We stand together with the courageous young scholars at Yale University who have chosen to fight for their future.
The cause for which the graduate teachers are fighting does not belong to them alone. A secure living, fair benefits, a workplace free from racism and sexual harassment, and a voice in their conditions—these are the rights of all working people.
We applaud their steadfast commitment to justice in the wake of their administration’s refusal to engage in constructive dialogue.
We honor their spirit of unity, a powerful contrast to the spirit of Trump and his efforts to divide.
We call on the Yale Corporation and Yale President Peter Salovey to immediately stop their tactics of delay, to begin a constructive dialogue in keeping with the spirit of the University, to embrace the values of these young scholars and to celebrate their efforts to create a more equitable and democratic society.
Their cause is our cause. Their future is our future.
Hazel CarbyCharles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University
Bill de BlasioMayor, New York City
Richard BlumenthalU.S. Senator (D-CT)
Rosa DeLauroU.S. Representative (D-CT)
Michael DenningWilliam R. Keanan Professor of American Studies, Yale University
Maria Elena DurazoVice Chair, Democratic National Committee
Keith EllisonU.S. Representative (D-MN) and Deputy Chair, Democratic National Committee
Melissa EtheridgeSinger-Songwriter, Guitarist, and Activist
Tefere GebreExecutive Vice President, AFL–CIO
Father Clete KileyFounder, Catholic Priest-Labor Initiative
Dolores HuertaCo-Founder, National Farm Workers Association
Rabbi Jonathan D. Klein Executive Director, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice: Building a Just and Sacred Society (CLUE)
Cleve JonesLGBTQ Rights Activist and Founder, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
Van JonesYale Law School, 1993
Jennifer KleinProfessor of History, Yale University
Rev. James LawsonStrategy Committee Chair for the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike
Heather McGheePresident, DEMOS
Tom MorelloMusician, Singer, Songwriter, Actor, and Political Activist
Rabbi Jack MolinePresident, Interfaith Alliance
Reverend Doug MorkPresident, Interfaith Worker Justice
Chris MurphyU.S. Senator (D-CT)
Tom PerezChair, Democratic National Committee
Liz ShulerSecretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
D. TaylorPresident, UNITE HERE
Richard TrumkaPresident, AFL-CIO
Randi WeingartenPresident, American Federation of Teachers
Dennis Williams President, United Automobile Workers
Michael J. WishnieWilliam O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School