This is for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning.
It has come to the attention of many of us today that the NEA Board of Directors plans on voting to early endorse Hillary Clinton, before the primary. When the AFT did this, there was outrage among members of AFT as well as NEA. Have they learned nothing from that? There was even a New Business Item at the NEA-RA that was about early endorsing. Is NEA listening?
Not only does early endorsing a candidate- who many members do NOT want- hurt the democracy of the organization, but with Friedrich’s case it weakens our union. We are only strong when we work TOGETHER. Many teachers have expressed to me that they are considering cancelling their union memberships if this early endorsement goes through. I don’t agree with doing this, but I completely understand why they feel the need to consider this. WE are the union. The Board of Directors needs to listen to the MEMBERS, not the other way around. They were elected to represent US. Speak up and MAKE your voice heard. Find out who your Board of Directors in your state are and contact them! Many of us in California have already done this. Below is a list of emails of California Board of Directors you can email with your concerns. I encourage you to find out who your state board members are, and email them now!