Fight Back Friday: Caucus weekend

Since a long weekend may be in store for many of you, and perhaps even a whole week off for others, here are several ways you can fight back with the extra time President’s Day Week provides.

Today marks the beginning of the 42 annual conference of the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. Here’s a link to the group’s hefty schedule. Except for a few receptions where tickets are required, this full weekend is open to the public and offers New Yorkers an opportunity to network with influential minority community members, lawmakers, labor leaders, business owners and each other. A business/career and craft exhibition fair features information on different state agencies. On Saturday, a variety of NYSUT and UFT members will participate in workshops and serve on panels. NYSUT hosts a booth at the event.

This weekend comes at a good time for NYSUT as it fights to keep SUNY Downstate Medical Center open. If you find some free time over the next three days and are in the Albany area, why don’t you stop in to any of the events? Add your voice to the choir. If you can’t be there in person, you can support the efforts by sending a message through NYSUT’s Member Action Center.

Then, the federal sequester still looms. Here’s a link to a video on a nurse’s message to Congress.

Call 866-293-7278 and tell your members of Congress they need to:

  • Protect education, Medicaid and Medicare!
  • Reduce the deficit is to create jobs and close tax loopholes for the rich and big corporations.

Remember to tell them that cutting our students’ education is not a solution you support!

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