Week of April 23, 2018

 

Walkout to Rally for Public Education  Friday, April 27 1:30pm - 4:00pm

  • Join teachers, parents, students and other community members at the Colorado State Capitol (200 E Colfax Ave. Denver, CO).
  • Poudre School District schools, Cherry Creek Schools and Adams 12 Five Star Schools will be closed for students on Friday,, as many of the districts' teachers will join other Colorado teachers in a “Day of Action” to call for higher wages and more lower education money.  Despite being one of the richest states in the country, Colorado is one of the lowest states when it comes to public education funding. Each year, our students are denied by the legislator the resources they desperately need.

Denver too far?  You can still show support.  Take a Stand - Honk and Wave at the intersection of Drake and College in Fort Collins on Friday April 27 3:45 - 5:30.  Join teachers, parents and members of the PSD community or just drive by and honk and wave.

 

Rally for Publicly-Funded, Privately-Delivered Health Care.  May 6 1:00 Oak Street Plaza in Fort Collins.  May 6 is National Nurses Day. Trust Colorado Nurses - Universal Health Care is in their patients’ best interests.  For more information, visit www.couniversalhealth.org.

 

PLEASE sign a petition for Initiative 93, which would help alleviate the stranglehold Tabor and Gallagher Amendments have on education funding.   3% of registered voter signatures in all 63 Colorado districts is required to get the initiative  on the ballot. It’s easy to do - just contact Shelly Wells to sign a petition.

 

Get the word out - there is a bill in the Colorado State Senate (18-264) to prohibit “public school teachers and teacher organizations from directly or indirectly inducing, instigating, encouraging, authorizing, ratifying, or participating in a strike against any public school employer.”  The penalty for engaging in such behavior would be fines or up to 6 months in jail. Find your legislator and then let him or her know that you do not support this backhanded effort to weaken the voices of Colorado teachers who work long hours at the lowest level of pay in the country given the  cost of living.

 

Cory Gardner wrote an op-ed in the New York Times this week, titled Is Russia Sponsoring Terrorism? Read it and then let him know what you think of it.  Even better, write a letter to the Coloradoan.  Need some talking points? Here you go:

  • While it is positive to hear a Republican Senator publicly criticizing Russia, Gardner is strangely silent about Donald Trump’s connections with Russia.
  • Gardner states, “Despite the imposition of unprecedented sanctions against Russia by the Trump administration and Congress over the past year, President Vladimir Putin only seems more intent on causing grievous harm to international peace and stability.” He does not mention the fact that the Trump administration has failed to enforce those sanctions, and withdrew the most recent ones.
  • Gardner also fails to mention Russian interference in the elections of the US and other Western democracies.
  • Gardner is grandstanding and trying to make a name for himself by naming Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism.”