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    No Layoffs Campaign – Picket at Harvard!

    TOMORROW (Thursday 2/16) 5:30pm
    Lamont Library, 11 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Library workers present Occupy Harvard a Valentine's Day card
    Library workers present Occupy Harvard a Valentine’s Day card
    The No Layoffs Campaign will picket outside of Lamont Library, the undergraduate library where Occupy Harvard has set up its temporary, targeted occupation, to call attention to the University’s draconian policies.
    Harvard’s libraries are still reeling from the staff cuts of 2008. That the library “restructuring” involves buyouts & layoffs has come as a shock to many who say that their departments are already incredibly understaffed.
    The Harvard administration has announced a plan to restructure the library system that will make libraries “more efficient” which will include a “smaller workforce.” The jobs of hundreds of staff currently employed by the libraries are threatened; measures include cuts and restructuring by “voluntary and involuntary means.” High unemployment rates make finding a new job nearly impossible, especially for older workers, who are being incentivized to leave “or else.” Harvard’s endowment grew 21% last year, to $32 billion, and the library operating costs represent only 3.3% of the annual budget.
    Support the union of clerical workers and nonunionized Harvard employees, including our research librarians!

    Harvard is Re-Occupied!

    Occupy Harvard's occupation of Lamont LibraryThe following communiqué comes from our sisters and brothers at Occupy Harvard. Today they began a one-week, 24-hour occupation of Lamont Café—part of Harvard University’s Lamont Library, which is located in Harvard Yard. You can read the original post here. For more information, check out Occupy Harvard’s press release. Finally, you can support Occupy Harvard by making a donation. Solidarity!

    Harvard’s Lamont Library is Occupied

    Dear Friends and Community Members,

    Lamont Café is occupied.

    We intend for it to remain occupied until Friday at 10 pm.

    At a time when Harvard University is restructuring the library, we are working to change what a library is understood to be. Take a break. Think. The New Harvard Library Working Group of Occupy Harvard has opened a persistent community space for critical thought, engaged learning, and insistent action in the Lamont Library Café.

    We invite you to join us as we engage in communal tasks of producing knowledge (skill-shares, tutoring, and, yes, we will read your paper drafts), meet for morning coffee and conversation, and host twice-daily “Think Tanks”—topical discussions in which participants enter as equals and where professors, students, and workers converse as peers. Our current schedule is included below, but check-in frequently as new events and opportunities will be taking shape as the days progress.

    Why now? Why Lamont? The Harvard Library transition is a simulacrum of the University’s accession to neoliberal imperatives. Occupy, whether at Harvard or Wall Street, challenges and refuses the devastating willingness of our broken society to view humans as expendable resources and systems as ultimately beholden to profit. A library needs the workers who are its lifeblood, just as a functioning democratic society needs the voices of the 99%. The proposed library transition not only fails to address these systemic problems, it replicates them—both in terms of business practice and the production of scholarship and knowledge.

    As members of the Harvard community, we are committed to occupying the spaces of our education with integrity and intentionality. Lamont Library Café is an educational space specifically vested to facilitate the learning ideals of the University. We are doing no more and no less than striving to fulfill the promise of this space.

    Thank you for your engagement, your solidarity, and your support as we live into the possibilities of a new Harvard Library together.

    Take a break. Think.

    New Harvard Library Working Group
    Occupy Harvard

    For the schedule of events at occupied Lamont Library, click here.

    Women’s Caucus to Host Monday’s Community Gathering

    Women’s Caucus presents….


    A panel of fantastic women talking about the work that they do for the community


    A fishbowl-format discussion of Occupy Boston women talking about their experiences and gender-based oppression


    And time for the community discussion anti-oppression and gender equality

    Meet us at St. Paul’s Church! 6-8:30pm

    138 Tremont St. (Park St. T)

    food is provided

    This Monday: A Community Gathering!

    Towards Co-Creating a Safer Community

    A Gathering for Vision and Action

    MONDAY 1/23, 6-8:30PM

    St. Paul’s Cathedral, 138 Tremont St., Boston

    Step into the circle, envision an alternative community of trust —

    What would a safe AND open community look like?

    Members of all OB Working Groups are encouraged to attend! 

    Guests of Occupy Boston warmly invited!

    Community Gathering: Open House!

    Occupy Boston invites you to its first Monday night Community Gathering: it’s an Open House 🙂

    Contact us

    Occupy Boston Media <> • <> • @Occupy_Boston