MEA’s Political Action Committee is an active group that is an integral part of the political scene in Manchester. Their function is to remain vigilant regarding local elections, interview all candidates who choose to sit with us, and get Manchester educators to Think Education, even when voting.
The PAC holds a few meetings per year, and also hosts a few meetings with the leadership of other unions in the city. Those on the committee also attend political functions being held around the state.
MEA PAC holds a few functions each year to raise funds to support political endeavors, including a cash calendar, bowling, and socials. Raffles are at every function. Take a look at the Events Page to find out what activities are going on sponsored by the PAC.
|The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Newsletter June 25, 2020|
Welcome to our June 25th newsletter! As always, share the latest stories from your city or state with us on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to tell your friends and colleagues to sign up for our newsletter here.
A Note From AROS Executive Director Keron Blair on Police Free Schools
Fact: Police terrify Black children.
Fact: Fear doesn’t make for safe and welcoming learning environments.
Fact: Black children have long complained that police in their schools make them feel like they are in prison.
Fact: There are far too many disturbing videos of police officers in our schools engaging in unimaginable acts of violence on the bodies of Black children.
Fact: All children misbehave. Sadly, Black children are criminalized for their misbehavior.
These facts and a host of others have pushed young people across the country to demand the removal of police from their school buildings. Regrettably, these demands have fallen on the deaf ears of elected leaders more committed to law and order than protecting and serving their community.
Finally, after years of struggle and protest, the voices of students are being heard. In cities like Minneapolis, San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Saint Paul ,school boards are making the brave decision to remove armed police officers from public schools. While delayed, this is undoubtedly the step that moves our public schools in the right direction.
Here is another fact: public schools in affluent white neighborhoods aren’t patrolled by the local police department. That’s probably because policing in public education is racist and an affront to blackness. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask the Spring Valley High School student in Columbia, South Carolina who was flipped backwards by a school resource officer while seated at her desk.
Law enforcement presence in our neighborhood public schools has long been a tool to siphon funds necessary to make our schools safe and thriving, and our classrooms well-resourced. It should go without saying that chokeholds, body slams, guns, batons, mace, pepper spray and the police officers often wielding those instruments of violence have no place in our schools. These officers and their weapons of war harm our young people, criminalize their blackness and disrupt their education. This must stop.
When it comes to making our schools safe and welcoming, we should follow the direction of the brilliant young people attending them and leading the movement to end police presence in those buildings. In doing so, we must also listen to other demands these young people are making:
More school counselors, nurses, psychologists, and therapists
Recess breaks and extracurricular activities
These young people want their school buildings to be sheltered places full of joy, fairness, and learning that’s geared toward growth and development. For that to be a reality, we must end the troublesome relationship that far too many public schools have with local police departments.
When these police officers leave our neighborhood public schools, let’s replace them with more guidance counselors, social workers, school nurses and well-resourced classrooms.
The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools is please to stand with the Schott Foundation for Public Education in its announcement of the #PoliceFreeSchools Fund.
Yours in the struggle!
We need your help to get the Senate to pass the HEROES Act!
Our communities are incurring huge new costs as they seek to contain and treat the coronavirus and respond to the virus-induced spike in joblessness and related human needs. At the same time, they are projecting sharply lower tax revenues due to the widespread collapse of economic activity brought about by efforts to contain the virus’ spread.
We cannot get back to work, back to school and back to our future without critical investments, and without ensuring workers have a voice in that process. For too long, teachers, nurses and other public employees have been asked to do too much with too little. We need you to call your Senator. Click here to call your Senators and ask them to pass the HEROES Act.
Building Power Trainings…
The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) is pleased to invite community organizations and unions to participate in a summer course about building coalitions to win racial justice and safely reopen schools. This is part of AROS’ long standing effort to support the Education Justice Movement, build power, and win at the local and state levels.
These sessions, which start on July 7th at 3pm EST, are designed for individuals who are building partnerships/tables where educators, parents and students can work together, and develop campaigns and projects able to produce the schools our communities deserve. This course will run for 4 weeks.
We will start with naming the basic and essential elements of coalition building before moving on to developing campaigns and making decisions together; all the way down to the nuts and bolts, as it were.
Though this is a difficult and challenging time to be organizing, we believe we can build strong relationships that can lead to meaningful wins!
Shall we do this together? Follow this link to sign up!
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