Educators to stand up for refugees and immigrants

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Educators in our public schools, colleges and universities are being asked to stand up for the most vulnerable in our communities.

On Monday, Jan. 9, educators across the nation will hold an #EducatorsOut Day of Action to protect immigrants, refugees and undocumented students by supporting sanctuary schools and campuses. NYSUT members are encouraged to take the #UnafraidEducator pledge to show your support.

Once you sign up, you’ll receive materials, support and training from immigrant youth and allies who are ready to help build support in our local communities.

Meanwhile, on Jan. 14, immigrant and refugee rights groups, along with labor, faith and community activists, will mobilize in Washington, DC. There will also be #HereToStay community “echo” events across the United States. Check out the list of local actions here. For help planning a related event, contact Cesar Moreno of the American Federation of Teachers’ Human Rights & Community Relations Office at cmoreno@aft.org.

The AFT, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates, and the organization United We Dream have been working together for the last four years to build a network of educators and academic institutions to take action in support of immigrant rights, expected to be a major issue with the incoming administration and new Congress.

NYSUT’s 2016 Representative Assembly passed a resolution encouraging the state of New York and the United States to accept refugees and to assist in their resettlement.

Next week’s actions kick off a month of related activities bringing together educators, unionists and community activists in Washington and in cities across the nation focusing on social justice and education issues. On Jan. 19, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools — AROS — has scheduled a day of action and NYSUT is anticipating many of its locals and members to participate. And, on Jan. 21, millions of Americans are expected to descend on Washington and other large cities for a post-inauguration Women’s March.

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  1. Felicia Bruce January 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    Teachers have a natural inclination to protect the vulnerable because we know it is the right thing to do morally, ethically, professionally.

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