The Rutgers AAUP-AFT, which represents more than 5,000 full-time faculty, graduate workers, postdoctoral associates, and EOF counselors at the state university’s three main campuses, has been holding a series of “Freedom Schools” in the tradition of “Ella Baker, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the 1960s civil rights movement.” The goal of the Freedom School is to be a” virtual classroom and discussion space for union members, students, and the community to develop leadership and political consciousness for a new generation.” 

The most recent Freedom School, streamed live on October 16 and now available on youtube, was titled “What Is Climate Justice, and Why Are Unions Integral to It?” It featured Ayesha Qazi-Lampert of the Chicago Teachers Union, Kate Delany of NJ Food & Water Watch, and Rutgers professors and climate justice activists Todd Vachon, Jovanna Rosen, and David Hughes. 

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