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LWAC heads to UMKC's 'Tent State'
Oct 6, 2005
week the University of Missouri at Kansas City is "Tent
State". I got to stop by as students demanded
more funding for higher education to offset skyrocketing
tuition and to allow campus workers to be paid living
wages, and protested the outrageous amount of money
spent in Iraq that could've been better used for education.
The Living Wage Action Coalition's workshop was on
Wednesday. This was one of many "classes"
held at Tent State throughout the week. UMKC folks and
I talked about the concept of living wages and the history
of the living wage movement, then watched the documentary
from Georgetown's campaign. Folks were really enthusiastic
about the growing campus living wage movement and wanted
to start talking to other students around the country
doing similar work. I also got to have a more intimate
discussion with the Tent State organizers about the
future of the living wage campaign at UMKC – a
great conversation about campaign strategy, diversity
within the campaign, and more.
The Tent State folks have gained power and momentum
from effectively organizing an energetic tent city for
two years in a row (last year they got the union-busting
foodservice contractor Sodexho kicked off campus), and
they are now grappling with the seemingly endless bureaucracy
faced by many student activists at public universities.
Their campaign firmly connects the issues of increasing
tuition and living wage in my mind, in that they are
demanding justice in higher education both for students
and workers at once!
xo Jack, jack(at)livingwageaction.org