October 7, 2006

Campus Progress Campaigns

Academic freedom. Campus Progress is a member of the Free Exchange on Campus coalition, which is beating back conservative efforts to restrict the free exchange of ideas on campus and impose a new political correctness on America’s colleges and universities. Click here to learn more and get involved.

Global warming. Campus Progress is part of the Campus Climate Challenge, a long-term coordinated campaign bringing students, faculty, staff, administrators, and social and environmental organizations together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus and in the community. Click here to learn more and get involved.

Iraq. The Campus Progress Iraq Campaign works to halt the escalation, bring a prompt resolution to the conflict, reduce violence and suffering in Iraq, bring our troops home, and build greater peace and security for the United States and the world. Through national organizing, advocacy, and activism, campus action grants, our Iraq Film Project, and other events, the Iraq Campaign aims for a change of course on the war now.
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Student debt and higher ed access. Campus Progress is part of a coalition fighting conservative attempts to slash funds for financial aid and limit access to higher education for America ‘s young people. Click here to learn more and get involved.

Student-led campaigns

Campus Progress Action Grants help support young people working to make a difference. With Campus Progress Action Grants, we want to help students leverage their passion, creativity, ideas, and organizing talents to create progressive change on their campuses and in their communities.

Campus Progress is proud to have helped promote and assist several student-led campaigns, including:

Sudan Divestment Task Force (SDTF). The SDTF is an effort to unite on-campus divestment efforts from across the country, led by Brandeis student Daniel Millensom. The SDTF played a critical role in recent decisions by university boards to divest from companies that do business with Sudan at Brown, Amherst and Yale universities, and the campaign also targets state pension funds in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SDTF students have testified at university board meetings and before state legislatures and their efforts have been covered by Boston Globe, CNN, NPR and others. Click here to learn more and get involved.

Springfield Citizens Against the War (SCAW). An Illinois-based campaign led by a graduate student Michael Ziri, SCAW’s goal is to get a troop-withdrawal question added to the November ballot in Springfield, Illinois. The question is, “Shall President George W. Bush and Congress commence a humane, orderly, immediate and comprehensive withdrawal of all U. S. military personnel and bases from Iraq?” Click here to learn more and get involved.

Living Income for Vanderbilt Employees (LIVE). A student-led campaign at Vanderbilt University, LIVE’s goals are to (1) Secure a commitment from Vanderbilt University to pay all of its employees a living wage, (2) Implement the Ten Points for Just Employment, a comprehensive employment policy that protects the integrity of workers’ wages that also discusses anti-union intimidation, benefits, subcontracted labor, transparency of labor policy, etc. and (3) Educate the Vanderbilt community about the living wage, the inadequacy of the current wage system, the present condition of unionized labor and the importance of workers’ rights. Click here to learn more and get involved.

Texas Students Against the Death Penalty (TSADP). A student-led campaign at the University of Texas-Austin, LADP’s goal is to get students involved in opposing the death penalty in Texas. Click here to learn more and get involved.

Students Supporting Affirmative Action (SSAA). A University of Michigan-based organization that created and launched a visibility campaign opposing Proposal 2 during the 2006 election. Proposal 2, an amendment to the Michigan Constitution that prohibited all state and local government entities, including public schools, from using affirmative action programs, passed in November 2006. SSAA is continuing its work, and Campus Progress has connected the Michigan students with a national law firm that is advising on strategies for continuing to allow for diversity at Michigan universities. Click here to learn more and get involved.

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