Peace moving through a mountain town

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There was a different kind of beauty in the summer night last night in the Adirondack Mountain village of Saranac Lake. It was more than the river, the July evening or the grassy park. It was a beauty that came with care, and with candles. The Saranac Lake Teachers Association, together with the social justice [...]

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Step out on Monday for wages


The food may be fast, but the cash is not. Flipping burgers and filling drinks for fast-food chains is a starter job for some; longtime employment for others. It is a tough way to make a living. You can support these workers in several ways. The Fast Food Workers Wage Board meets Monday to hear [...]

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History comes calling and asks for more action


She made her footsteps across that famous bridge feel real for 350 North Country students, who hopefully could hear their echoes 50 years later. The 50th anniversary commemoration of the civil rights march from Selma, AL., to Montgomery, became a piece of living history when hundreds of North Country students gathered in Lake Placid to [...]

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Rally draws diverse group of vocal unionists


All the makings of a good rally were in place: a timely, vibrant cause; a sunny day; a central location in an historic city; plenty of protest signs; music; some food trucks – and a crowd that included members of nearly 100 different unions. William Mayer, an 11-year-member of the International Union of Painters and [...]

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Remembering the Armenian Genocide


The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Day is today. In the capital of Armenia — Yerevan— hundreds of thousands of people will walk to the Tsitsernakaberg Genocide memorial to lay flowers at the eternal flame A NYSUT staff member, Ani Shahinian, will recall the genocide in a small ceremony at union headquarters to [...]

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Students giving back to the Earth and the amur


Today in the Patchogue-Medford School District on Long Island,  students are taking part in their fifth annual Earth Day Film Festival. Many of them are also wearing amur leopard T-shirts, depicting an animal that is on the “Red List” of critically endangered species. Students design and sell the shirts, and the money raised will be [...]

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Trek for respect


I would not want to be the treads on Maria DeAngelo’s sneakers. By next Monday, they will be shredded. This is a math teacher who is going to take on 150 miles of grit to ask the lawmakers and the governor, on behalf of students and teachers who have once again been slammed in legislative [...]

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Heading up the stairs

“Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.” ~ Vaclav Havel, former Czechoslovakian president and recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Ghandi Peace Prize. Venture is upon us, and yes, we are stepping up [...]

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Peanut butter with a side of postcards in Amsterdam


More than 250 teachers who cannot stomach the actions of Gov. Cuomo sat down in the school cafeteria last week with a pen instead of a fork. During Superintendents Conference Day, the Amsterdam Teachers Association held what it called an “Advocacy Lunch.” It was busy. TA Co-president Rich Peters said the teachers gathered to “write [...]

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Finger Lakes education locals putting bite in their business


They’re not packing it in. No way. Fourteen Finger Lakes local unions are instead packing it up. Yesterday, members from 14 local teacher unions in four different counties gathered to pack up 1,000 apples they bought from a Geneva apple orchard. They are being shipped to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. My mouth was watering just hearing [...]

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