Friday, December 10, 2010
The local manager took the signed letters from us and agreed to inform the national office of Kroger about our visit.
In a local campaign initiated by the UK Socialist Student Union, 186 signatures were gathered in a single week at a variety of locations, including at the University of Kentucky Student Center, the Bluegrass Community and Technical College cafeteria, the Lexington Catholic Newman Center, and local meetings of the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice and of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.
This is just one step in an ongoing campaign demanding that the supermarket industry support "fair food" and negotiate with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) farmworkers in Florida. Look for more organizing on this issue by the SSU and other local activist groups in the spring, and please contact us if you'd like to be involved.
KFTC has posted a nice blog post about the action: http://www.kftc.org/blog/archive/2010/12/09/students-and-kftc-members-demand-that-kroger-supports-workers-rights/weblogentry_view.
(Photo credit: Ondine)
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
On Thursday, December 9, at 12:10 pm, we will be assembling on the public sidewalk at 722 Euclid Avenue to debrief and then to deliver the signed letters to the management of the Euclid Avenue Kroger. All are welcome to join us in peacefully making known our concerns, as customers of Kroger, about the human rights of Florida farmworkers.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113124448757361&index=1#!/event.php?eid=113124448757361.
If you have not yet signed the letter to Kroger, please sign the online version by Thursday: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.change.org%2Fpetitions%2Fview%2Flexington_ky_asks_kroger_to_support_humane_treatment_of_farmworkers&h=0def3
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
People were really receptive. This is a cause that it is hard not to care about, considering that conditions for these Florida farmworkers are so bad that two of the employers have even been imprisoned for beating and enslaving workers.
One student mentioned that she felt a personal connection to the issue because she had a family member who was a tomato farmer. Another student--yes, we asked her to sign up for the e-mail list, and she did--said in response to our spiel about exploited workers, "Figures. Capitalism [is the problem]!"
Tonight I briefed the board of the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice (www.peaceandjusticeky.org) about the issue, at their monthly meeting. They were happy to sign the letter and will help us to get more signatures.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Please stop by to sign a letter to the management of Kroger. We are collecting signatures asking Kroger to agree to pay one cent more per pound of tomatoes, as part of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' campaign for a living wage and better conditions for Florida farmworkers.
Please contact me, email@example.com, if you'd like to help table.
Here is the letter to Kroger we'll be gathering signatures on: http://www.ciw-online.org/Resources/supermarkets/manager%20letters/kroger.pdf.
More information about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers: www.ciw-online.org.
Before the end of the semester, we'll get a group together to deliver letters and petition signatures in person to the management of the Euclid Avenue Kroger, one of the busiest Kroger grocery stores in the nation. As always, stay tuned for updates.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
We hope to use this blog as a tool to unite other socialist students and socialist student groups around the state.
At a UK SSU meeting a couple of weeks ago, we decided we'd like to try to a hold a meeting early next semester, before the end of January, to discuss involving other socialist student organizations around the state in forming a Kentucky Socialist Student Union.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
We're quickly trying to pull together another UK Socialist Student Union meeting for this Thursday (tomorrow, Nov. 18) at 5pm at Coffea coffeeshop (385 Rose St., Lexington). So sorry for the short notice; please help spread the word. As always, all are welcome.
Main agenda items:
*campaign for farmworker justice w/ regard to Kroger
*planning at least one more forum or movie night before the end of the semester
*collaboration with BCTC SSU and building connections to socialist student activists around the state
It will be a fun, short meeting. :) Hope to see you then.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Topics on the agenda include:
*School of the Americas protest (www.soaw.org)
*Migrant farm workers' campaign for justice against Kroger (See below)
*Continued solidarity/collaboration with new BCTC Socialist Student Union
*Possible upcoming events: for Dream Act (immigrant students' rights), against Islamophobia
*Other event ideas...Film screening?
*Report-back on Marx in Soho event (which was a huge success!)
Hope to see you Wednesday!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Tuesday, Oct. 19
Natasha's Bistro (112 Esplanade, Lexington KY)
It's a great play, written, directed, and acted by awesome people. And it's about the ghost of Karl Marx, who refuses to stay dead. And it benefits student activism. What's not to love?
Come to support local student activists! Proceeds from the evening's performance will help to fund future Socialist Student Union activities, including helping to send some students to the upcoming School of the Americas protest (http://www.soaw.org/) in Georgia in November, to meet with activists from around the country and speak out against torture and massacres in Latin America.
Reservations: 859-259-2754 or http://www.beetnik.com/
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Our next event, to which all are welcome, will be a film screening of Michael Moore's documentary Capitalism: A Love Story,
The film offers a lively and thought-provoking exploration of the causes of the current economic recession, home foreclosures, the bank bailouts, and the overall problem of capitalism.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Probably agenda topics include:
*What's next for our speakers' series or other possible upcoming SSU events, including a possible SSU conference on radical pedagogy and economic justice for students and workers at universities
*How we might be able to collaborate with a new socialist and/or left-wing student group that is forming at BCTC (Bluegrass Community Technical College). Someone from the BCTC group will probably be at the meeting to brief us or discuss how we might be able to help and/or work together.
*How we might be able to work together with new Lexington-based group United Front Kentucky
*How to get the word out about SSU and get more people involved
*Other ideas, announcements of upcoming events, etc.
Please spread the word! You can also visit our Facebook group, "U.K. Socialist Student Union," or e-mail Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
More events soon!
Keeping updated: This blog is not updated as often as one would like. To receive more regular updates on the U.K. Socialist Student Union, please contact Joan Braune at email@example.com to get more info, or join our Facebook group, "U.K. Socialist Student Union."