The Community Voice
May 5, 2017
Tuesday afternoon, on the corner of Commerce and Rohnert Park Expressway, a group of teachers wearing red clothes, ringing cow bells and demonstrating that for the California Teacher Association, May 1 was a statewide day of action giving unwavering support for all students, families and immigrants. Each one professed to wanting a safe place for education.
May 1 has always been historically linked to workers’ rights. On May 1, 1886 the U.S. Federation of Organized Trade and Labor Union ruled that an 8-hour work day would be a full and legal work day. May 1 still continuously proclaims to be a national day of action to raise awareness about immigration rights and the need to keep families together as they fight for a better life. One teacher made a comment “We will not be silent. Public education is a civil right.
Photo by Irene Hilsendager
This day was CTA's response to the political climate and to bring awareness to issues public schools and colleges are facing. * The threats facing immigrant students and families. * The appointing of Betsey DeVois and efforts being made to take away money from public schools through vouchers and tax credits for private schools. * The threat of fair shareThis is a day of advocacy for ALL students - advocacy for safe zones from ICE - advocacy for safe zones for tolerance - advocacy for a strong schools - advocacy for unions. May 1st was chosen because its been historically linked to international worker’s rights. Take the pledge! cta.org/forallstudents
Women's History Writing Contest Winners!
One student from Deb McCampbell's 2nd grade class at Monte Vista, and one student from Erin Scull's 4th grade class at Evergreen won the contest! These students will receive a $20 gift card to Copperfield's Book Store, and be recognized at the April School Board meeting on April 18, 2017