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Students have been vocal on campus for economic justice in a variety of ways. For example, they formed pro-labor student groups like Frontlash, picketeddepartment stores using sweatshop labor, and opposed the lay-offs of faculty and staff. Student newspapersreport labor organizing by students on behalf of staff members on campus as well as protests against budget cuts andtuition hikes. Currently, students are advocating for protections for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, graduate students are working for labor organizing rights, and students are vocal for fair housing practices.
2000 - UMD students demonstrated in front of Kohl's department store in Silver Spring due to their alleged use of sweatshop factories. The students were joined by National Labor Committee Chair, Charles Kernaghan.
1981 - The AFL-CIO organized a Solidarity Day Rally that drew a crowd of 250,000 to D.C. to protest the Reagan administration's economic policies. The rally was attended by campus groups as well as labor and civil rights groups.