Fight Back Friday: You can rally in Buffalo or visit lawmakers in their districts

There’s a whole lot of political action going on. So much, that we’ll post this Fight Back Friday today.

NYSUT political action coordinators and local leaders have been scheduling home office visits for today and tomorrow. Yes, hundreds converge on Albany for those Committee of 100 lobby days (March 20 and May 22) or for specific efforts like yesterday’s event for small cities and rural areas, or higher education (March 6) or health care (May 22) or BOCES (March 6), but home visits offer a chance for folks to spend more time advocating than traveling in a car or train. A lot of visits are after school hours so  folks can bring students, parents and community members. If you want to join in these visits or others in the future, contact your local leader or political action coordinator. Please comment, either below or by email to, about how your visits with lawmakers went.

More than a thousand activists have signed up to speak against cuts to education and attacks on retirement security tomorrow at Niagara Square. Click to view the flier: WNYRallyNYSUT.

If you live around Buffalo and can join for an hour, here are a few specifics: A group of more than 300 NYSUT activists will leave a winter leadership training conference at the nearby Hyatt at about 6:15 p.m. to march to Niagara Square, where they will be joined by hundreds of members of the Western New York Area Labor Federation and the Civil Service Employees Association. Together, members are standing against attacks on public education and retirement security.

Even if you can’t be there, you can still participate in three ways.

  1. At 6:30 p.m. observe a moment of silence in solidarity. Kristin Sterling, BOCESTA president and NYSUT Board member, will lead the group in silence specifically on the impact of the proposed budget cuts on students.
  2. Follow along on Twitter, using the hashtags #educateWNY or #NOtier6 or #nystatebudgetcutshurt for your various tweets, retweets and pics. Those hashtags help others join in as well as help those who are not on Twitter to follow the conversation.
  3. Sign the online petition against competitive grants. (The 33,000 who already have signed, do NOT sign again.) Or sign up to join NYSUT’s Member Action Center.

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