Poverty, Debt, and the Future of UMass Boston

I’ve been thinking about these things because I’m struck by how the news of Mt. Ida seems to once again isolate UMass Boston, a university struggling with unsustainable debt, as an institution with no future. We are a campus that serves the public. We are a campus that gives opportunity to the poor, the working class. We are a campus that understands intimately the links between race and class, the persistence and legacies of racism, and we understand this not because it’s something that is taught in our classes – though it is, and it should be – but because our community, our majority-minority students, bring these experiences into the classroom. We are a campus that is rich in opportunity and experience but poor in resources.

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It's Time to Save UMass Boston!

From layoffs to budget cuts to tuition and fee hikes, workers, students, and staff at UMass Boston are under attack! To add insult to injury, while UMass is buried in debt and its infrastructure is literally crumbling, UMass Amherst just announced that they will be purchasing Mt. Ida College's Newton campus as a satellite location for students completing internships in Boston.

Here's how you can get involved in the fight back!

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SOLIDARITY ALERT: Nurses To Go On 1-Day Strike TOMORROW

GREENFIELD, Mass. – The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, are preparing to take a series of actions this week in support of safe patient care as they hold a 24-hour strike and Baystate threatens to lock nurses out of their hospital for an additional two days.

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April 12th: Eat, Drink, and Dance for Justice!

After 25 years of beating back the corporate attack here in Massachusetts, Jobs with Justice is still fighting for workers’ rights, immigrant rights, public education, and the justice our communities deserve.

Please join us for an evening of dinner, drinks, and dancing to honor all the fierce leaders in our coalition who are taking that fight to the streets every day!

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Gillian Mason
On Strike for $15/hr at Evy Tea!

After being overworked, underpaid, and mistreated on the job, the baristas at Evy Tea in Jamaica Plain have taken action and gone on strike. They are demanding that the upper management at Evy Tea commit to a starting pay of $15/hr and to creating a more sustainable workplace.

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