Student coalition hosts coordinated sit-ins on campus

first_imgOn Wednesday afternoon, 60 students representing numerous campus organizations coordinated four sit-ins throughout campus, as well as a rally at Tommy Trojan, in opposition to the university’s continued business relations with the apparel brand JanSport.The Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation, the leading group of the sit-in and protest, claims that JanSport’s parent company, the VF Corporation, is directly linked to the deaths and ill treatment of numerous factory workers in sweatshops in Bangladesh.At approximately 2:00 p.m., a group of 60 students staged the sit-ins at four locations: Vice President of Admissions and Planning Katharine Harrington’s office at Town & Gown, Vice Provost of Student Affairs Ainsley Carry’s office in the Student Union, the office of the Director of Trademark Licensing and Social Responsibility Matt Curran in University Village and the office of the USC Bookstore Director Dan Archer.Sarah Newell, a member of SCALE and lead campaign coordinator of Wednesday’s sit-ins, said that the protestors’ presence was meant to demonstrate to  administrators that they can no longer ignore their students’ voices.“[On Wednesday] 60 students from more than 45 groups across campus decided to occupy four different USC offices to let USC know that treating students this way isn’t going to silence us, and they can’t keep us down by treating us like criminals,” Newell said.Newell was referencing campus administration’s response to an 18-student SCALE sit-in that occurred at Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday, April 15, during which participants were threatened with phone calls to parents, revocation of financial aid and suspension. The sit-in lasted for four hours and ended with no official resolution.Following Wednesday’s four coordinated sit-ins, which lasted approximately two hours, protestors congregated at Tommy Trojan to rally for their cause and garner the attention of President C.L. Max Nikias, who members claim at the time was having tea with another student organization in the nearby Ronald Tutor Campus Center.The rally hosted three guest speakers, including Maria Elena Durazo, the general secretary of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.“I am proud you are doing this in the name of people in another part of the world,” Durazo said. “You are doing it because you care about anybody, everybody, anywhere — an injustice to someone anywhere is an injustice to everybody everywhere.”Assistant Professor of Sociology Veronica Terriquez also spoke at the event, acknowledging the protestors’ ability to make a difference through their continued efforts.“Students have a power to make history,” Terriquez said. “What you’re doing today can really have an impact when you’re working in solidarity with people across the world … Keep up the movement, keep up the fight.”During the protest, some students also spoke about their experiences from the day’s sit-in. SCALE member Liz Fernandez claimed Harrington made light of the student’s efforts.“She snapped a couple of pictures [of us] to send to everyone … She told us over and over that our little protest wasn’t going to get us anywhere,” Fernandez said. “To hear an administrator say to me that my voice doesn’t need to be heard is absolutely ridiculous.”Harrington could not be reached for comment.SCALE members spoke with the Daily Trojan after the event and mentioned that following the Bovard Auditorium sit-in last week, students outside of the organization have expressed concerns with the university’s actions.“The results of [last Wednesday’s] sit-in are really what produced this effort here today, because all these students here today — many of whom are not affiliated with SCALE — were so disgusted when they heard about what happened in the office and how we were treated,” said Francesca Bessey, a junior majoring in international relations.SCALE member Andy Su noted that outside support highlights how far the organization has come.“Following the sit-in from last week, people have been coming up to me and saying, ‘It’s really messed up what administration did.’ My response is, ‘Yes, they’ve been doing this for the last eight months,’” Su said. “To see the public responding positively and supporting us — we’re really on the brink of change here.”This is SCALE’s second rally since the Bovard sit-in last week, and campaign coordinator Hannah Nguyen stressed that the organization will continue to act until they are addressed by campus administration.“Workers’ lives are still on the line every single day, so we’re going to continue fighting on these last weeks of school and onto next year if necessary,” Nguyen said. “But we hope that by the end of the school year, USC will decide to start respecting student voices and the lives of workers.”last_img read more

Taxi driver remanded for robbery under arms

first_imgA taxi driver was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for armed robbery.Harry James, of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, denied the charge when it was read to him on Friday.It was alleged that on July 3, 2018, while in the vicinity of Alliance, Canal Number Two, Wes Bank Demerara, and while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed businessman Rabindra Sumdhat of $792,000 along with a quantity of gold jewellery.According to the facts presented to the court, on July 3, at about 02:00h Sumdhat was sleeping in a hammock under a shed in his yard when he was confronted by two men armed with handguns. The gunmen demanded that he hand over all his valuables.The bandits then took the businessman inside his house and relieved him of cash and other valuable items.It was further alleged that Sumdhat was gun-butted by the gun-toting bandits but was able to disarm one of the men during the process. One of the gunmen fired two shots in the air.Two live 9mm rounds were found at the scene and an unlicensed .9mm pistol allegedly taken from one of the two armed suspects during a struggle with the businessman. The men fled in a waiting vehicle.However, Police were able to apprehend the men at Leonora, West Coast Demerara.The men along with the driver were arrested and taken to the Police station where the motor car was impounded.However, only the taxi driver has been charged so far, as investigations continue. The case was transferred to the Wales Magistrate’s Court and will continue on July 12.last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps’ three-game winning run in the league was brought to an end at Finn Park on Saturday night by Limerick as the visitors ran out 3-1 winners.Adam Clarke fired home his fourth goal of the campaign to cancel out Garbhan Coughlan’s early opener.However second-half goals from Shane Guthrie and Denis Behan saw off a battling Harps – with all resistance ended with the sending off of Thomas McBride ten minutes from the end. The visitors took the lead inside the first two minutes after Sean Brosnan’s cross was knocked down by Denis Behan for Coughlan to bundle the ball over the line from two yards.However Harps levelled in spectacular fashion five minutes later.A poor clearance landed at the feet of Adam Clarke who was given time to control the ball and fired in a superb equaliser.Limerick however dominated for long periods, and both goalkeepers were forced to make smart saves. The visitors took the lead 10 minutes after the restart.Peter Hutton somehow blocked a Behan shot but from the corner Guthrie rose unchallenged to head home. Behan added the third with 12 minutes to go, although he didn’t know much about it, the ball hitting off him and into the net.Harps were unfortunately outclassed by the big-spending Limerick but their case was not helped by a bizarre decision of the referee with ten minutes to go when he sent off McBride – when he himself had been tackled.It anyone has any footage of it, let us know. It would be a hit on YouTube.Finn Harps: Rory Kelly; James Doherty, Peter Hutton (Barry O’Mahony 63), Thomas McMonagle, Ciaran Coll; Adam Clarke, Shaun McGowan, Thomas McBride, Thomas Bonner (Blain Curtis 55), Paul Simon Treacy; Kevin McHugh. Subs not used: Shaun Patton, Aaron O’Hagan, Matt Harkin, Ciaran Greene, Hugh Carlin.Bookings: None.Sent Off: T McBride (80).Limerick FC: David Ryan; Shaun Kelly, Corie Tracey, Shane Tracy, Sean Brosnan Derek O’Brien 76); Stephen Bradley, Shane Guthrie, Joe Gamble, Rory Gaffney; Denis Behan, Garbhan Coughlan (Paudie Quinn 65). Subs not used: Barry Ryan, Andrew Bhandarkar, Pat Purcell, Stephen McGann, Gary Sheahan.Bookings: Gamble (34), Bradley (39), Behan (42).Attendance: 568LIMERICK END HARPS WINNING STREAK was last modified: April 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more