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Photos from the 3 April strike called by UAW 2865, the union that represents many graduate students at the University of California, over an unfair labor practices grievance.

More information about the strike.

Santa Barbara, California.

Original photo locations:

UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike IUC Unfair Labor Practices Strike II
UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike III
UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike IV
UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike V
UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike VI
UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike VII

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Note to self: Instagram’s processing of aspect ratios in video is nonexistent.

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at Davidson Library. #ucsb3aprstrike

at Davidson Library. #ucsb3aprstrike

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http://somestrikers.tumblr.com/post/81310901608/an-open-letter-to-uc-grad-students-this-coming

somestrikers:

AN OPEN LETTER TO UC GRAD STUDENTS—

This coming week, our union—United Auto Workers Local 2865—has called a system-wide strike in protest of unfair labor practices (ULPs) by the university. Although particular grievances differ from campus to campus, in aggregate, they concern the university’s…

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"They talk about the failure of socialism, but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?"

"They talk about the failure of socialism, but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?"

"But before this war, all of this gold was out here, in the sunlight, In the world. Yet look what happened." Goto Dengo shudders. "Wealth that is stored up in gold is dead. It rots and stinks. True wealth is made every day by men getting up out of bed and going to work. By schoolchildren doing their lessons, improving their minds. Tell those men that if they want wealth, they should come to Nippon with me after the war. We will start businesses and build buildings."

"Spoken like a true Nipponese," Enoch says bitterly. "You never change."

"Please make me understand what you are saying."

"What of the man who cannot get out of bed and work because he has no legs? What of the widow who has no husband to work, no children to support her? What of children who cannot improve their minds because they lack books and schoolhouses?"

"You can shower gold on them," Goto Dengo says. "Soon enough, it will all be gone."

"Yes. But some of it will be gone into books and bandages."

    — Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon (page 1070 in ISBN 978-0-06-051280-4)

There are in fact no masses; there are only ways of seeing people as masses.
Raymond Williams, Culture and Society.
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Doonesbury, 7 July 2012

In any case, most people are too preoccupied with keeping themselves afloat to bother with visions of the future. Social disruption, understandably enough, is not something most men and women are eager to embrace. They will certainly not embrace it just because socialism sounds like a good idea. It is when the deprivations of the status quo begin to outweigh the drawbacks of radical change that a leap into the future begins to seem a reasonable proposition. Revolutions tend to break out when almost any alternative seems preferable to the present. In that situation, not to rebel would be irrational. Capitalism cannot complain when, having appealed for centuries to the supremacy of self-interest, its hirelings recognize that their collective self-interest lies in trying something different for a change.
Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, ch. 8 (p. 194 in ISBN 978-0-300-18153-1)

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