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    Teachers Don All Black To Protest DeVos' Confirmation For Ed Secretary

    By Allison Nielson, http://www.sunshinestatenews.com
    February 11th, 2017

     

    Above Photo: President-elect Donald Trump and his pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos.

     

    If you see a sea of teachers dressed in black this week, there’s a reason why.

    Teachers and supporters of public education are donning all-black outfits this week to protest the confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos, sending a message of resistance against Trump’s controversial pick for the country’s top education job.

    Badass Teachers Association organized the blackout protest via social media, calling on teachers, educators, parents and supporters of public education to wear all black to encourage lawmakers to vote against her confirmation.

    “We want our senators to dump DeVos,” the group wrote on Twitter. On Monday, teachers around the country joined in solidarity to say “no,” to DeVos, whose nomination has caused a commotion since Trump made the announcement in November.

    Social media feeds lit up with teachers from all corners of the U.S. snapping photos of themselves joining in the resistance via their all-black wardrobes. “Every black piece of clothing in my closet says don’t vote for private school lady to run public schools,” wrote one teacher.

     

    [More:] https://popularresistance.org/teachers-don-all-black-to-protest-devos-confirmation-for-ed-secretary/

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  • Marym625 (21783 posts)
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    1. Awesome!

    Teachers and nurses! Gotta love them

    Oi245KQ-1 "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
    • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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      2. seems like nurses and teachers are the only labor doing anything

      these days — and even while the teachers unions are sellouts

      • Marym625 (21783 posts)
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        3. The nurses absolutely fucking rock!

        As a whole, I think the teachers do too. But there are teachers and teacher’s unions who are not helping.

        I think teachers have been attacked so much and so hard for so long, that some are just afraid

        Oi245KQ-1 "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
        • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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          4. only two major teachers' unions and the leadership of both is bought imo —

          based on long observation.

          and once the teachers’ unions disappear, there goes labor because the teachers’ unions (nea/aft) have larger membership than any other union private or public.

          • Marym625 (21783 posts)
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            5. You're probably right

            The Chicago Teachers’ Union rocks. If it hadn’t been for a brain tumor, the leader of the union, whose name escapes me at the moment, would be mayor of Chicago now

            Oi245KQ-1 "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
            • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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              6. CTU is AFT. The leader of CTU =Karen Lewis; it's under aegis of AFT.

              Lewis is great but she had a long hiatus because of her illness.  Not sure how things have gone since she came back; haven’t kept up.

              Nevertheless, AFT generally handicapped Lewis in the same manner that the DNC handicapped local more “radical” democratic party orgs.

               

              • Marym625 (21783 posts)
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                7. I moved right after the election

                And haven’t kept up. But she is awesome.

                Yes, they sure did.

                Oi245KQ-1 "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian