(Purple) Lights, cameras, action against domestic violence


Right now, purple lights are streaming on buildings across New York as companies, organizations and people join in the campaign “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence.” It’s far more than show: it is solidarity, it is awareness, and it is a call to victims to come forward and find help. Purple can pierce the dark. [...]

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Shout it from the mountaintops: VOTE!


June 1964 Dear Mom and Dad I have arrived safely in Meridian, Mississippi. This is a wonderful town and the weather is fine.  I wish you were here. The people in this city are wonderful and our reception was very good. All my love, Andy Andrew Goodman had arrived. A student at Queens College, he [...]

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In the North Country, local unions take action with apples


Kathryn Brown of the Chazy Teachers Association and NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta flank a sign opposing overtesting, at the “All Together Fall” education festival in Plattsburgh, held the last Saturday of September. The annual outdoor event is sponsored by teachers associations from local education unions in the North Country, and by the Northeast [...]

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Rally at Capitol on Thursday for the common people


It’s still summer and the call to be outside remains loud and clear. But  even though the lazy, hazy days of summer have their own lure, issues of concern to the common people — the 99 percent — are still demanding our attention. This coming week, there is an opportunity for you to get outside [...]

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Exploring faith for a fair New York

Exploring faith for a fair New York

Sometimes, it is important to step back, look at problems in a new way and share ideas and concerns with others. The power of reflection and collective thinking can be strong. The New York State Labor-Religion Coalition, in collaboration with other faith groups, is holding open a space and time to reflect on the state’s [...]

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Seeking diversity in the woods


In the woods, a path is made by clearing brush, debris and duff. That is what the presenters and audience hope to do at the “Toward a More Diverse Adirondacks” symposium, which will be held at the Adirondack Interpretive Center at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Newcomb. They want to clear [...]

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P.S.: Summer feast for the eyes is at the Met

Erie Brewster, Edward Murrow High School, Brooklyn, teacher Spy Kontarinis

At at time when school art classes and programs are being squashed again and again due to inadequate budgets — alas, there is a place that uses its prestigious standing in the world of art to empower new artists and showcase student talent. That place would be the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you can [...]

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Educators book their summer travels through literature


This week, educators across New York are unpacking cartons of NYSUT-provided books they received from First Book to hand out to students. The beautiful books come in hardcover and softcover, and include recent, popular titles and classical fiction. There are funny books, adventure books and mysteries. Titles include middle-grade books, young-adult books and books in [...]

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Speak out for girls’ education


Yesterday was Malala Day, a day the world community raises voices in honor of Malala Yousafzai and the global effort to have all children, especially girls, attend school. Yousafzai  was shot by the Taliban at the age of 15 for being an activist for girls education. She wrote a blog advocating for education for girls, who [...]

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If you aren’t angry you haven’t been paying attention

I’ve seen this comment on bumper stickers, and I always nod. Because yes, if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. So many of our basic rights and foundations are being chiseled out from under us through ever-deeper attacks on the middle class; the meteoric rise of privilege in this country; the punitive attacks on [...]

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