Friday, May 9, 2008

Article in the Lumberjack

Lumberjack Article
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We thank Sally for writing this important piece. Although there are a few errors, overall, this article does a pretty good job explaining our cause. For a clearer history of HUSAS please scroll down to the bottom post, giving a history.

Action Notice: May 13th Study-In

We're going to have one last demonstration this semester!

Study-In on Tuesday May 13th. We will be meeting in the Quad in front of Siemen's Hall at 11am and will proceed to Richmond's office. We will sit in front of his office--in the hall way--so we can be non-confrontational, but still get our message across. We need to show Richmond that students want the University to stop exploiting sweatshop labor! Please come and join us at anytime, we will quietly study there for at least a few hours (unless UPD tells us to vacate).

Saturday, May 3, 2008

May Day - Day of Action

Hi everyone!

Students, here at Humboldt State University, have been negotiating with our university administrator, President Rollin Richmond, to have HSU endorse the DSP. Since November of 2007, we have been speaking with administrators to discuss the DSP, culminating in a meeting with the President on March 24, 2008. After speaking with him, we were disenfranchised when we learned that he didn't seem to understand what we were doing, even after months of negotiating with his colleagues. Two weeks after the meeting, he gave us a response to our request for HSU to endorse the DSP, stating that:

I understand that the DSP is in the final stages of development, with legal and operational details still being developed. When the Designated Supplier's Proposal is complete and accepted by the Designated Suppliers Working Group, please forward a copy to my office. (Richmond)

We didn't feel that this message reflected the honest and full efforts of the University. So, on Thursday May 1st, we held a rally and 25, or so, of us marched to President Richmond's office and dropped off a letter. However, neither Richmond, nor either of his two secretaries were there. We then marched to the Provost's office and delivered our message directly. We said that people are suffering in sweatshops and that, the voice of those that suffer will only escalate if the University fails to heed their message. We said that we must endorse the only program that resolves systemic problems in sweatshops and monitoring them.

In solidarity with the UNC-CH students that were recently arrested, all other USAS students, and the workers,

Links: ArcataReporter
IndyBay Article