Ahead of this year’s International Worker’s Day on May 1, we are urging President Cauce to join us in taking action as part of a nationwide day of resistance, and defense of the University. Please take a minute to read and sign our petition to President Cauce today!
Since January 2017, we’ve seen time and again that collective mass action has been key to creating resistance and change. The day after the first travel ban was introduced, tens of thousands spontaneously protested in airports nationwide, leading to an unprecedented push by electeds and advocacy organizations to file a lawsuit and halt the ban. Just recently, UAW members made it emphatically clear again that we support people affected by Trump’s Muslim travel ban, as 95% of nearly 2,300 members signed on in support of our bargaining agenda. And yesterday, great news as Provost Baldasty announced that one of our bargaining demands – to eliminate the International Student Fee – will be met as the University is “indefinitely suspending” this fee. This demonstrates positive leadership by the University administration, following consistent action by student, labor, and other groups, including UAW, to protest the discriminatory nature of the fee.
International Worker’s Day, and specifically the 4121 petition to President Cauce, is yet another chance to speak out in solidarity with people and organizations who reject prejudice and intolerance every day.
The resistance against intolerance is not simply a war waged on our television screens. This is a fight that affects all of us in the UW community. Sign our petition for President Cauce and join the fight now!
Monica Cortes Viharo
Arshiya Hoseyni Chime