Category Archives: Activism

Azadi (HUM415)

You who don’t want these voices to come together, I want to remind you of what Babasaheb said – political democracy is not enough. Well, we will establish social democracy. That is why we speak of the constitution repeatedly. Lenin said, ‘Democracy is indispensable to socialism’. We speak of democracy, freedom of expression, equality and socialism so that a time may come when the son of a peon and the son of a president can study together.

http://thewire.in/2016/03/04/english-translation-kanhaiya-kumars-electrifying-speech-at-jnu-23820/

Gravy Train vs. Freedom Train (HUM415)

Here’s a little peek into American politics. At present a huge amount of attention is being paid to the mythical “Black Vote,” which is often discussed as if it were some kind of object, a prize to be gifted to the deserving candidate.

As you can see in this exchange between Dr. Cornel West and Bakari Sellers, however, there is no monolithic African American position on who will make the best Democratic nominee. Like the fabled African American community– increasingly an “imagined community,” to borrow a phrase from Benedict Anderson– the “Black Vote” is in reality plural and contradictory.

Continue reading

Get a job!

Student Organizing Intern at San Francisco State University
Hours: 10-15 hours/week
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open until filled  
 
California Faculty Association Tim Sampson Memorial Student Internship Program
 
The Purpose of the Student Organizing Internship Program is to:
 
1)      Build the leadership capacity and organizing skills of CSU students as future leaders.
2)      Develop an ongoing partnership with the student and faculty community around issues relevant to the CSU.
3)      Increase student awareness about student learning conditions and faculty working conditions and the impact to the quality of education
4)      Promote student awareness, empowerment and engagement of social justice and labor issues
 
Required Qualifications
1. Ability to make at least a one year commitment
2. Ability to manage time and complete projects in a timely manner
3. Ability to adapt to shifting expectations and priorities
4. Self starter and self motivated
5. Willing to learn new skills to perform job duties
6. Good record-keeping skills
7. Willing to travel occasionally throughout California
 

Continue reading

Viva Papas Fritas!

From the Washington Post:

Here’s one inventive way to deal with the student debt problem. Late last week, Chilean police arrived at Santiago’s Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral and removed a white bin of gray ash — allegedly all that remained of $500 million worth of student debt notes.

The case of the destroyed student debt traces back to a hastily shot home video, a half-smoked cigarette, and a disheveled artist named Papas Fritas. In the video, which went viral last week in Chile, Papas Fritas confessed he had recently stolen the documents from the for-profit Universidad del Mar. Then he set them ablaze in a defiant, brazen act of art.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/05/19/chilean-artist-steals-and-destroys-500-million-worth-of-student-debt-papers/