Students at SIU Convene a General Strike
April 1, 2015
Carbondale, IL – Student organizers pulled off an unprecedented general strike to protest the budget cuts proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner on Tuesday. Citing budget reductions to “third tier” programs like the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute ($280,571 proposed cut), the University Press ($96,560 proposed cut), Broadcasting Services ($488,692 proposed cut), and much more, student organizer and Doctoral Candidate in Economics, Saul Alinksy, said “It’s time to organize folks. Stop being armchair activists.” Continuing, Alinsky said, “If students care about the quality of our university, our community, and our state, then it’s time to get educated on the issues, to find appropriate avenues for engagement, and to take action.” The strike was well received across the university system.