The Oberlin Review

Students Should Rally in Support of Tom Reid

Jody Shanabrook, College Junior, Johnnie Kallas, and Erin Loschetter

March 1, 2019

In his 42 years as a student or staff member at Oberlin, former associate director of the Student Union Tom Reid, OC ’80, touched the lives of thousands of students and community members through his leadership at College Lanes, the Cat in the Cream, and the Wilder Hall Student Union Office. As current students, alumni, and members of the community, we are writing to voice our continued frustration with Oberlin College’s decision to eliminate Tom’s position. In September, we sent a petition to President Ambar calling for his reinstatement. The petition collected over 1,100 signatures and nearly 500 personal testimonials in less than a week. In November, a group of nearly 40 current students, alumni, staff, faculty,...

Community Rallies to Support Green New Deal

Leo Lasdun, Senior Staff Writer

February 8, 2019

Oberlin students and community members gathered at Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Cleveland office Thursday to demand that he take action against the fossil fuel industry, as well as support efforts to implement a Green New Deal, a proposed program that seeks to address climate change. This current iteration of the Green New Deal was proposed by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but there have been versions of the deal proposed since 2007. In addition to fighting climate change, the set of reforms included in the current Green New Deal would also seek to address economic inequality through the lens of development in clean energy and other green markets. Green New Deal policies would likely focus heavily on reworking...

Student Attend New York Climate Protest

Sarah Conner

September 19, 2014

A group of 70 Oberlin students will travel to New York City this Saturday to attend the People’s Climate March, an environmental activism rally that is billed as “the largest climate march in history.” The march was organized in response to the United Nations Climate Summit, where world leaders will convene at the U.N. headquarters Tuesday to work toward a new climate agreement and a new set of sustainable development goals that will be concluded in 2015. For College senior and organizer Rachel Berkrot, the march itself is a classic example of Oberlin activism. “There’s something really important about the camaraderie about joining other people who are fighting the same struggle that you are, ...

Oberlin students and local residents march for farmworker justice. Outside of a local Wendy’s restaurant, protesters promoted the food chain’s signing of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Agreement.

Students, Union Rally for Farmworkers

March 14, 2014

Oberlin students picketed a Wendy’s in Columbus, OH this past Sunday, joining a Florida worker’s union in a march for farmworker justice. Protesters attempted to pressure Wendy’s into signing Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Agreement, legislation that both guarantees farmers a penny per bushel and ensures that there is a flat top on tomato buckets that are distributed. According to College junior Zachery Crowell, this piece of legislation certifies that farmworkers are not...

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