Advocating for Protection for Students and Front Line Workers in the COVID-19 Economy

Working-Class Studies Association Secretary Colby King, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, published a an op-ed this past week in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal advocating for better protections for students and front line workers in the COVID-19 economy. Colleges and universities have taken on tremendous efforts to slow the spread of the virus by moving instruction online. To effectively slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve, though, we all need our communities to join in the efforts as well, he argues.

The op-ed is published on the Herald-Journal’s website here. An unedited draft of the letter which includes several embedded links to useful resources is available here: Upstate Covid Op-ed 6.

Are you supporting students and workers in your community? Please share your stories with WCSA! Tweet at us @wcstudies or e-mail us at And, feel free to adapt this letter for your own advocacy as appropriate!

Lori Flores on “Laboring and Dying in the Understory,” as part of American International College’s Lectures and Forums Series. Sept. 17, 2019

Lori Flores, PhD, Associate Professor at Stony Brook University, will present on “Laboring and Dying in the Understory: Latino Workers and Invisibility in the Forests of the Far Northeast,” as part of American International College’s Lectures and Forums Series. The series is coordinated in part by WCSA member, and Associate Professor of History at AIC, Gary Jones.

The event will be tomorrow, September 17, 2019 at 11am in AIC’s Campus Center Auditorium.