Social Justice

We are committed to building a union that learns about and actively supports fights for justice in our local and wider communities. We believe in the power of strike action to further struggles for real solutions to the climate crisis, immigrant rights and dignity, free on-demand abortion, Medicare for All, civil rights for all people, no matter race, religion, gender, sexuality, national origin, physical ability, immigration status, etc. For example, we support the following social justice movements:

Movements against gentrification, such as community-led organizing against Amazon HQ2 in Queens. We’re disgusted by Columbia University’s role in the violent expropriation of West Harlem communities for the sake of building a $6.3 billion satellite campus.

Anti-racist movements, such as those fighting anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement which fights against instances of police brutality and state-sanctioned injustices against brown and black people.

Movements for LGBTQIA+ rights, such as the Reclaim Pride Coalition, which organizes against corporatization of queer movements like the Pride March in NYC.

Movements for justice in science and tech, such as the campaign to end Microsoft’s collaboration with ICE and the recent walkout at Google. We support organizations like the Tech Workers Coalition and Science for the People.

The global movement which calls for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) until the Israeli government complies with international law, dismantles the illegal apartheid wall in the West Bank, recognizes the rights of Arab-Palestinian citizens to full equality, ends its military occupation of Palestinian land, and respects the right of return of Palestinian refugees and exiles. Resolutions to join BDS were passed in 2016 by 2/3 majorities in membership votes held by UAW 2865, the union representing about 13,000 academic workers across the University of California system, and NYU’s GSOC.

Anti-sweatshop movements, such as ongoing worker-led campaigns to improve oppressive working conditions in Amazon warehouses, and student campaigns organized by the likes of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) that fight for economic justice everywhere.

Movements to combat the climate crisis, such as the Sunrise Movement’s campaign to build political support for the Green New Deal, and campaigns across the world to divest from fossil fuels.