Hundreds of parents, teachers, students and labor activists rally today in downtown Syracuse. They’ll be wearing their union t-shirts, celebrating the success of schools and reminding folks to vote on school budgets Tuesday. If you are in central New York, look for me in the fire-engine red of my union colors.
Don’t have a sign yet? Stop by the Syracuse TA office, 731 James St., between 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. today to make one. Poster board and markers provided. Nearly 300 STA members have signed up to join the pro-education rally at 333 East Washington St. today. That throng will be joined by locals from as far north as Oswego, as far south as Cortland, as far east as Utica and as far west as Auburn.
Union member Melissa Midgley of the Solvay TA, who also works as a DJ, will warm up the crowd starting about 4:30 p.m. It’s scheduled to start about 5 p.m. NYSUT Board member Paul Farfaglia has emcee duties to introduce speakers, such as Susan Fahey, president of Parents for Public Schools; and Tanika Jones-Cole of Alliance for Quality Education; Anne Marie Tallerico, president of the Syracuse Area Labor Federation; Helen Hudson of the Syracuse City Council; Al Stirpe and Dan Maffei, candidates for Assembly and Congress, respectively; and NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi.
Voting in school budgets on Tuesday . I’ll tweet live at BetsyS48 using the hashtag #educateNYnow.