A new kind of seatbelt

Seatbelts save lives. We’ve all been told this and have been shown this is true. Now, a new bullying prevention initiative has been launched with the title SEATBELT, and it, too, hopes to save lives. Bullying, it says, is a human rights issue. Look no further than the front page of today’s New York Times, [...]

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A show of solidarity for GE workers in Fort Edward

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NYSUT members from the Fort Edward and South Glens Falls teachers associations, United University Professions, Albany Public Schools Teachers Association and NYSUT Board member Tony McCann walked the picket line on Friday in Fort Edward to show solidarity with the 200 members of UE Local 332 who work at the GE plant there. The union [...]

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Video contest powers up students’ drive

I will long remember riding the train to New York City in the spring a year and a half ago, sitting with a group of students from Saratoga BOCES who had just won the first ever Speak Truth to Power video competition. There was Sean in his new aqua-colored dress shirt, and Sarah with her [...]

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Kennedy: Changing school culture can end bullying (Washington Post)

NYSUT is proud of its many partnerships with organizations and individuals that share its commitment to social justice issues. Among those partnerships is the union’s strong affiliation with the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, headed by Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late senator. NYSUT and the RFK Center worked together to produce [...]

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AFT TEACH 2013: Social justice just two clicks away

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Educators will soon have access to three new human rights lesson plans, another tool to help further the union’s social justice mission. NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler and Donna Bryan, a veteran English language arts teacher from Coxsackie-Athens High school, helped lead a panel discussion on “Teaching About Global Human Rights Challenges: Mandela, Malala and GAP, [...]

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And justice for all

And justice for all

Springville FA’s Andrew Beiter (second from left) and NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi with students attending the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies at the Erie 1 BOCES Center in West Seneca. Schools may be closed for the summer but there’s never NOT a good time to learn how to make a difference in the [...]

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No time for exceptions. Support farmworkers.

Every day, farm workers use tools to get the job done in the fields, orchards and farms where they work. Now, you can use tools to help them. In a new campaign and website that opened today, Except Farmworkers shows how you can step up and take action to support the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices [...]

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Another apple; another story

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This time of year the apple trees are stunning. Delicate, paper-like pink flowers crown the crooked branches in a halo of soft color. Once the blossoms drop, it is time for farm workers to sort out the branches of the apple trees to make more room for the apples to receive the sun, and to [...]

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Kenmore students have fair trade hearts

Here’s a video of Kenmore 6th-graders students talking about how they felt as they learned about the connection between child labor and chocolate. That video is the result of months of work and lots of details. Joi Chimera, a Kenmore TA member, provides some highlights. Start with brainstorming and class discussions about this topic. In [...]

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Rally wow!

Amazing photos from today going up as fast as tech will allow. Do check out this Times-Union article if for no other reason than a great photo of one NYSUT President. (It’s one of three photos so if it doesn’t come up right away click on NEXT to the top right of the photo.) Meanwhile, [...]

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