Statement of solidarity with Tariq Khan

The Labour History Project has sent the following statement to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in response to a targeted campaign attacking labour history scholar Tariq Khan.

The Labour History Project is a group of New Zealand unionists and historians dedicated to the study of labor history. We wish to express our support for the eminent scholar Tariq Khan, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who is being subject to a campaign of harassment by the right wing group Turning Point USA (TPUSA). This group have made threats against Khan’s children and have harassed him online. Tariq Khan is a fine historian who has made significant contributions to labor history. In particular we have appreciated his recent paper in the publication Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW (Pluto Press, 2017), to which members of the Labour History Project have also contributed. We see this harassment of Khan, along with the disciplinary proceedings being taken against him, as a threat to political activism and to labor scholarship. We call on the University of Illinois to drop their proceedings against Khan and to work to prevent hate campaigns such as that being carried out by TPUSA.

Yours the Committee members of the Labour History Project (NZ)