[act-ma] Thu. 10/29 CONFRONT RACISM! 12 noon, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Geoff Carens geoff.carens at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 11:55:27 PDT 2009

*Dear All,

Almost exactly two months after filing a lawsuit at the Mass. Commission
Against Discrimination, Harvard IT Specialist Ravi Raj was fired on flimsy
pretexts last Thursday. For reporting sickening racist taunts from his
supervisor, Ravi received retaliatory discipline, anonymous threats, and
telephone harassment. His office was taken away, his work denigrated, and
less-qualified people were promoted over his head. Although he was the
most-productive worker in his department according to management's own
statistics, Ravi was written up in August for poor performance! Just before
firing him, Ravi's boss wrote to all his co-workers, spreading false and
damaging suggestions about Ravi, and urging his colleagues to report him for
misconduct. Senior Harvard managers knew all about these ongoing efforts to
create a hostile work environment, but Ravi was terminated anyway.

Thurs. 10/29, 12 noon
1737 Cambridge St (aka CGIS Knafel Building)
Cambridge MA

Please join workers, students and anti-racist activists as we stand up for
Ravi! We will demonstrate right in front of his former workplace, ten
minutes or less from the Harvard MBTA station (walk down Mass. Ave. towards
Central Square, bear left on Harvard St., left on Prescott St., two blocks
to the rally).

Together we can strike an important blow in defense of a worker who stood up
to discrimination on the job! A flyer is attached. Please forward this
message as widely as possible.

In Solidarity,

Geoff Carens, Union Rep, HUCTW/AFSCME local 3650
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