Friday, April 30, 2010

The Hunger Strike Ends, The Fight Goes On


First, thanks to all our friends and badass progressives who showed up the week of the hunger strike, whether you were just sitting on the quad or fasting with us- you are all awesome.

Going into the hunger strike, we did not expect Notre Dame’s investment office to suddenly have a change of heart and publicly admit that they are invested in a company that consistently breaks multiple tenants of Catholic Social Teaching (and possibly the law…) And, no surprise, ND made only one public statement to the Observer, affirming once again that they believe HEI to be an “outstanding” company.

However, the hunger strike was, in many ways, a victory. Not only did it publicize our campaign, make Notre Dame’s investment a bigger issue on campus and ruffled some feathers in the investment office, but it also moved campaigns on other college campuses and inspired workers in HEI hotels across the country to keep fighting.

While we were fasting, we had three different skype calls with works at three different hotels. In each one, we heard stories of injustice and poor working conditions. It was these incredibly courageous workers that fight for their rights daily despite the fear of losing their jobs, who reminded us why we were fasting to begin with.

We have been in dialogue with the investment office through e-mail this week, and we are continuing to pressure them to release the factual information as to why HEI is considered “outstanding.” They have yet to point to any concrete evidence that disputes the concrete evidence we have given them.

If they show us something that proves that the 30-40 workers across the country that we have personally spoken to (and the many others involved in the fight) are lying or in some way mistaken, we will change our minds. The workers of HEI as well as student campaigns are also being supported by clergy, politicians, lawyers, professors, and other community supporters. Until this discrepancy of information is resolved (which we believe is impossible), we will continue to support the workers in their fight for justice.

Check out this Lefty's Last Cry exclusive video from the conclusion of the Hunger Strike:

Get hyped for more actions, more feistiness, more pressure and more love for workers.
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UPDATE: U. Penn just sent a letter to HEI questioning their labor practices. Notre Dame has now put itself in opposition of 3 major schools (Penn, Brown and Yale) who have all made public statements against the mistreatment of workers in HEI hotels by continuing to not only support HEI but make public statements that they are "oustanding."

1 comment:

Sarah Furman said...

UPDATE: U. Penn just sent a letter to HEI questioning their labor practices. Notre Dame has now put itself in opposition of 3 major schools (Penn, Brown and Yale) who have all made public statements against the mistreatment of workers in HEI hotels by continuing to not only support HEI but make public statements that they are "oustanding."

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