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Marc Auerbach was a student at the University of Washington between 1985-1989. A student activist, Auerbach was part of such organizations as Students Against Apartheid and CIA Off Campus and helped to organize a coalition to demand an Ethnic Studies requirement in the University of Washington curriculum to strengthen the University's commitment to enroll and support students of color. While at the University of Washington, Auerbach was an elected member of Associated Students of the University of Washington Board of Control and helped to form a progressive, multi-racial coalition to contest student government elections. During the early 1990s, Auerbach worked as a reporter for the Community Party's paper, the People's Weekly World, covering Western Washington. Many of the pictures in this collection were taken during this period, as he was taking photographs for the newspaper.
During this period and later in the 1990s, Auerbach was a participant in labor and community activism, including organizations like Puget Sound Coalition for Police Accountability, Jobs With Justice (which he co-founded and in which he remained active).
Auerbach later became a King County Metro Transit Operator, 1995-2006, and was an active member of the union, serving on the Executive Board of ATU Local 587. During this period, he was also a delegate to King County Labor Council. Auerbach served as the lead ATU organizer of two campaigns against Tim Eyman-backed anti-transit initiatives in 1999 (I-695) and 2000 (I-745) as well as an ATU campaign against contracting out of proposed monorail system.
Auerbach currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he works as an independent strategic researcher for labor unions and related organizations.
Forms part of the Labor Archives of Washington
Photographs and negatives of labor and social protest photographs from the late 1980s and early 1990s, including picketing of Alaska Airlines, protesting the North American Free Trade Agreement, Jobs with Justice actions and pickets, picketing Congressman Slade Gorton's house.
Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.