Union Revs Up Advocacy

Union Revs Up Advocacy

There are two interesting union-related activities taking place nationally and locally -- the first being big AFT event on Monday, which CTU will be involved with, and the second being the launch of a new national education advocacy organization modeled after ProgressNow.

The Huffington Post has a good preview of the AFT's $1.25M campaign, which kicks off Monday and is slated to include roughly 500 CTU participants (according to the article). It's more of a consolidation/coordination effort than anything new, as AFT head Randi Weingarten discusses in the article.

The new ed advocacy organization doesn't go live until December 17, and doesn't have a name (it was originally going to be called the Institute for a Better Education but apparently that's changed). But we know it's going to be run by Sabrina Stevens, a former Denver teacher and progressive activist.  She appeared on MSNBC earlier this week, and the job she's taking is described as a full-time ed advocacy organization (think StudentsFirst, but progressive). The AFT is not directly involved in funding the effort -- either because it's going to be a (c)4 or PAC or because of some difference of views.

 

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