July 10, 2010
Cynthia Leonor Garza
AFT Announces Yearlong Campaign To Save Public Education
The union and community partners will launch a national campaign of action for
public education beginning Sept. 6, 2010.
SEATTLE—The American Federation of Teachers announced today that the union will wage a yearlong campaign of action to save public education, empower parents and educators, and re-establish public schools as a cornerstone of our democracy. The “Raise Your Hand” campaign will launch on Sept. 6 with a day of action across the country.
“Now, more than ever—when public education is feeling the effects of a struggling economy and facing attacks from those more focused on affixing blame than finding solutions—we need to join with others to make sure our kids get the education they deserve and need,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten.
Delegates at the AFT’s biennial convention today passed a resolution to launch a national “Raise Your Hand” campaign for public education, and to also join a broad range of civil rights, labor, faith, youth, immigrant rights and other progressive groups in the One Nation March on Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2. The march aims to give voice to frustrations, put faces on the jobless, stand up for Main Street and fight for public education.
“It is incumbent upon all of us to stand against shortsighted arguments … and to stand up for the students and young adults we educate, the sick we care for and the communities we provide other critical services to,” reads the resolution.
The AFT is holding its biennial convention July 7-11 in Seattle. Coming together under the theme “Building Futures Together,” more than 3,000 delegates will vote on major union policies that address the need to save and strengthen public education, build common cause with communities, and improve the institutions in which our members work.
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.