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Workers and students meet for lunch… you’ll never believe what happens next


Umm… Hey! What are you doing Friday? USLAC is hosting a gathering (the only one this semester!) for students to come together to listen to workers’ experiences. Workers are giving up their lunch break to tell us about what is like to work at Wesleyan and their concerns for this semester. If you consider yourself an ally, come listen about how you can be a partner to the workers this year.

Date: Friday, October 3, 2014
Time: 12 PM
Place: 200 Church

Worker Student Solidarity Meeting postponed until next Friday

Because the custodial workers had a long meeting with Sun Services early this morning and heavy workloads for the rest of today, some workers requested that the meeting (originally scheduled for today at 12PM) be moved to next Friday at noon.

We (the United Student Labor Action Committee) are still planning on having this meeting, but are moving it to next week. We invite everyone to come hear the stories of people who work on our campus.

Date: Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Time: 12PM
Place: 200 Church Street Lounge

Activist Reception // University Organizing Center Open House


Are you passionate about social justice and ready to make a difference on campus? Wanting to join activist groups this semester? Just curious about what resources are available to help launch your creative ideas? Come meet other students and activists at the University Organizing Center (UOC). The event will take place at 4:30pm on Wednesday September 3rd at the UOC, an open space for student activism at 190 High Street. If you can’t make it on Wednesday, the doors are always open to all. Come join!

Date: Wednesday, September 3rd
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: University Organizing Center (between Beta and Eclectic)

Students Want Wes to Divest


When the Board of Trustees came last semester, we made a display in front of Usdan with photos of 160 students holding reasons of why Wes should divest. The Board is coming again this semester, and on Friday at 11:50am, we are recreating our action from last semester, but with real people holding signs explaining why they want Wes to divest.


Your attendance is the most powerful way to show your support for Wesleyan’s divestment from fossil fuels. We need student support to let administration know that they can’t wait us out, that we aren’t relenting, and most importantly, that Wesleyan students will NOT be complacent when the destruction of frontline communities, and ultimately our planet, is at stake.

wait, what the heck is wes, divest? go here

When: Friday, February 28th
Time: 11:50 am
Where: Walkway between Usdan and Albritton, in front of North College

Interview with a Professional Activist: Jesse Lava ’02 of Beyond Bars

Jesse Lava ’02 runs Brave New Films’ Beyond Bars campaign, which uses video storytelling to advocate for reform in our nation’s criminal justice system. The campaign focuses on fighting mass incarceration through social media and short films. Classic Wesleyan. He worked with the United Student-Labor Action Coalition (USLAC) during his time at Wes (when they occupied the admissions office for 33 hours), as well other environmental and political groups, namely to start the first campaign for socially responsible investing. He sheds light on his lengthy career in activism and his transition from an amateur to a professional.

Why did you choose to make political activism your career?

Relay for Life’s Powderpuff Planning Meeting

From Gavriella Wolf ’15:

Wesleyan Relay for Life is organizing a powderpuff football game this fall to raise money for the American Cancer Society! Interested in playing, coaching, cheering, or otherwise helping, Email wesrelay[at]gmail[dot]com, or come to our next relay meeting for more information! Come join in on the fun and help support a great cause while you’re at it!

Date: Tuesday, October 8th
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Place: Usdan 110

Does Money Buy Education? – 7:30 PM, Wednesday, October 2

From Micaela Kaye ’16:

Come to “Does Money Buy Education?” presented by the WesDEFs! Through interactive activities and discussion we aim to raise awareness about the role money plays in education. We will look at how money is allocated in high schools as well as how money (and class) plays a role in college admissions.

Date: Wednesday, October 9th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 112