Today’s the day: Register to vote


The first presidential debate for the 2016 presidential election is now fodder for workplace hallways, social media, college debates, fact checkers and café conversations. The words that will matter the most, however, are the names on the ballot on Nov. 8. Today is National Voter Registration Day. Hundreds of events are taking place in libraries, [...]

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Reliable forecast: raising funds helps ALS research

No matter what the weather will be on April 17, here is a reliable forecast: the “ALS Ride for Life” Bike Trek event will bring together bicyclists to raise serious money to combat this crippling disease. Bikers will ride 10 mile, 25 mile, 50 mile, or 100 mile courses, depending on muscle power and mojo. [...]

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Breakfast: It does a student good


Before food for thought—there should be food. The National Education Association, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates, is spreading more than just jam on toast. It’s also spreading the news about the benefits of breakfast in the classroom, along with providing resources on how to sign up for programs and explaining how they make a difference. [...]

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Take action today to celebrate FMLA


The AFL-CIO and the Coalition of Labor Union Women are today commemorating the 23rd anniversary since President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act. Actions include a thunderclap, social media buzz  and a legislative push for up to seven days of paid sick leave. Forty percent of private-sector workers do not have any [...]

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Coalitions create opportunity


How do you build advocacy? A coalition joins with another coalition, and so on, and so on, until you have a chain strong enough to wrap around tires and take on winter ice and snow. In the Capital Region, two coalitions met last week for their first joint event with a single goal: “To build [...]

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Vet tells his story: from Pearl Harbor to the classroom


Nineteen-year-old Alvin Peachman was playing pingpong when he heard about the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. His heart might have skipped a few beats, like a ping-pong ball skittering across the table. But it didn’t take too many heartbeats after that for him to enlist in the Navy. “We heard the [...]

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World AIDS Day: Education and treatment vital


Today is World AIDS Day. It’s worth paying attention to. Because that disease is still with us. You know — the one no one wanted to talk about. Two people I loved died of AIDS in the 1980s and early ’90s, when AIDS was first being discovered and then shushed here in America. David and [...]

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Labor history stays alive through resources and recognition

At least two avenues are providing traction for our ability to teach students about labor history and the labor movement. The first: A lot more information and resources are available digitally now, which is especially beneficial since the role of labor is often tamped down in many history textbooks. “There  is loads of information available [...]

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World Food Day harvests opportunity to help


An apple is often the symbol of teaching. Many students bring them forth — shiny and polished — to give to their teachers. But, for many teachers, that piece of fall-harvested fruit often means something else now: It is a symbol of how many hungry children sit in front of them in class, or in [...]

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It’s all about the bus

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They’re back. Those bright yellow school buses are on the roads, ferrying students from sidewalks and street corners to the front door of school. “It’s GREAT to be back. I love seeing how much the kids have grown every September,” said Long Beach bus driver Joanne Rea. All drivers are urged to heed laws forbidding [...]

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