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Aug 2020

Out d’Coup | Higher Ed Organizing During the Pandemic

On tonight’s Out d’Coup LIVE, we’re talking higher education organizing during the coronavirus pandemic. As the beginning of the school year draws ever closer colleges, and universities have been struggling with how to go back-to-school and keep students, teachers, staff, and community members safe. I feel for the people who have to make these decisions at a time when the Federal government is almost completely devoid of help for colleges and universities - in terms of clear, transparent, and evidence-based guidelines on the one hand and financial assistance to enact necessary safety measures. To make matters worse, some university administrations have their heads in the sand, relying upon magical and wishful thinking. As you’ve heard me say before, my university, Kutztown University, is occupied by just such an administration. 


The pandemic shutdown has also posed challenges for activists and organizers who have had to shift strategies and tactics as well. As regular listeners to Out d’Coup podcast know, last spring I began working with a group of students, faculty, staff, and community members on a project called the Healthy Campus Bill of Rights. The initial project set out to demand 1. A Healthy Working and Learning Environment; 2. Campus Investment in the Financial Health of Our Community; and, 3. Campus Infrastructure Changes to Meet the Challenges of the Climate Crisis. Now, the Healthy Campus Bill of Rights has shifted to deal with the most pressing issue before us: Kutztown University’s insistence on returning to face-to-face classes in the fall, despite rising coronavirus cases and the fact that 9 out of 14 PASSHE universities have gone to mostly online classes in the fall.


On tonight’s show, we’re talking to guests who are organizing in higher education in the middle of this pandemic. You are invited to join the conversation by calling in through the Podbean app. You can also comment through the app or on our live YouTube stream. 


My guests tonight are:  


Tabetha Bernstein-Danis: Tabetha is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Kutztown University. She is a delegate to APSCUF’s Legislative Assembly and the KU and state APSCUF Social Justice Committee Chair. 


Dana Morrison: Dana is an Assistant Professor at the West Chester University of PA. She is the co-chair of APSCUF Social Justice committee at West Chester. And, she is a member of Public Higher Education Workers aka (PHEW). Public Higher Education Workers (PHEW) is a network of faculty, students, and staff working to organize for fully funded, free, liberatory public higher education.


Madeline Ochabilla: Madeline is a student at Villanova University and a regional organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops, USAS.  She has worked on international solidarity campaigns, particularly campaigns that have aimed to hold big sports brands like Nike accountable to their factory workers who make collegiate apparel. 

USAS is having a virtual summer conference on the weekend of August 22nd and August 23.  It will be an opportunity for students to learn from different organizing workshops and will have the opportunity to connect with many other student organizers across the country.  This conference is open to all students, not just USAS members. You can register at the USAS website: usas.org


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Jul 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | July 27, 2020 | 717 Restaurant Workers United and Harrisburg DSA

On this week's Out d'Coup Live, we’re talking to Sam Weymouth of 717 Restaurant Workers United and Danny Martin from Harrisburg DSA. 717 Restaurant Workers United is a labor union dedicated to the protection and representation of restaurant workers in the Central Pennsylvania area. They are in the middle of an organizing campaign with restaurant workers Cork and Fork, a restaurant with locations in downtown Harrisburg and Camp Hill.


Last Monday, 717 Restaurant Workers United and members of Harrisburg DSA held a "Take-Out Takeover" at both restaurant locations. Organizers urged supporters to order food and let the management know that they stand with Cork & Fork employees. They also encouraged supporters to spread the word on social media with the hashtag #Istandwithcorkandforkworkers' The event was an overwhelming success, according to Tiffany Ramsey, Executive Director of 717 Restaurant Workers United. Workers are waiting to find out the date for their union election.


You can become show your support for Cork and Fork workers by joining the 717 Restaurant Workers United's Street Team and spreading the work. Just go to their TAKE ACTION link.  

Jul 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | July20, 2020 | Back-to-School in the Pandemic

Raging Chicken's Out d'Coup podcast is rolling with a pre-launch version of our live call-in show. We'll be talking back to school in the pandemic, specifically, the moves to send college students back to in-person classes in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and other higher education institutions. 


Support faculty, students, and staff at PASSHE universities by signing their petition: "Petition for a Moral and Just Plan for Fall 2020 at Shippensburg University and throughout the PASSHE System." If you are a faculty member (or student, or staff member I would think) at a PASSHE school, you can also sign APSCUF's Mobilization Committee's petition here: "Faculty Teach and Students Learn Better When We're Safe."


Music: "There Are No People in the Future," by Jonathan Mann. Used by permission. Follow him on Twitter at @songadaymann

May 2020

Out d’Coup Live | Episode 0.0 - we test launch our live call in show!

Welcome to the first-ever Out d'Coup Live Call-In Show. We did a full-length test run of our new live call-in show! Call it a soft-launch. On today's show we gave a little background about Raging Chicken and talked shock doctrine for public higher education in the age of COVID-19. 

The full video version of today's show will be available exclusively to patrons at patreon.com/RCPress until Monday. On Monday we'll make the video live stream public for everyone at patreon.com/RCPress

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