A Year in Popular Power #3: “Don’t Be A Scab!” Graduate Student Strikes

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The third installment of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation’s video series on Building Popular Power.

Tariq is a graduate student, teaching assistant and union member of Graduate Employees Organization or GEO Local 6300, which represents 2,700 graduate and teaching assistants at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In February 2018, the union led a successful two-week strike pushing back against the administration’s threat to take away tuition waivers and winning increases and pay and health coverage. #RedForEd #StrikeToWin #PowerFromBelow

“A Year In Popular Power” is a four part YouTube series featuring members of Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation (BRRN) speaking on their organizing work as examples of building popular power. This was filmed as a panel event by the same name on August 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA which was held in conjunction with BRRN’s 5th convention, which you can read more about HERE.

Episode #1: Teacher Strikes and #RedForEd in North Carolina
Episode #2: Organizing to Stop ICE Raids with the Koreatown Popular Assembly
Episode #3: Graduate Student Strikes with GEO Local 6300
Episode #4: Organizing in Fast Food with the Burgerville Workers Union

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Black Rose Anarchist Federation
We are an organization of revolutionaries who share common visions of a new world – a world where people collectively control their own workplaces, communities and land and where all basic needs are met. A world where power and participation flow from the bottom upwards and society is organized for peoples’ aspirations, passions, and needs rather than profit, racial prejudice, patriarchy, or imperialism; and where we live sustainably with the planet.