Women’s March in Eugene

United Academics activists will gather at the courthouse. Look for the UA banner and join us!

From the Facebook event description: On January 21, 2017, in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, we will unite in Eugene, Oregon standing together in solidarity with our families and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our community – recognizing that our diversity is the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us-women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths, particularly Muslim, Native and Indigenous people, people who identify as LGBTQIA, people of color, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished, and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully, while recognizing that there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights is welcome.

The March will begin at Noon on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The meet up location is the Federal Building in downtown Eugene (Wayne Lyman Morse Unites States Courthouse, 405 E 8th Ave). Speakers will be presenting at the start of the March. The March will then progress through the streets of downtown Eugene to the final venue, the WOW Hall at 291 W. 8th Avenue. The route will be approximately 0.6 miles. There will be organizations with tables set up at the WOW Hall facility where participants can engage in learning about and networking with Eugene community organizations.

We encourage ridesharing and taking public transportation to the March.

Parking information:

Free parking is located at Parcade (7th and Willamette), Overpark (Oak and 10th) and The Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Willamette and 6th/7th St). Additional parking at the Campbell Community Center (1st and High Street) and Skinner’s Butte Park, and on-street parking in the park.

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Cherríe Moraga: Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

Our friends at the Center for Women in Society are sponsoring a visit from Cherríe Morgana. From their Facebook page:

CSWS is honored and thrilled to announce that esteemed and iconic Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright Cherríe Moraga will deliver our keynote Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties!

Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at the Erb Memorial Union on the UO campus for her keynote address. (She will also lead an activist methods workshop for faculty and graduate students from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 14 at the Many Nations Longhouse; an RSVP is required for that event)

Maestra Moraga has been an artist-in-residence at the Stanford University Department of Theater and Performance Studies and in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity for nearly twenty years. A poet, playwright-director, writer-essayist, educator, and cultural activist, she is also the co-editor of the seminal anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986. She is the recipient of the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, the American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lambda Foundation’s “Pioneer” award, among many other honors.

LIU Lockout Solidarity Fund – Donation Center

On Labor Day weekend, faculty at the Brooklyn campus of LIU were informed, with less than a day’s notice, that they were locked-out of their campus. Their health insurance is cut off and they will no longer be paid for their work. The lock-out is the administration’s way of refusing to reach an agreement that would address the disparity in investment between LIU’s urban and suburban campuses. Instead, LIU plans to redeploy administrators and has hired temps to teach students when classes begin this week. LIU Brooklyn students, and the community served by LIU Brooklyn, must not be short-changed.

Please support LIU Brooklyn faculty in their fight for fairness and equity.

Click here to donate!

 

Letter to LIU President

September 7, 2016

Dear President Kimberly R. Cline:

Your decision to lockout hundreds of faculty on September 4, 2016 – on the weekend honoring labor no less –is as bewildering as it is unprecedented. Your action threatens to severely damage Long Island University. Your decision to lockout faculty reflects an astonishing disregard for the fundamental bond between student and educator. At the University of Oregon, we understand that institutional respect for faculty is inexorably linked to student learning conditions.

Furthermore, your actions show poor faith in the negotiation process as a space where problems get solved. The process can be difficult at times, but cooperative working relationships and mutual regard can only happen when parties engage without the overt exercise of power by one party over the other. A lockout is a crude and brutal exercise of power, the kind that has devastated workplaces and communities across the country. Terminating faculty healthcare benefits without notice is a cruel manifestation of this type of power.

Your actions are having devastating effects not only on faculty, but on students and the larger LIU community as well. Students learn by the example we set in our lives and work. We urge you to return to the bargaining table and put a good faith ear to the problems being raised by faculty.

Sincerely,

Michael Dreiling
Professor of Sociology
President of United Academics, AAUP/AFT Local 3209
University of Oregon

UA Researcher Happy Hour

Get out of your lab/office and join other researchers for happy hour next Thursday, July 14th from 4-6PM at the new Falling Sky in the EMU. Bring your co-workers and enjoy a beer and appetizers on United Academics.

Several members of the UA Exec Council, including our VP for NTTF Researcher Affairs, Mike Strain, will be there if you have ideas for how United Academics can help improve your academic or employment experience at the UO.

Come join us, and forward this to other researchers who might be interested in hanging out with the larger research community at the UO.

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Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition at UIUC on strike!

Our union cousins at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign are on strike. The Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition at UIUC (AAUP, AFT 6546) has voted to approve a five-day strike beginning today, April 28, after another stalled negotiations session. After 18 months of negotiations, NTFC continues to seek improvements in multi-year contracts and reappointment language. Please support our colleagues by calling Interim Chancellor Wilson at 217-333-6290 and/or Interim Provost Feser at 217-333-6677, and asking them for a fair contract now!

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