UofM GEO STRIKE, DAY 12: Solidarity Forever

(1) At the General Membership Meeting last night we voted to carry on our strike. I attended remotely via Zoom, but despite that, and the fact that loud noises like applause are routinely edited out over Zoom, a vibrant chant of STRIKE STRIKE STRIKE STRIKE erupted in the room during the vote and then in celebration of the motion’s passing. It took my breath away. It was a tremendous surging conjoined voice, incessant and unstoppable. I’ve been witness to many chants, but this was a rare power.

It’s a moment I will never forget, along with what came next: the lecture hall of Weiser Hall well-near full with easily a couple hundred grads, everyone sang the union song, “Solidarity Forever,” of which I managed to capture the last verse.

Fun fact about the song: Leonard Cohen has covered this, along with many many other artists. It makes me need the Lana Del Rey version, full Classic Hollywood voice. I need this. It’s all I’ve thought about since last night.

All the sudden right as I began to hear the room erupt in STRIKE STRIKE STRIKE, I got The Good Feeling: I knew when we went on strike, but now I know it in my bones: we will prevail in this, and it will prove to have had a significance far beyond our campus. Solidarity forever, friends!

(2) GEO has put together a FAQ about grades, check it out here: bit.ly/GEOGradingFAQ.

Ps, Separately from the strike, I’m calling for a Neurodiversity Constellation Center based on the results of a survey I conducted informally last fall. Read about it here: Call for a Neurodiversity Constellation Center at University of Michigan

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