Season’s Readings

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Today is, as A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh so famously said, “a rather blustery day.” Snowflakes are flying, adding to the hefty drifts already covering the ground. The evergreen branches are host to drapes of snow. Outside my window at NYSUT headquarters, a flock of birds frantically pluck at berries from a tree. The hulking [...]

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Tarrytown ‘First Book’ a big hit

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NYSUT locals across the state have been successfully participating in the First Book Challenge project. Thousands of new books have been given away to children, thanks to local unions. One of the latest First Book giveaways was in Tarrytown area, where NYSUT Regional Staff Director Marc Laffer was on hand. Here is Laffer’s impression of [...]

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

The number of Pearl Harbor survivors is dwindling. Yet, that does not diminish the historical importance or solemn memory of that day, December 7, 1941, which President Roosevelt declared would be a day that “would live in infamy.” As Pearl Harbor ceremonies took place in Hawaii yesterday, NYSUT today remembers with honor and dignity the [...]

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Recommitting to solving HIV/AIDS; helping those with illness

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Today is World AIDS Day, and there is much to be grateful for (advances in care), much to do (supporting those with HIV, educating people about it), and much to know. This year’s theme for World Aids Day is Focus, Partner and Achieve. Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infections Disease [...]

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Utica-area unionists make waves for ‘Strides’

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The Riveredge conference hotel sits right on the water in Alexandria Bay, a long stone’s throw across the St. Lawrence Seaway from Boldt Castle. The largest tanker sliding by on its way from Cleveland, Detroit or Duluth to the North Atlantic never made waves like the ones that rocked the hotel’s dining room Saturday night. [...]

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Rally at Capitol on Thursday for the common people

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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

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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

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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

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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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