Over the course of the last several months, Chris LaBree and I have interviewed and filmed adjuncts who tell stories of poverty, desperation and suffering. We are struck over and over again by the unbelievable financial distress that tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of adjuncts are suffering across this country. Right now, there are three who have most recently told me their stories. I will not name them, because despite the suffering this labor abuse has caused us, we have pride, and feel shame at our situations. But I can tell you that one adjunct is about to move into a sister’s basement. Another, a Ph.D. in African American Studies, is living in a homeless shelter in Philadelphia – one specifically for recovering drug addicts. She is subject to a curfew and to disciplinary action, as if she, too, is a criminal or an addict. Her only crime was to study for over a decade to earn a Ph.D., and to teach for poverty wages. The third adjunct, whose case is the most dire right now, is an artist and educator living in California, who will be homeless as of August 15. Even worse, he now faces the possibility of losing his life’s work. Most of his paintings and artwork, 30 years worth of work, is stored in a facility that will not give him access because he is several months behind in rent. They have not discarded or destroyed the artwork yet, but that is becoming a real possibility as the month comes to a close.
Can you help this educator and artist to save his art, and to find another home? For a mere $2150, he can pay the late rent on his storage locker, and he can find another home. He may even be able to get his car fixed, since without it, his ability to teach will become even more limited.
Can you help us to build an emergency fund to help the countless adjunct university professors in America who are facing financial ruin?
Checks can be made to Hidden River Arts, marked “Adjunct Emergency Fund” and mailed to P.O. Box 421 Bala Cynwyd PA
19004. We have a PayPal Donate button set up on our website: http://www.junctrebellion.com on the “Emergency” page. Please consider helping us to help these people.
It is a horrifying thing that hard-working people, whose only crime is wanting to educate our nation’s youth, have their lives thrust into poverty. We have to take care of each other in every way we can. Please pass this on to anyone else you think might care enough to help.
Thanks to all of you for your continued interest in this project, and for sharing your stories, your strength, and your support.
Since no one else is coming to our rescue, let’s commit to rescue each other.