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"Everyone must decide whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." – Rev Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. said he was as concerned about poverty among whites as among blacks. His life's work was seeking the blessings of freedom for those most discriminated against in our society, but it was not a message of war.

What can we do to help our fellow creatures? If you came to this page as a part-time professor, you may be one in need of help, as we all are. However, there are degrees of need and we can all do something to make life better for others. I am angry that I cannot make a decent middle-class salary for the full-time-albeit-in-pieces work as a community college instructor. My house needs painting and we've still got some carpets that were installed 20 years before we bought the house in 2000, but I HAVE a house and a partner who can help pay the bills. Some of me colleagues are HUNGRY during semester breaks. That's a terrible wrong.

We can join our unions and advocacy groups like California Part-time Faculty Association and New Faculty Majority and we can push to keep our issues in the public and electoral consciousness.
Here are some articles that should encourage us all to keep up the good fight for campus equity:

Crowded Out of Ivory Tower, Adjuncts See a Life Less Lofty

Class Divide on Campus:

Contract Laborer:

The following came from Joe Berry

Adjunct project reveals huge pay differences nationally
> http://chronicle.com/article/Adjunct-Project-Shows-Wide/136439/

Debra Leigh Scott and Adrianna Kezar talked about adjuncts on Philly radio Wed. 1/7 http://www.whyy.org/91FM/live.php

Dean Dad blog in IHE has comments on adjunct hiring (and questions seniority as a system)  and see comments too

Teacher Elimination Cartoon:

Join California Part-time Faculty Association, the advocacy organization that lobbies for all California adjunct faculty.

Call for papers, AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom.

Book review, the sham of school reform (written by a parent)
> http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2014/01/review-sham-school-reform

Wall Street Journal on higher ed finances,, from Wayne Langley of SEIU 32BJ in Boston
> Thought I'd forward this.  It is a good summary of where things are at, particularly the trend of outsourcing (author calls for part-time administrators just like contingent faculty), the crash of smaller liberal arts colleges and financial transparency (even at private universities which is relevant to our transparency bill in the Mass Legislature).
> None of this will happen without a clear argument connecting the dots and a vision that is different.
> http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702303870704579298302637802002-lMyQjAxMTA0MDAwNDEwNDQyWj

A Good summary piece on state of US working class by two of the best non-mainstream economists
> http://monthlyreview.org/2014/01/01/the-plight-of-the-u-s-working-class

"Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education". by Joe Berry, from Monthly Review Press, 2005. Look at <http://www.reclaimingtheivorytower.org> for full information, individual sales, bulk ordering discounts, or to invite me to speak at an event.

Join the national membership organization for contingent faculty and their allies, New Faculty Majority. Support, resources,and strategies for all things related to precarious faculty. <www.Newfacultymajority.info>

Call for papers, AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom.

The American Association of University Professors' Journal of Academic Freedom--a peer-reviewed, online, open access publication--seeks scholarly articles relating to three clusters of topics:
> Electronic communications and academic freedom
>       • How has the growth of electronic communications facilitated and impinged on academic freedom?
>       • What are the implications for academic freedom of the proliferation of open access publications?
>       • Are commercial entities contributing to the commodification of knowledge through various electronic gatekeeping mechanisms?
>       • How can institutions cope with hacking and other forms of electronic piracy while maintaining accessibility?
>       • To what extent are social media such as Twitter and Facebook changing forms of scholarly communication and knowledge dissemination, and what is the upshot for issues of academic freedom?
>       • How are the increasingly elastic and intangible walls of the electronic classroom challenging existing definitions of academic freedom, shared governance, and intellectual property?
>       • In what ways can we promote faculty participation in the shared governance of various forms of electronic communications?
>       • Are faculty e-mails considered the property of the institution? Can administrators read faculty e-mails without notice or permission?
> The abridgement of academic freedom in instruction
>       • The case of former Indiana governor Mitchell Daniels' efforts to purge scholars' writings from the classroom has drawn attention to renewed attacks on academic freedom in instruction. Where are such attacks coming from and how have they been resolved?
>       • The Gates Foundation has devoted millions of dollars to supporting MOOCs and other experiments in online teaching. To what extent are such experiments curtailing or facilitating faculty input into course design?
>       • The suspension of University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan in 2012 drew attention to the increasingly tense relationship between university boards of trustees and university faculty and executives. In what ways, if any, are such institutional dynamics transforming academic freedom in instruction?
>       • Federal and state assessment protocols are putting pressure on curricula in many fields. We are interested in both case studies and overviews that detail the impact of these pressures on academic freedom.
> The increased use of suspensions
>       • In September 2013, a professor at the University of Kansas tweeted a comment about gun control that led to a barrage of hate messages. The university suspended this faculty member in order to "avoid disruption." To what extent are such misused suspensions proliferating, and how might faculty members be made more aware of their rights?
>       • As university work has become more complex and extensive, the number of duties from which professors can be suspended has proliferated. Examples include relationships of researchers to outside funding agencies, access to email and computing services, and workplace provisions against sexual misconduct, just to name a few of the complex domains in which professors often operate today. What kinds of problems of academic freedom do partial suspensions in these and other areas represent?
>       • University administrators often seek to cloak suspension in duplicitous language. Does reassignment to duties other than teaching constitute a form of suspension, for example? What is the distinction between such a sanctioning of faculty rights and total suspension?
> The due date for papers on the topic of academia and globalization is January 31, 2014.
> In addition to accepting scholarly papers relating to these topics, the Journal of Academic Freedom continues to welcome submissions on eclectic subjects.
> Electronic submissions should go to jaf@aaup.org and must include an abstract of about 150 words. The journal uses the sixteenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and authors should anticipate that, if an article is accepted for publication, it will need to be put into Chicago style.
> The mission of the AAUP is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. By joining, faculty members, academic professionals, and graduate students help to shape the future of the profession and proclaim their dedication to the education community. Visit the AAUP website and Facebook. Follow us onTwitter.

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