ICPJ and W-PPC Support GEO’s Abolitionist Strike!
The Poor Peopleâ€™s Campaign Washtenaw County (PPC), and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ), are in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the Graduate Employeesâ€™ Organization (GEO) in their strike and demands for a safe, equitable, and just work and community environment at the University of Michigan. GEOâ€™s demands are consistent with ICPJâ€™s Principles and Practices and the Moral Policy Agenda of the National Poor Peopleâ€™s Campaign.
GEOs demands specific to COVID-19 and a disarmed and demilitarized workplace are wholly reasonable and should be met as soon as possible by the University by providing:
- transparent and robust testing, contact tracing, and safety plans for campus;
- support for graduate employees working remotely and an option to switch to remote from hybrid/ in-person;
- flexible subsidies for parents and caregivers including those with school-aged children or care obligations for adults;
- better International Center support for international students and the repealing of the discriminatory, termly international student fee;
- unconditional support for all graduate students in the form of timeline and funding extensions, an emergency grant, and flexible leases and rent freezes at U-M housing.
- a demilitarized workplace
- diversion of funds from campus police (involving a cut of 50% to DPSSâ€™ annual budget)
- and ending any and all ties to local law enforcement (AAPD) and other agencies (ICE).
The Washtenaw PPC and ICPJ urge our members to support the GEO workersâ€™ strike, to refuse to cross their picket lines, and to join in solidarity with the strikers in the call for the UM to accede to their contractual demands for justice now!