Month: June 2020

ACTION // JOIN THE CARAVAN TODAY

JOIN THE CARAVAN: Wednesday, June 17th @ 11 am! 

Be part of a state-wide action to send a message to Marty Meehan and the UMass Board of Trustees: Save, Protect and Fund UMass students and workers!
 
Drivers will gather at the Boston Teachers Union parking lot (180 Mt Vernon St.) at 11 am, and walkers will gather at 1 Beacon St. in Boston at 11:30 am.


IF YOU ARE STUCK AT HOME/CAN’T JOIN, YOU CAN STILL TAKE ACTION TO HELP US GET THE MESSAGE TO UMASS PRESIDENT MEEHAN AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES! 

Choose from the action options below:

  1. Livestream the Rally and Speeches (with music in between) at https://umassboston.zoom.us/j/91448712027
  • Share the protest on your facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
  • Tweet your support with the #s  —#NoCuts #NoLayoffs  #FundUMB#UMBSafe at:

Marty Meehan (@MartyMeehan) · Twitter

UMass Boston (@UMassBoston) · Twitter

University of Massachusetts (@UMass) | Twitter

 Put People First: protect our students, our health, and our jobs. 

  • Save UMB: No cuts or layoffs!  Cuts and layoffs wreck our urban mission, reducing staffing, teachers, and courses.
  • Protect UMB: Ensure a safe campus for all! Prioritize the health and welfare of all members of our community by protecting us from Coronavirus and police violence.
  • Fund UMB: Fund Classrooms not Cops!  Budgets are priority lists–put education above policing and surveillance. 

ACTION // JUNE 17TH CAR CARAVAN, BOSTON

We have a message for Marty Meehan:

Save UMB!
Protect UMB!
Fund UMB!

Join UMass Unions from across the state in a day of action 
to protect our students, our health, and our jobs.  

We demand:

  • Save UMB: No cuts or layoffs!  Cuts and layoffs wreck our urban mission,  reducing staffing, teachers, and courses.
  • Protect UMB: Ensure a safe campus for all! Prioritize the health and welfare of all members of our community by protecting us from Coronavirus and police violence.
  • Fund UMB: Fund Classrooms not Cops!  Budgets are priority lists–put education above policing and surveillance.  

We are hosting A CAR CARAVAN PROTEST for JUNE 17TH at 11:00AM!

We’ll start with a rally at the Boston Teachers Union parking lot (180 Mount Vernon St., next to Bayside), then get in our cars to drive past the President’s office at 1 Beacon St. where we’ll meet a rally of fellow protesters and continue on to some fun and surprising destinations!  We will do a couple of slow-drive loops in loud and joyful celebration to get dear Marty to pay attention to our demands.

Don’t want to drive?  Join the stand out at 1 Beacon St to cheer on the car caravan!  You can hold signs and make a lot of noise.

Sign up to join the standout or the car caravan so we know you’re coming:  https://forms.gle/Gphv1A3ohyCzGNJq8 

If you’re interested in volunteering as a driver with someone else in your car, a photographer, a videographer, or a police liaison, please email Warren at whinckle@gmail.com.

#NoCuts #NoLayoffs  #FundUMB#UMBSafe 
#NoCuts #NoLayoffs #FundUMB#UMBSafe

STATEMENT // IN SUPPORT OF TODAY’S PROTEST

UMass Boston GEO-UAW 1596 stands in solidarity with protesters and demonstrators around the world calling for justice and an end to racial inequality and police brutality. The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis PD has sparked a new wave of public outcry against the systemic racial oppression inherent in our country, and these protest have often seen violent or agitational police response. We condemn the continued violence of police against protesters. 

Students at UMass Boston have organized a protest to take place on campus later today at 5:30; the protest starts at campus center. We encourage that you show up. If we all speak as one, the state and country will have to listen.

The link to the FB event is here. 

Bring a mask, bandana, or other face covering.

Bring signs.

Wear black in solidarity with those who have been lost to police violence. 

Bring an instrument–including pots and pans–so we can make lots of noise!

Other information can be found on the facebook event page.

An Open Letter // Against the Police Presence at the University of Massachusetts Boston

The Graduate Employee Organization stands in solidarity with the thousands of protesters who have been militant in demanding justice for George Floyd after his murder by four Minneapolis Police Officers: Rek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao. The killing of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and many other Black Men, Women, and gender non-binary people by the state re-entrenches the anti-Black racism underlying the U.S. criminal justice system and its law enforcement. We stand against police terror, and against the white supremacist system which police terror serves. 

In the last couple of days… [read more and sign onto our open letter here]