To read a roundup of events and see pictures from across the country, check out our “We Are One. We Are Everywhere.” post right here on Education Votes.
On April 4, 1968, 43 years ago in Memphis, a long struggle for human rights and human dignity ended in the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but it brought economic justice and the respect that all people deserve to 1,300 city sanitation workers.
On April 4 this year, the anniversary of Dr. King’s death, labor unions, civil rights organizations, and religious leaders will stand together across this country for the same human rights and human dignity for working men and women. We will remember the courage and determination of Dr. King and those workers who endured assault and arrest as they walked a picket line for two months. We have stood together as one with public workers across this country whose bargaining rights are under attack, with private workers who can’t get bargaining rights, and against those politicians and their allies who want to silence our political voice.
On April 4, 2011, on the job, in our schools and in our communities, we will remind our elected officials that workers rights are human rights, and that those rights will not be destroyed.
We are one. We are everywhere.
For information about specific We Are One events in your area, visit the main We Are One website.
Suggestions for local events:
- Ask Everyone in your local to wear red in support of public education.
- Hold a pancake breakfast before the school day begins; a potluck lunch; or a social get-together after work.
- Organize building reps to distribute flyers to members in their place of work — front office of the school, cafeteria, transportation office, classrooms, lounge – wherever it’s appropriate to distribute the information.
- Orchestrate a letters to the editor program in which the local newspaper receives letters during the entire week of April 4 – 8.
- Wear arm bands/buttons/stickers to show solidarity with other workers.
- Stage a teach-in at your local school or institution of higher education, using the information in the AFL-CIO’s “We Are One teach-in kit”.
Documents to use and share:
What We're Reading
- 02/14/2015 "More than 500 researchers sign NCLB (ESEA) letter to Congress: stop test-focused reforms" – Washington Post
- 02/17/2015 "Jeb Bush’s school failed" – Miami Herald
- 02/19/2015 "President Obama gives IL anti-union gov. cold shoulder, stands up for unions" – Associated Press
- 02/20/2015 "First Lady: Education Is Most Important Civil Rights Issue" – Associated Press
- 02/24/2015 "‘Even Better Than a Tax Cut" – New York Times