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m : marxism-thaxis@greenhouse.economics.utah.edu 25 February 2012 • 8:46PM -0500

[Marxism-Thaxis] College football player on hunger strike in support of university workers
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When  we get the football players on the left, comes the revolution.

CB


http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/virginia-safety-joseph-williams-hunger-strike-university-workers-173337610.html

Virginia safety Joseph Williams is on a hunger strike for university workers
collegefootballcentral.net
Rarely do we see student-athletes, football players, get involved in
political matters that affect the universities where they play. We’re
not talking about student government, but the politics that happen
within the university, disputes between workers or teachers and
administration


Rarely do we see student-athletes, football players, get involved in
political matters that affect the universities where they play. We're
not talking about student government, but the politics that happen
within the university, disputes between workers or teachers and
administration
Virginia safety Joseph Williams is changing that.
For the past eight days, Williams, a junior walk-on who has played in
two games during his career, has been on a hunger strike "to protest
the economic and social injustices perpetrated by the UVa
administration against the vast majority of the University's
service-sector employees."
Williams, a political and social thought major, wrote an eloquent and
poignant essay about why he was participating in the hunger strike
with the Living Wage Campaign.
Our University seeks to distinguish itself as a caring community and
prides itself on traditions of honor and student self-governance.
However, in our "caring community," hundreds of contract employees may
make as little as $7.25/hour while six out of the top ten highest paid
state employees in Virginia hold administrative positions at the
University. Many employees, mostly women and African Americans, do not
receive enough pay for their basic necessities to exist in
Charlottesville, where the cost of living is nearly 10% higher than
the national average. This extreme inequality has disturbed and
disillusioned students for decades, many of whom have tried to grapple
with issues of race, class, and poverty in and out of the classroom.
It's not often that you read this kind of political discourse by such
a young man, and let's be honest, a football player. But Williams is
not your ordinary student-athlete. He graduated from Dominion
(Sterling, Va.) High when he was 16. In his essay he notes that he was
one of four children supported by a single mother and that he lived in
30 different places, including many homeless shelters, which gave him
a profound appreciation for socioeconomic challenges.
He walked on at Virginia at age 17 and has been refining his knowledge
of politics ever since.
He does not say how long he plans to stay on strike, but as of
Thursday, 18 students were involved in the cause. It's interesting,
and even somewhat refreshing, to see a student-athlete go to the
extremes for what he believes.
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