University of Washington Tacoma http://kplu.org en Janitors At UW Tacoma Rally Over Lack Of Benefits And Low Pay http://kplu.org/post/janitors-uw-tacoma-rally-over-lack-benefits-and-low-pay <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149577872&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Labor activists plan to rally today at the University of Washington Tacoma campus on behalf of the school’s janitorial workers. They’re drawing attention to the cleaning staff’s lack of benefits and low pay.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 16576 at http://kplu.org Tacoma Professor Tells The Story Of The 'Sharecropper's Troubadour' http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-professor-tells-story-sharecroppers-troubadour <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The movie "12 Years A Slave" has made clear the extent of the brutality slaves had to endure before emancipation. But life in the segregationist south up until the civil rights movement was, in many ways, not much better than during slavery.</span></p><p>That’s clear in "Sharecropper's Troubadour,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the latest book</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from Michael Honey, the Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities at the University of Washington Tacoma</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It’s an oral history of an African-American man named John </span>Handcox,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;who braved the wrath of plantation owners by using his gift for song to organize sharecroppers into a union.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12700 at http://kplu.org Tacoma Professor Tells The Story Of The 'Sharecropper's Troubadour' UW Tacoma students build Haiti earthquake reminder on campus http://kplu.org/post/uw-tacoma-students-build-haiti-earthquake-reminder-campus <p>As people remember the earthquake that devastated Haiti last year, some Washington residents will get an up close look at the hardships survivors still face.&nbsp; Today, anyone who walks through the middle of the UW Tacoma campus can see a refugee camp like those many Haitians live in.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:28:18 +0000 Charla Bear 518 at http://kplu.org UW Tacoma students build Haiti earthquake reminder on campus