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GTFF Speaks Out Against UO’s Back to School Protocols

By: J. Ellis- During the first week of classes, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation UO chapter took to social media to amplify the concerns of its members about the university’s lack of effective COVID-19 precautions. A series of Twitter threads posted by @GTFF_3544 contain screenshots with anonymous tips and confessions of graduate employees submitted via…

Spike Lee’s “NYC Epicenters 9/11→2021½” Review

By David Patrick Schranck, Jr.- Between late August and mid-September of this year, HBO released Spike Lee’s four-part documentary series, NYC Epicenters 9/11→2021½, that connects the 20th anniversary of 9/11, inarguably one of the most pivotal events of the 21st century so far, with the current COVID-19 pandemic and New York City’s role as an…

Vaccine Privilege in the United States

By: Rosie– We all know that one of the most controversial topics on everyone’s minds right now is vaccines. At the University of Oregon, we have begun in person classes again at full capacity, and many people are under the impression that the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all on campus students. However, the…

Drop Out, Stay Educated

Al Lehto (they/them/theirs) I live near the university. The day I write this, all I can hear outside my windows are students returning to campus. This year, I will not be one of them.I’m taking a break from college for many reasons; A traumatic 2020 dorm experience, fear of in-person classes when the pandemic still…

Once more into the breach for climate justice: Breach Collective

Breach Collective is the new Environmental Org in town making noise across the environmental and climate justice spectrum. Only officially a non-profit for less than a year, the collective appears to draw from several environmental disciplines and various activist orgs. Notably the founders are former members of Our Children’s Trust staff, which organized around the…

Post fire Logging and The Safety Swindle Timber Raids

Our forests evolved with active fire management by Indigenous peoples over thousands of years. However, over the past 200 years, the US government has managed these forests to suppress fire and maximize timber harvests, leaving our forests unhealthy. We need intentional fire to regain forest health so that they can become resilient to climate change…

An Exploration of the Temporary Autonomous Zone: AZ I

“Are we who live in the present, doomed never to experience autonomy, never to stand for one moment on a bit of land ruled only by freedom? Are we reduced either to nostalgia for the past or nostalgia for the future? Must we wait until the entire world is freed of political control before even…

write.as/black-sparrow/

Social media once had promise. Technology is supposed to open doors, to level the playing field. Yet, its potential has been nabbed up from our average hands, and funneled through the sticky web of corporations and governments. Once again, you can pick your favorite color. You can pledge your allegiance to Apple or Google. Or…

Reclaim UO update

Dear Friends and Comrades of Reclaim UO, As we’re sure you are aware, 2020 was a rough year for everyone and Reclaim UO was not left unscathed. When Reclaim UO launched at the beginning of 2020, we had a lot of involvement with our meetings and our organizing efforts. We had started to gain some…

ASUO Burns Down Athletics Contract and helps out students during the pandemic

At 3pm on February 2, 2021, an email abruptly materialized in university students and staff’s inboxes announcing that the administration was giving ASUO until 6:30pm to vote on a $1.7M athletics contract. The ASUO Executive Committee had cut a deal with the admin and there would be an open meeting in an hour at 4pm…