Summary of the University of Oregon’s breakdown of ICE’s SEVP changes

On July 6th, 2020, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made changes to their Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The news release is linked here. These changes, which are really assaults through policy, entail that international students who are in the U.S. in fall term that do not enroll in a class with an in-person component are not eligible to be enrolled and thus may not remain in the United States. ICE makes clear that students who remain “May face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”

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About communication barriers

By Hyunsoo Lee

Content warning: discussion and examples of racist language


I’ll begin by saying I’m grateful to friends for sharing your valuable thoughts and experiences. I am learning a lot through the shared thoughts, stories, and facts in our grad community.

Many people in US and worldwide, including those in my home country South Korea, still have biased understandings of the history and nature of racism and discrimination. Much of that comes from skewed media reports, biased educations, and a lack of effort and empathy.

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Imagine a Strike [against racism]

Here’s an excerpt from from Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, published this month by Verso Books:

“In contrast to liberal and social democratic arguments, Alex Gourevitch proposes a radical view of the right to strike. The right to strike, he claims, is derived from the right to resist oppression. In the case of strikes, he argues, oppression “is partly a product of the legal protection of basic economic liberties, which explains why the right to strike has priority over these liberties.” However, conceiving of a strike as the last but not the least right of the oppressed against their oppressors doesn’t exhaust the potential of the right to strike. Alongside this radical conception of strike, and by no means as its replacement, I propose to consider the strike not in terms of the right to protest against oppression, but rather as an opportunity to care for the shared world, including through questioning one’s privileges, withdrawing from them, and using them. For that purpose, one’s professional work in each and every domain—even in domains as varied as art, architecture, or medicine—cannot be conceived for itself and unfolded as a progressive history, nor as a distinct productive activity to be assessed by its outcomes, but rather as a worldly activity, a mode of engaging with the world that seeks to impact it while being ready to be impacted in return.

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Notes on Equity Committee meeting, 2019-11-19

On Tuesday, November 19th, five members of the caucus (Pearl, Mushira, Lola, Hyunsoo, and I) attended a GTFF Equity Committee meeting. The Equity Committee (EC) is a standing committee in the GTFF that is chaired by the VP for Equity and Inclusion, as per our bylaws.

The meeting was the largest EC in our memory, with fourteen people attending. We ultimately felt good about the meeting; we have strong opinions about the kinds of changes we believe the union needs to support POCs, and the space felt open to our concerns.

The committee is open to all members. I encourage members to attend the meetings and think about how we can use the space to push for the changes we believe will improve our lives. Watch the calendar for days the committee will meet again, and feel free to submit written comments (to Michelle at equity@gtff.net or to me at gtffpoc@gmail.com) if you can’t attend. I’ve posted the meeting minutes in our Drive folder if you want to peruse what we talked about.

-Ric

Reflections on attending November 12th’s board meeting

On Wednesday, November 12th, Cassie Galentine, Tamara Niella, and I went to our union’s executive board meeting. Our executive board consists of ten officers: President, Organizing, Grievances, Political Education, External Relations, Operations, Member Communications, Membership, Equity and Inclusion, and Treasurer. Our board meetings are public, or at least open to members of our union.

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Attending Executive Board meetings

In the caucus, we’ve decided it would be a great idea to begin attending executive board (eboard) meetings. Eboard meetings are open to all members so anyone may attend. This term, they’re held on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm each week. We’ve sent Ellen (our president) an email to let her know we’ll be coming by.

While non-board members do not have a vote at board meetings, we realized it is still important to attend board meetings for the following reasons:

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Recap of 2019-11-10 brunch (Ric)

In attendance: Ricardo, Mushira, Nino, Tamara, Pearl

We had a lovely brunch meeting on Saturday morning in Straub Hall. The original room that Tamara booked wasn’t unlocked for us (thanks UO), so we met in a big classroom where we used all four flat screen TVs and a giant projector to post pics of my cat Peter.

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Hi!

Welcome to our shiny new website. My hope is that we have a robust and clear set of pages that include whatever we can come up with. Soon, I hope that we have our yearly mission statement, set of meeting practices, agendas, bibliographies of books that we like, lists of movies we wanna recommend, music we like, joint statements of support with other groups, pictures, and creative writing.

This is a WordPress site, and that partly means that it’s geared towards blog-type posts. I think this “post” feature would be useful for us to post commentaries on whatever we want that we’re okay with slowly being pushed down the page. One way to use these is to post about meetings that some of us have so that we keep a record of where our ideas, initiatives, and creations come from. People of color have long had to deal with the violent destruction of their history, be it their art, books, language, land, and bodies. Every thing we save and inscribe somewhere is a push back against the amnesia we are subjected to endlessly.

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