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IFT Day of Action - January 19, 2017
From Jackson Potter of the Chicago Teachers Union:
From across the nation:
- Good evening- NYC report on behalf of Mike Fabricant, PSC-CUNY - Today a cross section of city-wide agencies committed to fully funding public education including The Alliance for Quality Education, The Coalition for Educational Justice, Citizen Action, Make the Road, New York Communities for Change and the PSC (faculty staff union of CUNY) had a multi-pronged action. A rally was held near a bridge joining The Borough of Manhattan Community College and a public high school. The symbolism of place was joined with speeches on the bundled fate of K-16 in the absence of full public funding. As well rally speeches focused on a heightened resistance to privatization and disinvestment. We marched to an upscale mall in lower Manhattan by the World Trade Center, dropped a banner demanding full funding and chanted to stunned but attentive upscale consumers. Finally we slowed and stopped traffic on the West Side Highway as we made our way back to the Goldman Sachs encampment. Our actions were part of the encampment's three day occupation of areas adjacent to Goldman Sachs to call out the Trump billionaire government and demand progressive taxation. The action was effective, dynamic and energetic; a foundation we can build upon. We were covered by numerous affiliates, including Fox News and the Chief Leader, and the event drew almost 150, with more joining the march. More photos and snapshots can be found with #GovernmentSachs, #ReclaimOurSchools, or visit www.facebook.com/governmentsachs.
- From Sharon Delugach, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO - Here in Los Angeles, more than 10,000 parents, students, educators and community members throughout throughout LAUSD took to Twitter and the streets today to shield their schools from racism, privatization, anti-immigrant rhetoric and discriminatory policies from the incoming Trump administration. More than 400 schools participated between 7:30 and 8:30 AM and almost 2,500 tweets were generated with the hashtag #SchoolTrump. (To review the "#SchoolTrump Tweetstorm, which continued through the afternoon, click here.) The following community organizations and unions endorsed and participated in the action :ACCE, Advancement Project, AFT 1521, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA, CARECEN, CHIRLA, CLUE, Community Coalition, Inner City Struggle, LAANE, One LA-IAF, Reclaim Our Schools Los Angeles, SEIU 99, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Los Angeles, UNITE HERE and Youth Justice Coalition.