Unity Rally Saturday Kicks Off 72 Days Of Action On Gun Violence

gununity082716Assembly Starts at 12 noon at Folger Park on 2nd Street SE
Rally Begins at 1 pm at NRA lobbying HQ on the 400 block of 1st Street SE

On the day before the anniversary of the I Have a Dream speech, join Reverend Al Sharpton, Founder and President, National Action Network; Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Martin Luther King, III and more than two dozen allies as we call for an America with dramatically fewer guns, dramatically harder to get.…

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After 21 years, local control poised to return to Newark schools next fall

By Jessica Mazzola, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — Complete local control of the Newark schools should be fully restored by the 2017-18 school year, according to a report released Monday afternoon by the Newark Education Success Board — the 9-member panel co-created by Gov. Chris Christie and Mayor Ras Baraka last year to help guide the transition back to local control.

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AFT condemns violence against Mexican teachers

Teachers and activists in Oaxaca, Mexico—who were peacefully protesting against education reforms—were victims of lethal force from federal government police in June, an outrageous and tragic event the AFT has been forcefully condemning. In a resolution passed at the AFT convention, union leaders expressed solidarity with Mexican educators and called on the Mexican government to create an independent commission of inquiry around the violence.…

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Funding the Pension Long Game

Over the past year, AFT New Jersey leaders and activists have been working intensely on building support for an amendment to the state constitution to mandate quarterly pension payments. Our members distributed educational literature about the benefits of the measure, knocked on doors to talk to other union members and made phone calls to raise awareness of the importance of funding public worker pensions.…

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