Making Change at Walmart has created a summer program for students to do something about economic injustices, what Robert Reich calls, “the civil rights struggle of our time.”
Sign up is at http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/summer-for-respect/
Here’s what Reich posted about it to his Facebook page today
DEPARTMENT OF ACTIVISM. Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1964, students from around America traveled to Mississippi to participate in Mississippi Freedom Summer. Working hand-in-hand with civil rights organizations and African American residents of Mississippi, these students helped shine a spotlight on the deep injustices of Jim Crow. At the same time, they came to see the world with “Mississippi eyes,” deepening their own commitment to racial and economic justice in ways that would last a lifetime.
To mark the anniversary of Freedom Summer, students from around the country, working hand-in-hand with Walmart worker-leaders, will participate in an intensive summer of organizing Walmart workers. Economic injustice is as insidious as racial injustice, and giving low-wage workers bargaining power and a living wage is the civil rights struggle of our time. (Students will be paid a stipend for their participation as well as travel expenses. If you’re a student, or you know one who might be interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV and a short letter explaining your interest, with the subject line “Summer for Respect.” Letters of interest are due no later than May 2nd.