Week In Review 9/8/2017

Hello everybody,


First of all, I’d like to thank everybody that came to ice cream social on Wednesday! Shout out to our Director of Social Events, Raegan, for organizing such a fun and inviting meeting.

If you are looking for more information on Rise to Run, the group Rachel and Penny spoke about, you can check out their website here and their Facebook page here!

We look forward to seeing you at next week’s meeting, where we will be joined by Dr. Varga from the labor studies department.


Labor Relations in the US

When: Wednesday September 13, 7pm

Where: School of Global and International Studies (GIS) room #1100

What: This week, professor Joe Varga will be joining us to discuss the state of labor relations in our country. You may recognize Dr. Varga’s name as a speaker for Inaugurate the Revolution this past January! He worked numerous jobs before entering academics, including truck driving, forklift operating, and service work. He is also a member of the Working Class Studies Association, the American Historical Association, the Adjunct Faculty Coalition of IUPUI, and the IUPUI LGBT Faculty Staff Council. Dr. Varga is our most liberal speaker on the schedule for this semester, so you won’t want to miss him! RSVP here.


*Bonus Event – Hamilton Community Picnic

When: Sunday September 10, 4-7pm

Where: Bryan Park

What: Please join Mayor John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen for their 3rd annual community picnic! Enjoy tasty BBQ Train and meet your elected representatives and candidates for Congress. Lawn chairs or a blanket for seating recommended. Free and open to all.  They are also looking for volunteers to help set up and clean up and if you are interested in helping, please contact Morgan Wells.



Good News

  1. A coalition of 15 attorneys general from various states, as well as D.C., have filed a federal lawsuit to sue over President Trump’s DACA decision (NBC).
  2. In possibly his most forceful speech in D.C. to date., Senator Donnelly implored for action on North Korea (IndyStar) while giving remarks on the Senate floor.


Bad News

  1. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced her new rollbacks to guidelines for how colleges need to handle sexual assaults on campus (Politico). One of DeVos’ stated motivations was to protect students who are accused (The Hill). What a load of trash. DeVos cited increased numbers of “false reporting” in her remarks, but research shows that rates of false reporting are frequently inflated (NSVRC). And we thought her need to defend children from bear attacks was bad.
  2. President Trump has moved to end DACA and has effectively given Congress 6 months to come up with a solution, or 800,000 people will lose their legal status (NYT). We could’ve passed the DREAM Act long ago, but hey, it’s just people’s livelihoods, families, and education. The President assured DREAMers that they have “nothing to worry about” (Twitter).
  3. Eli Lilly & Co., one of the largest companies in Indiana, announced Thursday that they will be cutting 3,500 jobs in an effort to become “stronger and healthier” (IndyStar). Around 2,000 of the jobs lost will come from the United States.



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Have a great weekend!



Courtney Schwerin

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