[act-ma] TODAY! 5:30 p.m. Anti-racist action at Harvard in support of Ravi Raj

Geoff Carens geoff.carens at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 05:14:46 PST 2009


*Dear All,

Today, Wednesday, 12/16, at 5:30 p.m., union members, students and concerned
community members will rally in support of Ravi Raj, at Harvard's Holyoke
Center, 1350 Mass. Ave. Cambridge (Harvard T, right next to Au Bon Pain).

Ravi was fired from his position in IT Support just two months after filing
discrimination charges at the MCAD. He was subjected to sickening racist
taunts at work, and disparate treatment compared to Caucasian employees.
When Ravi complained, he faced anonymous intimidation, unfair criticism and
threats of termination! Undaunted, Ravi refused to give up his efforts to
get fair treatment. He was fired from Harvard on flimsy pretexts on October
22.

Ravi has now found a new job outside Harvard, having been selected out of
180 other applicants. Harvard managers had called him "incompetent," and
suggested his credentials were fake. Ravi now has an attorney who is working
on a contingency agreement as there is so much evidence of racial
discrimination in Ravi's case. He is determined to fight for reinstatement
at Harvard. Please support a worker who would not accept racist taunts on
the job and second-class status! A flyer is attached.

An excellent video about Ravi's case is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEa9LTf-i4s

Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/editevent.php?eid=206916635941&step=4&edit_guests=1#/event.php?eid=206916635941

In Solidarity,

Geoff Carens, Union Rep, HUCTW/AFSCME local 3650*
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