What is DC SLAP?

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rnWHAT IS DC SLAP? rn

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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

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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

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rnWHAT IS THE HISTORY OF SLAP, NATIONALLY? rn

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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 workers’ rights and economic justice. Visit SLAP’s national websitern

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rnWHY ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES? rnrn

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rnCollege campuses are an important battleground for addressing economic inequities. Colleges and universities employ large numbers of people – graduate students, janitors, cafeteria workers, and professors – and so have power over the quality of life of entire communities. These institutions are also large purchasers – spending billions of dollars each year on everything from sweatshirts, to books, to building materials. They, therefore, can control the standards under which the goods they purchase are produced. And, of course, universities and colleges have the responsibility to provide quality education to a diverse student population. Throughout the U.S., students are fighting for a voice in decisions on important issues such as how their tuition money is spent, how the institution behaves as an employer and member of a community, and who has access to higher education.rn

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rnOUR CAMPAIGNS…rn

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rnThis list is very long. Here is a sampling:rn

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  • We are working to make all DC area campuses Sweat-free!
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  • We are working to make sure Georgetown and Johns Hopkins hold true to their promises to pay workers a living wage.
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  • We are working for the right of GWU’s adjunct professors to organize.
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  • We are working to establish real labor rights for the workers who pick tomatoes for Burger King’s suppliers.
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  • We are working on Kicking Coke off Campus at GWU.
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  • We are working to support service workers organizing at Georgetown.
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  • We are working for the right of the State Plaza Hotel’s workers to organize.
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  • We are working to establish basic health care for DC’s workers.
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  • We are working for immigrant rights.
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  • We are working for economic accountability.rn
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