On February 18, students at the University of Virginia began a hunger strike as a last-resort to end a 14-year campaign for a living-wage for all UVA workers. More than a thousand employees of the University of Virginia, both direct and contract, do not earn enough money to meet their most basic daily needs.
We may not be as hungry for food, but we’re just as hungry for justice. Join UNC students in showing our solidarity and support for UVA hunger strikers and workers by participating in a 24 hour solidarity fast on Thursday, March 1. We are also fasting in solidarity with all workers who are not paid a living wage, especially workers at our own University. We will begin fasting on Wednesday, February 29 at 8pm and break our fast on Thursday, March 1 at 8pm. Please wear orange on Thursday to show that you are participating in the fast!
Join us for a vigil on Thursday at 6pm on the steps of South Building. This is the same time that the UVA Living Wage campaign holds their daily vigils.
For more info about the UVA Living Wage Campaign, check out www.livingwageatuva.org
”Although I am exhausted, hungry, dry-mouthed, and emotionally taxed, I believe it is my responsibility as a member of the University community, and even more as a member of the human race, to stand up and speak for those whose voices have been silenced and whose livelihoods are marginalized by the policies of the current University administration.”- Joseph Williams, UVA student, football player, and hunger striker
March 1st is also a National Day of Action to Defend Education. Actions will be happening all across the country and there will be events taking place in the Pit at UNC on Thursday, so please stop by!