On Monday, January 29th, we are asking our members to plan solidarity actions at their schools. Members should pick a time and a place to meet in your building at the end of the work day, so members can walk out of the building together.
You can find more information here as well as a form each building should return to SPFT. The two rules for this action are to wear red and take a picture of your action (and then send it to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Later Monday evening, starting at 6pm, members are encouraged to attend a Rally for Public Education in Downtown Saint Paul at Hamm Plaza (1 Ecolab Place).
Sign up here if you’d like to ride the bus to the rally. Space is limited.
Our school board has refused to work with us to find the money we need to support our public schools. We want to partner with them to improve services for our English Learners and special education students, hire nurses and librarians for every school, and expand restorative practices so that we build relationships with students instead of pushing them out. The district keeps saying no.
Following the rally at Hamm Plaza, we will march to the Xcel Energy Center, where the NFL is launching its week of events leading up to the Super Bowl. We will be calling on the corporations hosting the Super Bowl to leave a real legacy for our students by investing in public schools.
Other organizations at the rally will include Black Visions Collective, CTUL, Inquilinxs Unidxs, the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, the Baker’s Union, MN350, Young People’s Action Coalition, and $15 Now.