AFT Media Affairs
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On the Wall Street Protests
WASHINGTON—All over this country, there are young people who have done everything that was asked of them—they went to school, worked hard and prepared to meet their responsibilities as they pursue their dreams.
But now these kids get up every single day and look at widespread unemployment. They see a lack of opportunities. In some cases, they face a mountain of student debt. They're being hard hit by economic insecurity today, and set up for long-term structural inequities that will limit their tomorrows. They are worried about their own futures, but they are also worried about what is happening to their families, their friends and their communities.
We need to listen to what the individuals camped out in Liberty Plaza for Occupy Wall Street—and those marching in the streets from Boston to Denver to Los Angeles—have to say. And then we need to get serious as a nation about working together to create economic opportunities for all Americans, including young people, so we can get our country back on the right track.
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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.