TLC has been working with the custodians' union, the SEIU. In the past week TLC and the SEIU held a rally and a protest where several students were (intentionally) arrested in an act of civil disobedience. This week, students are hunger striking. I'm not a big fan of hunger strikes, but there have been articles in the Boston Globe, New York Times, In These Times, television, radio programs like Democracy Now, Huffington Post, and more.
[You can follow them on twitter @tuftslabor or on Facebook at the Tufts Labor Coalition page.]
|Lior is on the administrative liaison team. Here she is (bottom right)|
going in to meet with the administration. Note the banner the students
have hung at the top of the stairs. Photo from @tuftslabor.
|I like this picture, because it names how many families|
and lives will be affected. Photo from @tuftslabor.
All of which brings me back to what I was thinking.
Last year at this time, the Ann Arbor school district was outsourcing and eliminating custodians' jobs.
Where were we?
When my older son was in second grade, he and his friend decided to have a contest to see who could drink the most water. Not surprisingly, they drank a little too much, with predictable results. The custodian cleaned up their vomit--and though we made them apologize to the custodian then, I don't really think that's the thanks, or the apology, the custodians needed.
Where were we, teachers?
Where were we, students?
Where were we, principals & secretaries?
Where were we, citizens?
Why is it that a relatively small group of students at Tufts can make a big deal about 35 lives, and we couldn't even lift a finger?
OK...I did lift a finger. Ten, actually, but only on my keyboard.
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