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Female Labor Activists Bash ICE And ‘White Supremacy’ At UMass Conference

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Female labor activists congregated at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for a four-day conference bashing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and “white supremacy,” according to a Monday report.

UMass-Amherst hosted the four-day 42nd NE School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations from July 22-26 and charged $560 for tuition, meals and housing and $300 for attendees who did not require accommodations, reported Campus Reform.

“My job as a white person is to talk to white people about white supremacy,” Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Assocation and former UMass-Amherst education lecturer, said, according to a tweet.

“As members of labor unions- we must see ICE as a tool to prevent workers 4 standing up 4 rights,” said history teacher Dora Leland, summarizing points made during another session. “ICE uses deceptive methods to detain – awareness is key! All people have rights.”

Clare Hammonds, a professor at UMass Amherst’s Labor Center, hosted the conference. The conference gave partial scholarships to attendees who had to front their own bills, giving priority to “young workers, first time attendees, women from underrepresented groups, and those working in non-traditional settings.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Hammonds for comment, but received none in time for publication.

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