Nov. 4: No Group 4 Meeting / UW We Stand With Howard Zinn Event

Due to conflicts with other events, there will be no monthly meeting Tues. Nov. 5 for AI Group 4. Stay tuned for upcoming events, including our annual Write for Rights write-a-thon, likely at the Chaco Canyon Cafe in the U District again, in early Dec.

One of the Tuesday night events, copied and posted below, is the We Stand With Howard Zinn event at UW, co-sponsored by the AI-UW group:

We Stand with Howard Zinn
UW Students, Activists and Faculty share readings in support of Academic Freedom

 Tuesday, November 5th – 6PM

UW – Savery Hall room 264

In honor of historian Howard Zinn and all the people’s history he celebrated in his work, on Tuesday November 5, scholars and activists will take part in a Read-in of Zinn’s work on the campus of Purdue University and on campuses across the nation. The day marks the birthday of another fighter for social justice — Indiana-born labor activist and prominent socialist, Eugene Debs.

The idea for the event was sparked when the Associated Press reported that the current Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, in 2010 as Governor of Indiana, tried to censor and ban Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” from Indiana schools. When the news became a national scandal, many students, faculty, and citizens of Indiana had expressed deep concern over the news that the President of one of our great public universities would have attempted such censorship. ‘The Zinn Read-in Committee’ envisions the event to be a commemoration of academic freedom and a declaration of anti-censorship. Find out more here

The event will also symbolize the ongoing fightback in the United States against the privatization of public education, attacks on teachers and teachers unions, and the need for real democracy in both schools and curriculum. Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is an important text for understanding the history of underrepresented populations; the fight for the right to teach this history is never separate from the fight to improve the material lives of students, teachers, minorities and workers around the world.

Here at the University of Washington we will be sharing readings from Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History, as well as learning about the history of censorship here at UW.

If you would like to speak about the importance of academic freedom, or do a reading from Howard Zinn or other relevant texts, please let us know.

UW Students, Faculty, Departments, and Student Organizations who want to show your support for Purdue Faculty you can find our Solidarity Letter Here

This Event is being co-sponsored by UW International Socialist Organization, SUPER (Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights) UW, Disorientation UW and UW Amnesty International, Third Wave Feminists UW

Facebook event page for We Stand With Howard Zinn at UW: https://www.facebook.com/events/241099539379532/

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