HC STRIKE UPDATES
On this document you will find all of the relevant information pertaining to the strike. This
document will be updated each day with the most recent day at the top.
HC Strike Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/hcstrike
HC Strike Website: https://www.hc-strike.com/
Email any questions/comments/concerns to email@example.com
November 10, 2020 / Strike Day 13
➔ [HC-STRIKE] 11.10 For the Culture
➔ Meeting with President Raymond and senior staff
November 9, 2020 / Strike Day 12
➔ 11.9 (1:00 AM) - Our Response to Wendy’s 11.8 Evening Message
November 8, 2020 / Strike Day 11
➔ 11.8 (11:22 PM) - “Message from President Raymond”
➔ Our response to President Raymond’s “revised response to demands” released on 11/6.
➔ Templates for requesting full realization of demands
November 7, 2020 / Strike Day 10
➔ Day of rest and joy
November 6, 2020 / Strike Day 9
➔ Wendy’s Revised Response to Demands
November 5, 2020 / Strike Day 8
➔ Zoom Meeting with President Wendy Raymond, Dean Joyce Bylander, Provost Linda StrongLeek, Senior Staff, and Board of Managers
◆ Transcript of Meeting with clear indication on part of President Wendy Raymond,
Provost Linda Strong-Leek, Senior VP for Finance/Chief Admin. Officer Mitchell Wein,
VP Chief of Staff Jesse Lytle, and Board of Manager Member Chris Mills that if effective
change did not occur they would resign their positions
◆ President Wendy Raymond and Senior staff have agreed to respond fully (i.e budgets,
timelines, and accountability measures) by Sunday 11/8j
➔ Revised Demands spoken yesterday at Zoom Meeting with president, senior staff, and board of
➔ Strike Sit-In 9 PM
◆ Time for updates and celebration of the change already made
November 4, 2020 / Strike Day 7
➔ Read this thread on the 1972 BSL Boycott
◆ This will help contextualize the current strike
➔ Updated FAQ sheet
◆ Including questions from parents, students, faculty, and Bryn Mawr Folks
➔ Follow us on twitter @disrupthc
➔ Strike Teach-Ins Announced
◆ Starting Thursday 11/5
◆ Materials and more information about sessions are on the BSRFI linktree
◆ If you would like to be a student-facilitator for a teach-in, please fill out this form so that
we can match you to a professor for upcoming sessions. We would like to especially
invite BIPOC students for these roles.
➔ Tweet Spree
◆ Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (author of how to be anti-racist) was slated to speak at Haverford on
November 11th. He has an enormous following after this summer and this is something
we should try to leverage. The goal here is to flood his twitter and try to get him to
retweet our message to his followers. Tag #DisruptHC #DisruptHaverford @disrupthc
● Standard Tweet: @DrIbram was supposed to give an anti-racist talk
@haverfordedu next week. Do you know that BIPOC students are striking? The
institution has repeatedly demonstrated that it values white comfort over Black
lives. tinyurl.com/supportHCstrike #disrupthc #disrupthaverford
November 3, 2020 / Strike Day 6
➔ Strike Office Hours Announced
◆ If you are confused on aspects of the strike please use this time to ask your questions
◆ Zoom Links and Times
➔ Additional questions/answers added to HC STRIKE FAQ (pending peer-review)
➔ FAQ For Concerned Parents
➔ All strikers please use these materials to put pressure on the institution
◆ Here is a template of emails to faculty, deans, and board of managers. Along with
template posts for IG/twitter.
➔ Food statement
◆ Due to concerns around food safety community meals will be discontinued. Instead
please come to the Nest for prepackaged bought meals
◆ If you have the finances please continue donating to the Nest
November 2, 2020 / Strike Day 5
➔ Our Response to President Raymond’s 11.2 Email
◆ President Raymond’s 11.2 Email
➔ HC STRIKE FAQ updated with FAQs from faculty town hall
➔ Faculty Town Hall - Recording
November 1, 2020 / Strike Day 4
➔ HC STRIKE FAQ
➔ Mutual Aid Updates: The bico mutual aid fund is capped out on funding. Please DO NOT
continue sending funds their way. Please consider contributing to these local mutual aid funds:
◆ @blacklgbtqrepararions: Philly Reparations: LGBTQIA+: We are a group based in
Philadelphia that helps give reparations to Black LGBTQIA+ in Philadelphia!
◆ @mutualaidphilly: Philly neighbors providing mutual aid to Philly neighbors during
◆ @phreethemall: phillyphreedomnetwork: Trans&2Spirit&Femme&Indigenous
Autonomous Collectively Caring Occupied Lenape Land and “West Philly”
◆ @blackandbrowncoalitionphl: A Philadelphia volunteer-based alliance, established to
protect the vested interest of our Black and Brown communities.
◆ @groceries4philly: This group was formed by Black women organizers during the
summer 2020 uprisings. In October, G4P became an official initiative of Racial Justice
Philly. Donate through venmo @PhillyROJC and cashapp $PhillyROJC with the note
G4P to make sure the funds are properly allocated!
➔ BIPOC STEM students please sign this message to all STEM faculty
➔ Interested in participating in the strike? Please add your information + email to this spreadsheet.
➔ Email created to streamline comments and questions. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
for all questions, comments, and concerns moving forward.
➔ Student Town-Hall Meeting
◆ Meeting minutes can be found here.
➔ In an effort to organize for the protection of students and faculty from any punitive measures
taken against them in response to their participation in the HC Strike, we’d like to collect and
organize any responses sent to you by faculty. Please use this form to do just that.
October 31, 2020 / Strike Day 3
Dear Haverford Community,
We’re starting Day 3 of the Haverford Strike and we’ve received so much support, but also some
questions and concerns. Through these updates, we want to share what has happened so far and what we
need to do collectively to continue the strike until we start seeing structural and institutional
transformation at Haverford College.
Before we start our updates, we want to acknowledge President Raymond’s recent email. President
Raymond only responded because staff and faculty are nervous. They are trying to placate us with small
“concessions” to stop our momentum. They are already feeling the disruption of our work, but this is only
the beginning. We must keep going.
Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to sort out logistics and organize.
We need everyone to keep the strike up and continue to #DisruptHC #DisruptHaverford
Everybody Eats! And the DC is a viable option for meals
Follow our Instagram and this document for daily updates
Bi-Co Mutual aid has a new venmo specifically for this strike (@hcstrikefund) but due to
overwhelming support, we are urging folks to redirect financial and material support to folks in
Philly on the ground → specific links and funds linked below
Virtual Student Town Hall coming up on Sunday and Virtual Faculty Town Hall coming up on
Monday to connect with y’all and answer questions, concerns, etc!
For any student interested with getting involved with the HC Strike and supporting those leading
and organizing this movement please fill out this form.
➔ What does striking really mean? & Don’t Cross the Picket Line
A few students are still confused on how to strike. Before we get there, it is important to remind
you the foundations and motivations of our strike. We want to reiterate that this is not a
vacation. To put into context where this strike is coming from, is in response to the
administration’s continuous exploitation of Black and Brown students, specifically Black women
and nonbinary community members. On that note, BIPOC students are intentionally withholding
their labor from an institution that continues to exploit their academic, intellectual, and emotional
labors without having the adequate resources or competent administration in place to support
their needs and demands. Although this has received much attention and support from nonBIPOC community members, the implementation of the strike has been inconsistent.
It is imperative that when you strike, you refrain from all work: employment with the college,
assignments, deadlines, extracurriculars and correspondence with faculty that goes beyond
communicating the goals of the strike and the importance of their commitment. We must get
you and the faculty members to be wholly committed to our strike so, together, we pressure
administration to make swift institutional changes. The strike cannot succeed if we have a few
students turning in work or going to class– which is why it is crucial that you explain to faculty
members why they should be committed in our strike and convince them to not penalize us when
we do not go to class or turn in assignments. This strike is supposed to disrupt ‘normal’ routines
because it is clear that Haverford is too comfortable exploiting BIPOC and isolating itself from
the injustice and struggle for liberation just 20 minutes away. We understand that each person has
a different reason for coming to this college; however, we have to remember both within and
outside of this college there has been a global reckoning with social justice and we cannot put
assignments and syllabi over Black lives.
➔ Everybody Eats: Food Resources on Campus
The Nest has received an incredible amount of donations from students, staff, and faculty. We
strongly encourage all LIFTFAR students to access the resources freely, and the pantry will
remain open throughout the duration of the strike. Resources include snacks, ingredients for
cooking, ready-made meals provided by community houses, microwavable meals, masks,
menstrual products, and more.
We’ve organized a drive specifically for coordinating food runs, community dinner schedules,
lists of local Black-owned restaurants, and more to ensure that everybody eats!
➔ The Dining Center
We want to make it clear that getting meals at the Dining Center is NOT an act that crosses the
picket line. Initially, we were concerned that the Dining Center staff may have been overwhelmed
without the help of student workers, and advised students to utilize other food networks on
campus (Free meals provided by community houses, The Nest, BCMA), if it was an option
available for them. For students, especially up campus without access to kitchens, we recognize
that utilizing some of these resources may be more difficult. For students living in the apartments,
we still suggest that they avoid the DC as much as possible without skipping meals, and utilize
the food networks available through the other resources outlined above.
Don’t assume ill intent of people who are going to the DC. Food is a sensitive issue for many
on campus, and we should be more aware of that. The Coop remains closed as without student
workers the risk of overwhelming staff is significantly higher than for the Dining Center.
Thank you to all of the students who have so steadfastly followed us and refrained from going to
the DC entirely, it really does mean a lot. We are working through things each day to help
strengthen our organizational strength, but we hope that this question surrounding the DC can be
➔ Mutual Aid Updates (80k raised!!) + Redirecting Support to Philly Organizers and Community
The mutual aid funds (@bicomutualaid, @hcstrikefund) have gained so much support these last
couple of days which we appreciate. We want to expand that support out to organizations that are
supporting Black, Brown, and queer communities in Philadelphia. You can find the organizations
on instagram and they are as follows:
@blacklgbtqrepararions: Philly Reparations: LGBTQIA+: We are a group based in
Philadelphia that helps give reparations to Black LGBTQIA+ in Philadelphia!
@mutualaidphilly: Philly neighbors providing mutual aid to Philly neighbors during COVID19.
@phreethemall: phillyphreedomnetwork: Trans&2Spirit&Femme&Indigenous Autonomous
Collectively Caring Occupied Lenape Land and “West Philly”
@blackandbrowncoalitionphl: A Philadelphia volunteer-based alliance, established to protect
the vested interest of our Black and Brown communities.
@groceries4philly: This group was formed by Black women organizers during the summer 2020
uprisings. In October, G4P became an official initiative of Racial Justice Philly. Donate through
venmo @PhillyROJC and cashapp $PhillyROJC with the note G4P to make sure the funds are
➔ New IG!
The official instagram account for our strike is @hc_strike. Please make sure you follow this
account to stay updated on strike updates and reminders, food resources, and mutual aid needs.
➔ 2 Town Halls
Although we intend to send out these daily updates to clarify and parse through any confusions
throughout the day, we are planning on having a virtual student Town Hall meeting on Sunday,
November 1, 2020. We will be addressing what people, both on campus and remote students, can
do in support of this strike. We also plan to have a separate Town Hall with faculty members on
Monday November 2, 2020. Zoom links TBD but here is a google form to submit your questions.
Below we have linked FAQs for both town halls for students and faculty to ask questions
HC STRIKE FAQ for Student Town Hall
October 30, 2020 / Strike Day 2
➔ President Wendy sends out email to students, faculty, and staff.
October 29, 2020 / Strike Day 1
➔ Students release letter and demands
October 28, 2020
➔ President Raymond and Dean Bylander’s letter
➔ Black students lead a sit-in and march
Timeline of BSFRI initiatives + President Raymond’s Response
In anger and in power,
Women of Color House, Black Students Refusing Further Inaction, Black Student League, and every
single BIPOC student this institution has failed
HC Strike Updates
Document with daily strike updates created by the organizers of the 2020 student strike kept from the strike's start on October 29 to its conclusion on November 11, 2020. The document includes information on observing the strike, communications from Haverford College administration, communications and responses from strike organizers, and information on mutual aid, teach-ins, and other collective actions. Most daily updates include links to external documents and sites. These external materials have been catalogued separately but with information about how and when they were included in this document.
Women of Color (WOC) House (author)
Black Students Refusing Further Inaction (BSRFI) (author)
Haverford College Black Students League (author)
(approximate) 2020-10-29 - (approximate) 2020-11-11
HC Strike Updates_2020_11_11