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CFA Headlines • April 17, 2019

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Activists elect new officers, take action to bolster our anti-racism and social justice mission

CFA delegates welcomed in new faculty leaders, including President Elect Charles Toombs, this weekend at CFA’s 89th Assembly in Los Angeles.

The three-day meeting included the election of officers, board members, and council, caucus, and committee chairs, as well as the passage of resolutions and renaming a council to reflect our social justice unionism.

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A poet and a panel — Special presentations inspire CFA Assembly

CFA’s 89th Assembly also included dynamic presentations by award-winning poet Richard Blanco and a panel discussion on academic freedom by CSU faculty.

Richard Blanco, selected by President Barack Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, read several of his moving poems, including “One Today,” which he read at the inauguration in 2013. Delegates took back to campus copies of his latest book How to Love a Country.

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The Unity Campaign: Coming to a CSU campus near you!

Faculty at CSU campuses across the state will be kicking off a CFA Unity Campaign April 22 to May 3. 

The statewide campaign, led jointly by Lecturer and tenure track faculty, is focused around activities that highlight commonalities between all faculty groups, and specifically demonstrate how issues facing Lecturers and professors are interconnected. 

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Faculty Rights Tip: Free speech for faculty in the CSU

The right to free speech is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. It’s also guaranteed in Article 1 of the California Constitution. Moreover, faculty enjoy Academic Freedom to express ourselves in our work both on and off campus.  

Our CFA Affiliate, AAUP, is the leading authority on the topic and passed the must-read 1940 State of Academic Freedom. For further reading, we recommend the AAUP’s article on Academic Freedom and the First Amendment.

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In Other News…

JUSTICE FOR JOSIAH: It has been two years since Humboldt State student David Josiah Lawson was killed at a party near campus in 2017. On Monday, a candlelight vigil was held to honor Lawson, and once again urge resolution in his murder, which remains unsolved.

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Links of the Week

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