The following is from your Vice President Tim Barnett who is getting us organized for actions next week.
We need everyone’s help next week to rally for funding and bring stability back to NEIU’s students, staff, and faculty:
1) Our main action will be on Foster Ave, Tuesday from 7-9 am, where we will line the streets to protest Rauner’s refusal to provide a budget. We will distribute flyers, this time to drivers on Foster, and have a press conference addressing the harm the shutdown does to students, the community, and state. We need hundreds of people and signs and can connect you with a committee working on this effort. (Email T-Barnett1@neiu.edu to connect with the committee.)
2) We will extend our informational picketing to the El stop at Kimball and local bus stops later that day.
3) We need large signs and banners at all of the parking entrances to the university (especially the one on Foster) and major walk-in entrances (LWH, etc.) announcing that we have been shut out of teaching on Tuesday. A committee is working on this signage as well and they need help. (Email T-Barnett1@neiu.edu to connect with the committee.)
4) On Wednesday we are calling for ALL UPI members (maybe in groups?) to visit reps and senators, who will be home from Springfield. (Are you in? Email T-Barnett1@neiu.edu to connect with the organizers.)
5) On Thursday, we need to support a virtual Town Hall run by Chris Welch, the chair of the Higher Ed Committee in the Illinois House. Rep. Welch was on campus for University Day and is very committed to our cause. (Email T-Barnett1@neiu.edu to connect with the committee.)
Set your alarm clocks now for Tuesday morning so we can make a mass demonstration on Foster.
We were all over the air waves and in the papers when we had our last press conference, which is a very promising sign that change is coming.
Let’s keep up the momentum, work toward our big day on April 27th, and get students (and all of us) the educational experience we deserve.