As a young campus activist, the Midwest Academy’s strategy chart has been an amazingly effective tool. It helped the Rutgers chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops force my school to cut a major apparel producing contract with Nike for its poor labor practices and has been instrumental in our current fight for a $15 minimum wage for campus workers. The chart is easy to use, helping to clearly outline the goals, targets, and considerations of entire campaigns. It’s such a basic and commonsense tool that, like a hammer or screwdriver, I never gave much thought to where it came from. So it was a wonderful surprise at Monday’s SEIU screening of "Heather Booth: Changing the World" to learn that it was created by the longtime activist. Not only did I learn about Heather’s amazing life, but she was there in person, speaking out on today’s issues, as engaged and inspirational as ever. Getting to hear and meet her, and see so many activists of all ages just like me was a moment that, like that strategy chart, will keep me going for many years to come.
By Mack Miller
Miller is the 2017 Union City Rutgers summer intern; he reminds area labor interns that the DC Labor Intern Rooftop Social is today from 4:30 – 6:30pm at the IBEW (900 7th St NW); RSVP to [email protected] or text him at 732-320-7476.
photo: Heather Booth, Daria Dawson, Jaime Contreras; photo by Mack Miller