“International Workers’ Day, celebrated yearly on May 1, draws thousands across the country to celebrate laborers and the working class. This year, the Harvard rally—called “Workers and Students United for Sanctuary” focused not only on workers’ rights, but also rights for undocumented immigrants.
Representatives from Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers and UNITE HERE Local 26—a Boston-based union representing Harvard’s dining hall workers—attended the event, along with several undergraduate organizations.”
Harvard Establishes an Emergency Telephone Number, HGSU-UAW ISWG email, 4/11
“Today, we are pleased to inform you that the Harvard International Office has established an emergency telephone number (857-302-3772) for international students and scholars who are facing difficulties entering the border.
The International Scholars Working Group of the HGSU-UAW has been advocating for exactly such an emergency support helpline along with other protections and resources for the international community at Harvard for nearly two months. The university should immediately share this helpline with the community, include it on its list of resources, and explain what happens when the helpline is called.Harvard has now addressed three of the ten actions on our International Scholars petition–a G-clock pause for GSAS students (#3), more immediate communications regarding changes in travel restrictions and visa status (#7), and this dedicated emergency helpline (#8). Please read why the other items remain urgent and sign on to continue supporting the international community.”
Harvard Students Demand Support from School Administration,Spare Change News, 3/31
“Shortly after the newest incarnation of the Trump administration’s Muslim ban was announced, the Harvard International Students Working Group rallied for institutional support from the university and to show solidarity with undocumented workers in Harvard Square on Tuesday, March 7…
Students from the International Scholars’ Working Group have begun gathering signatures—750 so far—asking that the administration at Harvard provide undocumented students with financial help, mental health assistance and legal counsel.”
Union Organizers Continue Criticism of University’s Response to Immigration Petition,The Harvard Crimson, 3/28
“Some Harvard graduate students continue to criticize Harvard’s response to President Donald Trump’s immigration orders more than a month after they presented a petition to University President Drew G. Faust requesting additional support for international students.
More than 800 people have signed the petition, which the International Student Working Group prepared last month. It urges Harvard to provide more legal, mental health, and immigration support resources for international students affected by Trump’s orders.”
Grad Student Union Hosts Anti-Islamophobia Teach-In, The Harvard Crimson 3/24
“Anwar Omeish ’19, a member of an undergraduate student group called the Anti-Islamophobia Network, led the teach-in, discussing discrimination against Muslims. Omeish said that recent attacks on Muslims by activists, media outlets, and think tanks have fed a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment. ‘I used to say it was impossible to be an active Muslim-American and not be controversial,’ she said. ‘That’s what we’re seeing now.’”
Harvard Affiliates Protest Revised Immigration Ban, The Harvard Crimson, 3/8
“As Harvard administrators work to respond to President Donald Trump’s revised immigration order, hundreds of Harvard affiliates and local residents rallied in Harvard Square Tuesday to condemn the order and call on the University to do more.”
GSAS Students Petition Faust for Increased Immigration Support,The Harvard Crimson, 2/22
“Graduate student union organizers are calling on University President Drew G. Faust to provide additional support for international and undocumented students amid uncertainties generated by President Donald Trump’s seven-country travel ban.”