nowledge is power,but only if WE use it.
February 8th Volume 1
What have we been up to?
IF YOU LIKE WHAT WE ARE UP TO, COMEHELP! Bring your Ideas!-We have had 11 general assemblies!-Constant outreach to classrooms to let stu-dents know who we are and what we stand for.-Strategic conversations with students, fac-ulty, staff, alumni, Undergraduate StudentGovernment, administration, trustees, media,high school students, members of the Vet-eran’s Center and more.-We have been made aware of some students who struggle to get around the campus andsucceed in their classes because of their dis-abilities. We have begun a campaign for imme-diate change in how the Ross Center is staffedand how the school is structured. There areNO truly handicapped accessible bathrooms in the campus center due to heavy doors and noautomatic buttons to open them. 75% of a stu-dent’s classes are not handicapped accessible. Today some of us will be visiting the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to file a complaint with the Disabilities office and yesterday the Associ-ate Dean of students was informed and he is“on it” as well.-We have been hosting free tutoring and skillsharing at our camp. One 2 hour math ses-sion, one Spanish lesson, one social media class, chess lessons, break-dancing, and a weak attempt at salsa all have gone down atcamp.
-We had visitors from Occupy Boston, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Providence, Occupy Mexico,Occupy Holyoke Community College, Occupy Harvard, Occupy Boston College and more. Lookslike we have begun planning an “American SpringBreak” for student activists to gather, have fun,set goals, and plan to achieve them.-Our Direct Action at the Board of Trustees Meet-ing was a success, even though they swapped from the ballroom to the tiny alumni lounge at thelast minute and we could only get 4 of us in. Weheld up two large banners saying “We want an ed-ucation not a corporation. Occupy UMass Boston”and “Occupy UMass Boston: Stop the privatizationof education,” and briefly mic-checked a state-ment on how the unelected trustees have failed to respect the need for the university to belong to the working class. When we left a trustee made a comment about how he was once a protester andhe was glad to see democracy “alive and well.”