The Southern Labor Studies Association has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help SLSA continue the vital work of studying working life in the South and nurturing early career scholars. Donations can be made at: https://bit.ly/355gUUk.
The Southern Labor Studies Association promotes the study, teaching, and preservation of the history of southern labor. We are an open, welcoming group of scholars, lawyers, students, teachers, and activists who encourage dialogue and discussion about key issues and events relevant to the past and present of labor and working-class life and culture in the U.S. South.
Not only do we serve to connect academics and activists across the nation, we also promote working-class history in public school curricula and provide resources for public school teachers. We organize a biannual Southern Labor Studies Conference and, as sponsor multiple other sessions on southern labor and working-class history at other academic conferences.
Over the past few years, SLSA has sought to modernize, energize, and organize – and the results have been amazing! We have expanded the geographical, chronological, and thematic boundaries of southern labor studies by extending our geographic scope to include the broader Atlantic world, and pushing our time frame back to pre-European settlement. We’re reaching beyond our traditional emphasis on the workplace, politics, protest, and unions to explore working-class cultures—foodways, music, film, family, and home life.
However, in order to accomplish all of our goals, we need your help – not only by donating money, but by sharing this request with your social networks. All in all, to move the organization firmly into the 2020s, we need to raise $10,000. Here are our goal tiers and what each level accomplishes:
- TIER 1: $3,500: This goal allows us to completely revamp and update our website, providing a place for journalists and educators to connect with labor scholars and activists. The website will also be a place for all educators and activists to find teaching resources and funding opportunities. It will also host a litany of new essays, podcasts, videos, and some great “Top Ten” lists about the South by both scholars and even celebrities.
- TIER 2: $6,000: This tier helps fund travel expenses for several important speakers for our September 2020 conference at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (we hope you will consider attending!).
- TIER 3: $10,000: This goal funds dozens of students, adjuncts, and activists in their work and in their travel to our conference. This helps enable those who need financial assistance to receive it.