NJEA has been selected as the 2019 Comrade of the Year by New Jersey Communities United (NJCU). The award was presented at the NJCU 2019 Solidarity Awards celebration on March 13 at Gallery Aferro in Newark.

NJCU is a grassroots community organization that builds power for low-income, working-class communities and communities of color in New Jersey. NJCU facilitates member-driven campaigns through community organizing, committee building and leadership development. It provides technical support to create sustainable campaigns that hold both public and private institutions accountable, especially in historically marginalized communities that have been stripped of decision-making authority over those institutions, including their schools.

The theme of the NJCU 2019 Solidarity Awards is a celebration of the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero who once said, “We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.” This is a guiding principle of the work done by NJCU.

NJEA was chosen for the Comrade of the Year award as a union that courageously pushes back corporate entities that profit by exploiting and extracting local resources from communities and schools.


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