NS Needs Students Rally, September 30, 1-3 pm

The Dalhousie Student Union is organizing organizing a rally calling for a tuition freeze and increased funding for post-secondary education in NS, on September 30, from 1-3 pm. Our president, Karen Harper, will be speaking at the event.
The event can be attended in-person at Province House (1726 Hollis St). If you would like to attend, please email dsuvpae@dal.ca (and maintain proper social distancing and mask protocols!).

It will also be livestreamed on DSU Instagram @dalstudentunion

They are also collecting testimonials from students from all post-secondary institutions in NS. The survey can be found here:

Happy Halifax Pride, July 16-26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today marks the start of the Halifax Pride Festival, a time to celebrate 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and to reflect on the ongoing struggle for equality and justice that members of these communities have and continue to face.

As workers in post-secondary institutions, we are in positions to work towards equality and inclusion in our workplaces, and to implement lessons from 2SLGBTQIA+ activists and organizers into our pedagogical approaches and practices. Last fall, with South House, gender and sexual resource centre, CUPE 3912 organized a workshop on 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion in the classroom, and how to incorporate tangible allyship in our work. But there is always more to learn! Resources are available at SMU, MSVU, and Dalhousie.

While celebrating Pride, we should also take time to learn about the origins of Pride in Halifax and, more broadly, the intersection of the Stonewall Riots, Pride, and the Civil Rights Movement. Racism, transphobia, and homophobia operate together, and activists have led intersectional resistance against all of them. Two racialized trans women, Marsha Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, led the Stonewall Riots 51 years ago – and Black, Indigenous and racialized LGBTQ2+ activists have spearheaded the most radical cross-movement struggles since that time around the globe.

Given the ongoing pandemic, Halifax’s Pride Festival will be virtual this year. A schedule of online events can be found here: https://www.halifaxpride.com/calendar

There are also live streams of events that can be seen here: https://www.halifaxpride.com/stream

We will miss marching with fellow CUPE members in the Pride parade, but online access provides members across the province opportunities to remotely engage with workshops and events.

We wish all members a happy Pride!

Student, Staff and Faculty Alliance Demands for Fall 2020

Given the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, and the range of likely effects on post-secondary institutions, CUPE 3912 has joined an alliance of 19 unions and associations, representing over 18,000 students, staff and faculty, that have united to demand that university administrators consider the implications of plans for Fall 2020 on students, university staff and faculty.

Here is a letter you can send to your MP, MLA, and University President to add your voice to the opposition to tuition hikes, layoffs, and cuts that will hurt faculty, staff, and students.

ANSUT is providing shareables to promote this letter and campaign.

 

Remembering Stonewall, June 28-July 3

June 28-July 3 marks the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a catalyst for the 2SLGBTQ+ rights movement. As we reflect on this, we can celebrate the progress that has been made, and learn more about how to better support 2SLGBTQ+ rights and freedoms.

In Halifax, South House is a gender and sexual resource centre, and they provide advice and training on building an inclusive classroom. There are also resources available at SMU, MSVU, and Dalhousie.

National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, an opportunity to honour and celebrate the diverse cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

It is also an opportunity to acknowledge and respect the rights of Indigenous peoples to their unceded territories. The institutions where our members work — Mount Saint Vincent, Saint Mary’s, and Dalhousie universities — are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. We are all treaty people, and must all be committed to working with Indigenous nations, communities, organizations, and students toward decolonization, reconciliation, and respecting the on-going treaty relationships.

Here is a statement from CUPE national.

Here is a statement from CAUT.

To learn more about the ongoing legacies of colonialism read the resources provided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission or resources provided by the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. You can CUPE’s response to that report here.

Here is a primer on the Peace and Friendship Treaties.

Juneteenth

Today marks the commemoration of Juneteenth, the day of the emancipation of the last enslaved African-Americans in the United States, in 1865. Take some time to honor all those who have stood against racism and racial discrimination, and to reflect upon the continuing struggles for equality and justice in our own communities and institutions.

Juneteenth may mark just one moment in the struggle for emancipation, but the holiday gives us an occasion to reflect on the profound contributions of enslaved black Americans to the cause of human freedom.

 

Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

 

 

CUPE 3912 stands in solidarity with those protesting police brutality, white supremacy, and all forms of racist violence.

Here you can find a statement from CUPE National and a call for solidarity.

“We must challenge and not be silent in the face of police brutality, white supremacy, and all forms of racist violence in the workplace and in our society. CUPE will remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure diversity and inclusiveness and to fight racism and hate in all its forms.”

Here are suggestions for what Nova Scotians can do to stand up to racism and injustice.

“And I think the violence that I want to mention is really the violence of the silence of the white population. It’s those of us who derive the privileges from what’s happening in Canada and in the United States, who cannot wait another day to speak. It’s the overwhelming majority of white people in this country who need to say, ‘You cannot do this in my name.'”

If you are looking for a way to support the local African Nova Scotian community, if you are able, please donate to Black Lives Matter Solidarity Fund NS, which gives $100 grants to African Nova Scotian people during this pandemic.