From: CUPE Women's Caucus discussion list [CUPE-W@YorkU.CA] on behalf of
Trish Salah [salahp@YorkU.CA]
Sent: November 25, 2000 1:40 PM
Please do post, promote and come out!
thanks muchly, trish salah
WORDS ON FIRE: POETS SPEAK OUT/SIDE THE GATES
Wednesday, Nov. 29th
"Phyllis, when you sit down and explain the revolution, it did sound sweet
and it did sound possible."
--Dionne Brand to Phyllis Coard
(Minister of Women's Affairs, in People's Revolutionary Government of
Grenada, 1979-1983, imprisoned for her role in the coup)
SPOKEN WORD AND POLITICS ON THE CUPE 3903 LINE AT YORK UNIVERSITY
George Eliot Clarke
TJ Bryan (aka Tenacious)
Ever since Plato advocated the exile of unruly poets from his "Republic,"
poets have gathered outside the walls of institutions to taunt the lies of
the reigning technocrats and their lackeys within. Founder's Gate at York
University, at the interface of Northern-Toronto-tundra and the 6-lane
highway of Steeles Ave, is just a such a place of contest and creativity.
CUPE 3903 Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants and Contract Faculty at
York have been on strike for 4 weeks now. CUPE 3903 is challenging the
ongoing tuition hikes at York (320% over the past 8 years), is insisting
York honour its commitment to job security measures for part-time
faculty, and is demanding that newly-unionized Graduate and Research
Assistants receive adequate pay for their work. York Administration has
responded with stonewalling at the bargaining table, by spreading lies in
the media, by threatening to drive CUPE picketers from University grounds,
and, most recently, by falsely accusing CUPE 3903 members of "illegal and
dangerous activity" on the picket lines.
On Wednesday, November 29, at 11 am, poets and writers will launch their
most fiery poesy across the campus from Founder's Gate. Join English,
History and Art History TAs, GAs, Faculty and Staff for a mid-day diet
of the tough language of struggle.
Founder's Road Gate is located on the north face of the York Campus at
Steeles between Keele and Jane. It is most easily reached via TTC Buses
60 B and D Steeles West from Finch Station, 107 from Downsview, or the
41B Keele north from Keele Station. (If you take the 107 or the 41, budget
time for a short but chilly walk along Steeles from Keele.)
"When I tell any truth it is not for the sake of convincing those who do
not know it, but for the sake of defending those who do."
(From "Public Address" c. 1811)
STRIKE TO WIN!