Show Your Community Support on 'Educators United with Our Communities Day' April 4
California’s community colleges have always relied on the support of local communities. Over the years, California voters have shown that support by approving Prop. 98, Prop. 30, and Prop. 55 and voting against Prop. 32, in addition to passing local bonds. To both thank our communities and demonstrate our support for them, CCA members are urged to mark “Educators United with Our Communities Day” on Tuesday, April 4.
Currently, many of our students and communities are facing challenges – parents are being questioned by ICE agents as they take their children to school; children are being left in their homes when their parents are picked up by ICE; and Muslim, Latino and students with particular political or religious views report being bullied. On our college campuses, dreamers are living in fear that they will be pulled out of their classes by ICE. Students at all levels have stopped coming to school because of fear. Educators need to know how we can help our students and community members.
CCA urges local chapters to invite K-12 CTA members, our California Faculty Association colleagues and campus staff to join in “Educators United with Our Communities Day” in our communities.
Here are ways you can organize events:
• Invite educators at all levels to join in this day of appreciation.
• Wear blue on April 4.
• Order “Educators
Our Communities” stickers from email@example.com.
• Use social media, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, to spread the word.
• Organize activities locally – at school sites and campuses. Suggested activities include:
o Go to local shopping centers or other gathering places with leaflets thanking our communities and/or providing contact information for the Human Rights teams at local schools. These teams will have information from Interfaith Councils, the ACLU and other organizations supporting human rights.
o Hold rallies, teach-ins, workshops on rights, or make posters and hand out materials in front of your campuses.
o Promote “Educators United with Our Communities” on social media.
o Unveil new safe zones or approve a safe zone resolution.
o Invite local labor and immigrant rights organizations as guest speakers.
o Invite students to share their powerful personal stories.
• Post your activities on social media.
• Show that educators are the leaders in supporting our communities.
Here is a partial list of resources you can use or share, but seek out community-based resources as well: