Subject Line: Solidarity from GSU
Well, folks, to say that 2021 is off to quite the start would be a dramatic understatement. The right-wing violence at the U.S. capitol this week is, unfortunately, the culmination of years of escalating authoritarian rhetoric and white supremacist violence. This is an overwhelming time of fear and uncertainty, but when we act in solidarity with one another, we can all feel less alone. Please–don’t hesitate to reach out to your fellow workers and organizers just to talk or to get involved in the New Year so that we can all work together to make our world a better place, in ways both big and small.
Save the Date: Winter GMM Wednesday, January 20
Our first GMM of the winter quarter will be on Wednesday, January 20. Keep an eye out for more details, but in the meantime, please add the date to your calendars!
Among other agenda items, we will be voting on endorsing the #DefundCPD campaign, as a follow-up to the training on policing in Hyde Park held in fall quarter. The goal of #DefundCPD is to divest from police violence that disproportionately impacts Black, brown, and indigenous communities and to instead invest in resources such as schools, mental health clinics, and housing that we and our neighbors deserve.
Recarding with GSU Reminder
Don’t forget: one way to renew your involvement in the independent GSU is to sign our new digital membership card.Now that we’re an independent union, we’re asking all members to sign a new (digital, for now) membership card to confirm their membership in GSU. There’s no negative consequence if you don’t sign this card; we’re here to support all graduate workers regardless. This is simply a way for us to get back in touch with our membership.
GSU has a number of ways to get involved, from organizing to committee work! All meetings are open to all members. Below you can find meetings and times for our regular committee meetings, but also feel free to get in touch with one of your department’s stewards or your divisional representative or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in work at the departmental or divisional level.
To receive Zoom links and updates for the meetings below, email us to join the Departmental Organizer listserv.
Stewards and Organizing Committee – Mondays at 6pm
Steering Committee – Tuesdays at 6pm
Worker Action Committee – Fridays at 2pm
Mutual Aid Committee – Fridays at 3pm
Communications Committee – Contact email@example.com to get involved!