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Event: The Fight for Fair Elections: Expanding the Vote in 2020 (2/21)

Date: Fri, February 21, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST
Location: CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10036

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Featuring:

  • Gloria Browne-Marshall
    Professor of Constitutional Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Gerry Hudson
    Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Moderator:

  • Deepak Bhargava
    Distinguished Lecturer, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
    Former Executive Director, Center for Community Change

Doors open at 8:30am. A light breakfast will be served.

Given the especially high stakes of the 2020 election, the need for broad and unobstructed voter participation could not be greater. Yet the past decade has seen a plethora of legal curtailments on voting rights. Since 2010, 25 states have adopted strict photo ID requirements, curbs on early voting, and voter registration restrictions that have all served to gut the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a major win of the Civil Rights movement. Finally, the perennial challenge of voter turnout still exists – over 25% of eligible voters are unregistered, and only 50% of registered voters are expected to vote, making the prospects for a truly democratic election in 2020 very concerning.

What lessons can be gleaned from a long history of heroic efforts to ensure equal voting opportunities and rights for all? What are advocates, unions, and other activists doing to combat voter suppression and promote voter registration and turnout in the upcoming election? What should be the top legislative priorities of a more progressive, post-2020 federal government to strengthen our democracy by expanding the vote?

Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor

We are currently recruiting applicants for the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor , designed to bring woman and people of color to leadership roles in the labor movement and in the filed of Labor Studies. Scholarship recipients will receive full tuition for the M.A. in Labor Studies or B.A. in Urban and Community Studies (Labor concentration) programs.

Strong candidates:
  • Are passionate about labor rights and social change
  • Have a strong academic background
  • Possess leadership skills or leadership potential
  • Will complete Part I of the application by March 3, 2020

What Students Learn

Students in the M.A. in Labor Studies program develop critical thinking, analytical, and leadership skills, while learning: labor law, history, practical skills, and contemporary challenges facing labor. The program is designed to support working adults or full-time students. The B.A. in Urban and Community Studies (labor concentration) curriculum examines policies and governance processes that affect diverse urban working-class communities. B.A. applicants must have completed 60 college credits.

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Deadlines:

Applicants must first apply to the M.A. in Labor Studies or the B.A. in Urban and Community Studies program by March 3, 2020. Contact Laurie.Kellogg@slu.cuny.edu or 718-440-1550 (day, evening or weekend) for information and tips on writing a successful application.
Diversity Scholarship applications must be received by March 24, 2020.

For more information:

Call us at (646) 313-8514
Visit us at slu.cuny.edu

Andres Puerta Talks Organizing on Museum Confidential

In New York and California, museums are getting unionized. And if organizers have anything to say about it, this is a trend that’s going to spread. Last month, SLU alum and IUOE Local 30 Director of Special Projects Andres Puerta went on Museum Confidential to discuss the recent wave — and where we might go from here. Check it out.

Photo by Dave Nakayama via flickr (cc-by)

SSEU 371 Honors Greg Mantsios and Arthur Cheliotes

On January 23rd, SSEU Local 371 bestowed its Charles S. Ensley Awards on NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a long-time supporter of SLU, Arthur Cheliotes, Chair of SLU’s Labor Advisory Board, and our own Dean Gregory Mantsios.

The “Mighty Mighty Union” holds this annual gala to fund-raise for the Charles S. Ensley Scholarship Foundation, named for the late president of SSEU 371. The Foundation awards $3,500 scholarships each year to union members seeking to further their education so that they can become more skilled, knowledgeable activists in the labor movement. On January 23rd, seven individuals received scholarships to attend SLU and pursue certificates, advanced certificates, or a master’s degree in Labor Studies.

Along with his daughter Andrea, Associate Deans Gladys Palma de Schrynemakers and Burt Sacks and a number of enthusiastic SLU staff were on hand to salute Dean Mantsios.

Congratulations!

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