Carceral State Project Statement on the GEO Strike and Campus Policing
September 10, 2020
The Carceral State Project supports the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) in their current labor strike at the University of Michigan. We ask that the university administration listen to their demands and negotiate with them in good faith.
We want to highlight our support, in particular, for these specific GEO demands:
- Access to a disarmed and demilitarized workplace, where lethal weapons are prohibited, our security services do not receive military funding, there is transparency around the use of surveillance technology, there is a standard of force for campus police, and no one faces retaliation for being unable to work due to police presence.
- The defunding of the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS), and a reallocation of the funds to community-based justice initiatives.
- U-M cut all ties with police, including Ann Arbor Police Department (AAPD) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
We also reiterate our opposition to all policies of criminalization in the areas of public health and public safety, including the proposed Ambassador Program. For more on the Carceral State Project’s position on these issues, please see our various statements calling on U-M to rescind its criminal records policies, our June 2020 statement on Black Lives Matter and the need for a radical transformation of public safety, and our July 2020 statement The University of Michigan in the Era of Black Lives Matter and Mass Incarceration.