[URBANTH-L]Further Responses--Short and Long-term Effects
acjancius at ysu.edu
Sat Oct 30 19:04:24 EDT 2004
From: wendy.hathaway at gmail.com
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2004 8:57 PM
Subject: Re: [URBANTH-L]RE: UNITE HERE Statement
Then, in good will, AAA should return registration fees for ALL those
who request it. What judgements are being made that qualify some for
refunds over others?
I paid my registration fee and submitted a paper proposal (that was
accepted) based on a conference in San Francisco during November, NOT
December. I am a graduate student and parent with limited funds and
many responsibilities. The registration fee may seem like small
change to "professional" anthropologists and AAA Board members, but to
me, it is about half a week's pay.
I therefore am forced to ask the AAA Board, how can it ask AAA members
to renew their memberships in good faith, but show none in return?
Tampa Neighborhood Mobility Study
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, SOC 107
Tampa, FL 33620
----- Original Message -----
From: fromyosee at aol.com
Sent: Saturday, October 30, 2004 12:43 PM
Subject: [aaaunite] A Wake-Up Call
Colleagues and Friends:
I see this incident as a wake-up call to take action and clean house. It does not surprise me that many of us who were most disturbed by the actions of the AAA board are those who have been, and continue to be, marginalized members of the anthropology community. We are students, TAs, adjunct faculty, practicing anthropologists, community college faculty and High School educators. We are either unemployed or underemployed. Our job security hangs in the air like those hotel workers who are struggling to make a living.
The only difference between the UNITE/HERE workers and us is that we have been educated. We have been socialized to believe that if we play along and not rock the boat we will reap the benefits. Well, I can tell you that I have played by the rules and have worked as a part-time adjunct for 10+ years. I thought things would change two years ago when I completed my doctorate, but I still have not reaped the benefits. The AAA has done nothing to advance my position, and I suspect that many of you are in a similar situation or will soon find yourselves there. It is about time that we had an organization (not just fragmented sections) that represented our interests. After all we are the majority of anthropologists. Just like in most organizations the elite (for us, tenured professors) are a minority, yet they hold the most power. Time for a change.
Joe Ellman, Ph.D.
Milwaukee Area Technical College, Permanent Adjunct
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