NJEA members are standing in solidarity today with the members of United Teachers of Los Angeles, who went on strike this morning to demand economic and social justice for both students and educators in Los Angeles’ public schools. You can learn more about the details and current status at the UTLA website.

According to the National Education Association (NEA), whose staff is working closely with the UTLA, although day 1 of the strike was rainy, spirits were anything but dampened. NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia joined UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl and California Teachers CTA President Eric Heins marching and visiting with members on the picket line. Day 2 was followed by more picketing and rallying to demand the schools that Los Angeles students deserve.

We need to keep the momentum going! Here’s how can you help keep the message out there:

Continue to encourage your members to go to sign the petition and send a message of support to our colleagues in UTLA.

Continue to share key stories and content about the strikes — you can follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/neatoday/) (https://www.facebook.com/UTLAnow/)  and twitter (https://twitter.com/NEAToday) to see the latest news.

  • Read this story from salon.com that was getting a huge response from members and the public.
  • Help spread the word on social media by checking out the NEAToday Facebook Post of the salon.com article.
  • In case you missed it, NPR’s nationally syndicated show “Studio 1A” had Lily on the program today to break down the UTLA strike, which is the latest in the #RedForEd movement, and talk about its national impact.
  • Use the #RedForEd and #UTLAStrong hash tags to help flag your social content for us to amplify.
  • Follow UTLA strike updates by visiting https://wearepublicschools.org/

Please watch and share this video made by NJEA’s officers in support of UTLA members as they fight for better learning and working conditions.

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