Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 16:15:29 EDT Subject: living wage sit-in I'm a pre-frosh and your sit-in inspires me to no end! I'm sorry that my future alma mater isn't negotiating but thrilled that my future school-mates are so conscientious, active, and brave. Maddy E, I love you and miss you and can't wait to help out with your campaign next year (although I hope there's no need for it by then!) -Sarah, NYC
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 15:59:11 -0400 From: "Loew, Cori" Subject: sit-in, the nation dear ben, i wanted to let you know that i am on the other side of the world, in santiago, chile, but after finding out from a friend what is going on at harvard, i've emailed your president, deans, and a whole list of people that were recommended... i just read your piece in the nation online and you all are kickass rockstars... today a general strike of chilean workers began following a labor day march for healthcare and a basic sueldo suitable for living. i marched with them for a little while, chanting, holding signs, standing in solidarity- and while talking to a welder at the rally i mentioned what the students, community members, workers, and faculty at harvard university are fighting for. he couldn't believe that harvard students (and all the stereotypes that follow) actually cared about workers on the campus, nor could he believe that they were sitting in for over 300 hours... and he asked me to let you know that as he marched down the street in front of the department of labor in santiago, he marched in solidarity with you all at harvard... con paz y justicia, cori.
Date: Fri, 04 May 2001 13:50:56 -0400 From: Tivey Dear friends, In the matter of the Living Wage Campaign, the PSLM has been carrying coal not just for the lowest paid workers on campus, but for all of the Harvard Community. You need not carry the whole of this load alone. Perhaps it's becoming time to distribute this burden more evenly. I believe that all segments of the community will now exercise the tools at their disposal in coming to the aid of the Campaign. You have advanced the cause immensely. You have moved substantial numbers of people in every corner of the Harvard Community to support a Living Wage. In all the work that each of us has to do to make the Living Wage become an imminent reality, we can never lose sight of the significance of your contributions, the strength of your convictions, and the power of your actions. We *will* prevail. In solidarity, -Tivey. ALB '97 Staff Assistant III, Department of Economics HUCTW activist
Date: Fri, 04 May 2001 12:35:59 -0500 From: Mischa A. Gaus Subject: Days hey harvard -- just wanted to let you know that northwestern students spent hours on the phone yesterday debating secretaries and informing voice mail of your demands. they were pretty sick of us after a while and had to take the phone off the hook. we really owe a debt of graditude to you guys -- our campaign for the WRC "coincidentally" ended after a solidarity fast for harvard, and our administration was very aware of what was happening inside mass hall. the sacrifice you are making is paving the way for us and future living wage campaigns that will help workers and communities around the nation and the globe. thanks for your dedication. you have the support and utmost admiration from all of us at northwestern. stay strong, mischa
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 09:57:34 -0700 (PDT) From: david prothero To: Harvard Living Wage Campaign Subject: Re: 5/4 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE go get em! keep up the hard work! i'm so happy you guys are doing that. great press too, great article in globe
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 08:42:35 -0700 Subject: Solidarity I will e-mail everyday until this is settled in the workers favor.I admire your courage! solidarity, Bob Reilly IWW Galveston, Tx
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 09:16:59 +0200 Subject: go for it! Hello I read about your "action" in one of the biggest morning newspapers here in Sweden. It feels so good to see your support with the blue collarworkers; people who are as necessary as the professors for your and all other universitys. Or for the rest of society for that sake. And they deserve a decent wage for the important work they are doing... So, keep on fighting... Heli Kärkkäinen
Date: Fri, 04 May 2001 08:00:03 -0700 From: Mar Preston Subject: Support from Santa Monica's Living wage campaign I'm an organizer with the Santa Monica Living wage campaign. We've recently won City Council's vote to begin drafting an ordinance that would target the nation's first law that would ask private businesses making more than $3million in annual gross receipts to pay a wage that people can live on with respect and dignity. We're asking $10.69 an hour with a $2.50/hour health insurance credit. We are all excited watching you and send our best wishes your way. We wish we could be there taking the heat with you. Be strong. This is the right thing to do. Mar Preston, Organizer Santa Monicans Allied for Responsible Tourism Look for us at www.laane.org
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 07:56:50 -0500 From: M Livingston Subject: A note of support from Houston, Tx I rarely tell people that I graduated from Harvard (class of '71). I saw Harvard's ugly underside in the fight against racism and the war 30 years ago. I believe I learned more from my participation in the struggle to change Harvard than I learned in it's classrooms. It takes courage to take up the battle from the belly of the beast.. I applaud you. This is one of the few occasions when I've felt proud to be an alum. This is the "Harvard tradition" that really matters. May you succeed in your demands for the living wage. You have my support.
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 08:23:10 -0400 (EDT) From: dan brezenoff Subject: sit-in solidarity Hey y'all This is just a message to let you know that lots of us down here at UNC-Chapel Hill are with you in spirit. We had a very successful sit-in two springs ago as part of our anti-sweatshop campaign, and the communications we received from other college students and from Noam Chomsky (!) were very helpful in keeping our spirits up. So I thought I'd write and say KEEP GOING! YOU FUCKING ROCK! dan brezenoff,msw chapel hill, nc
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 22:09:01 -0400 From: David Goodman Subject: good work on sit-in Dear Harvard Living Wage Protesters, As one of many Harvard alumni ('82) who was involved in efforts to support a unionization drive for kitchen/maintenance workers on campus 20 years ago (as well as the campaign to get Harvard to divest from apartheid South Africa), I'm writing to applaud what you are doing to win a living wage for those same workers. Your struggle has long roots, and your protest is in the best tradition of social activism at Harvard. The institution will not move unless forced to. The kind of public shaming that you are giving the Harvard administration is exactly the right medicine. People will tell you that "you'll grow out of" these social commitments. You won't, and you shouldn't. You're doing the right thing. Keep on doing it. Solidarity, David Goodman, Class of 82
From African-American faculty members of the Harvard University School of Law: We support the Living Wage Campaign because it draws attention to Harvard's role as a "corporate citizen." Many of the affected workers -- those directly employed by Harvard or whose labor is subcontracted to others -- are people of color and immigrants. But it is not only to these workers that Harvard owes a duty to assure a living wage. Harvard is the largest corporate employer in the City of Cambridge and a substantial employer in other parts of the Boston area. More important, as a great university, Harvard is -- and ought to be -- a moral leader throughout the United States and around the world. It is therefore particularly important that Harvard fulfill its public responsibilities as a corporate citizen by committing itself to the principle that all those who work for this great institution should earn a living wage. Christopher Edley, Jr. Professor of Law Co-Director, The Civil Rights Project at Harvard Lani Guinier Professor of Law Kenneth Mack Assistant Professor of Law Charles J. Ogletree Jesse Climenko Professor of Law Faculty Director, Clinical Programs David Wilkins Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law Director of the Program on the Legal Profession
_________LOCAL NAACP STATEMENT____________ The NAACP of Cambridge fully endorses the principles of the Living Wage Campaign and encourages Harvard University, as an employer of Cambridge workers, to fulfill its role as a "corporate citizen" of the Cambridge area. Kathy A. Reddick President NAACP, Cambridge Branch
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 23:54:39 -0400 From: Thad Williamson Subject: letter of support from Dollars and Sense Magazine We had informally endorsed before, but at our meeting tonight we approved this letter of support for the living wage campaign. Great job!!! Let us know if you want any more speakers from D&S (Chris Tiily spoke last week.) best, Thad Williamson (Harvard Ph.D student, Department of Government)
Dear Members of the Living Wage Campaign, We would like to congratulate you and thank you for your outstanding efforts to improve working conditions at Harvard and indeed to lift labor standards throughout the Cambridge area. You have overcome the institutional arrogance of Harvard and the indifference of so many of your peers to awaken a dormant sense of justice at Harvard, and have attracted national attention to the need for workers to earn a living wage. We are confident that the sit-in and related events will also soon lead to real gains for Harvard's workers and provide a new baseline of decency. We thoroughly admire the principled persistence and the ethos of solidarity you have demonstrated in the last three weeks. Actions like yours inspire us as we continue our own advocacy for economic justice for all. We all know the exhaustion and personal toll such thorough commitment to a cause like this can take, and hope that our expression of support will help in a small way to keep your spirits high from now until the issue gets the just resolution it deserves. Yours in solidarity, The Dollars and Sense Collective Cambridge, MA
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 11:37:55 -0400 From: Barbara Fuchs Subject: Yes Dear Matt et.al. Thinking of you all. Keep up the fight - so few can do so much! Barb & Dan
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 16:26:36 -0700 (PDT) From: LANNY SMITH Subject: Re: 4/24 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE Watching and writing about your struggle with interest, Companer@s. Thinking about my friends among the custodial staff at HSPH. Could someone give me the direct, exact, quotation from the outside wall of the FXB Building (about the Right to Health being a fundamental Human Right) and how many languages it is etched in, please? I want to use it in a letter. Lanny Smith HSPH Class Marshal 2000 President, Doctors for Global Health, DGH www.dghonline.org
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 11:20:00 -0700 From: Tom Mullane Subject: Thank you Hi, I just wanted to send you a note of support. I think it is great what all you folks are doing. In this era of globalized economic inequality it is important for all people of conscious to fight for economic justice both here and abroad. Keep up the great fight. Tom Mullane
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 11:32:41 -0700 From: Ellen Herman Subject: living wages in Cambridge Dear friends, I support the Harvard living wage campaign. I taught at Harvard for a number of years before coming to the University of Oregon, so I know exactly what it means to be a low-wage worker in Cambridge. Keep up the good work!
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 11:37:25 -0500 From: lauren gofney Subject: ! as a student on a college campus wallowing in apathy, where our attempts to educate others about living-wage issues (specifically for our adjunct faculty and dining service workers) are blatantly ignored, i just want to extend my support and thanks to everyone involved in the sit-in. i'm thinking about you. sincerely, lauren webster university, st. louis
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 10:34:52 -0500 Subject: Stay Strong! "I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressed. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think it will be based on the colour of the skin..." Malcolm X It seems as though you are becoming the stage on which we must all perform! Confronting capitalism and getting the attention of the press nationwide only makes what you are doing even more important. The clash that Malcolm was referring to appears to be pointing more and more to economic and class struggle. If there is anything else I or we can do to stand in solidarity with you or support you let me know and I will share it with our campus! Thanks for taking this stand! Peace and Solidarity, Donnie Morgan peace studies intern Manchester College
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 10:20:06 -0700 From: cathy cuthbertson Subject: Comments Hi - Just wanted to let you know that I caught part of an interview yesterday on public radio about your sit-in, and living-wage war. It caught my ear immediately - I am a writer who formerly worked as a waitress. All the while, I have been thinking about our tourism economy here in southwest Florida and wanting to write a really in depth piece about what really amounts to restaurant slavery. So, that said, I will follow your campaign and its success with great interest. Thanks! Cathy C. in Sarasota, Florida
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 04:55:15 -0400 From: Daniel Gerson Subject: Justice The people-united-will never be defeated. Thank you for fighting the good fight.
Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 17:07:15 -0500 From: Sarah Knipper Subject: Fighting the good fight Dear PSLM - In my graduate studies in social work, I am constantly made aware of how _injust_ our society is. I applaud you all from the bottom of my heart for truly standing up for the noble cause of social and economic justice. None of us are so far away from a life of minimum-wage work as we might like to think - not even Harvard administrators! Thank you for sparking an international reminder that we as a society need to take care of ALL our people - not just the pretty ones. I wish you all the best of success, and I know that your commitment and enthusiasm has touched many. Regards, Sarah Knipper George Warren Brown School of Social Work Washington University in St. Louis
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 01:45:55 -0700 Subject: Fw: Students in Action - Harvard Bravo! I hope the connection is being made between Harvard's labor policy and the agenda of those who support the free-trade agenda of the multinational corporations and their political supporters. The problems at Harvard are the problems throughout the international workforce. Maybe now is the time to speak the truth about the record of your newly selected President who worked at the World Bank and no doubt supported the policies of structural adjustment, union busting, lowering of wages and labor standards that are reflected in Harvard's policy on the living wage and other of their labor practices. I'm encouraged that the faculty supports your campaign and is willing to take a stand against the administration. It remains to be seen whether the Harvard faculty will have the courage to develop courses, Teach-Ins, and other tools of education about globalization and the danger to democracy posed by the free-trade agenda and investor rights principles along the lines of the campus efforts during the Vietnam War. In Alliance, a Harvard student's mother
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 01:46:53 -0700 (PDT) Subject: in solidarity Dear PSLM, I applaud and admire your bold, brave dedication to eliminating the economic injustice at Harvard that reflects the injustice at many universities and in our society in general. Our school, our communities, our lives belong to US. We are not tools of production or profit. You are sending the message loud and clear to those who definitely need to hear it. Keep on keeping on! Chad Gerson
Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 12:03:25 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: 5/2 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE Hey, I've been following y'all's activities from NY (and sending my emails to the baddies) and just wanted to say to say "great job!"
ate: Wed, 2 May 2001 19:07:53 -0400 (EDT) From: Graduate Student Council Subject: [GSC] GSC Endorsement of Living Wage Campaign. At tonight's GSC meeting, the Council voted to endorse the Living Wage Campaign. The following statement was sent to the LWC. Thanks to those who came to speak on both sides of the debate. -Lisa Laskin, Pres., GSC The Graduate Student Council of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences hereby expresses our wholehearted support for the Living Wage Campaign at Harvard University. We urge the University administration to adopt a living wage policy of $10.25 per hour plus benefits for all Harvard workers. This University's greatness as an educational institution is compromised by its current unwillingness to provide an adequate wage and benefits package to all who work here. An institution with financial resources as vast as Harvard's surely can afford to pay its workers a living wage. Harvard's community of scholars and workers will only be enhanced by such an action.
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 17:54:39 -0700 (PDT) From: Liz Albiston Subject: support for Harvard Living Wage Hi! I'm a member of Alliance for Hope, an economic justice group at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We've heard about the struggle at Harvard for a living wage. We too are fighting for a living wage and economic justice at our university, and we wanted to tell you that we support you completely throughout the sit-in and the rest of your campaign. What you've done is really amazing. Keep it up! In solidarity, Liz Albiston Alliance for Hope University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 18:26:57 -0600 Subject: WITH SUPPORT To the Harvard "sit-in" students: As someone who witnesses all the injustices of the world on a daily basis, your efforts are a reminder what the youth of today can do. My support, prayers, and encouragement are with all of you. In Solidarity, Lisa Stamm Omaha, NE
From: Kieran Roberts Subject: Solidarity message Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 18:01:27 +0100 Dear occupiers, Socialist Students and the Socialist Party (the British section of the CWI) send the students in occupation over the wages of staff at Harvard University, our solidarity. In Britain students and staff alike have faced years of attacks on our education and conditions. Under Tony Blair's New Labour government we have seen the introduction of tuition fees and the abolition of student grants. At the same time education workers have seen the continued erosion of their pay and employment rights. Like you we aim to build united struggles between workers and students. Ultimately this is the best way we have of defeating the attacks workers and students are facing. Your actions at Harvard are an inspiration for British students in involved in campaigns in the universities and colleges here. We hope you win your campaign. All the best. Yours in Solidarity, Socialist Students National Office and Socialist Party Students.
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 18:41:00 EDT Subject: Naderisms Keep sitting! Just last night I was freshly inspired when I went to hear Ralph Nader speak, so I'm passing along some apt comments: "If we don't learn the tools of democracy [and civil disobedience], we're going to go through life on our knees in front of the power brokers, who know very well how to use the tools of democracy." Nader characterized injustice as "invigorating" rather than depressing, comparing it to "a shot of adrenaline." He stated that he had read "all the pessimist philosophers, even Schopenauer," but none of them convinced him. He argued that there is "no utility to pessimism [which is often confused with realism]." ...and finally "You shouldn't go through college without tackling some injustice. It's good for memories." Hope you're bearing up well under the pressure. Thank you for the inspiration. --Julie Boerst Binghamton Greens Endicott, NY
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 17:49:15 -0400 Subject: keep up the good work Dear PSLM, I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of congratulations and well-wishes for your campaign. I am proud to wear my "Living Wage Now" pin, not because I think I am doing all that much good by wearing it, but because it joins me in some small way with those of you on the inside and outside of mass hall who are working day and night for justice, a word that you've proven does stand for something. I only wish those of you inside could be there as I walk across campus and am stopped by men and women in harvard uniforms--custodians, security guards, and maintenance workers--who thank me for wearing it. Thank you thank you thank you. I am lucky to be on this campus with you all, not just because you are fighting for this cause, but also because of the manner in which you are fighting it. You have all my respect. Sincerely, Sarah Robinson '03 p.s. please contact me if you need a hand! my name and number are on the board outside.
Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 18:01:45 -0400 From: Priscilla Smith Subject: Action for Harvard Workers I am a professor at the University of Akron. I am the advisor for student action group, STAND, Students Taking Action for a New Democracy. I wish to express my admiration to all of you for your commendable actions. Please hang in there and know there is support for you across the nation. What you are doing is one of the items on the agenda for our group. Currently we are working on getting the university not to buy products made in sweatshops (join the WRC). Thank you to all of you. Dr. Priscilla Smith
Sponsor: Representative Jessica Curtin Passed by the Michigan Student Assembly May 1, 2001 Resolution in Solidarity with Student Struggles at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Florida, Harvard, and Yale Whereas, Over the past two weeks important student struggles have begun on several campuses across the country, including Pennsylvania State University, the University of Florida, Harvard, and Yale. The students are fighting over issues of racism and workers' rights. Students involved in the demonstrations, marches, and building occupations on these campuses have asked for support and solidarity from students on other campuses. Whereas, On Tuesday, April 24th, thousands of students at Pennsylvania State University rallied against racism in response to a series of racist death threats. A letter sent to a Black Caucus leader threatened her personally and said that the body of a young black man would be found in the nearby woods. Since the receipt of the letter the bodies of two black men have been found. Racist or threatening mail or emails have been received by black students, athletes, the president of the undergraduate student government, a trustee board member, and the parents of athletes. At least 68 students received a racist email. Hundreds of students are currently occupying a student center called the HUB in a show of solidarity. Demands of the students to change the climate on the campus and increase minority students' access to education include establishing an "Africana Studies Research Institute", hiring 10 tenured faculty members by 2002-03, increased scholarships, and a mandatory course on race. Whereas, On April 6th, 500 University of Florida students marched against racism. The march was in response to several racist and bigoted incidents on the campus including a white fraternity that held an "Asian Theme" party where men dressed as Army GIs and women dressed as Vietnamese prostitutes, the spray painting of racial epithets on the side of the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, and the theft and destruction of a banner put up by gay and lesbian students for PRIDE Awareness Month. Organizers and speakers at the rally included Latino, Asian American, black, gay, and white students. Whereas, At Harvard, dozens of students have occupied the first floor of Massachusetts Hall, the building where the university president has his office. They are demanding a living wage of $10.25 for campus workers, some of whom make as little as $7 per hour at one of the richest universities in the world. The sit-in is believed to be the longest building occupation ever staged at Harvard and is supported by dozens of other students camping in tents outside the building. The sit-in follows a two-year long campaign on the campus for a living wage for campus workers. The Harvard administration is refusing to negotiate with the students sitting in. The students have also received support from 100 faculty members at Harvard, both U.S. Senators from Massachusetts, and the city council of Cambridge. Whereas, At Yale, hundreds of graduate students are protesting the Yale administrations' opposition to their efforts to unionize. The graduate students are attempting to form a union for graduate student instructors and workers. They are calling on the administration to recognize their efforts to unionize through a "card-count", in which an employer recognizes a union when a majority of the workers sign union membership cards. The students are supported by members of Yale's clerical, maintenance, and hospital workers. Whereas, The Michigan Student Assembly has repeatedly taken stands against racism and for workers' rights. Therefore be it resolved, The Summer Assembly stands in solidarity with students struggling at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Florida, Harvard, and Yale. Therefore be it resolved, The Summer Assembly will help publicize the struggles at the above campuses to students on the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, campus and other campuses nationally. Therefore be it resolved, The Summer Assembly invites all students involved in these struggles to attend the National Student/Youth Conference to Defend Affirmative Action & Integration and Struggle for Equality and to discuss the struggles on their campuses at the conference. Therefore be it resolved, MSA President Matt Nolan will mail copies of this resolution and MSA Representative Jessica Curtin will deliver copies of this resolution to protesters and student government representatives at Pennsylvania State, the University of Florida, Harvard, and Yale, and to the Michigan Daily and the Ann Arbor News.
Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 13:10:50 -0400 From: Noam Chomsky Subject: faculty endorsement I see I'm not listed under endorsements from other faculties, only individuals. If you'd like to add my name to that list, fine of course. Tremendously impressed to see what you've accomplished. Even the mainstream media are now writing that the Harvard Administration has discredited itself, and the effects elsewhere have been extremely positive too. Really important achievements. Noam
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 08:33:57 -0400 (EDT) From: Zayed M Yasin Subject: Living Wage Campaign As-salaamu 'Alaikum, After significant discussion among members of the Harvard Islamic Society, culminating with a general dinner table discussion Tuesday night, we have decided to support the Living Wage Campaign. While we take no position regarding the tactics of the sit-in, the Harvard Muslim community believes that the social justice and fairness of the principles espoused by the Living Wage campaign are worthy of support. We pray that Allah will grant a just and peaceful resolution to this confrontation, and hope that Harvard will treat all members of its community with the fairness and respect that they deserve. Wassalaam, Zayed Yasin '02 President Harvard Islamic Society
Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 11:39:04 -0000 From: Bryony Horrocks Subject: support and encouragment from australia a friend who's studying at harvard this year put me onto your website. i think the campaign you are running is inspirational- and so important. so here's a message of support from perth, australia. keep up the good work Bryony Horrocks Secretary of UWA Student Guild
Date: 2 May 01 01:55:09 EDT From: Sue Fendrick Dear Students, I'm filled with awe, respect, and inspiration following your actions. Even your website is totally outstanding. On Friday, the webzine that I edit, SocialAction.com (a webzine devoted to Jewish approaches to social action and social justice) will be publishing an article by Ari Weisbard and others. As a former campus progressive activist, and as a religious social justice professional and clergyperson, as well as an admirer of excellence :-), I salute you. I will try to make it over to Mass Hall. All best, Rabbi Sue Fendrick Newton, MA
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 11:51:13 -0600 From: Doug Giebel Subject: Sent this letter to TomPaine.com website re Madeleine Elfenbein's and her mother's pieces on today's TomPaine webpage. Good luck! To TomPaine.com: What some (but not all) students at Harvard are learning through the campus sit-in is that higher education's high ideals and the many hours of lectures devoted to mankind's noblest works and efforts are often not practiced in the "real world" of academia. The message in the dog-eared lecture notes is belied by the here-and-now actions of those in authority. While student cheating is subject to strict disciplinary codes, cheating by management is often not only ignored, it is frequently rewarded. Harvard's leadership, as in most ivory tower institutions, tells the students to return to the books, as if discussing ethics in the classroom were more important than acting and living ethically as a matter of principle for the human heart. Rather than take immediate action to fairly compensate the non-elite who keep the institution clean and warm and safe, Harvard's solution is to talk the issue to death and offer classes in lieu of real money. Too often those of us in academia deliberately ignore or turn away from uncomfortable issues that negatively impact others, whether it be blantantly corrupt tenure and hiring procedures or campus crime or the university's responsiblity to pay its workers a living wage. In future years will the students now camped out in Harvard's historic hallways always act on principle and "do the right thing"? Perhaps not. But for the present those who value human dignity can revel in their grand adventure. Doug Giebel Big Sandy, MT
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 02:46:47 -0400 From: Ayan Bose Subject: the best of luck to you people as i sit here on my computer ready to go to sleep after studying for finals i can only be proud of every single one of you people. to the best of my knowledge i have never met any one of you but i must say that your priorities in life are in order. i can only imagine the difficulty all of you had in deciding if you actually wanted to do this at this time, but there are some things in life which are more important than gpa and i applaud your courage and judgment. the best of luck again ayan bose
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 00:47:22 -0500 From: Ben Horne Subject: be strong some words to encourage your just sit in from houston texas (Ben Horne, Rice University) 'Anyone can become angry -- that's easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degreee, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- this is not easy.' -- Aristotle "Let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love." Che Guevara "Power concedes nothing without a demand" -----Frederick Douglass "If you think you can do it, you're right. If you think you can't do it, you're still right." Henry Ford "You're given only a spark of madness. you mustn't lose it." Robin Williams
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 00:56:30 -0400 (EDT) From: David Badagnani Subject: Faculty endorsement Bravo to all of you from us here at Kent State! We have an anti-sweatshop campaign going on right now and you are giving us so much inspiration. I have been following your website every day and today I read through all the workers' statements (it took me several hours but I don't think I've ever read anything more *real* in my life). I hope you can get through this, because you're doing something so important I don't know if we can realize the ramifications for other universities. I wish I could've been there for the janitors' conga line!!!!! Anyway, if you like, you can add my faculty endorsement, small though it is. I'm an adjunct faculty member in Music at Kent State University.
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 23:11:07 EDT Subject: May Day Greetings from Migrant Ministry Brothers and Sisters: Greetings for the May Day season from the Unitarian Universalist Migrant Ministry! We work with the National Farm Worker Ministry and with other organizations in support of America's farm worker families. News of your Cambridge crusade has now been heard among union workers in the fields in North Carolina, Florida, California, and elsewhere in America. We send you our support, our appreciation, and all of our love as you press forward to win a living wage for Harvard employees. Viva la Causa! Gracias, Rev. Robert Francis Murphy, Secretary-Treasurer, Unitarian Universalist Migrant Ministry
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 19:20:42 -0400 From: Jason Schulman Subject: You people rock! Dear brothers and sisters, I'm glad to see that there are, in fact, still dissidents at Harvard. Bravo. You highly deserve all the international support you are receiving. And you -- and the Harvard workers -- will win. In solidarity, Jason Schulman Democratic Socialists of America, National Political Committee
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 17:32:25 -0500 (CDT) From: vivek mittal Subject: In Solidarity All of us here with Rice Students for Global Justice at Rice University in Houston, TX are thinking about you and want to express our solidarity for all the brave folks sitting in and supporting a living wage for Harvard workers. With May Day coming up, we hope justice comes sooner than later for everyone involved. We think what you are doing is wonderful - keep up the good work! Stay Strong! Sincerely, Charlotte Albrecht Dr. Elias K. Bongmba, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Ellen Chenoweth Sarah Cloots Jesse Dickerman Beth Garrett Nam Ha Ben Horne Daniel Livorsi Vivek Mittal Shayda Naficy Katrina Reichwein Chris Roncal Mahek Shah Lindsey Trott Victor Udoewa Jordan Vexler Sofia Westblom
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 09:47:52 -0500 From: Robert Buzzanco Subject: In Solidarity Today, May 1st, is traditionally celebrated as Labor Day around the world, except in the United States. Here, the state has generally be hostile to organized labor for over a century. That is why the work you are doing on behalf of Harvard workers is so important. We face a similar situation here at the University of Houston; our working people do not receive a living wage, they can be fired without cause, they have no effective appeals process, and they fear reprisal daily. That is why we will be having a rally today in suppport of the working people of the University of Houston. Hopefully, through the efforts of concerned activists nationally--in places like Harvard and Houston--campus workers will soon earn a decent wage and be treated with respect and dignity. Along with my colleagues in the Progressive Faculty Association and various student groups at the University of Houston, we applaud your efforts and wish you the best for the future. Solidarity, Bob Buzzanco Associate Professor of History University of Houston
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 09:34:06 -0500 From: Aunt Jane Subject: Re: 5/1 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE Hi You Guys! Good going! About two weeks ago there was a news report about Harvard students being so overwhelmed with constant studying that they had no time for any campus life. So, hurray for you, you're combatting that bad press. Rudenstine must be so grateful to you.? lvje
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 21:32:32 EDT Subject: Living Wage May God bless your heroic efforts on behalf of the working men and women at Harvard. Ten million dollar bonus to the investors who made generous fees on the earnings as well, Hopefully not on investments in overseas sweatshops, but museum tickets to their own staff is shameful. Most students learn at least as much from their colleagues as from their professors , so fear not that your educational experience is being impaired. The faculty is being given a lesson in decency and dignity by you young people that they will not soon forget. Keep up the good work, Albert B. West Esq. 63 Linden Rd. Barrington. R.I.
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 11:45:10 -0700 From: Robert W. Fuller Ben McKean -- Ira Arlook gave me your name and email address. As President of Oberlin College during the early 1970's--appointed by a liberal board at age 33 to transform the college--I lead the fight against the familiar "isms" (racism, sexism, ageism). By the time I left I realized there was another "ism," below the radar, that we hadn't touched, or even identified. In the last few years, I've been writing about it, and speaking out about it here in California. I call it "rankism"--abuse or discrimination based on a difference of rank (as signifying power). Rankism embraces the familiar isms, but goes further. Although the demonstrations at Harvard and elsewhere can be seen in traditional labor relations terms, there is more to them, and also more to why young, well-off students are taking up the cause of blue-collar workers. Twenty-somethings instinctively abhor rankism. So does everyone, really, as rankism invariably insults human dignity, but early on we learn to pass rankist actions down the line--from "somebodies" to "nobodies"--and before long we are inured to them. We become like people under the spell of Jim Crow or the Feminine Mystique--oblivious to the rankist abuse, indignity, discrimination, and injustice around us. Many fall under the spell of the "Somebody Mystique," and look to celebrities for answers. I have created a web site on rankism. I think the analysis there, and in the free downloadable book available on the site, would provide a useful framework--an "analysis," if you'll forgive the term--that is pertinent to what we now see erupting, and spreading, on campuses and elsewhere. I think a large-scale movement against rankism--in all its guises--is in the offing. Something analogous to the civil rights and feminist movements. I'm meeting with Betty Friedan next month. The site is
. The book is "Breaking Ranks: With All Due Respect." Ira suggested I let you know. I hope you will let others know about it, too. If some of the protestors have access to the internet from within the administration building and log onto they may take heart, for they are the forerunners of a social movement that, I believe, will shape the coming century as much as the idea of civil liberty shaped the last. A supporter, Robert W. Fuller Web Site:
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 14:27:22 -0500 From: Matthew Subject: happy may day I heard about your efforts toward worker justice this morning on Democracy Now. I want to congratulate you on your courage and strength and to tell you that I stand with you in spirit throughout your struggle. Sincerely, Matthew O'Connor Baylor College of Medicine
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 13:45:41 -0500 From: "Pete(r) Micek" Subject: Northwestern Solidarity All of us at Northwestern Students Against Sweatshops extend a HUGE thanks to you folks at Harvard. Your determination played a large role in convincing our administration to join the WRC. The first thing they asked about in the meeting today was how our solidarity fast for Harvard went on Friday. And you also saved us some court time (we had planned a sit-in for wednesday). Keep up the fight--through peace, love, and ACTION! pete micek Northwestern Students Against Sweatshops
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 13:17:11 -0500 From: "[iso-8859-1] \"Desireé S. Evans\" Subject: Northwestern solidarity Please forward this out to all the Harvard kids working on the Harvard Living Wage sit-in. I'm Desireé from Northwestern, and I am just writing to give our full support to what you are fighting for right now. What you are doing is amazing and powerful, and I just want to let you know that the entire Northwestern Students Against Sweatshops community is behind you. In a way what Harvard has down in the last couple of weeks completely influenced the decision our administration made to join the WRC yesterday (in a way to not see the same thing happen here). So this is not only a letter of support, but a sort of thank you and a promise of continued solidarity! Keep the struggle. Keep the fire. Living wages now! peace and solidarity, Desireé Northwestern Students Against Sweatshops
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 10:10:45 -0500 From: Carolyn Dennis Subject: so proud! What a wonderful thing you are doing...you have given an old liberal fresh hope! Carolyn Dennis
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 14:18:13 From: Mary Wildfire Subject: support for students A few days ago, after a really discouraging day, I heard on NPR about 25 Harvard students sitting in an office to demand a living wage for all campus workers. Maybe it's an unfair stereotype, but I think of Harvard students as rich snots. To think that a bunch of THEM had taken over an office, not to protest a raise in student fees but to support working class people, gave me an indescribable lift at a time when I really needed it. There's hope for the world after all! Don't give up! What you're doing is more important and probably more educational than the classes you're missing; and you might be surprised what it will do for your resume, depending what kind of work you want to go into. Also, you can tell your children with pride that you were a part of this. Right now, the publicity is going your way, so hold firm. Thanks for making my day.
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 07:51:32 EDT Subject: students for justice All PSLM members, I am a senior at Jesuit High School in Sacramento CA. I have read a number of articles now about your sit-in, and I admire each of you for your effort to help Harvard University workers achieve a living wage. I believe that it is students like you who have made Harvard the institution that it is today. Harvard was made great by those that challenged established practices, not those that simply fell into line or those that simply did the work and got all A's. I believe that all 46 of you students sitting in are the true leaders of the future. I recently went to a speech by Dr. Cornell West and I think that you exemplify everything that he preaches. He said that we must all live Socratically and with compassion. Clearly you are doing both. First, you have challenged the norm, and second you have acted with compassion in fighting for those who are being treated unjustly. All my support goes out to you. All the best Greg Ruiz
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 04:02:33 -0600 From: jeanne degange Subject: Living Wage I want to send you a note of support. What you are doing is very important. Best wishes. Jeanne DeGange Connecticut College 1956 Superior, Montana
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 20:32:52 EDT Subject: god bless you Human decency is seldom profitable, but that makes it no less necessary. I can't believe that an organization that is billed as non profit pulls in so much money while starving the people who keep it running. I am planing to use this issue with my students as an example of right and wrong. I keep hearing we need some morality teaching in our public schools here in Georgia. I am glad to see there are still some heroes around that students can look up to. God bless you all. Jason Dilling
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 13:34:24 -0700 From: "Jansen, Linda" Subject: Hey, folks. WAY TO GO. YOU WILL WIN!!!!! I'm in Seattle... else I'd try to be there with you. My husband works at the University of Washington as a delivery truck driver and they are dealing with similar issues. They should probably sit in. They've been having rolling strikes instead and it doesn't seem to have much effect. You guys have the right idea. KEEP IT UP UNTIL THEY GIVE IN. This is more of an education than you can ever get in a classroom. Thank you. Linda Jansen
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 15:57:28 -0400 To: email@example.com Subject: Keep up the good work! Hi Living Wage Protesters, I just read about your campaign, and I wanted to tell you what a great thing I think it is you're doing. Having taught at the college level for a number of years, I was beginning to wonder where all of the progressive students had gone - nice to know you are out there and are taking on important issues of economic and social justice. Shame on Harvard for refusing to use its riches to provide its employees a living wage. Ashley Mattison University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 15:47:15 -0700 From: Jane Blanshard Subject: wages Good work! I graduated in 1952 and they were treating the help just as badly then, but we were not effective organizers. We let them bar us from Lamont, keep their earphones pure in the poetry room, tell us what to wear, etc.! I am ashamed when I look back. I was very close to a couple of the women who worked in Eliot Hall at Radcliffe and stayed in touch with them after I graduated, when they were retired and living in shabby little rooms with cracked linoleum on the floor because of the way they had been paid by the great university. Keep up the good work! Jane Blanshard
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 12:05:00 -0500 From: Suzanne Belongia - Catholic Charities Greetings to you all . . . I received info on your sit-in from a list-serve I am part of and just wanted to send you my support. Also heard that my Senator, Paul Wellstone, had written in to endorse your work -- I echo his sentiments! And never doubt that small groups of committed citizens can change the world. My thoughts are with you. Suzanne in Minnesota
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 10:24:13 -0400 From: Scott C. Shershow Subject: Living Wage compaign As a professor and Harvard alumnus, I'd like to add my name to the list of faculty supporting the Living Wage Compaign. Scott Cutler Shershow (PhD '83) Associate Professor of English Miami University
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 07:05:56 -0700 (PDT) From: Daniel Morgan Subject: Re: 4/30 HARVARD SIT IN UPDATE Good luck with the AFL-CIO today - you all have earned the respect of national labor, and it's about time that they used the power they have to support the movement. Those of us who are not students in the UK support you as well! Solidarity. (and I sure as hell wish I could be there) Dan Morgan
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 09:46:31 -0400 From: "Wagner, Gregory R." Subject: RE: living wage news coverage Wow! btw-- After sending an "update" and web link, got a note from Theodore Hesburgh, President Emeritus of Notre Dame & ?former member of the HU Overseers, saying, in part: "I was much edified by the wonderful project that your daughter and her fellow students and faculty are promoting at Harvard. Be sure that I hope and pray that someone will be listening in the days ahead and that they will be successful in their dedicated work. Do give them my best wishes and prayers for all success. "With cordial best wishes and many thanks, again, "Devotedly in Notre Dame, "(Rev.) Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. "President Emeritus"
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 10:33:47 -0500 From: Stuart Fox Subject: Impressed And Inspired In Chicago Dear Harvard Living Wage Campaign, I am a Freshman at the University of Chicago and I must say, you people are really projecting a different image than most colleges. We have only had one protest here at the U of C this year, and that only lasted less than an hour (granted it was below freezing out, but still, they should have dressed for the occasion). That fact that you are proving that the well being of the people around you and the world at large is more important than school work or tests is indescribably important, and something that should be studied by other students. Kudos for not waiting another decade before you tried to change the world for the better. And just as an aside, that "Maddy" from your photo gallery seems to be all over the place. Make sure she sees this, she needs an extra thanks. -Stuart Fox, University of Chicago
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 23:24:45 -0400 Subject: support from at least one alumnus Good luck with the struggle. You make this alumnus proud- stay together and build your strength. They have little shame, but they cannot stand the pressure. Mark Dyen '70/72 HR-SDS 66-69
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 16:48:17 -0700 (PDT) From: Paul DiBara Subject: Good work! Just a note of support for you all and your very worthy cause. You've been getting excellent coverage from the national press...hope this continues. Please continue to speak for those who are least able to advocate for themselves. Harvard certainly should be ashamed of itself...I think you've at least made that point. It's very difficult to understand the Administration's position except to note that it founded in arrogance and lack of a sense of equity. Regards, Paul DiBara Quincy MA
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 19:22:21 +0000 From: Michael Kaplan Subject: Knoxville Progressive Radio supports the sit-in In its May Day special broadcast on Sunday, April 29, Knoxville Progressive Radio dedicated its 3-hour show to the Harvard 40 sitting-in for a Living Wage. The show included programs featuring Barbara Ehrenreich and Howard Zinn, and music by Earl Robinson, Kurt Weill/Bertholdt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein and Bob Dylan. In Solidarity!
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 01:11:22 EDT Subject: thank you it was most rewarding to host the poetry reading last night. 11 poets participated, the work was varied and appropriate, no one went over the time limit, everyone enjoyed himself or herself, and we all felt grateful for the opportunity to show solidarity and love for the students occupying Massachusetts Hall. hugs, peter desmond
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 11:17:20 EDT Subject: For Susan Hi Sue, Thanks for putting me on your mailing list. Wanted you to know that I saw an article about your sit in yesterday in the Indianapolis paper. Think it was on the 3rd page. Anyway, thinking of you and am proud of you. Love, Christy
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 22:07:49 -0700 From: Cynthia Brooke Subject: Sit-in Hi there, as a student working part-time I salute you and your colleagues to your effort. Even though I am from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada i give you my support and luck for the coming days. Hope all is going well. Marianna
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 16:58:12 -0400 Subject: Re: To the folks on the inside I just want to send my encouragement and best wishes to the students who have had the courage and stamina to take bold action in support of others. I've been on the outside from time to time in support - but you folks sitting in Mass Hall are GREAT! Regards, Randall Collura (Harvard anthropology graduate student)
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 12:21:27 EDT Subject: Hello from Las Vegas, NV Holy Cow !! You students are actually doing it. Your going to make a difference. This old Vet's faith in America is being restored. Your Heroes in the true sense of the word. The World is watching and the story is growing. History is being made. You must win. You will win. You carry the hopes and dreams of millions. Where do I send my check in support? God Bless Don Skaggs Las Vegas,NV
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 10:43:34 -0500 Subject: Your CNN Appearence - Bravo!!! Amy: I live in New York City and saw the Harvard story. You are a brave and courageous woman. I just had to write a few words to you. I work at a university here in New York City. I see the abuses: sexual-racial-age discrimination and the resignation in the faces of my co-workers who are so afraid to speak up for their rights as human beings. I see our own Administrators as truly evil people who allow this kind of management style to become the norm. Our students see the buldings & grounds, security and custodial staff as beneath them. That is why I applaud you and the others who see a wrong and try to make it right. It is so very rare to find this. Do not allow the Harvard Administration to scare and threathen you and the others. God bless. Brian Richards
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 08:28:10 -0700 (PDT) From: Sadik Kassim Subject: Living Wage My name is Sadik Kassim and I'm a junior at Tulane University in New Orleans. I just wanted to urge you to keep up the good fight. Last year at tulane, we had a sit in to protest the university's use of sweat shop labor products such as t-shirts and jackets. The administration was peeved, to say the least, but after nearly two weeks of rallies and uninterrupted sit ins, they eventually agreed to talk to us, resulting in a fruitful and constructive discussion for all parties involved. So, keep up the good work, and don't be thrown off track by niggling side-comments and the administration's attitude. In the words of Neil Hannon, a bona fide rabble rouser, Sadik Kassim
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 14:17:11 -0700 (PDT) From: neil nugent Subject: UMass-Amherst Solidarity Jen, Please pass on my tremendous respect and solidarity to the 48 Harvard students who are now in the 9th day of their living wage campaign sit-in. Yesterday here at UMASS-Amherst we had a successful solidarity rally. We read the letter that was written from inside the sit-in. We passed out literature to passers-by. Myself and a Labor Center professor were interviewed by the local TV news media. Regards, Neil Nugent UMASS Radical Student Union
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 7:39 PM The Harvard Republican Club has not and most likely will not articulate an official position regarding the PSLM protest and the Harvard Living Wage Campaign, and our opinions do not represent an official stance of the HRC board or its members. However, as conservative leaders and executive board members of the Republican Club, we feel that we have a responsibility to make our opinion known and to ask others to consider these arguments offered against the Harvard administration and for a Living Wage from a conservative and free-market perspective. After much struggling and prayer over the issue of the Harvard PSLM and the Living Wage debate, we cannot fully align ourselves with the position, demands, and tactics of the Harvard PSLM. However, we have become convinced that the Harvard administration is in the wrong in its persistent failure to act to improve the conditions of Harvard employees. We have two primary concerns: First, Harvard has failed to follow through in accordance with the recommendations of President Rudenstine's handpicked committee. Although Harvard agreed to act upon the recommendations to expand education and heath care benefits and to ensure a fair code of conduct in contracting employees, little action has been taken to realize these stated goals. These goals, as developed by a Harvard-friendly committee, are certainly among the most conservative measures that Harvard could adopt, yet it has failed to do so. To the extent that Harvard's stated objectives have been unreasonably neglected at the expense of its employees, Harvard is in the wrong. Harvard must act now to fulfill its own promises for improved conditions. Second, although government-imposed wage levels are contrary to conservative and free-market views, this campaign is an entirely private concern. It is a disagreement arising between private groups. Conservatives should voice their support for this social mechanism of change enacted by private individuals coming together to voice a shared opinion. No one should have to work two or three jobs days, nights, and weekends, to scrape by on an impoverished lifestyle. Life conditions in which one has no personal or family time, no leisure time, and no surplus income despite hard work every day are simply inhumane. We are concerned for strong family values and therefore we must also recognize and accommodate the need for people to spend time with their families. To the extent that Harvard employees with family and dependents are forced into inhumane work schedules as a result of contracting and outsourcing, Harvard has failed its employees, students, and faculty. Harvard must provide an officially negotiated and adjustable living wage. Even by its own standards, Harvard is perpetuating injustice by failing to implement the policies to which it agreed. Moreover, the fairness of those standards is suspect, and Harvard should engage in dialogue and continue to seek to adopt fair practices and wages for all of its workers. In faith, hope, and love, HEATHER WOODRUFF - Political Director, Harvard Republican Club LAURA SEATON - Secretary, Harvard Republican Club RICH HALVORSON - Membership Director, Harvard Republican Club
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 02:41:59 -0400 (EDT) From: Andrew Beath Subject: Re: Facts and fallacies about employment at Harvard (fwd) Alright folks, The admin's "Facts and fallacies . . . " can easily be refuted point-by-point with a little research, by getting it out there will be made a little more difficult if the PSLM doesn't have the mass access to University e-mail addresses that the administration enjoys. The admin's use of their mass access is a flagrant violation of their own electronic policy and they should accordingly be shamed into granting the PSLM similar access so that we can debate their fascist employment policies on an equal footing. I encourage you to take a look at the forwarded e-mail below, draft something along the same lines and send it off to our beloved "Office of the President" . . . you never know what these freaks might do once they're reminded that their behavior contradicts (1) their own rules, (2) their own statements and (3) the ideals of the institution that they are supposed to be presiding over! - A.L. P.S. Of course, I don't really think these press characters are worth the amount of time that is manifested in the e-mail below, but somehow on a sleepless night, I managed to actually enjoy spending many minutes telling the spokespeople of the Harvard administration how hypocritical and contradictory they are . . .
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 22:47:23 EDT Subject: Re: Harvard Sit-In: Day Nine greg -- i am so proud of all you and what you are doing. thank you SO MUCH!! please pass on my admiration and support to everyone involved. how can i help? i'm on the road now, trying to complete my next film and book, both due in a month or so. you all should just get out some video cameras and start shooting. if i can help you put it together later, i will. if for some reason i can get up to boston soon, i will come and participate! yours, michael moore
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 18:02:46 -0700 (PDT) From: andrew mcgrath Subject: solidarity and a big woopo woop from cincy all of us here in the embattled streets of cincinnati are thinking of you and send you undying love and support. your endurance for equality is inspiring. i want to give a personal shout out to my beautiful friend jane martin for keepin it real. i love you! andy cincinnati refuse and resist
From Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Minority Leader of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce To the students of the 2001 Harvard sit-in: I am writing to express my admiration and gratitude for the important actions you have taken on behalf of the employees of Harvard University. I fully agree with your principled position that universities should support their surrounding communities by paying all employees a wage that allows them to live with dignity. Living wages allow working parents to have one full-time job- as opposed to several low-paying jobs- to help them afford their basic needs, and to allow them more time to spend with their children and engage in their communities. Your efforts will help make a real difference for many hard-working families. I admire your actions and wish you the strength and courage to continue to make your important point. Sincerely, (signed) George Miller Senior Democratic Member
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 17:03:20 -0400 (EDT) Subject: miranda! Hi Miranda - you are awesome. How are you doing? I saw your picture in the Roving Reporter part of the Crimson and just wanted to email you to let you know I admire what you are doing and completely support it. Also, I have to tell you a little phonathon story you can appreciate...I called a woman who graduated in 1942 on Wednesday and she had just been to a Harvard event with her husband. THere was a speaker there on behalf of the University who she said gave a speech full of mistakes (she said he told the crowd Radcliffe Crew became Harvard women's crew...she kindly corrected him:) and then he opened it up for questions. She has been following the living wage campaign and she asked him why Harvard was unwilling to pay its employees the deserved wage. She was SO angry Miranda at his smug, condescending response that justified Harvard's position on the living wage. She kept saying to me in her cute old lady voice.."Rachel, I am just so angry. Damnit. I didn't know I could get this angry. I want to sit outside with those protestors. Well, I don't want to be labeled a radical because my husband is on the 60th reunion committee, but oh I am so angry at Harvard." She talked for 20 minutes and is just livid. I feel totally un-PC typing this, but she then added that "her daughter married a black" and they support the black Episcopalian church in Philidelphia so she could only give $50 to Radcliffe, but she was going to not allow her husband to give to Harvard. Miranda, the Radcliffe women of '42 are behind you :) Let me know if I can bring you anything through the window. Thank you for doing this, Rachel
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 10:00:22 -0400 From: Barbara Fuchs Subject: Hang In There Michigan Cheers you on! Thinking about all of you and wishing you well "Do what you can with what you have from where you are" Love, Barb & Dan
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 16:33:49 -0400 (EDT) From: Josh Bell Subject: Endorsements Dear PSLM I have been working in recent days on securing endorsements from the UK for your fantastic campaign. Today, Oxford University Student Union's Executive Council voted 48-2 in favour of supporting and endorsing the occupation, and instituting policy calling upon Oxford University itself to establish a living wage of half median male earnings (about 5.50 pounds per hour). Oxford will be following up their endorsement with news articles next week in the student press on the Harvard occupation and the commencement of Oxford's own campaign for a living wage for all its own workers. An additional point of note is that Rudenstine studied at Oxford in the 60s, and is close friends with Oxford's own Vice-Chancellor (their equivalent of President), Colin Lucas. Dr Lucas will be made aware of the Harvard campaign at a weekly meeting with the Student Union this coming Monday, and will be encouraged to engage in discussion with Rudenstine on the matter. Perhaps Rudenstine should be made aware too of the impact his current stance is having on: 1) His reputation at Oxford, and with their senior administrators. 2) Harvard's repututation in the wider UK Press, once this developing story moves beyond the student papers there. 3) Harvard's grad applications from Oxford and other UK Universities. Additional endorsements which I have secured include that of the "Campaign for Free Education", the largest student pressure group in the UK with affiliated student membership of over one million students from 40 student unions, and the "Alliance for Workers' Liberty", the UK-wide equivalent of the PSLM. I have attached statements of support below from both organisations. I have tabled a motion at Monday's Executive meeting of the *National Union of Students*, which is the UK's union of all 3.5 million students and, I believe, the world's largest student organisation, calling upon them for an endorsement of the campaign. I will let you know of their decision by Monday night. I would be grateful if you would add Oxford University Student Union, the Campaign for Free Education and the Alliance for Workers' LIberty to your list of endorsements on the webpage. Yours in Solidarity Josh Bell PS Please scroll down for endorsements.... ------------------- To students at Harvard University: Support and greetings from the Steering Committee of the Campaign for Free Education. The CFE believes that freedom of education is about more than just getting rid of student fees; it is about fighting for the kind of education system in which students, parents and workers co-operate for the benefit of all. For too long the British student movement has cut itself off from struggles taking place in society; your occupation shows that, contrary to popular myth, students can and do care about these struggles. It also represents a step in the process of re-education which will be necessary if the student movement is to become a force for a better world. Yours for free education, Lee Sergent Helen Aspell (Co-Chairs, CFE) ------------------- Dear Josh, The student fraction of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty sends comradely greetings and its wholehearted support to Harvard students' occupation for a living wage. Your action is the most stirring display of student-worker solidarity for years, and a potent demonstration of the principle which, taken to its logical conclusion, can remake society: solidarity. Good luck and keep us informed. Yours for socialism, Kate Buckell Helen Russell Faz Veimi Jim Bywater (AWL Student Committee)
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 11:30:03 Dear Students-- First, I want to say keep up the good work! I am behind you 100%. I have been a full-time Harvard employee for the past 4 years and a part-time Masters student at the Ed School for 2 years. This dual role has given me a unique perspective on the shockingly unjust system that serves to maintain and elevate the image of Harvard University. My main purpose in contacting you is to let you know that the attached document was sent to all of the staff at the Ed School this morning. You have probably already seen this, but I wanted you to know that it is being circulated to all staff(obviously in an attempt to invalidate your claims). You may find it necessary to respond to this in a similar fashion. I wish you all the best. Please don't give up! In Solidarity, Kimberly McGuffie
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 00:26:54 +1200 From: Brent Williams Subject: From New Zealand Hi all, I thought you might want to know the news of your campaign has reached New Zealand. The power of your actions lies not only in your attempting to realise your own equity issues but in the challenge to the ivy league and the perpetuators of their privilege that environmental equity requires more than words. Go for it. King regards
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 22:29:04 From: Michael Kaplan Subject: network news The piece on the network news tonight (NBC?) was terrific. I loved the list of other schools struggling for a living wage. U. Tenn. was listed, and this gives us a big boost. -- Michael Kaplan Professor of Architecture, Emeritus University of Tennessee/Knoxville
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 08:10:58 -0400 Subject: thanks for all your hard work Dear friends, last night, I had the great pleasure of being your guest at the Harvard Hilton (on the lawns outside Massachusetts Hall.) I hope we can all sleep more comfortably soon, after we've helped the University become a more respectful and responsible employer for all its workers. Many thanks for your kind hospitality and for your dedication. In solidarity, -Tivey.
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 10:49:41 -0400 Subject: Thanks and comment Dear PSLM, I want to thank you for the terrific daily updates on the living wage campaign. The campaign has been incredibly well organized and informative. Many of us from the Hauser Center, mostly staff assistance and project managers, have been out several times to the noon rallys to support the students, and of course the campaign. My one concern is that in your literature, you almost exclusively mention students and faculty. Rarely do I see staff that work for faculty -- staff and research assistants who are not students, administrators, managers (some of whom are in unions and some of whom are not) -- recognized. Several here have written letters of support and have been very vocal with faculty about why they think the living wage campaign is so important. Again, I want to congratulate everyone on your remarkable work, and we here will certainly continue our commitment and support, Sincerely, Frances Kunreuther Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations Harvard University
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 10:48:45 -0400 From: Andrew Tripp Subject: Solidarity!! Alex Thanks for getting back to me...I imagine things are a bit strained at the moment. What you guys are doing is vital work and part of a much larger struggle. On behalf of the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), our 40,000 members nationally and our 5,000 members in New England, I send you a message of solidarity and of thanks. A personal note as an alum of the college...I can think of no better way to mark the ascendency of a neoliberal creep like Summers than what you folks are doing. In Solidarity, Andrew Tripp UE Organizer ps Quebec City was great 75,000 Trade Unionists in the streets. But I guess you guys were otherwise occupied. Stay Strong.
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 20:12:56 -0500 From: B. S. Pyle Subject: Good for you At last you guys are getting some TV coverage! Keep on trucking, gem, aging hippie in Texas
Greetings from Michigan! We think you guys are supporting the right cause and respect the right to a living wage. Hang in there and remember to always stand up for what you believe in. Rob, Julie and Jordan Samson
From: Benjamin Davis Subject: solidarity Hi, I just watched an ABC news story on your struggle and you were portrayed very sympathetically, especially from the corporate media. I lead a progressive student organization, Voiced Organized In Democracy (VOID), at Trinity College in Hartford and would like to convey to you our solidarity and also ask you how we can join the struggle. I'd like to start a living wage campaign here.......any materials or suggestions? Anyway, keep the faith and goodluck! Solidarity,
You courageous Harvard students could not have picked a better cause. We have allowed the corporate greed mongers to create a nation of hopeless, hapless, mindless slaves. You all deserve medals for calling the nation's attention to the low wages at Harvard and elsewhere. Ms. Churchill deserves a gold for her appearance on "World News Tonight." She did a great job as spokesman for the group. What you're doing is critically important to the future of this country; you've earned my deepest respect for your willingness to defend the right of every man to a fair and livable wage. You are tomorrows warriors. Thank you. Sincerely, Carol Haege p.s. As I write this a Northern Minnesota food shelf director is on tv stating that there are people coming in to get groceries who are working two and three jobs and still cannot support their families. The low wage travesty is epidemic.
Dear Students, My name is Kirsten, and I am a single mother in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I was watching the news and saw your noble sit-in, and I'm so proud of you. I have two sons, a ten year old and a baby, and I make $8.00 an hour working 60 hours a week with little or no child support. You're doing a great thing, fighting for the people without power, without education...people raising kids on next to nothing after rent and a few bills, but never all the bills are paid. Last Christmas I gave my children the gift of continued telephone service. But we are not considered needy in this state because I have a job. I work very hard and like my job, working with developmentally disabled men in a group home, but it would be a miraculous gift if I could even get a dollar more an hour. I'm only 30 but I feel like all your mothers. Sending hugs and heaps of gratitude. (My ten year old wants to go to Harvard so badly but knows with no money he'll never make it) THANK YOU FOR DEFENDING THE POOR.
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 14:34:38 -0700 (PDT) From: swat living wage campaign Greetings to the Harvard Living Wage Campaign from the Swarthmore Living Wage and Democracy Campaign! We've been following your work very closely, especially in light of the sit-in, and we've sent many emails to your administration supporting you. We recently put up a website, from which we link to your page, and we were wondering if you might be interested in linking to ours. The address is: http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/other/jhodes/living_wage/index.htm Please keep us updated of your progress -- you're in our thoughts, and we wish you tons of luck. The Swat LWDC PS: Lest you think that this email is coming from the disembodied entity of the LWDC, the person behind the site and the email is Cathy. Hi!
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 00:41:14 -0000 Thank you members of the PSLM! You're doing the right thing! It takes conviction and you've got it! Way to go! Lola, Bill Travis and Maggie Stanton
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 15:44:02 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) Subject: Living Wage Campaign Dear Members of the PSLM, As one of the few tenure Professors at Harvard who paid his way through school, inter alia, working as a Janitor, I fully support the living wage campaign. Best of luck, ---------------------------------------- Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, Ph. D. Professor Co-Director, Harvard Immigration Projects Chair, Interfaculty Committee on Latino Studies at Harvard Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 14:49:35 -0400 Subject: Re: 4/25 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE Thanks for the up-date. I am am pleased that the students have persisted in the sit-in, and I commend all of you involved in this impoortant campaign. I recall speaking at one of the early rallies, along with Richard Parker and Cornel West. I am on sabbatical, but I have signed the support letter. I do hope that a resolution will be forthcoming soon. Professor Harvey Cox
At the Social Anthropology Wing Faculty Meeting Tuesday, April 24, 2001 all present faculty members approved the following motion: We, the faculty of the Social Anthropology Wing, as members of the Harvard University Community, having read various statements of Harvard students, faculty, and staff who are advocating a living wage for Harvard employees and having read the statements of the administration in response to the living wage campaign, warmly support the students in their ongoing campaign and urge in the strongest possible terms the administration and corporation of Harvard University to agree in principle to the living wage campaign, and urge as well the expansion of employment opportunities for minorities at Harvard. Steven C. Caton Byron Good Michael Herzfeld Engseng Ho James L. Matory Mary Steedly Stanley Tambiah Kay Warren James Watson Rubie Watson
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 20:55:23 -0400 Subject: Living Wage Campaign Dear Harvard Living Wage Campaign, I fully support your position that ALL employees of Harvard (and associated instistutions) should pay a living wage. The medical school is next! The hospitals and medical institutes are full of low paid subcontracted employees who work for little money and few benefits. I believe that we could get some of them to join in if Harvard falls. Best of luck and thanks for your fight for real social justice. Jake Kushner MD Instructor in Medicine Harvard Medical School Assistant in Medicine (Endocrinology) Children's Hospital, Boston Research Fellow Joslin Diabetes Center
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 19:49:37 EDT Subject: (no subject) Hey, I know one of the guys in the building. I'm anxious to throw the ball around with him. Recently we discussed Emerson. I find this quote appropriate in light of the current sit-in. It is: "What is man born for but to be a reformer, a remaker of what man has made, a renouncer of lies, a restorer of truth and good...." Emerson. Another quote comes to mind: " We have armed ourselves with dignity and self-respect." (indeed you have) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Love ya and keep up the good work, Love Cuppy, Sara, and little Pepe
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 17:23:28 +0100 (BST) Subject: support Good luck with your attempt to force the University to treat those it employs with some dignity. Best wishes, Mat Coakley President, Cambridge University Students' Union, (UK)
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 12:03:29 -0400 Subject: Collateral effects! I just wanted to let you guys know that your sit-in is having an effect far beyond Harvard. Krueger's article in the NYT today (second page of the business section) obviously wouldn't have been printed if you hadn't been sticking it out for so long, and it mentioned several ivy schools that are treating workers unfairly. Two nights ago the toothless committee that Princeton has convened to address COLAs here held a public meeting, and we printed hand-outs that had pictures of Mass. Hall and Nassau Hall (our main admin building). Several speakers pointed out that your sit-in was a consequence of a blasé administrative attitude, and that Princeton could expect a similar reaction if they didn't take action. I'm sure that the administration doesn't want us following your example. Anyway, keep it up--this is amazing, David Tannenbaum '01
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 15:47:22 +0100 Subject: RE: 4/26 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE Dear All: Its your cousin, Nada, just looked on the net to see you standing your ground, am very proud. Will be thinking about all of you on the Mayday march we're having here in London, should be something...!! Keep up the good work and don't ever back down - (whoever said that students nowadays are apathethic??!!) Nada-Adele Saba
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 10:23:26 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: [AAA] Living Wage Get a backbone. "Community Awareness and Social Justice," right? How did AAA feel when people were lukewarm about its protests? It takes courage to stand up for a cause 100%, because you leave yourself open to criticism. But if any cause was water-tight, without any loopholes, completely immune from any criticism, people would automatically agree. There would be no protest, no struggle, no cause. The point is, there is a cause, some will disagree with you, but to be brave, to actively promote community awareness and social justice, we must take a real stand. Don't fall into the academic pit of passive paralysis, unable to support a cause because of the crippling fact that someone somewhere might be able to point at you and criticize. Support others as you would like to be supported. Do we, AAA, support the living wage? Then we need to join the BSA, the Catholic Students Association, PBHA, this wide variety of students who realize that 50% is not enough. "We support you, but..." is not good enough. Yes, this may open us to criticism, but don't let what others say be what holds us back. It is not enough to wish good for the world, we must be active. Don't take the coward's way out - LIVING WAGE NOW Sincerely, Minh-Chau Nguyen Le '01 Lowell House On Thu, 26 Apr 2001, AAA wrote: > > > "The Asian American Association's constitution states that the "AAA > recognizes the existence of many injustices and inequalities in this > society against Asian Americans, other minorities, and women, and firmly > supports actions to correct such situations." In agreement with this, and > as part of the Harvard community, the steering committee of AAA supports a > living wage for Harvard workers in an effort to help relieve these > inequalities. > > We appreciate the efforts of the PSLM to bring the living wage issue to the > campus' attention, as well as the efforts of the University administration > to implement the plan of the ad-hoc committee formed to address this > issue. Amidst the many arguments, our steering committee finds it > difficult to assess and agree upon the real impact of all these efforts on > workers lives. AAA itself has a history of protest; however, protest > should encourage discussion and communication. We strongly urge the PSLM > and the University administration to re-open communication and negotiate > the issue of a living wage in accordance with both parties' and AAA's > shared concern for the workers in our community." > > > > > > +--------------------------------------------------------------------+ > | Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association - Founded 1976 | > | Toward Community, Awareness and Social Justice | > | Address: University Hall 4, Cambridge, Mass. 02138 |
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 08:35:42 -0400 Subject: Re: gen list go get 'em we did in 1969!! (Tony Smith)
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 17:37:00 EDT Subject: Re: Harvard protesters ask moral questions I SAW THIS AND THOUGHT IT WAS EXCELLENT. Feinberg finally returned my call today. When I asked him when they were going to start talking with you guys, he said when you come out. He said no one shoud be coerced. I aks him to stop using that term in regard to himself and the university, that the only one being coerced was the workers who have to work at the wages they are paying. He tried to tell me that they have a record of intensive assessment, though honest reviewers would disagree. He said he has not turned his back on the issue, and will continue to discuss the issue. He doesn't appear 100% happy with the results of the report, but stated everything can't be resolved all at once. He also stated tehy they cannot arbitrarily adop a wage floor outside of collective bargaining. He seemed concerned about the outsourcing and I wouldn't back down on my numbers as opposed to his and I continued to urge him to speak with you guys. I let him know that Harvard administration is looking pretty bad and that is was time to negotiate. I'll continue my daily litany of calls and emails. I have a board meeting tonight. If you get a chance to call, call late. Nothing in the Journal news today. I love you, Mom xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 21:20:01 -0700 (PDT) Subject: keep it up! GO Go! GO! zac syracuse U.
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 23:59:06 -0400 Subject: Re: 4/25 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE Keep up the good work and keep the faith. John Stauffer
Date: 26 Apr 2001 04:43:22 -0000 Subject: sit in To those who chose action, I just wanted to send my greatest admiration and gratitude to all of you who have chosen action rather than apathy. Know that you do not stand alone. I had the pleasure and pain of taking over our chancellor's office while I attended UW-Madison, I know the difficult times that can occur. I wish to send two words of wisdom: don't forget to have fun, and don't trust the cops or administration (they'll say anything to get you out of the eye of the media.... and the world). Again, thank you for taking matters into your own hands. If more of us would do so, we would know what the words democracy and justice truly meant. Thanks. peace and revolutionary love, eric c. lynch indianapolis, in
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 23:32:05 -0400 Subject: UofM is with you You guys are awesome. We're one hundred percent behind you. We are so excited to see that your community is coming out to support you. If there is anything that we can do please give us a call or send us a note...we're here if you need some midwest solidarity. We are all proud to be a part of a group of young people ready and willing to stand up for what is right on our campuses. It started with code of conduct sit-ins and we have together energized students across this nation in campaigns ranging from anti-prison-industrial-complex to living wage campaigns. You are telling the world that young people are organized and are mobilized. Remember that you have thousands of us around the country pulling for you and standing not only with you but in solidarity with the working people of Cambridge. You will succeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the fight In Solidarity- Studnets Organizing for Labor and Economic Equality, University of Michigan
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 07:07:14 -0400 Subject: RE: Living Wage Bob As one of the originators of the Vietnam protest movement, please tell your daughter how proud I am of what she is doing. And I am proud of you, Bob, for how you brought her up. david David Brooks Arnold Director, International Relations : American Red Cross
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 01:16:45 -0400 Subject: Support from Emerson Hey folks! As a member of the Underground Youth Movement, a student activist group based at Emerson College, I am empressed with your efforts. UYM is just a year old, and we are thrilled to see other students demanding justice from their schools. You may know our adjunct faculty voted overwhelmingly to unionize, making them the third part-time union at a private college in the nation. UYM ran an education/action campaign to show our support of unionization. Perhaps our efforts can exchange notes. Last fall, we discussed a living wage campaign at Emerson, but we shelved it. It seemed too daunting. Now I realize if you can do it, so can we. Thanks for your inspiration, I'll be there to support you! ~Georgia Young print journalism major Emerson College
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 14:20:52 -0500 (EST) Subject: greetings from Indiana To those sitting-in at Harvard, The members of the student group No Sweat at Indiana University have been following your sit-in and are fully supportive of your campaign and your actions. Your work is an inspirational example of strong student-labor solidarity and positive student activism. We will continue to follow your situation and hope your administration will act quickly to make the right decision. Keep up the good fight! In Solidarity, The members of No Sweat, Indiana University
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 12:58:10 -0400 Subject: Living wage campaign I am an alumnus of Harvard (BA 1977) and am currently a physician and epidemiologist at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occuaptional Safety and Health where I study the overburden of occupational injuries and illnesses among our country's low wage work force. These injuries and illness's come not only from the overrepresentation of low income workers in the most dangerous jobs, but also from the interaction between stress on the job and the added social burden from supporting families on inadequate incomes. As a Harvard alumnus, I urge the University to adopt a living wage and therefore to take a stand in support of the health and dignity of its entire workforce. Yours, Sherry Baron (class of 1977) Sherry Baron, M.D., M.P.H. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 10:49:41 -0400 Subject: Thanks and comment Dear PSLM, I want to thank you for the terrific daily updates on the living wage campaign. The campaign has been incredibly well organized and informative. Many of us from the Hauser Center, mostly staff assistance and project managers, have been out several times to the noon rallys to support the students, and of course the campaign. My one concern is that in your literature, you almost exclusively mention students and faculty. Rarely do I see staff that work for faculty -- staff and research assistants who are not students, administrators, managers (some of whom are in unions and some of whom are not) -- recognized. Several here have written letters of support and have been very vocal with faculty about why they think the living wage campaign is so important. Again, I want to congratulate everyone on your remarkable work, and we here will certainly continue our commitment and support, Sincerely, Frances Kunreuther Frances Kunreuther Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations Harvard University
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 15:35:08 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time) Subject: message of support Dear occupiers, It's great to hear about action that is taking place at an American University. You should be proud of yourselves for taking a stand and i'm sure you will inspire similair action at other Universities. At Sussex Univeristy, Brighton, England we had a sit-in recently over student hardship. Keep up your spirits. Sara Turnbull, Education officer, Sussex University Students Union.
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 20:15:32 -0400 Subject: Re: Harvard Sit in To the Harvard students participating in the living wage sit-in: Your commitment to fighting economic inequality in your own backyard is courageous and exemplary. These local struggles against poverty amidst plenty are exactly where our global movement must take root, connecting the global to the local and the local to the global. Solidarity begins at home. You have mine. With respect, Naomi Klein, author "No Logo"
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 09:06:09 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: 4/25 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE Great news! Carry on! I remember fondly when we blocked Sec. of Defense McNamara's car in the Square in about 1967 or around there. JW '63
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 06:11:00 -0400 Subject: Support for the Sit-in Hi, I read about the Harvard Sit-in in the NYTimes, and I'm just writing to offer my support. I think what you're doing is wonderful, and wish you luck! Kristen Gray
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 18:22:40 -0700 (PDT) Subject: LIVING WAGE SIT-IN AT HARVARD So wonderful to wake up to news of your sit-in on NPR this morning! In not much detail, of course, but great to know that what you're doing in this struggle has now been communicated to a wider group. Keep up the good work! In solidarity, Shirley Novak, 2nd Vice President, doctors for Global Health
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 18:00:20 -0700 (PDT) Subject: you guys are great! You're great! That's all I have to say. Keep it up, and I'll try to do all I can from the outside. Sally Hirsch GSE
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 20:55:42 -0400 Subject: faculty endorsement To the Harvard Living Wage Supporters, You are the conscience of your university! My warmest greetings and strongest support are with you in your struggle for economic justice, for as long as it takes.... In solidarity, Mark Brenner Assistant Research Professor Political Economy Research Institute University of Massachusetts, Amherst
From: guster Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2001 3:23 PM -- best of luck fighting the good fight. we're in north carolina right now and our tour ends in two weeks so performing at harvard seems unrealistic. we're behind your cause one hundred percent. bri etc
Statement of Senator Russell D. Feingold in Support of the Harvard Living Wage Campaign I commend the members of the Harvard Living Wage Campaign for your unwavering commitment to ensuring that all university employees are paid a fair wage for an honest day's work. These hard working men and women are an integral part of the Harvard University family, and, like all Americans, they deserve a chance to work hard and earn a decent living. No hard working American should have to worry about affording groceries, shoes for their children, or medicines. These are not people who spend their money frivolously. These are the families who scrimp and save to provide their children with the necessities of life: a decent place to live, enough to eat, clothes on their back, a decent education, and some hope for a better future. For those reasons, I will continue to fight for an increase in the minimum wage at the federal level. As a Harvard alumnus, I congratulate you on your efforts to draw attention to this important issue, and to carry on the tradition of social and political activism at Harvard.
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 18:14:31 -0700 Subject: in solidarity Just wanted to send my support for you all as you take a stand against injustice on your campus and in your community. I wish I could join you at Mass Hall! We've been working for over three years to get local living wage laws passed in Santa Cruz County and were recently successful in getting the Santa Cruz City Council to adopt an $11/$12 per hour living wage ordinance. Clearly, there is much more to be done as we campaign for better wages and rights to organize in other local jurisdictions and throughout the country. Your courage and commitment are an inspiration to us. I have forwarded your call for support to our living wage network and we are responding with messages to the Harvard Administration. Keep up the good work, si se puede. In solidarity, Sandy Brown Santa Cruz County Coalition for a Living Wage
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 20:09:57 -0400 Subject: You're incredible! This is just a brief note to let you guys know how impressed I am with your actions and your dedication. I think you are just fabulous! I know there are many of us out here cheering for you so keep up the great work!
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 18:05:22 EDT I just took the time to read through the workers statements. It is quite sad that a Harvard employee working full time can't even provide the basic essentials of life without working a second job. If the university studied the issue more carefully from a human standpoint, they might realize that a living wage would have tremendous benefits to them. Their workers are tired from the multiple jobs they must work to support themselves and their families, they are demoralized from the long hours with wages so low they must feel their work is not appreciated. To pay a living wage would allow some of these workers to work one job, be more productive for Harvard and lift their spirits and feel their work is appreciated. This can only have positive benefits for the University adminstration and students. Harvard, taking a Lead on this issue only stands to win in the public opinion form. To the students inside: While I worry for my nephew who is part of this sit in, I am proud that all of you have such empathy for other human beings. We are rooting for you on Long Island!!
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 11:40:43 -0400 Subject: URGENT: Please forward to Maddy Dear Maddy: I just spoke briefly with E. J. Dionne, the Washington Post Op Ed Columnist who was Grandpa Jacques student. He loved Grandpa, who turned him on to Camus and, I believe, affected his polticial thinking, though I believe he also came from a family of modest means in Fall River. (He wrote an appreciation of Granpa for the Portsmouth alum mag.) He is a big progressive voice, and a Harvard graduate. I merely said I was Jacques's daughter,a dn that my daughter was sitting in at Harvard in support of low-wage workers. "Aha! Carrying on the tradition!" he said. I asked if he would think of casting his writerly eye in that direction. He said he might very well, and "Have her call me." His number is 202-797-6067. He was delighted to hear from anyone connected with Granpa Jaqcues. It is 11:36. He's home now. Leave him a message where you can be reached if you miss him. Love Mom I am otherwise doing nothing but standing on the sidelines and wishing you well
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 16:55:14 -0400 (EDT) Subject: A Living Wage I got your email address from the Crimson office. I am an old grannie from Boston who is sending you and your group my support and blessings. I sent an email to Mr. Joseph Wrinn, and said "Shame on you and shame on Harvard." (That's the way we old grannies talk.) If you know of any other way I can show my support, please let me know. Sincerely, Ann Walsh Boston
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 16:59:08 -0400 Subject: sit in Dear Friends, On my way home from school this afternoon, I was surprised when NPR mentioned that they were going to air a story about Harvard. I listened to the story about the sit in, and I wanted to let you know that your voices were heard, not just in Cambridge, but across the country, as I called my friends and family and told them to tune in. Thank you for speaking out and advocating a living wage. I am sorry that I cannot be there with you, but I support the brave work you are doing. Erin Seaton, Ed.D. '06 Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 11:49:46 -0700 (PDT) Subject: keep it up!! Dear living wage campaigners, Keep up the great work! Your commitment to justice is truly inspiring. You can't imagine how satisfying it is to see the fruition of a student-labor alliance that those of us who were student activists in the early 90s only dreamed of. YOU ROCK!! love and solidarity, Yael Falicov (sister of an awesome PSLMer)
(Message from Rebecca Jo Levi to the Hillel List) As American Jews, I think we have a special responsibility to endorse the freedom of existence and freedom of expression known as jaywalking. On a darker note, the writing in one of the recent e-mails to this list reminded me eerily of that poem about World War II Germany: (the ending, as best I can recall...) "When they came for the Catholics, I did not speak up, because I was a Protestant. And then they came for me. And by that time, nobody was left to speak up." Law is not necessarily the highest authority. While I believe that in general people should agree to uphold consistent rules, it is important to support causes we feel are just, and to evaluate which laws we feel are worthy of upholding. To condemn the sit-in merely because it is in some ways illegal and in many ways disruptive, is a cop-out on our moral responsibilities. There is no such thing as a victimless crime, but I care more about the supposed beneficiaries of the Living Wage Campaign's actions than I do about the inconvenience to Harvard's administrative leadership. Think for yourself. If you could design an ideal society, who would choose an employee's compensation? Do we really believe that Harvard knows what is best in all situations? Would you really rather let the forces of the market determine what is fair than to try to improve the situation?
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 09:59:30 -0600 Subject: good work! Good luck with your fight for a living wage at Harvard! We hear that this is day 6 of a sit in action. Word of your campaign is spreading quickly. Best Wishes and in Solidarity Paula Chakravartty Paula Chakravartty Assistant Professor Department of Communication UCSD
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 17:55:22 +0000 Subject: Living Wage Sit-In Dear friends, Acts of solidarity like this don't happen often enough, but it certainly is inspiring when they do. Looks like some Harvard students have learned what matters. Maya and Libby and maybe some of your other Shule students from last year will be at the vigil tonight. We're proud of you. Thanks for being a good role model for the kids. Jenny Hochstadt Harvard Employee and Living Wage Supporter
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 12:31:18 -0500 Subject: living wage campaign support Please add my name to whatever list you're keeping of alumnae who support the living wage campaign. Several years on the Board of Overseers left me convinced that Harvard's endowment is quite large enough to pay workers a living wage. Thanks. Gay W. Seidman '78 (Member of Harvard University's Board of Overseers 1986-1992) Associate professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 13:30:06 EDT Subject: media coverage Hello Everyone... i just spoke to the nytimes boston news desk and they said a reporter was there today and that they would be doing a story tomorrow...i said i hoped it wouldn't be buried and she said that i was addressing a "high level decision"! keep the faith...you are all so appreciated by those on the outside. it is hard to believe that the door to negotiating remains shut tight by the administration. but let's hope too that this message regarding a living wage reaches those that have been unaware of the issue. Judi Laing
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 18:20:37 +0200 Subject: thanks, from someone who's been there... To all of you who are sitting in: You are doing the right thing. As someone who has been homeless two different times due to a combination of low-income jobs with few or no benefits, and overly high rental costs, plus an injury on the job, I applaud your courage and your willingness to put your beliefs on the line. Your awareness makes the crucial difference for a society that otherwise seems to have lose most of its values and priorites. My folks ancestors were refugees from Ireland because of the potato famine (more ancient economic injustice). Having come to this country, for the next few generations, they worked hard...REALLY hard...and put themselves through college on scholarships. They graduated suma and magna cum laude from an ivy league college. They worked hard for the "American Dream". They salvaged furniture from the town dump and refinished it until it looked as "good as new". They clothed our family with used clothing. They made sure that we did not go hungry. They bought a fixer-upper house, and over the years, fixed it up until it fairly shone of upper middle class. Then something happened. People started talking about "trickle-down" theories, although some folks suspected that this was just a fancy way of saying "piss on the poor people". As time went by, the powers that be somehow decided that it was less and less important for low-cost, affordable housing to remain in existence, and converted more and more of it to condominiums, yuppie hangouts, or whatever. It was also "discovered" that the needs of the poor, working class important. Why do poor people need good health care or nutrition? Hell, let'em eat cake, was the attitude that prevailed from on high. Alright- time for me to digress. I grew up in this neck of the woods. If I recall rightly, it seems that the American Revolution started here. It must have started because conditions were intolerable somehow, Right? Lemme see here...*doing a search and finding the "Declaration of Independence" online..* http://www.law.indiana.edu/uslawdocs/declaration.html Hmmmmmmmmm....*reading it, here* Seems to me that the whole thing is worth quoting. However, I will just go for a few, salient parapgrapsh and let you take it as you will. "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, oundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained, and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them....." Well, I'll stop there and let you read the rest. I guess my little digresion has led me back to what I wanted to say in the first place: supposed to be a Democratic Society in a country for all. Even for poor, working people. And yes, even for homeless people. And poor people, and homeless people, need to be able to buy food and have a roof over their head as much as the next citizen. You are doing the right thing. Harmony Kieding
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 12:19:57 -0400 Subject: Best Wishes Dear Good Hearted, Strong, and Thoughtful Students, To those of you in Massachusetts Hall acting upon your convictions. A friend sent me this reminder some years ago. First they ignore you Then they laugh at you Then they fight you Then you win -Gandhi It is a sunny day. You could be out playing. I feel such wonder and admiration for your dedication to the Living Wage campaign. It is a just cause, meaningful to all workers deserving fair pay for a each day's labor, important to all who understand that a good life is something to share. In appreciation, Victoria Kent Staff Assistant in the Department of Sociology
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 08:25:06 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Support from the University of Akron Harvard Sit-in'ers, We are a student organization at the University of Akron (in Ohio) called Students Taking Action for a New Democracy (STAND). We've heard word about your sit-in to demand that Harvard pay its many employees a *real* living wage. This is very similar to one of our long-term goals of an ethical economics policy at UA. We're just starting a campaign for a sweat-free policy here, and we hope in the future to expand the notion of social and economic justice to all facets of the university. Thanks for the very noble and essential work you're doing at Harvard. You're not only setting an example for us at the University of Akron, but you also serve as an inspiration to all those fighting for justice. Don't give up! For STAND, Dana Williams
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 15:23:58 -0000 Subject: keep your spirits up who are in sit-in Just wanted to let you know that we are very proud of your commitments and we are sure that you will be the winner at the end of the day. Prayers and good wishes for all of you from syracuse. Love and peace.Dube family..
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 10:05:15 -0400 Subject: Living Wage Dear Living Wage activists, Let me applaud and thank you for your courage and dedication - as you know, your sit-in is being watched and cheered by many from afar. Please also add my name to your faculty petition. In solidarity, Frank Borgers Assistant Professor Labor Center University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 09:31:43 -0400 (EDT) Subject: For the students sitting in Sisters & Brothers, It is too bad that Harvard's administration isn't as proud of you as I am! Keep rockin'! In Solidary, Ann Swinburn Washington, DC
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 08:49:33 -0400 Subject: Good morning Good morning, campers! Save your strength, it's picking up steam. Forwarded your letter to the paltry number of alums I know. Keep it together, and be gentle with each other. Best, Andree
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 06:35:21 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Request for media interview at N.U. I am Brother Minster Ahmad M. Abduliabd Founder of SONS OF AFRIKA in Bosotn and owner of the growing SONS OF AFRIKA E NEWS GROUP I have been following the LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN, as I was once a HARVARD EMPLOYEE back in the '80's, and I have posted your site on SOA E GROUP which currently has 1,019 members WORLWIDE I also co-host a radio/internet show each Sunday morning at Northeastern University's WRBB http://www.wrbb.neu.edu For the past two weeks we have been having BLACK STUDENTS at Northeastern University on our show to talk about their demands and their current OCCUPATION of the John D. O'Bryant African American Institute at N.U., whose building is now slated by University President John Freeland for DEMOLITION. I also was a student at N.U. in 1970-71 and was a part of the first Afrian American Institute and am myself very supportive of the BLACK STUDENTS at N.U. We also talked about your campaign in my news segemtn and I promised our listening audience that I would try to get some representatives or employess of this H.U. campaign to come on our show WHICH IS CALLED "DRUMBEAT" This Sunday April 29th, to talk about the Living Wage Campaign at H.U. Could you please put me in touch with such representatives as soon as possible I may be reached by replying to this message and sending a copy to:
and/or by calling me on my CELL PHONE at 617-230-5704 Peace Ahmad
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 00:35:02 -0400 (EDT) Subject: why I'm fasting I fasted today because I wanted to show my support for the living wage campaign and to create empathy in myself for the material hardship of those in poverty. In the context of Judaism the metaphor of the fast is tremendously important; the following passage is read every year on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year and the most significant fast: Is this not the fast I have chosen? To loose the fetters of wickedness, And untie the chains of the yoke To let the oppressed go free; To break off every yoke. It is to share your bread with the hungry, And to take the destitute into your home; When you see the naked, to clothe him, And not to hide yourself from your kin. Isaiah 58:6,7 For me, to observe the Jewish fasts throughout the year and ignore the living wage campain's call to fast would have been nothing short of hypocrisy. Jason Rubenstein '04
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 00:04:09 -0400 Subject: Thank you! SGA members, Thank you SO MUCH for including the (forwarded) April 19th email about the living wage campaign's update in this week's announcement. As your message is received by ALL Ed. school students, I would also appreciate your further support in forwarding this message to the GSE student body, staff, and faculty. Students, Staff, and Faculty, In support of the mandate that Harvard workers should (at the very least) receive $10.25 an hour, I have made fervent attempts to keep friends, colleagues, fellow students (& organization members), professors, and administrators informed of the current sit-in and living wage activities. As 2 of my roommates (and a number of friends) have remained inside Massachusetts Hall for 6 days now, I believe it is imperative that we at the Graduate School of Education continue to show our support! For more information (facts & figures), news coverage, upcoming events, and further ways we as students & faculty can help and endorse the campaign, please view their website www.livingwagenow.com Add your student group, community, individual, union, and/or faculty endorsement to the website and share company with the likes of: The NAACP, Mayor Anthony Galluccio, Ralph Nadar, Ben Affleck, and Noam Chomsky to name a few. Also, show your support by stopping by Mass. Hall (next to Johnston gate) and pick up living wage campaign flyers to post! If you're coming from the Ed. School, go down Church street towards the square, the First Parish Church is on the left, the square to the right. Cross the street (both of them) and straight ahead is Johnston Gate... Mass. Hall is the building on the right. If you're not able to make it to Mass. Hall, please send email letters of support to the students who bravely chose to sit-in for a living wage. They can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org (F.Y.I...pslm= Progressive Student Labor Movement). In Solidarity, Michelle Leyva Michelle J. Leyva, Ed. M '01 Harvard University Graduate School of Education "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 00:08:46 -0700 Subject: Endorsements Yes, the BRAZILIAN IMMIGRANT CENTER, support this campaign, because we think every body has the rights to have a fair wage. Thank you Fausto da Rocha
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 22:43:25 EDT Subject: Good luck with your fight for a living wage for Harvard employees. To those involved in the fight for a living wage at Harvard. Good luck in your campaign, You may use my name in a list of supporters if that is helpful In solidarity, Dan La Botz, Visiting Professor of U.S. History University of Cincinnati
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 22:22:49 -0400 From: Robert Pollin
Subject: Endorsement Dear Harvard Living Wage supporters, Please add my name to your list of supporters. I was happy to speak at your rally last Wednesday, and I admire your determination to fight for a truly just cause. In solidarity, Bob Pollin, Professor of Economics, U Mass Amherst ******************************************** Robert Pollin Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) Univesity of Massachusetts-Amherst
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 22:10:48 -0400 Subject: add my name! Brave Friends, Please add my name to the list of those who support your efforts to demand that Harvard pay all its workers a living wage. Nancy Folbre Professor of Economics University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 20:02:09 -0700 Subject: keep it up! You guys are an inspiration to everyone, I really enjoy getting your updates, and wish I could be there fighting alongside you. You make everyone proud. Ayelet Ruppin UCSD
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 22:15:01 -0400 Subject: Re: Appreciation and support Since stopping by the sit-in today I have been thinking a lot about all of you. I just wanted to let you know how deeply impressed, moved and inspired I was by the integrity, discipline and committment I witnessed. It is so hard to do what you are doing without slipping into anger or aggression. I wish that more of us, way back in the Stone Age of the 60's had had the clarity of understanding, the compassion and the simplicity I heard expressed today. Although my name is certainly not a big one on campus, I would be more than willing to have you include me on any lists of supporters. If there is anything at all that I can do please let me know. Please say good night for me ... we missed you a lot tonight, but you were very much with us. Eva Gumprecht, Senior Program Director, Harvard Hillel.
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 21:26:33 -0400 Subject: Great job Dear Harvard Living Wage Campaigners, Congratulations on your excellent work so far. I just returned from the Labor Notes conference in Detroit, where we had a large living wage workshop. We mentioned your sit-in, and everyone cheered you on. I know many students around the country want to start living wage campaigns on their campuses, and so they will be watching your struggle and wishing you well. I plan to come to Boston later this week. Hopefully, the administration will have agreed to your demands by then, but if not, I'd like to come by and show my support. Your sit-in makes me so proud to be part of this living wage movement. In solidarity, Stephanie Luce U-Mass Amherst Labor Center
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 20:57:41 -0400 Subject: You have many on your side Dear PSLMers--Saw the Masters letter. Saw the long list of professors who support you. Heard about the 2000 students who signed your petition. Saw the alumni letters on your Web site, received copies of others viw e-mail. Wonder who the administration thinks they represent. Take good care of yourselves--you are in our thoughts. Best, Andree PS. the phone line is messed up. Call Gus's number to let us know
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 20:18:41 EDT Subject: Sit In To all who are in the sit-in: We support you and think you are right about the concept of the living wage. Worker rights are going to be further shafted under the Bush Administration. Special thoughts to our cousin, who is among you in the sit-in. Please make sure he reads this E-mail and we hope to hear from him soon. HANG IN THERE!
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 18:21:29 EDT Subject: Great Job! Keep up the good work! I admire the courage of all of you participating in this extremely important cause. I spent the weekend up in Boston to support you (and to check on my son--love ya!) I know all of you did not go into this lightly and it is extremely unfortunate that the administration still isn't budging. We continue to e-mail, call and spread the word to everyone we know. Many people are excited by this and feel that it's about time we woke up and started to take action instead of sitting back and doing nothing. Once again, we think you are doing a great job!! Love, Maureen
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 17:37:29 -0400 Subject: Fwd: Living Wage Campaign Dear Living Wage STUDENTS - I LOVE YOU GUYS! Below is a letter I sent to the Crimson. Hope they publish it NOW! >Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 17:35:01 -0400 >Subject: Living Wage Campaign > >Dear Crimson, > >I have been a clerical worker in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard >since July 1998. It was wonderful for me to meet the living wage campaign >students just months after I arrived. Since the campaign began I have not >missed a single living wage public event. I have attended many campaign >meetings and, best of all, developed heartfelt relationships with several >living wage campaign students. > >It is difficult for me to find the words to express my gratitude to these >students. I was in college myself when Ronald Reagan was elected to his >first term. Consequently, during my entire adult life I have seen the >working poor get poorer and poorer. Because of student activism in local, >national and international campaigns I have for the first time felt >hopeful and now feel confident that greed will not define us. We will >organize and organize and organize until we make this world and this >university a good place for all. > >Please feel free to give my contact information. >Ann Conry, Staff ...
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 14:27:13 -0400 (EDT) Hello, just got your address off of indymedia site, and we have certainly been paying attention to your struggle in one of the world' leading training institutions for the same rapacious elite some of us spent our weekend fighting in Quebec City. We stand in solidarity with your actions and beliefs. We may be sending a contingent of supporters this week to Cambridge to show our support and solidarity with your activities. Please e-mail and tell us when we'll be most needed. Also, if we are not here in the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass. doing a May 1st! action we will certainly attempt to attend the May 1st rally in the Boston Commons for immigrant rights. Keep it up, give 'em hell, and don't capitulate!!!! Joshua Jackson, for the Hampshire College Workstudy Union at Hampshire College, Amherst, Ma.
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 16:34:10 -0400 Subject: Re: Harvard sit in The people who work to make Harvard work deserve a living wage. Your action in solidarity with them makes me proud to be a Harvard alum. By contrast, the stance of the University appalls me. Rich from years of soaring stocks, the University chooses a miserly response to people who never shared that bounty. My hope is that you, the students, will teach the administrators. In Solidarity, David Cohen, A.B. 1974, J.D. 1978 David Cohen Deputy Director of Education AFL-CIO
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 15:29:30 -0400 Subject: Love and Solidarity from NYC Hey PSLM; What a thrill to come up Saturday and see what you all have done and are continuing to do. You've galvanized Harvard, the Harvard and Cambridge communities, and a network of people around the country (and the world: hi Dan Morgan!!!) and filled it with a spirit and sense of hope I have rarely, if ever seen there. A living wage is critical for all workers, not least of all at the world's second-largest "non-profit" organization. The degree of organization, commitment, coordination, engagement, and passion that I saw on Saturday, and have been hearing about since last Wednesday is truly awesome, and gives me great confidence that someday VERY soon everyone receiving Harvard paychecks will be making at least $10.25 an hour. I've never been prouder to be part of the Harvard community. It was so special to see so many old and new faces working together--you guys are the greatest. Let us know if there's ANYTHING we can do from NYC; say the word, and we'll pile back into the car and head up there!!! lots of love, Liz Vladeck, P.S.L.M. '99
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 15:26:40 -0400 Subject: Re: 4/23 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE Dear Amy Offner and allies, Just a quick note to let you know I'm writing the members of the administration whom I know, including President Rudenstine and Dean Lewis, to let them know the reasons why I support the living wage campaign. I hope you will have patience and stay calm. Your cause is just, and you have every reason to trust that it will prevail--if not now, eventually. Don't let yourselves lose your tempers, which will be increasingly tempting as the days go by. Think of King and Gandhi, or of Malcolm X after rather than before his trip to Mecca. I'll be talking about the issues in the campaign at both meetings of my core course this week, which seems to me the most useful thing I can contribute to your efforts. Good for you for sticking to your principles! I believe you will win converts by continuing to do just what you're doing now. James Kloppenberg, Professor of History and supporter of the living wage campaign
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 10:55:52 -0500 Subject: RE: Harvard sit in Dear Mass Hall Sit-iners, I want to send a message of solidarity from Mexico where this Harvard grad lives. I agree with Damon 100% percent you are fighting the just fight the one that leads to a better life for all of us. Thank you for that. Mirka who still remembers the studen workers struggles in 87 and beyond.
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 11:39:00 -0500 Subject: Re: 4/23 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE Ya'll Rock- Keep up the awesome work. Ben -- Ben Smilowitz '03 Washington University
We the undersigned officers of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Council (GSC) express our wholehearted support for the Living Wage Campaign at Harvard University. We urge the University administration to immediately adopt a living wage policy of $10.25 per hour plus benefits for all Harvard workers. This University's greatness as an educational institution is compromised by its current unwillingness to provide an adequate wage and benefits package to all who work here. An institution with financial resources as vast as Harvard's surely can afford to pay its workers a living wage. Harvard's community of scholars and workers will only be enhanced by such an action. Lisa Laskin, Co-President, GSC Robert Krikorian, Co-President, GSC Victoria Lotridge, Vice-President, GSC Wendy Roth, At-Large Member, Executive Council, GSC Adam Fagen, Information Officer, GSC David Nancekivell, Parliamentarian, GSC
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 17:17:30 +0100 Subject: Living Wage Now! Dear PSLM, Congratulations on a splendid sit-in and a terrific website at www.livingwage.now! Avanti popolo! Chris Brooke Ph.D candidate, Government Department (on leave); Harvard Teaching Fellow, 1998-2000 or so; now Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Magdalen College, Oxford.
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 11:48:33 -0400 (EDT) Subject: some support A note of support for all of the Harvard students still sitting in and struggling in support of workers' rights and a living wage... What you're all doing is incredible and very inspiring. My thoughts are with you, stay strong! In solidarity & struggle, Rachel former U-Michigan anti-sweatshop activist
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 07:01:42 -0400 Subject: Support for PSLM Ms. Offner: This is a just a brief letter to express my support for the continuing efforts of the Progressive Student Labor Movement in their struggle to bring Harvard administration officials to the table over the issue of a minimum living wage for all university employees. This is a situation in which I believe Robert Reich was actually right in noting that the efforts of your organization are not simply economic, but moral--an important point when the administration argues that the number of Harvard employees falling below the PSLM's proposed wage floor is practically negligible. It goes without saying that this type of attitude--one in which the work, efforts, and needs of even those "few" are so nonchalantly disregarded--makes your attempts at creating a dialogue even more urgent, even more necessary. As a student at another university (University of North Carolina-Greensboro), I am continually heartened by the PSLM's efforts. The consensus opinion dictates that current university students are complacent cogs simply being honed to work more smoothly in the American machine. The Progressive Student Labor Movement, with its words and with its actions, boldly demonstrates that this is simply is not the case. I am sure there are countless other students around the country who would join with me when I say: Thank you: for your actions, for your efforts, for your cause. Hopefully, the administration of Harvard will soon realize they need to do the same. Sincerely, Dahron Johnson
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 10:19:41 -0400 Subject: Re: 4/22 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE Dear Friends: being out of town on sabbatical in New York city, there has not been much that I could do to help you- I send you all my long distance solidarity- greetings Seyla Benhabib
Congratulations. You're carrying on a great tradition of nonviolent protest on behalf of economic justice. Harvard should be proud of you, and ashamed of itself. Proud of you because you are acting out what educators often claim to be the purpose of education, to bring into society better, more active citizens. Ashamed of itself because it is filthy rich and morals poor, sitting on twenty billion dollars and not willing to make sure its employees have the barest of living wages. You, and Harvard's employees, are bound to win because the issue is so obvious, so clear that even a university administrator should be able to see it. Howard Zinn
When my daughter, Rosa Ehrenreich, was a Harvard undergraduate (1987-91), she served as a liaison between the Harvard Clerical and Technical Workers Union and the student body -- participating in rallies and all kinds of actions. For this, the Crimson labeled her "Red Rosa," which filled me with maternal pride. Now I am thrilled by what you're doing and wish I were there right now to help out. Believe me, it hurt to pay all the tuition money to an institution that doesn't pay its employees a living wage! In solidarity, Barbara Ehrenreich
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 08:54:43 -0400 To: email@example.com Subject: Why I Am Fasting In the fall of my senior year year at Harvard, I was a security guard at Claverly and the Fogg Museum. I took the job because it paid $5.00 an hour, a good wage back then. My off-campus rent that year was $75 a month, with 3 others in a 4-bedroom 6 blocks from school that cost $350 altogether. Our heat was included. This was in 1976. I am stunned that in 2001, 25 years later, adults who may also have children to support and with no student health plan are earning $6.50 and $7.50 for this job. That's why I'm fasting today. But it's easy for me. I'm not a child whose mother has run out of money for food because she had to spend her pay check on the heating bill instead this brutal winter. I'm just an adult sickened by Harvard's inhuman labor policies. I call on the Harvard Corporation to institute the Living Wage immediately, and to pay workers at least $10.25 for their labor. Let's put this shameful episode behind us, and get back to work. Andree Pages '77
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 16:14:30 -0400 Subject: Hang In There We missed you at the mjadra with extra onions anti-depression extravaganza. Thinking about you. Hope All Goes Well. Onward and Upward Love, Barb and Dan
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 22:36:49 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: [HarvardPSLM] 4/22 HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY LIVING WAGE.
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 21:59:54 EDT Subject: living wage Been hearing a lot about what you are doing from your mom. Give you lots of credit for your actions; keep up the great work you're doing. We're all in support and will try to do whatever we can, in our own small way. Love Judy
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 21:01:10 EDT Whenever I am home, I am online reading the updates on the Living Wage Now website and contacting Emily and anyone else who writes to me. Ben's Mom sent out a wonderful letter to parents of the class '02 but we need more parents email addresses to make it more effective. Alot of our friends/colleagues etc. have already sent emails to the Administration. The Arians and Goldsteins send their support.. As you know, Yom HaShoah was Thursday. At all 3 services I attended where two speakers spoke who had worked at the Nuremberg Trials...this poem was repeated Please share with all those colleagues of yours who are SPEAKING OUT for a living wage plus dignity and respect for all employees at Harvard. First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out----- because I was not a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out---- because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out------ because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out---- because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics and I did not speak out--- because I was not a Catholic. Then they came for me---- and there was no one left to SPEAK OUT for me... Thanks to all of you courageous people who are speaking out for others. Your voices need to be heard. Vicki Horowitz
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 20:45:28 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Why no coverage of this story in your backyard? Dear Ombudsman: Why has a major job action at Massachusetts fifth-largest employer gone uncovered for three days? Why has there been no further coverage in your paper of the sit-in of the Harvard administration building by Harvard students for a Living Wage for the abominably paid Harvard workers? Of the hundreds of students and workers assembling in support of them every day? Of the public servants such as Senator Kennedy and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich who have traveled to Harvard Yard to address the students and lend their support? Of the ministers and Harvard chaplain who led services in the Yard? There are other ways besides Pinkertons to suppress a fight for decent wages--one of them is a media blackout of anything that gives powerful corporations carte blanche to exploit a labor force through replacing union workers with contract workers, and splitting up full-time jobs to part-timers to evade state laws on benefits. Check out the students' Web site, www.livingwagenow.com. These students are supported by several U.S. Senators, hundreds of professors, thousands of students--and yet, no coverage? Is the increasing corporatization of the media at play here, or is it the good old boy network that doesn't want to rupture the old school tie? Harvard turned a $120 million profit (excuse me--operating surplus: it's a nonprofit educational institution) last year, and yet employs almost 2,000 workers to whom it pays less than $10/hour and NO benefits. (The adminsitration denies this figure: see the Web site.)This leaves the average American taxpayer footing the Medicaid bill when, god forbid, these uninsured people or their children become seriously ill. The U.S. taxpayer also supplies the food stamps that wages such as this entitle these people to. We might ask why a nonprofit educational institution with no stockholders hoards its $120 million surplus instead of paying a living wage of $10.25/hour to its workers--something the City of Cambridge manages to do. A banner headline in USA Today last week reported that 1 in 6 American children lives in poverty--mostly due to low-wage jobs. Yet when a group of students, children of privilege, risks their academic future to try and address this issue, it's cute, it's off the radar screen, it's a little paragraph--or it's damned inconvenient when the Dow Jones is all we focus on: Anything with a dot.com in it earns the Globe's fawning attention if it's a corporation. Well, look up www.livingwagenow.com and take an inside look at the Harvard Corporation, the Nike of the Ivy League. The Living Wage Movement is a living story. Cover it if you have the slightest bit of interest in what life is like for those who DON'T work for dot.coms--the vast majority of the American people, and, I imagine, most of your readers. Have some guts. Cordially, Andree Pages Harvard 1977, R.A. [Rather Ashamed]
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 20:08:53 -0500 To our dear nephew and cousin, We love you and are thinking of you and praying for you. Run the race with your eye on the goal. Love always, Gino, Tricia, and Billy
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 17:25:55 EDT Subject: Cambridge I'm eager to read in the NYT about the second sit-in at Harvard in its history. This is definitely "news that's fit to print." Censoring this generation is not helpful. We are going to need their attention as we age, and their attention to ensuring that living standards are raised, not lowered by current volatile world economics is our best hope. Pay attention. Peggy Powell Dobbins, PhD sociologist and artist Atlanta GA
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 14:15:58 -0500 Subject: the living wage campaign Greetings from Texas and from a different generation. We appreciate your willingness to stand up for what is right, and to put the needs of others over your own comfort. Thank you for your commitment to members of the Harvard family whose voice is not often heard. Your work is important and so are you. (Aunt Jane)
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 23:29:16 -0700 Subject: Support from Stanford! HEY HARVARD STUDENTS! The Stanford Labor Action Committee just wanted to tell you guys that we are watching what unfolds at Harvard closely and that we wish you only success in this struggle for justice with a living wage. We are inspired by your efforts- you have renewed our motivation to help workers in their fight against labor injustice here at Stanford. Stay strong and good luck! With care, Meghana Reddy Stanford Labor Action Coalition
letter from Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN)
Here's the letter from Paul Wellstone - tell me how things go:
Thank you for your letter informing me of the Harvard Living Wage Campaign's fight for economic justice for the more than 1,000 workers at Harvard University who are paid below poverty-level wages. I am writing to endorse the campaign, to thank you for your efforts and to encourage you in your activism in suppoort of this extremely worthy cause.
I commend the energy, spirit, and commitment of you and others in similar campaigns around the country. Living wage campaigns are not about abstract ideas. They are about working families struggling to make ends meet in the toughest of circumstances.
Living wage campaigns are about workers who get up at five o'clock in the morning to get a job that is a 2-hour bus ride away. They are about workers on graveyard shifts because it means they'll earn extra 25 cents an hour. They are about husbands and wives unable to afford child care who sometimes don't see each other for days on end because they work opposite shifts to share the job of caring for their children.
It is unacceptable that so many in this country find themselves working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year and yet still are unable to meet their family's basic needs - food for their children when they're hungry, medical care when they're sick, heat when they're cold, and a bed to sleep in when they're tired.
We must do everything we can to ensure that all those who work in this country have the opportunity to earn a living wage, to move out of poverty and into economic self sufficiency. I applaud your efforts and encourage you to continue you to continue your fight for social and economic justice.
you guys are incredible. keep up the excellent work. (Sachin Shivaram)
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 01:42:14 -0400 Subject: take over the yard pslm, (...) good luck with your yard takeover and the sit-in... your cause is worthy, and all of you are even worthier... anna '04 -- _____________________________________________________________________ Anna Hyojin Joo
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 01:20:07 EDT Subject: saturday support for those inside and out of Mass. Hall lots of people in nyc send their love and respect for all the students. to the upper-west-sider i know, i send even more. wrote some to neil et al. thinking about you all the time, talking to your mom and gus, all are sending strength and humor and clarity that we can spare--we'd send food but we can't spare it. i hope all is going as easily as possible. keep up the good and important work! love, aunt debi
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 23:50:34 -0700 Subject: Re: HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE 4/20 Dear Folks: Just returned from the West Coast to see you've gotten some good publicity on your sit-in. I spoke at Humboldt State University, and, to encourage them in their own activities, I told them about the sit-in that had just began at Harvard. Two thousand people crowded into the gymnasium there, and they cheered and applauded at the news. I hope to come by soon. I certainly support what you're doing. Howard Zinn
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 22:53:50 -0500 Subject: You are great I had the pleasure and honor of attending the rally today outside the administration building. I am totally impressed with how comprehensive your campaign is and has been, and with how clear and well-written your leaflets and other written information are. Know that there are so many of us out here supporting you. Thank you for your courage, leadership, and vision. Nancy Alach longtime Cambridge resident
To Our Nephew & Cousin (You know who you are): We wish you the best of luck with this Noble Cause!!!! It's a shame that the richest university in this country can't pay their workers a living wage. We hope your efforts will pay off. Much Love, Uncle Mike, Aunt Janice, Michael & Kathryn (pumpkin)
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 16:55:46 -0400 Subject: alumni with you! hello from the other coast...where I am engaged in a state workers's strike, and just returned from a march on the state Capitol. It is wonderful to know that today in Canada, all along the border, in Harvard Yard, and here Olympia, students and workers and allies are standing (and sitting) together to insist on sane and humane treatment of all working people. Do not feel isolated, and do not give in. lots of us out here have heard about your actions, and are with you. let us know how we can help. Adair Dammann H-R '79, KSG '00
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 18:17:37 -0500 Yashar Ko'ach!! How fitting to come off of Pesach into supporting decency for others. I am so proud of you all - your mom just told me all about the sit-in. Your web site must be getting a lot of hits because it took a while to get in. Just recently 20 custodial workers were fired from the University of Wisconsin Hospital because they didn't have documentation to work legally. Not a peep out of the students... Shabbat Shalom and Kol haKavod, Louise Goldstein
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 15:08:58 -0700 (PDT) i instructed the hm pre-frosch to delivery food to you. expect a visit (or at least an attempt at one) from schubert this weekend. we're rooting for you and your comrades. good luck! nathalie.
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 17:07:26 -0400 Dear Sisters and Brothers, We've looked at the wonderful pictures from inside Mass. Hall and sent a message to President Rudenstine, and now want to express our support and admiration for what you are doing! Along with many other Radcliffe-Harvard students, we were activists in the Task Force for Affirmative Action, the Southern Africa Solidarity Committee, the Committee for Women's Studies, and the efforts to support Ephraim Isaacs and defend the Afro-American Studies Department in 1974-79. We knew that many more had gone before us, in the 1960s, the 1930s, and before the First World War. We're very excited that the struggle continues at Harvard, and very impressed by your vision, your courage, and your ever widening circle of support on campus, in the community, and in the labor and social justice movements around the country. We'll be keeping you in our thoughts, and asking our classmates to join us in supporting you! In solidarity, Yael Simpson Fletcher, '78 National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981 AFL-CIO Ian Christopher Fletcher, '79 National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981 AFL-CIO Altanta Labor Solidarity Network
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 00:09:53 EDT Subject: letter to Mr. Fineberg I got into the web page. It's excellent. Very informative. Good luck.
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 13:48:45 EDT Subject: right on dear comrades, oh man, I am so excited. you guys are so red-blooded & admirable. keep it up. jessica and kent and my dad send love. amalle.
Dear students, (...) On a separate subject entirely, I thought that you folks might want to know that I have decided to take a public stand on the living wage issue. You shouldn't feel that undergraduates are the only ones who care enough to speak out. As our infamous table made it into my note, I thought you might be curious to see it. I'll see you Thursday. Warm regards, Wendy(go to the email to administrators page to read her email)
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 12:11:38 EDT Subject: Re: SoCal Paradise support On behalf of one of your student-occuupiers, I have received your sit-in updates, and I thank you. I will disseminate this information to high school students and teachers in the Los Angeles, CA area. Good luck. As one of my students has said, "La lucha, misma, es la victoria," my translation: "the struggle is the victory." Be well. Richard Takagaki
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 00:20:22 EDT Subject: thinking of you all! Here's to my son, and all of you who are so courageously taking a stand. Everyone I have told here in LA - and that is a lot of people - heartily support your action on behalf of the living wage campaign. You make us proud!! Am sending along a little diversionary story from the London Times...see, things could be worse! SATURDAY APRIL 21 2001 Cannibals ate man in soup Moscow: Two men from Alga in western Kazakhstan have been jailed for 17 and 19 years for killing and eating a man after a drunken brawl (Giles Whitell writes). The men beat their victim, bound his hands, beheaded him with a knife and dismembered him for use in a soup. They were arrested after going in search of a meat grinder while still drunk. A fourth man was invited to share the soup, but declined after being shown a severed head. A report of the case in the Aktyubinsk Eureka newspaper carried a warning not to let children read it.
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 20:28:53 EDT Grandma and Grandpa send love and support for your important action. Hope you are o.k. and reasonably comfortable. And we hope this will end well and soon. LOVE, Grandma & Grandpa.
I wish I could be there, but do know that Tufts students are behind you all the way! The Tufts Daily printed a very favorable article on the sit-in today. Below is a letter to the Crimson which i just authored and do hope they print. I'll try to visit this weekend. Good Luck! To the editors: In light of recent criticism of the student occupation of Massachusetts Hall (News, "Sit-In Draws Counter-Protest, But No Talks," April 20), I would like to affirm the merits of PSLM's tactics of non-violence, lest my friends grow doubtful of their actions. It is love that brings them to Mass. Hall. They speak for those who have no voice, shattering the silence that once filled the halls. In that silence thrived oppression and with their voices they ask for justice. I would ask the residents of Mass. Hall to place their privileges aside and welcome their visitors with open arms as these freedom fighters mean no harm. They are merely protecting the university from the corporation. Louis Esparza LA '03 Tufts Coalition for Social Justice and Nonviolence
"The fight for a living wage at Harvard represents the continuation of a proud tradition of Harvard students standing for social justice in opposition to either the advocacy of cut-throat individualism or liberal paternalism which that institution so often promotes. Taking a stand for a living wage is taking a stand with the Harvard workers. It is the recognition of the humanity of the workers, as opposed to encouraging their subservience. You are to be applauded for your courage and your convictions." --Bill Fletcher, Jr. Assistant to the President, AFL-CIO (Harvard Class of '76)
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 18:13:18 -0400 Subject: the sit-in I'm guessing that you won't get this until the event you're engaged in is over; I'm guessing that you don't have wireless internet access while you're sitting in. Just wanted to congratulate you for taking action for an important cause like this one. It's refreshing to know that today's students are engaged in the world around them. For most of the 80's and the 90's, student activism seemed either moribund or blatantly self-interested. It does my heart good to hear about your activist display of social conscience. Good luck with your sit-in. Please let me know how it ends up. HShepherd
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 18:48:56 +0000 Subject: Re: living wage campaign support The Graduate School of Design has just asked me for money, and I will turn them down. Of course, the $10. won't have much effect ... -- Michael Kaplan
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 18:44:44 EDT Subject: Re: 4/19/01 UPDATE ON HARVARD LIVING WAGE SIT-IN Keep up the good work. I have called and will continue to write the President's and Provost's office. In addition, have been contacting alumni/ae who have been known to donate. Please keep us all informed and generic ideas on how we can be useful.
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 13:9:23 -0700 Subject: Letter of Support Dear students and other living wage activists, Keep up the good work! Your courage and determination to ensure a living wage for all Harvard employees will be successful, I'm sure. I live in Los Angeles, where not so long ago, a coalition of labor groups, progressive activists, and civil rights organizations mobilized to pass a living wage ordinance covering city contractors and companies receiving funds from the city. The ordinance passed for the same reason your coalition will ultimately be successful - because it's right! As Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Thank you for all the work you're doing to bring about a more humane and just society for all of us. I will be starting at Harvard Divinity School in the fall, and I look forward to supporting your efforts. In solidarity, Susan Conrad P.S. Great website!
Subject: BGLTSA Endorses Living Wage Campaign Dear Student Leaders: The BGLTSA Board has voted to endorse the Progressive Student Labor Movement's actions in favor of a living wage. PSLM's struggle for a living wage for Harvard's employees is fully in accord with the BGLTSA's interest in social justice. We are an organization dedicated to respecting human dignity and eliminating all forms of oppression. An unaccountable University is a threat to all the communities it affects; thus, the BGLTSA strongly supports PSLM's attempts to encourage the administration to negotiate a solution. PSLM has always been a strong supporter of the BGLTSA. The Progressive Student Labor Movement has co-sponsored two of our biggest events this year, and members of PSLM have been instrumental participants in the BGLTSA's political committee. We have cooperated in researching the linkages between sexual orientation and employment discrimination, and we hope to continue this relationship by campaigning to have gender identity included in the University's non-discrimination policy. It is in this spirit that we are happy to support PSLM's most recent effort. We hope the other student groups will join our brothers and sisters in PSLM and the Harvard worker community in support of a living wage for all Harvard employees. If you would like more information about the Harvard Living Wage campaign, please visit www.livingwagenow.com; otherwise, please join the supporters outside of Massachusetts Hall or call Ben Stoll at 834-5824. Sincerely, The BGLTSA Board: Albert Cho '02 Michael Hill '02 Claire Herrick '02 Chris Holloway '01 Jesse Green '02-'03 Maya Bourdeau '01 Dan Tremitiere '03 Danielle Sanzone '03 Ria Gatreau-Tabacco '03 Voop '02
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For Immediate Release Contact: Lane Windham (202) 637-5018 AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney Message to Students Sitting In for a Living Wage at Harvard University April 20, 2001 The AFL-CIO, representing 13 million working men and women, wholeheartedly endorses your demands for a living wage at Harvard and supports the Harvard workers. Harvard University is one of the wealthiest universities in the world, with an endowment of $13 billion. This institution can afford to make sure that the men and women who clean its classrooms, serve students food, care for its grounds and touch every aspect of daily life at Harvard can support their families in dignity. It's nearly impossible to do that for less than $10 an hour. By sitting in at the University's offices, you are acting in the dual, time-honored traditions of student activism and non-violent civil disobedience. You are to be commended for your courage and conviction. I urge Harvard University to work with you - - not against you - - as you take a stand for a stronger future for the Harvard workers and for a more equitable society for everyone. Stay strong, and know that you have our support and solidarity. Lane Windham AFL-CIO Media Outreach
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 11:34:17 -0700 (PDT) Subject: support for andy and others hi to all the other protesters! i'm theresa, harvard '95. i certainly remember the ongoing huctw demonstrations of my time at harvard, but i didn't know much about your living wage campaign until i read your e-mails and web page. it looks like you have run a well-organized and admirable effort -- keep up the good work! i have sent e-mail messages to all the administrators but haven't even gotten the form response. maybe they have not yet responded to e-mails sent yesterday afternoon? at any rate, besides the generic messages of support for you, in my e-mails i mentioned that my current academic affiliation (caltech) is an example of a university that does the right thing by its employees (dining, custodial, gardening, etc.). obviously it's many times smaller than harvard, but nevertheless it's an academic institution that manages to treat its staff with respect and correspondingly good compensation. the caltech example really influenced my thinking about your story as outlined on your web page. i've told many of my friends from harvard -- and also caltech colleagues who are from harvard -- about your sit-in. hopefully some of them will take a look at the web page and see how really well-done this campaign has been. to andy, all kinds of love and support from pasadena! we've seen three or four pictures of you on the web page and may even print them out to remember the event! love, theresa (miriam and simon cheering too)
It is a moral scandal that in one of the wealthiest institutions in the world's wealthiest country it is necessary even to raise the issue of assuring a living wage -- the very minimum of decency -- for working people. The students who have led the campaign to secure these elementary rights deserve our gratitude and full support, and admiration for the courage and integrity they have demonstrated by taking their campaign forward in their honorable actions of civil disobedience. Alone, they and the working people whose rights they are defending cannot win. With growing support on the campus and in the community they can and will -- to the benefit of all of us.
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:45:08 -0400 (EDT) Keep at it! You ARE making a difference. Thanks for doing what everyone at Harvard wants to have done but few are willing to do. The editorials in the crimson today disgusted me and only convinced me absolutely that the sit-in is the right thing. Good luck. I'm (we're) cheering for you. **********
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 09:53:33 -0400 How's Mass Hall? You aren't missing too much in the outside world, except all the excitement of the sit in. Everyone's talking about it non-stop; not always favorably, but at least it's always on everyone's mind. Keep it up! Yesterday, after a lot of thought, I decided you guys have 100% of my support. Thank you for making this inspiring, impassioned stand.
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 12:15:15 EDT Subject: Solidarity greetings for living wage sit-in protesters On behalf of the 8,000 members of CWA Local 1180 in New York City, we send you greetings of solidarity and commend you for your actions in fighting for a living wage for all members of the Harvard community. In 1985, in the dark days of apartheid, Bishop Desmond Tutu, who holds an honorary Harvard degree, said, "When we get to the other side of this liberation struggle, I hope that we can say, 'Harvard was with us.'" To the everlasting shame of the university, Harvard was not with the South African liberation struggle. Despite years of protest and a national and international movement, they never divested their South African portfolio. And now once again the Harvard Corporation and its multi-billion dollar endowment find themselves on the wrong side of justice. Once again, workers and students and communities are mobilizing all over America for a just cause--that their work should be paid a living wage. Those of you at Harvard who have been fighting for a living wage for university workers--through letters, petitions, articles, and teach-ins, in meetings and demonstrations and now in this act of civil disobedience--you are part of a national movement, a movement that says that market value must not be the only value in our nation, a movement that demands justice, a movement that is growing, a movement that will not be denied! Stand firm. And from all of us who believe that the dignity of labor must be rewarded with just wages, thank you. In Solidarity, Bill Henning, CWA Local 1180 Vice President Dorothee Benz, CWA Local 1180 Communications Director, AB '87
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 11:47:31 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE 4/20 Hey everybody sitting in, What you're doing is gutsy and great. If I weren't taking a year off I'd probably be with you in person -- I'll have to settle for "in spirit" this time. I know you know you have the support of hordes of people everywhere, but I'll say it again for good measure: you do. Stay strong, Alex
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 11:39:15 -0400 Subject: YAY! Hey! This is a message of support for all of you and a hello to a sitter-in from her mom and from me. (I work with her mom.) Also, has The Nation been notified? I'm fairly certain they would be interested in this. Right, all for now but keep on kicking. Blake Brinson p.s. Free museum passes?!
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:06:44 -0500 (EST) Subject: to the Harvard Living Wage sit-in To the Harvard students, Solidarity and congratulations on your current occupation of Massachusetts Hall. This email account is probably being monitored by the administration, so I won't put anything very sensitive here, except to say things you're already probably thinking of ... If they won't bargain with you, continue to find points to escalate pressure, demonstrate campus and outside support, and be very visible this weekend during their orientation activities (perhaps 'disorientation tours' to meet with Harvard employees not making a living wage for the new students what the reality is really like for some folks at Harvard; perhaps, if there was a mechanism, you could even take delegations of new freshman over to African American Institute of Northeastern in solidarity with the demands below). Carrie Brunk, USAS staffer, should be arriving there today to add some support. Please email me or call the office (202-667-9328) if there's anything I can do from here to help increase national pressure, or if you just want to check in on how things are progressing. This email came into my inbox this morning. It appears (I hadn't heard about this before) that there is an occupation going on in another part of the city as well. I think it'd be very important for you to send a message of solidarity over to their struggle, and perhaps a small delegation of PSLM supporters to their occupation to express support and discuss if there are things you could do together in these next few days to increase their visibility and strength as well. In solidarity, strength, and hope, Eric Brakken, united students against sweatshopsRead about the Sit-In at Northeastern
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 15:00:16 -0000 Subject: Kudos! I think it's wonderful that you guys are ready and willing to stand (or sit?!) and fight against the 'death' wages that Harvard pays those who allow the University to run day-to-day! Lots of us out here are with you (Including students from Tufts and New England Conservatory), and I'll one of the number supporting you outside Mass Hall this afternoon. Farah
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 14:53:39 +0000 Subject: Endorsement of Harvard Living Wage Campaign TO: Harvard Living Wage Campaign FROM: Socialist Party USA/Boston Local The Socialist Party USA/Boston Local endorses the Harvard Living Wage Campaign and is worlking in support of the April 21 rally at Harvard Yard. Best wishes in struggle on your campaign! Bill Shakalis Chair, SP/Boston Local
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 08:46:19 -0400 Subject: Re: LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN NEEDS YOU Sorry I can't be there. I tell all of the Harvard fund-raisers to forget about me till the Living Wage law is backed by Harvard and successfully passed by the city, which it surely would be if Harvard pushed for it. But now, with Lawrence "Sweatshop/Toxic Wast Dumper" Summers as president, until he's gone (and replaced by a better sort)I will be unlikely to donate even if Living Wage passes. John Woodford '63, '67 MA
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 08:20:13 -0400 Subject: living wage activists Your friends here in Tallahassee have heard the news and spread it throughout our local activists' email network. Coincidentally, two reps from the Living Wage Campaign speaking here at FSU tonight about their experiences with Nike in Indonesia. It's great to know you all are working in support of low-paid workers at Harvard, a problem that so many students and alumni choose to overlook. We wish you much, much luck and endurance in this struggle. If only Harvard administrators could see what's in it for them -- a happier and more stable workforce, good public relations. The United Farm Workers Union has had some success with previously obstinate growers by using such a "let us show you what this can do for you" approach. We pray, for whatever reason, that Harvard administrators come around as well. Sending our love and support, Jayme, John, Ally and Will
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 08:29:18 -0400 (EDT) Keep up the good work! I'm cheering for you (went to the rally last night). I really believe in the cause!
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 03:05:14 Subject: re: living wage campaign I recall the shame of being a low wage earner. Harvard exists to instill wisdom in its students, but it instills shame in workers who are victims of its economic policies. Thankyou for refusing to let them smother your protests. -Charles Carrico New York City
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 17:9:6 -0700 Subject: FW: Negotiate With Living Wage Protesters Dear Harvard Living Wage Campaign, Thank you for updating us on the events today at Harvard. Please keep us further updated. The SF Labor Council is actively watching the progress for further labor actions in the future. I have been watching the email go back and forth as they are alerting other labor organizations to do the same. In Solidarity and With Best Wishes for Your Success, Astraea Kelly, Laney College, Oakland, CA
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 14:26:50 -0400 (EDT) Subject: :) good luck, i believe what you are doing is a good thing. i'm in malaysia now, takin gthe semseter off.. though for obviously pretty different reasons, i too have had enough of harvard :) but i just thought i'd do the little i can and send you my wishes, it would be really cool if you spent your life doing things like this :) take care, nat
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 09:40:00 -0700 Subject: support hello, i have sent an email to all the administrators listed in the recent email update to voice my support for the campaign. good luck with the work. joe pattaphongse adams house '00
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 18:00:43 -0400 I'm an alum (AB '98) and current student (JD '02). I sent a letter (email) to Reardon and Fineberg about the living wage campaign. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks, Brad CohenDate: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 08:42:47 -0700 Subject: Re: HARVARD SIT-IN UPDATE 4/20 Encouragement from afar I signed up with you when I attended the fiftieth reunion of my class last spring... Good for you all! Hang in there! Since my return to San Francisco last summer this city has signed a Living Wage Ordinance (not entirely satisfactory, but certainly a step), and the movement is spreading to more cities. The debate grows more national! Your efforts are not being tracked by the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE,and the electronic media is predictably paying no attention. But, persist! It is a disgrace for the nation's greatest university to be paying such low wages that its employees are forced to work more than one job, depriving their children of attention and very specifically depriving them of academic direction and help. Keep at it! Blair Fuller, A.B 1950
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 11:14:14 -0400 Subject: Re: Harvard sit in Dear Mass. Hall Sit-iners, When Harvard University, one of the wealthiest organizations of any kind in the entire world, pays people who perform vital services less than a living wage it not only condemns those people and their families to poverty, it denies them the minimum respect that all members of the university community owe each other. What is worse is that this is not an accident or an oversight. Reducing Harvard's janitorial staff to poverty level wages and benefits has been a University policy over decades of systematic efforts to subcontract janitorial work. You are doing the right thing by engaging in non-violent civil disobedience in support of the people who do the dirtiest and most vital jobs in the University. You act in a long tradition of student activists standing together with Harvard workers, and you have deep support in the larger Harvard community. Be sure to call on us. And don't back down. p.s.-- I'm incredibly impressed you managed to get inside Mass. Hall. Have they relaxed the security there? Damon A. Silvers, '86, HLS '96, HBS '96. Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 15:14:08 -0000 Subject: Stay firm and stay calm Heart full of good wishes to all of you from Dube family
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:06:44 -0500 (EST) Subject: to the Harvard Living Wage sit-in To the Harvard students, Solidarity and congratulations on your current occupation of Massachusetts Hall. This email account is probably being monitored by the administration, so I won't put anything very sensitive here, except to say things you're already probably thinking of ... If they won't bargain with you, continue to find points to escalate pressure, demonstrate campus and outside support, and be very visible this weekend during their orientation activities (perhaps 'disorientation tours' to meet with Harvard employees not making a living wage for the new students what the reality is really like for some folks at Harvard; perhaps, if there was a mechanism, you could even take delegations of new freshman over to African American Institute of Northeastern in solidarity with the demands below). Carrie Brunk, USAS staffer, should be arriving there today to add some support. Please email me or call the office (202-667-9328) if there's anything I can do from here to help increase national pressure, or if you just want to check in on how things are progressing. This email came into my inbox this morning. It appears (I hadn't heard about this before) that there is an occupation going on in another part of the city as well. I think it'd be very important for you to send a message of solidarity over to their struggle, and perhaps a small delegation of PSLM supporters to their occupation to express support and discuss if there are things you could do together in these next few days to increase their visibility and strength as well. In solidarity, strength, and hope, Eric Brakken, united students against sweatshops
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 15:00:16 -0000 Subject: Kudos! I think it's wonderful that you guys are ready and willing to stand (or sit?!) and fight against the 'death' wages that Harvard pays those who allow the University to run day-to-day! Lots of us out here are with you (Including students from Tufts and New England Conservatory), and I'll one of the number supporting you outside Mass Hall this afternoon. Farah
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 14:53:39 +0000 Subject: Endorsement of Harvard Living Wage Campaign TO: Harvard Living Wage Campaign FROM: Socialist Party USA/Boston Local The Socialist Party USA/Boston Local endorses the Harvard Living Wage Campaign and is worlking in support of the April 21 rally at Harvard Yard. Best wishes in struggle on your campaign! Bill Shakalis Chair, SP/Boston Local
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:45:02 EDT We're following along as well as we can from a web page that seems dedicated to trailing far, far behind actual events. Zhendy has spread the word among her circa-1995 Harvard generation, and we continue to get messages from friends and family basically congratulating us on having such a splendid son. Harvard's e-mail response to people who write in is crafty, but most people who would bother to write in are able to recognize spin when they see it. The twins are of course vastly proud of their uncle, drooling enthusiastically since they can't find words to express their feelings. Love and blessings, El Viejo Hey! very good response from friends and family. love you very much. Hope the concert goes well too. The twins especially Miriam were squealing in ecstasy meditating on her great uncle yesterday evening at the fountain outside Beckman. Love you . God bless you, mommy
"Congratulations to the Harvard protesters for your courageous actions in shining the spotlight on the plight of University workers. It is unfortunate that it sometimes requires the power of peaceful protest like yours to remind Administrators that the wealthiest University in the world has a responsibility to ensure adequate living conditions for the employees who keep the University running on a daily basis. Keep up the good work." Jon Hiatt, General Counsel, AFL-CIO, and Harvard undergraduate protester in 1969.
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 09:42:01 -0400 Subject: Great! Dear Guys--Your Web site blows everyone away. Do you have a large sheet with the address on it where everyone can see it and it can get in news photos? It's a must--it tells everything! Go for it! Special love to Maddy. Congrats on making the AP wires on Yahoo news this a.m. Love, Andree Pages 77
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 19:04:59 -0400 Subject: i support the living wage campaign I support the living wage campaign. Jonathan Butler American University, Washington College of Law
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 18:55:30 -0400 Subject: Stay Strong PSLM-- You guys are amazing. As an ex-PSLMer, I couldn't be prouder. I wish I could've made it up this week. Can I be of any use if I come up this weekend? Please let me know. Dan Hennefeld
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 22:34:32 Subject: takeover My thoughts are with you, I am very proud of you, and glad that you know the purpose of a Harvard education is to change the bloody place and make it worthy of you and your comrades. Take care of each other and remain strong. I love and support you a hundred percent, as any sane person would. Margaret
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 17:27:58 -0400 Subject: Re: LIVING WAGE SIT-IN AT HARVARD Can I be added to your daily updates? And if you're going to run into Amy Offner, tell her her cousins support her completely and have sent lots of emails saying so to Harvard's administration. :)
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 17:27:51 -0400 (EDT) Subject: In support of the students in Mass Hall I'm so very proud that you're part of a community that shares your hard work and principles! Be well, feel clear and certain and the love your family has for you. a big hug to you! much, much love, aunt debi
Dear Mr. Abel, Globe columnist: Thanks for your excellent article. I am a '77 alumna disgusted by the labor tactics of Harvard, which seems to be aiming for the title "Nike of the Ivy of the League." Note the irony in the quote of the administrator in your article who says the students should let the workers rely on collective bargaining, then note the administration's official e-mailed response to letter writers: Many of these are contract workers who cannot organize or engage in collective bargaining. To understand Harvard's use of contract and part-time workers, it is necessary to remember the over 5-year struggle of the thousands of clerical workers (secretaries, library workers) at Harvard for a decent wage. Once burned, twice shy. Harvard's new solution is simply not to be the hirer of record, or to underemploy part-timers so that state laws gorverning benefits do not apply. Harvard students working in the dining halls and doing janitorial work are paid between $9.75 and $10.00 an hour. Isn't it mildly obscene that the University pays adults, who presumably must support themselves, and perhaps others, over 30% less for the same work? The University also cites "only" 400 of 13,000 employees earning under $10/hour. Do the other 12,600 workers include the thousands of aforementioned clerical workers who had to strike, the professors earning well over $100,000 a year, and the two Harvard Committee managers of the endowment portfolio who last year received bonuses of $10 million and $4 million dollars? Statistics can be misleading. If there are "only 400" such workers, how much would it cost Harvard to do what is (dare I use such a corny word) right? Is Harvard a nonprofit educational organization, or the modern, more sophisticated heir to the robber barons who have endowed it so richly? Andree Pages Harvard '77
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 16:49:53 -0400 To: email@example.com Rock on with the living-wage sit in...you are kick-ass. Love and peace, Oeindrila
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 20:47:17 -0000 Subject: support mail Please forward this message, if possible, to the appropriate students, I write in support of all involved in the Harvard Living Wage Campaign, particularly because is my niece but also because of the education I've been receiving from Columbia Students Against Sweatshops, the Columbia Students Solidarity Network, and my union, which represents Columbia staff (Local 2110). People talk, I talk, but you people are carrying out your principles with action. Thank you for it very much. Debra
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 16:12:50 -0400 The soul's longings are like seeds, Out of which deeds of will are growing And life's fruits are ripening... Life grows brighter around me Life becomes harder for me Life will be richer for me. Rudolf Steiner may not have been much of a poet, but I hope these words give some encouragement. No matter what happens, as you well know, you are part of a great continuum of ordinary people speaking truth to power. The wage scale is an obscenity, a lump of excrement that others choose to ignore on their merry way to a B.A. (excuse the vividness of the metaphor). But you do not. You are an inspiration to many. Hope all are OK, Andree Pages '77
Hey Mobilizing for Social Change folks, We are planning a group to join the picket line tomorrow (4/20) at noon. Others from the K-School (Sandy Jencks, Richard Parker, Susan Eaton, Carol Chetkovitch) will also be there. Frances
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 14:48:59 -0400 (EDT) Subject: [usas] Michigan's Weisskopf in Solidarity with Students@Harvard Dear friends, students at the University of Michigan would like to congratulate the Harvard students for engaging in an important act of solidarity with Harvard employees who are not currently being treated with dignity and respect by Harvard University. Here at Michigan we are also fighting against a corporate university in an attempt to stop the university's outsourcing and privatization schemes that undermine workers' rights. We salute you, students, and you, the workers of Harvard for standing up for justice. Below you will see a letter of support from one of the most famous progressive economists from the past decades, Thomas Weisskopf, who is currently the Director of the University of Michigan's Residential College and professor of economics. Even if our university's president, Lee Bollinger, doesn't agree with a living wage, a basic human right, the UM community supports you 100%. Go Crimson, beat poverty! In Solidarity, -Peter Romer-Friedman
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 15:28:16 EDT Got your e-mail - trying to pass it on to your mother - she told me yesterday that Bob M. is at his aunt's funeral, but I've encouraged her to get on the Web somewhere to keep up to date. I've got 11 pages of stuff from the Crimson and so on ready to fax to her when I catch up with her again. I'm continuing to e-mail members of the class of 1959, with exactly one response so far. I called John C. '61 up in Galax and he offers his support. Got an e-mail response from Provost Fineberg's office and I phoned them today. We called Doug and Mary last night. Doug will send you a card. Probably just as well he isn't any more mobile than he is or he'd probably be on an airplane to Logan right now. Hang in there! your father Bob '59 in memory of your grandfather Albert Marion , MPH '46, of blest memory
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 19:28:14 -0000 Congratulations and good luck with all your endeavor.Hopefully committed students like you will be able to a make a difference.We are very proud of you and hang in there as long as it takes.
Message from Prof. David Lyons, Harvard alum and Professor of Law at Boston University (see complete creds at the bottom of the message): The Living Wage Campaign Every worker needs a living wage. That includes all the people who make possible the life of a university. Not just those who teach the courses. Every worker. Those who care for children, those who staff cafeterias, those who run offices, those who maintain our machines, those who keep our buildings clean. And of course others. Many workers do not get a living wage. Don't blame the "free market." The untamed labor market isn't free -- it isn't fair -- because those who hire have much more wealth and power than those who work. We've understood this for a long time. That's why those who came before us struggled for unions and a minimum wage law. The idea of a minimum wage is sound -- but not every application. Today's minimum wage does not support a decent living standard in the communities around this university. The people who run Harvard earn more than a living wage. Much more. If they've never earned less, it may be hard for them to understand the living wage campaign. If it's been a long time, they may have forgotten. Or they simply may not care. The living wage campaign is designed to make them care. A university tells us what it stands for by its actions. Harvard does not stand for fairness unless it supports a decent living standard -- a living wage -- for all its workers. Please accept this expression of solidarity from a university teacher who has worked on the factory floor and has supported other university workers in their fight for a living wage. David Lyons April 17, 2001 [former machinist in the plumbers union; [Harvard PhD 1963; [Cornell emeritus, philosophy & law; [Professor of Law and of Philosophy, Boston University] David Lyons Professor of Law and of Philosophy Boston University
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 14:51:24 -0400 Subject: message of support Peace everyone, You know I wish I could be there. While my body is here in the Bronx, my spirit is inside Mass Hall! You all have been in my prayers, and all of ours at Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice. Since you have ample time for reflection, here are two choice quotes from that other practitioner of "soul force", MK Gandhi: "Noncooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good." "I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test: Recall the face of the poorest and weakest person you have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to [her]. Will she be able to gain anything by it? Will it restore her to a control over her own life and destiny? Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away." Even from this distance, it is clear that what you're doing right now is more than an action, more than just a sit-in. It is sure to become a transformative experience for yourselves and for service workers, but especially for the rest of the campus -- those students, professors, and administrators who haven't yet taken action. You all are shattering the paralysis of apathy and fear that has plagued Harvard for many years. I can think of no greater gift to a university than the sacrifice you are making right now. Chris Vaeth
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 14:29:31 -0400 Dear et al--Sent a long e-mail to the wrong address. You are great--have galvanized an old generation into action. Many are e-mailing the adminstration and other friends--people from Columbia, U Florida, and City College are now on board, as well as the sadly limited number of alums I know. Keep the faith! The Globe covered you well, the NYTimes gave you a prominent but brief mention. I e-mailed WNYC to ask why NPR wasn't covering the story (I didn't see it on their site or hear it on the news.) We are all sending multiple e-mails and calling. If there is anything else those out of Boston can do, let me know. Love, Mom PS: To balance the rabid e-mails I have been sending, Charlie Baum wrote the most level-headed piece imaginable. Here's hoping they are open to one approach or the other.
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 11:23:43 -0700 (PDT) Subject: hang in there!! Go Harvard! I'm psyched to hear you're standing up against the administration. I was a negotiator in the 85-hour sit-in at Georgetown two years ago and I commend your efforts. Know that you have tons of support from the outside because you're putting people before profits. Peace and good luck, Dominique Gonyer
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 14:20:08 EDT Subject: greeting from outside Everyone whose email address we could find has heard about this, and you wouldn't believe the enthusiastic support they've sent along. The best single letter to Harvard came from Cheryl Lofgren in Wilmington. The Singapore relatives point out that in S'pore you'd all be in deep, deep trouble. We're checking in as often as possible to the campaign website, wishing they posted hourly bulletins even if there's nothing much to say. Love you and full of pride, The Pasadena ParentsDate: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 14:09:42 -0400 Subject: Solidarity from Yale! PSLM, 30 students at Yale just gathered on the plaza in front of our president's office and had a vigil to 1) show our support for PSLM and 2) commemorate the one-year anniversary of the end of our 16-day occupation of the plaza which demanded that we join the WRC. The vigil was a lot of fun - we had speeches, singing, chanting, and moments of silence. At the end, we wrote each wrote a note to President Levin and, when we were about to go inside to deliver them to his secretary, he happened to walk by and we gave them to him in person while chanting "Workers' Rights are Human Rights!" The Yale students are behind you 100%! Keep up the fight and let us know if you need any help! LaurenDate: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 13:12:11 -0400 Subject: Re: [usas] 4/19/01 UPDATE ON HARVARD LIVING WAGE SIT-IN Great work! You may have already seen it, but I wanted to let you know that there is a 3-sentence blurb on your sit-in in the NY Times "National Briefing" section. I forwarded your request for support out to Jobs with Justice supporters around the country and please continue to let us know how we can be helpful. Good luck! Laura ****************************** Laura McSpedon Jobs with Justice - Student Labor Action ProjectDate: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 12:49:44 EDT Subject: Re: 4/19/01 UPDATE ON HARVARD LIVING WAGE SIT-IN I called the Presidents office, spoke to jim, and told him of my concern and support for you, also emailed the President, keep up the good work, Michael Brown, Kennedy School of Governemtn, MPA, 1991, Columiba College, arrested in sit in there, April 30, 1968, and your presence makes a big difference! Keep it UP!!!Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 11:08:10 -0400 (EDT) The Swarthmore Living Wage and Democracy Campaign (and especially a certain Ann) send our love and support for all of the students sitting in and for all the workers at Harvard. Solidarity! The Swarthmore Living Wage and Democracy CampaignWell, guys, at the very least you have the administration scared and hard a work. I received an e-mail from your provost, time-stamped 12:56 am. Surely this must be highly unusual =). Congratulations and good luck. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead --Rebecca Sadun Brown UniversityDate: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 05:49:22 -0700 Keep up the pressure! Terry O'Day Vice President of Planning and Operations EV Rental Cars, LLCDate: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 04:02:01 -0700 (PDT) Dear PSLM: A note of encouragement from the other side of the Atlantic - I am more impressed than I can say with the way you are managing the sit-in. We alumni (especially those of us who are ex-PSLM as well) will stand in solidarity with you as long as the fight lasts. Let us know what we can do. You have, as always, my deepest admiration and respect. Keep up the struggle. Dan Morgan
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 21:22:02 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Re: LIVING WAGE SIT-IN AT HARVARD Dear Companer@s, Do you realize that the persons employed by the Harvard School of Public Health as custodial staff are in large part not given health benefits? This little trick is done by hiring out the service to a third party, somewhat remnicent of the privitization schemes that Harvard often participates in advising with the World Bank, etc. allowing foreign countries to wash their hands of social services in the name of Structural Adjustment Programs. The third party then wisely refuses to hire any worker for more than 15 or so hours, making it not responsible for paying health benefits to its employees and forcing each worker to take on three jobs to support her or his family. All this in the institution that has etched in marble (or is it granite?) on the FXB Building that the Right to Health is Fundamental, or something equally enlightening. In early March just before giving a presentation on "Liberation Medicine" to the HMS first year class, I took this up with Dean Bloom, offering to lead the Public Health School toward being consistant with its etched principles (instead of being hypocritical). Alas, he said it was not up to him to make such decisions. A pity. Anyway, promoting Health and Human Rights (or Health and Social Justice) seems consistant with your campaign and if there is anything that I as an alum can do to be of service, here I am. Good luck to you. In Liberation Medicine, Lanny Smith, MD, MPH, DTM&H Class Marshal, 2000, HSPH; President, Doctors for Global Health (www.dghonline.org); Attending Physician, Residency Programs in Social Medicine and Primary Care, Montefiore; South Bronx Community Physician
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 22:49:28 -0400 I sent e-mails to all of the addresses provided. Please let me know if there is any other way for me to offer my support of the sit-in. --Rebecca Sadun Brown University
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 22:22:29 EDT We really appreciate anything that you can do. We've been encouraging alumni to tell the University that they will not donate any money until a living wage is put in place. If you have any ideas about how to best utilize alum support, please let us know.<< I'm continuing to pursue my 1959 classmates. Each class that has a Web site (most of us now) at HAA has a list server, though I haven't been able to find mine - my class's site is down right now. Any member of the class can post on the list server. I think the main thing at the moment is to let alumni know that the thing is going on. Zeke called me briefly this evening. Bob Richmond '59
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 21:24:30 -0400
I would love updates. Best of luck to you all.
(Professor Jon Hanson, from the Law School)
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 18:24:36 -0700 (PDT)
cincinnati refuse and resist supports your struggle for the harvard workers. as we currently battle the economic oppressors in the streets of cincinnati(literally), it is heartwarming and inspiring to know that such an action is taking place on the harvard campus. the streets here have been on fire and the people of cincinnati's urban nation have rebelled against the agenda of profiling and gentrification. we ask that you keep all of us in the streets here in your thoughts and know that in resistance, we are with you.(i love you)
refuse and resist
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 11:27:40 -0700
keep me posted on how things go. i wish you well in this important struggle! you're an inspiration to many, and that's so important. with you in spirit,
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 15:29:43 -0400
Yeah! I'm so proud!
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 15:29:43 -0400
All our support,
Bill & the WFP crew!!
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 16:39:08 -0400
YOU GO!!! You rock. Best of luck with the campaign.
:-) sara t.
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 16:22:05 -0500
Hi, I'm a friend and I wanted to wish you luck and perserverance in your endeavors. Take care of yourselves, Liz Maier, UW madison
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 17:25:04 -0400
Subject: Re: [usas] LIVING WAGE SIT-IN AT HARVARD
This is David Moore from Brown writing...some students know me from anti-sweatshop work. Just wanted to drop you a note of support...your e-mail about the sit-in has gone out over the labor solidarity list at Brown, and I've been encouraging people to call the numbers you sent out. It's kind of amusing...the same assistant picks up the calls for the President and the Dean.
Everyone down here at Brown is amazingly excited about your action. Congratulations especially on your online report...it makes a strong case. I might be able to attend the meeting tonight at 7:00, or else hopefully I'll be able to bring some Brown support tomorrow night's meeting. I'll try to get coverage of your sit-in in our campus press ASAP, and I'll send it your way if I can (the activist community and the newspaper aren't really getting along too well right now). Congratulations again, and we'll keep e-mailing and calling your admins.
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 19:45:35 -0700
From: Steve Askin
Thanks for passing this on. I sent it to my brother and another Harvard grad.
My union is busy taking on another hypocritical university: Johns Hopkins. Take a look at our website: www.hopkinswatch.org. You'll be especially interested in the latest issue of our HopkinsWatch newsletter which compares workers pay with what the managerial elite receive.