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This list was last updated on April 10th, 2008.

Miami University Student Organizations:

  • University Senate: Passed a bill on 4/7/08 urging President Hodge to implement a living wage.
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA): Passed a bill on 12/5/07 calling on President Hodge and the Board of Trustees to implement a living wage.
  • Green Oxford
  • Latin American Graduate Student Association (LAGSA)
  • Love You Like A Sister (LYLAS)
  • Over-the-Rhine Student Movement
  • Student Activists For Language And Cultural Exchange (SALCE)
  • Students for Peace and Justice (SPJ)

Local Organizations:

  • AFSCME Local 209
  • Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center
  • Ogade, Oxford Gourd and Drum Ensemble
  • Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice
  • Oxford Magazine
  • Oxford Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community’s Social Action Committee

Miami University Departments:

  • Department of Comparative Religion

Miami University Faculty:

  • Dr. Jim Hickey, Botany
  • Dr. Anne Bailey, Center for American and World Cultures
  • Dr. Peter W. Rose, Classics
  • Dr. Rick Colby, Comparative Religion
  • Dr. James Hanges, Comparative Religion
  • Dr. Richard Quantz, Educational Leadership
  • Jeffrey Bickerstaff, English
  • Dr. Donald Daiker, English
  • Dr. Eric Goodman, English
  • Steven Lansky, English
  • Dr. Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson, English
  • Margaret Luongo, English
  • Dr. Laura Mandell, English
  • Dr. Susan Morgan, English
  • Dr. Jason Palmeri, English
  • Dr. David Schloss, English
  • Tom Schmidlin, English
  • Dr. John Tassoni, English
  • Dr. Sandra Woy-Hazleton, Environmental Studies
  • Dr. Hilary L. Copp, Family Studies and Social Work
  • Dr. Peter E. Carels, German, Russian and East Asian Languages
  • Dr. Erik Jensen, History
  • Dr. Muriel L. Blaisdell, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Dr. Sally Harrison-Pepper, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Dr. Terry M. Perlin, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Dr. Helaine Alessio, Kinesiology and Health
  • Dr. Mary McDonald, Kinesiology and Health
  • Dr. Susan Paulson, Latin American Studies
  • Dr. Anne Morris Hooke, Microbiology
  • Dr. Michael Goldman, Philosophy
  • Dr. Richard Momeyer, Philosophy
  • Dr. Asher Seidel, Philosophy
  • Dr. Walt Vanderbush, Political Science
  • Dr. Phillip J. Best, Psychology/Neuroscience
  • Nicholas Longo, Director, Wilks Leadership Institute
  • Susan Pelle, Women’s Studies
  • Dr. Tom Dutton, Architecture and Interior Design
  • Dr. Kim Medley, Geography
  • Dr. Steven Bauer, English
  • Dr. Sven-Erik Rose, French and Italian
  • Claire B. Goldstein, French and Italian
  • Peter W. Rose, Classics
  • Kelly Quinn, American Studies

National Organizations:

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): “AFSCME is a union made up of a diverse group of people who share a common commitment to public service. We see the big picture and gladly accept the responsibility of guarding and nurturing it; [...] While we work for justice in the workplace, we advocate for prosperity and opportunity for all of America’s working families. We not only stand for fairness at the bargaining table — we fight for fairness at the ballot box and in the halls of government.”

Center for American Progress, “A nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all.”

Campus Progress, “a comprehensive effort to help young people make their voices heard on issues that matter. Campus Progress runs a daily web magazine,; supports student publications on over 50 campuses; supports local and national youth issue campaigns; has held hundreds of speaking events and film screenings; and works with students on over 500 campuses nationwide.”

Jobs with Justice, whose mission “is to improve working people’s standard of living, fight for job security, and protect workers’ right to organize.”

We’ve also received individual endorsements from:

Noam Chomsky: an activist, writer, and Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) at MIT. Often regarded as one of the leading intellectuals of our time, Noam says this about our campaign:

The past 30 years have been an unprecedented period in U.S. economic history. The period from World War II until the mid-1970s is often described as the “golden age” by economists, with high economic growth that was also egalitarian, and with social indices closely tracking growth. The period since is often called a “leaden age,” at least for the majority of the population, for whom wages have stagnated or declined despite growth in productivity and wealth, increasingly concentrated at the high end of the economic spectrum. At the same time, working hours have increased, benefits and security have declined, and social indices have deteriorated. Campaigns for a living wage should always be a high priority, particularly so as the country moves towards a two-tiered society that is coming to take [on] structural characteristics that resemble those of the third world — grim tendencies that can surely be reversed in the richest country in the world, with incomparable advantages.

David Graeber (Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Stephanie Luce, a living wage economist at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Labor Center. Last spring, we invited her to help lead a workshop at Miami, where she spoke about the impact of market forces on the lives of typical families. She is the author of “Fighting For a Living Wage” and “The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy.”

Todd May, a professor at Clemson, specializes in Continental philosophy, especially recent French philosophy. His seven philosophical books often focus on the philosophical work of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and (more recently) Jacques Ranciere but also seek to bridge the gap between “Anglo-American” and “Continental” styles of philosophy that developed in the early twentieth century. His teaching interests are varied; he has found himself teaching classes as diverse as The Thought of Merleau-Ponty, Resistance and Alterity in Contemporary Culture, Secular Ethics in a Materialist Age, Postmodernism and Art, and Moral Realism.

Bruce Nissen, Center for Labor Research and Studies, Florida International University

Helena Worthen, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois

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