Joseph Williams moved more than 30 times as a child, living in homeless shelters, church basements, and the homes of family friends. Now Williams, a junior safety on the University of Virginia football team, is taking up a cause supporting university workers who are barely making enough to get by.
Williams is one of 18 Virginia students participating in a hunger strike — now more than a week long — to protest the poor wages paid to many of the university’s service employees. The strike, organized by the school’s Living Wage Campaign, began on February 17 with the goal of getting a living wage for underpaid employees. “I know first-hand what the economic struggle is like for many of these underpaid workers,” Williams wrote in an essay explaining his participation.
This is a marvelous display of solidarity. Good on the UVA students and Joseph Williams both.
Cool, I was elected president of a thing. Forever treasurer/secretary, branching out a bit!
Ten years out of j-school and five years away from the paper, I still struggle to not write paragraph “graf,” headline “hed,” or lead “lede.”
The same older lady in Accounts Payable who wears sequined cat sweaters and offered to loan me her copy of the 3rd Walking Dead novel just showed me...