I wrote two blog posts yesterday. One suggested that UVA faculty should consider a strike if Rector Dragas doesn’t reconsider the abrupt and unwarranted firing of their University President. The second (on TechPres) argued that Change.org is facing a major, difficult decision about what sort of company it wants to be. As they grow, how do they want to handle sponsored petitions from organizations that are subtle about their anti-progressive ends?
Siva Vaidhyanathan tells me in the comments that Virginia State Law authorizes the automatic termination of any state employees who strike.
Change.org announced yesterday that they’ve reached a decision: they wil no longer work with StudentsFirst.org or StandforChildren.org.
I take both of those to be friendly amendments. It is not time for UVA faculty to strike. It is time for them to continue acting in solidarity with the rest of the UVA community, hopefully in ways that maintain the media spotlight. And Change.org has now made a difficult decision. I applaud them for it.
…If my posts are going to keep going stale this quickly, I’ll need to start writing more jokes in them!