Movement of Rank & File Educators
The social justice caucus of the UFT
“Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions”
Weekly Update #11 – 06.11.12
Hey Movement of Rank and file Educators,
Happy Countdown to Summer!
Keep your eyes peeled for information on the MORE summer series, coming soon.
MORE’s end of year celebration is THIS SATURDAY, June 16. Saturday, June 16th – 5 to 7 PM
736 10th Avenue Trains: E/C/1 at 50th St.
Join MORE at our End of Year Celebration. We will gather at Druids Bar and Restaurant for Happy Hour at 5 PM. Come mingle, converse and honor all your hard work with some much deserved fun!
UFT Delegate Assembly is this Wednesday. Come out and flyer for MORE!
Meet at 52 Broadway in Manhattan at 3:30 PM to hand out flyers for the MORE caucus, and talk to your fellow Union members about the Movement of Rank and file Educators. You can download the latest version advertising our end of year celebration this Saturday here.
Continued Congratulations to those who have won their delegate and chapter leader elections! Please contact us if you need information on any issues that are coming up at your school, even as the school year winds down.
Sign onto the open letter written to Chancellor Walcott and the DOE requesting permission to not be required to participate in the June field tests. You can read and sign the letter here. The letter has already been endorsed by Movement of Rank-and-file Educators, the social justice caucus of the UFT. Please share widely with those who might be interested, including concerned parents or community members.
If you haven’t already, join MORE! And please take a moment to check out our new website at morecaucusnyc.org.
Spread the word–help build MORE!
Distribute the MORE leaflet at your school, to other schools in your building, or to other educators and community members.
Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/MOREcaucusNYC
Follow us on Twitter: @morecaucusnyc
Check out MORE’s website: MOREcaucusNYC.org
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to hear from you! Check out MORE’s online discussion forum to get the latest news and goings on, and to join in the conversation.
Upcoming MORE Events:
Saturday, June 16th – 5 to 7 PM MORE End of Year Celebration
Join MORE at our End of Year Celebration. We will gather at Druids Bar and Restaurant for Happy Hour at 5 PM. Come mingle, converse and honor all your hard work with some much deserved fun! For more details visit: http://tinyurl.com/6o54g6h
Thursday, June 21st – 5 to 7 PM MORE Education Committee study group
Join the MORE Education Committee for the third installment in the study group series on High Stakes Testing. Participants will be working together on “Moving Forward; Working together to create discussion points.”
Other Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, June 12th – 5 PM Rally for the Turnaround Schools
Stand in solidarity with the teachers, students and communities of the 24 turnaround schools at this protest against the City’s outrageous closing of these 2 dozen public schools. Rally to be held at Tweed.
Friday, June 15th – 6PM to 8PM New York Collective of Radical Educators
Join the NYCoRE membership for the last monthly meeting of the 2011-2012 school year. This Friday’s meeting will address “The Disappearance of Black and Latino Teachers, the Experiences of Teachers of Color, and their Effects on Students, Schools and Communities.” For more information and to RSVP for the meeting go to: http://www.ittybittyurl.com/dxj
Sunday, June 17th – 2PM Protest NYPD’s Stop and Frisk Policy
Join the UFT at a Silent March to protest the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” policy, which disproportionately targets young Black and Latino men. The UFT contingent will be gathering on 110th Street, between 5th and Lenox Avenues, at 2 p.m. The silent march, which will begin at 3 p.m., and will end at 79th Street and Madison Avenue.
See the flier here, and for more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/6ml65xz
Wisconsin: What Happens When Movements Turn Into Campaigns
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Sixteen months ago the eyes of the nation and the world were on Madison, Wisconsin. Crowds in the tens of thousands surrounded, occupied and refused to leave the state capitol building. Local cops ignored orders to disperse them, and when authorities finally evicted protesters from hallways, offices and legislative chambers, their numbers grew, reaching the hundreds of thousands multiple times before the crisis was over. Local schools were shut down because teachers called in sick en masse. For a short while a general strike, localized in Madison, but with wide and visible support around the state and country seemed a real possibility.
Thousands of Americans from surrounding states converged upon Wisconsin to join the throngs around the state capitol. Thousands in those crowds, and countless others watching from far and near began to realize this was a unique political moment. They were at a place well outside the prescribed steps of America’s political dance. It was a moment in which the elite politicians, the media pundits, the bosses and the billionaires were not the only or even the decisive shot callers. The next move was truly in the hands of those tens and hundreds of thousands of working people in motion, the people in the streets.
What we saw coming together on Wisconsin street corners and in the wave of state and nationwide public support behind them was an authentic mass movement being born. We know that’s what it was because it contained, all at the same time, what we identified back in 2005 as the five necessary characteristics of such things;
- Mass movements have political demands anchored in the deeply shared values of their core constituencies.
- Mass movements look to themselves and their shared values for legitimacy, not to courts, laws or elected officials. A mass movement consciously aims to lead politicians, not to be led by them.
- Mass movements are civilly disobedient, and continually maintain the credible threat of civil disobedience. They inspire and embolden large numbers of ordinarily nonpolitical souls to engage in personally risky behavior in support of the movement’s political demands.
- Mass movements are supported by lots of vertical and horizontal communication reinforcing its core values.
- Mass movements capture the energy, enthusiasm and risk taking spirit of youth. Nobody ever heard of a mass movement of old or even middle aged people.
Read the full article: http://blackagendareport.com/content/wisconsin-what-happens-when-movements-turn-campaigns
Text of MORE Leaflet which can be dowloaded here. Please print copies and hand them out in your school.
Movement Of Rank and File Educators
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Who we are and what we stand for
· We insist on a better educational environment for teachers and for the students whose lives we touch. We have established the MORE Caucus, which will educate, organize and mobilize the UFT membership.
· We seek a contract with retroactive pay that is not obtained by selling off what few protections remain. MORE will defend: tenure, due process rights, pensions, and an immediate end to the arbitrary denial of tenure. We oppose any teacher evaluations based on standardized tests.
· We insist that high stakes tests no longer deprive New York City’s children of exposure to foreign language, science, social studies and the arts. We insist that curricula taught in our schools nurture in students the potential for active, reflective citizenship, and is committed to racial and gender equity, democracy and economic justice.
· Schools should reflect the aspirations and diversity of those who make up its parent and student body. We will fight to reverse the trend of disappearing Black and Latino educators in our schools.
Celebrate the End of the Year with MORE!
Sat., 6/16 – 5 – 7 pm – at Druids Bar and Restaurant (736 10th Avenue)
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