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April 4th, National Day of Student Labor Action Rally
10 Apr 2002
Modified: 15 Apr 2002
On April 4th, Boston Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) rallied with Harvard workers demanding that Harvard sign the union contract. We also remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 34th anniversary of his assasination, while he was in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers.
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On April 4th, Boston Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) rallied with Harvard workers demanding that Harvard sign the union contract. We also remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 34th anniversary of his assasination, while he was in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers.
We chanted, sang, reflected, and spoke-out. Over 100 students, workers, and community members came together on April 4th to remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, and to rally for workers’ rights and justice. Students from
Brandeis, Boston University, Boston College, Emerson, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and Simmons gathered in Harvard Sq., first and foremost to send a loud and clear message to Harvard -- stop worker intimidation and uphold the union contract. Four weeks after Harvard signed a contract promising that all Harvard janitors would receive wage increases and back pay, over 400 outsourced workers have yet to receive a single penny of the increases they were
promised.

Horace Small, from the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, and Minister Don Muhammad, from Nation of Islam Mosque #11 spoke in rememberence of Dr. King. "If Dr. King were alive today, he would be here rallying with us, fighting for economic justice at Harvard," Minister Don Muhammad said.

Boston SLAP also kicked off four living wage campaigns in the Boston area, at BC, Brandeis, Simmons, and Emerson. We also kicked off the Justice for Janitors campaign in Boston -- 2,000 of the 10,000 janitors covered under the
master contract work on our campuses. SLAP'tivists will be taking action this spring and summer on this campaign. To top things off, we released the Boston SLAP Fair Labor Code of Conduct, a document we are trying to get all of our
campuses to sign on to.

For more information on these campaigns and to see more pictures, visit www.bostonslap.org
See also:
www.bostonslap.org
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Are You Progre$$ive?
13 Apr 2002
Does "SLAP" support democratic unions or totalitarian unions?

Martin Luther King advocated a citizens dividend for everyone, not wage-slavery or unsustainable over-consumption to maintain the status-quo.

Is "SLAP" yet another Bostonian "progressive" group that's controlled by the spin-doctors at the Federal Reserve Corporation and the World Bank Group?

Seems self-evident. Dump these misinformed ideological idiots and do something useful, such as the Boston TEA Party:

egroups.com/group/Time-Energy-Accounting
See also:
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Yet again
15 Apr 2002
It's another random attack from Jon Chance! Let's take apart Jon's commentary a bit here. In response to labor activism, Jon seems to like to attack those involved (here in some pretty crude language, callling them "ideological idiots"). Here, he also twists history a bit. Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. did call for more than just giving everyone a slightly bigger piece of the pie--but he thought that labor unions were a crucial vehicle for achieving social and racial justice. Just check his book _Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?_ for some examples of this. And of course, he died supporting a sanitation workers strike.

He raises some points with substance--here, his initial question of whether SLAP support democratic or totalitarian unions has something to it. It IS important for students doing labor support work to find ways to raise important questions with undemocratic unions (though generally condemning them is, shall we say, not the most productive way to raise those issues?).

Then we have the bizarre part of Jon's post--asking if SLAP is "controlled by the spin-doctors at the Federal Reserve Corporation and the World Bank Group." Huh?

And as in other posts, Jon ends with a reference to his TEA theory of wealth. It might be good--I honestly haven't read it. Is that rational? Perhaps not. But Jon, when you launch ad hominem attacks with unjustified accusations, it doesn't mjuch make me want to pay much attention. A dialogue with mutual respect is one thing--this isn't it.