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May Day in Middletown

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Yael Hororwitz ’17 writes in:
Come Celebrate the International Day of the Worker on MAY DAY = May 1st at the  St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen on Main St. Join the community we will create there for a dinner of rice and beans and a General Assembly.

Date: May Day, May 1st, 2014

Time: 4:30 – 6:20

Place: St. Vincent DePaul, 617 Main St., Middletown

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“Joyously Take to the Streets”: May Day in Middletown

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The Middletown May Day Committee writes in with your daily dose of revolutionary direct action:

The long chill of winter has lifted and spring is stirring in our hearts. Join us this May Day (Wednesday, May 1st), as we joyously take to the streets in a roving festival of resistance!

In a world where vacant land stands idle while countless go without food or shelter, we will reclaim space from private interests and cultivate it in service of our community. Come together at 10:30 AM on Washington and Pearl to help revitalize a community garden that is under threat from the proposed strip mall construction.

In a world where learning and knowledge is greedily hoarded behind the high walls of the ivory-tower academy, we will gather to learn democratically and accessibly. Join us at 2:30 at Middlesex Community College for a May Day Teach-in featuring speakers from the War Resisters League and the Middle East Crisis Committee. A group bike ride will be meeting outside 190 High St, the UOC, at 1:45 to bike to the Community College.  A van from the Wesleyan Office of Community Service will be available at Parking Lot C on Church St, leaving at 2:15 and returning at 3:50.

WSA Tables Vote on Tobacco Resolution, Entertains The_Real_MRoth

Have strong opinions on the tobacco resolution? Get ready to get polled.

Smokers, rejoice: Judgment Day hath been delayed. After much ado, ballyhoo, and brouhaha over a proposed resolution to ban the sale of tobacco on University-owned properties (read: Neon), the Wesleyan Student Assembly decided on Sunday night to table the sequester cuts vote until polling the student body. No, this doesn’t mean the resolution is going away for good. It does mean that it’s postponed.

“We tabled the vote in order to poll the student body and engage more with the owners of Neon Deli,” explained Student Affairs Committee Chair Nicole Updegrove ’14, who first proposed the resolution, via email. “Many of us, myself included, weren’t willing to vote without more opinions from the student body.”

The proposal quickly sparked some loud, impassioned, and occasionally bizarre arguments in the Wesleying comments section (my favorite one notes that “addiction is the gift that keeps on giving—if we start selling cigarettes at Weshop, Pi, and Usdan, it’ll be a big help to the University’s endowment”), and Updegrove has been quick to respond to some of the angrier voices.

Point/Counterpoint: Should Tobacco Sales Be Banned on University Property?

“The document is about aligning the commercial decisions of the University with the values it espouses.”

Well, should they? That’s the subject of a WSA General Assembly meeting tonight in Usdan 108, where President Roth ’78 will make a not-so-surprise appearance and is willing “to talk about anything you want.” (Including Hegel.) (And Freud.) The meeting is at 7 p.m., and maybe I’ll see you there, because it just occurred to me I’ve never been to a WSA meeting before in my life.

According to the Argus, the WSA’s Student Affairs Committee recently proposed to ban the sale of tobacco products on all University-owned properties, a category that most notably includes popular cigarette supplier Neon Deli. In fact it was committee chair Nicole Updegrove ’14, not the committee itself, who proposed the resolution (update: The Argus has amended their article to reflect this distinction), and in a brief email interview with Wesleying, Updegrove defends her controversial resolution against opponents.

Have opinions of your own about the resolution? Good. Consider going to the meeting tonight, where the Assembly will be asembling in a most assembly-like fashion. We’ll highlight a counterpoint from a student against the proposal later today. Here’s our interview with Updegrove:

Open Student Meeting with UOC and WSA

Don’t want to do your homework Sunday night?  Got some issues you want people to hear about? Want to hear what others have to say? Then check this out:

What are the biggest problems and issues for students at Wesleyan? What can be done to address them and make Wesleyan better?  Come discuss these questions.

This Sunday, March 4th, the WSA will be holding for the first time in its history a special joint meeting with the University Organizing Center (UOC).

The topic of the meeting is student concerns and ways to improve campus. This meeting is an open community discussion and is tailored towards students who aren’t involved with the WSA or the UOC. If you can come to only one WSA meeting this semester, please come to this one. 

We will be meeting at 7pm in 200 Church. See you there!

Date: Mar. 4
Time: 7:00PM
Place: 200 Church

General Assembly Meeting to Occupy Wesleyan

TO USDAN!This Thursday at 4:15, in the Usdan Café, we invite you to a General Assembly1 to Occupy Wesleyan. We will emphasize Wesleyan-specific issues and actions going forward. Please come ready to share your concerns and ideas about how we can change Wesleyan. At the assembly, we will collectively establish working groups to perform ongoing organizing in order to make a huge impact this spring. So please come Thursday, and join the international movement to Decolonize/Occupy Everywhere, and let’s start with our own campus!

[1] What is a general assembly?
A General Assembly is an open, participatory and horizontally organized process through which we are building the capacity to constitute ourselves in public as autonomous collective forces within and against the constant crises of our times.

Also, to get on the Occupy Wesleyan email list serve, email occupywesleyan-subscribe(at)lists(dot)riseup(dot)net.