU Local 500rn...