Call to Action for Sept. 8-11, 2020

Join us tomorrow, Sept. 8th, and the rest of this week to show solidarity with staff whose school buildings are not safe, with those staff who are refusing to enter unsafe buildings tomorrow, with staff whose medical accommodations were denied, with staff with high-risk family members, with students and parents who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and are at increased risk if we return, and with all those who have been fighting against the Mayor’s unsafe reopening plan all summer and continue to fight. 

Here are four simple actions you can take with us starting tomorrow: 

  1. Sign and share this petition for remote Professional Development and planning meetings and this petition for a full remote start to the year.
  2. Do a lunchtime phone zap & selfie: Invite your chapter to go outside at lunch (whether working at home or in school) to call to demand an all-remote start to the year. Take a photo of yourself calling and post it on social media tagging @MORECaucusUFT so we can amplify. Check here for phone numbers and scripts. 
    • Mayor De Blasio (212-788-3000),
    • Michael Mulgrew (212-777-7500),
    • Governor Cuomo (518-474-8390) and
    • Chancellor Carranza  (212-374-6000 or 212-374-0200)
  3. Wear #redfored on Tuesday, September 8 to show unity with all school staff being forced to work in unsafe conditions and with those refusing to enter buildings.
  4. Document your unsafe building conditions: Take photos of the broken sinks, peeling paint, broken windows, and other school building conditions that haven’t been fixed and post photos/videos on social media, tagging @MORECaucusUFT on IG/Twitter and MORE-UFT on FB. Then call the UFT hotline at 212-331-6311 to report the conditions.  Use the social media hashtags #returntoschool2020 and #notuntilitssafe in your posts. 

Continue using our MORE-UFT Stop Unsafe Reopening Toolkit to organize your schools, chapters, and districts! Join our meeting on ventilation in schools during COVID-19 Tues. 9/8 at 8pm, and join one of two of our MORE-UFT General Meetings on either Sat. 9/12 or Sun. 9/13 (Print the flyer here for your coworkers)!

For more ideas on actions to take with your colleagues this week, follow us on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website) for daily updates. 

Stay tuned for information on a city-wide day of action against unsafe reopening on Monday, September 14th. 

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