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NEA leaders featured at CHCI and CBCF events

All three NEA officers participated in the 2019 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute leadership conference and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation annual legislative conference last week.

During a panel discussion of immigration, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said, “In the United States, our children are living in fear of being separated from their parents. That’s not who we were supposed to be. This is not who we must be.”

NEA Vice President Becky Pringle said, “[O]ur black boys—and now increasingly our black girls—are being pushed out of our schools. They are finding themselves in that school to prison pipeline. We as educators must disrupt it.”

NEA Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss addressed the connection between climate justice and education justice. “Hear me now!” she said. “Climate change is not only about recycling and no more plastic straws… [It] directly impacts communities of color in a significant way.”

Becky Pringle also lead a discussion on the power of the community school model to transform struggling schools to thriving schools. Community schools are open to everyone all day every day and bring together academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement under one roof.

Panelists included Kyle Serrette from NEA’s Teacher Quality department, Jessica Cardichon from the Learning Policy Institute,Jitu Brown from Journey for Justice, along with educators Ingrid Walker Henry from the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, Cecily Myart-Cruz from United Teachers Los Angeles, and Theresa Dudley from Prince George’s County Education Association.

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