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Carbondale: Personal Account of Strike from 11/7

The following is a personal account of Day 5 (Monday, November 7) of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Faculty strike.

Today was a really amazing day on the SIUC campus. Some undergraduate students organized a rally in solidarity with the Faculty Strike — which has turned into something of an occupation, since the five members of the bargaining team have vowed not to leave the bargaining room until they get a fair contract. The rally began with a march through the student center to the bargaining room, where we delivered sleeping bags, water, and food to the Faculty Association members who decided they weren’t leaving the building. Then the group, which papers have estimated at about 500 students and faculty, marched all around campus. The whole crowd rallied in front of the student center, where an administrator came out and stood before us, telling us we were disturbing classes. Students shouted back that, in fact, it was she and the rest of the administrators that were disturbing classes.

The energy was unlike anything I’ve seen here in four years. Chants ranged from pleas for a fair contract to this one, my favorite: “Chancellor Cheng/ Take a permanent vacation/ we don’t need/ an administration!”

Professors and students that had never showed any interest in labor issues showed up and shouted. People used the human microphone from the Occupy movement in order to speak. And when a student came back to report that the bargaining wasn’t going anywhere, everyone yelled they’d be back tomorrow, same time, same place.

Below is just about a quarter of the people there. Seriously, you would have had this same size crowd in every direction. But you wouldn’t have had me banging on a cafeteria tray with a stick.

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One thought on “Carbondale: Personal Account of Strike from 11/7

  1. You nailed it man the energy was amazing, I sure hope it will keep going and grow!

    Posted by Dennis | November 10, 2011, 2:15 pm

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Thoughtful Perspectives on other North American #Occupy Movements

Albany, NY: Ben Brucato
Atlanta: ATL IMC / Little Advances
Baltimore: bmorewomentrans
Bloomington, IN: Rififi
Boston: Boston Indymedia
Carbondale: Occupy SIUC
Chicago: selfactivity
Chapel Hill: triANARCHY
Davis, CA: Bicycle Barricade
Denver: Ignite!
Detroit: Third Coast Conspiracy
Gulf Coast: The Raging Pelican
Iowa City: Smooth Spaces
Los Angeles: UnpermittedLA
Miami: Autonomy & Solidarity
New York City: Malcolm Harris
Oakland: Bay of Rage / Hyphy
Philadelphia: radoccupyphilly
Phoenix: Fires never extinguished
Portland, OR: Grey Coast @ News
Richmond, VA: The Wingnut
Seattle: Puget Sound Anarchists
St. Louis: STL FTP
Toronto: ...To the Roots of Capital
Vancouver: Van. Media Co-op
Washington DC: BroadSnark

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