The president of the American Federation of Educators (AFT) made it clear in a partisan speech on Thursday that the country’s second-largest instructors union she heads is aligned with the Democrat Celebration and totally intends to attempt to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
” Our democracy is under attack,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a speech delivered at Together Informing America’s Kid [TEACH], the union’s biennial learning conference kept in Washington, DC, on Thursday.
” Donald Trump has actually waged a war on reality and on journalism, trampled rights and obligations enshrined in the Constitution, scoffed at the guideline of law and stoked America’s departments in order to exploit them. He welcomes despots while distancing allies, has actually put commerce and greed over human rights, and his economic program has widened the space in between the rich and the rest people,” Weinstein said, sounding more like a prospect for the 2020 Democrat governmental nomination than the head of a teachers union.
” Our really moral character as a nation is checked when government leaders see immigrants and asylum-seekers not as ‘exhausted, poor, gathered masses yearning to breathe free,’ however portray them as intruders so threatening and worthless that the government’s inhumane treatment of them– denying kids sufficient food, sleep and health– is in some way been worthy of,” she added.
” Our national federal government has ended up being a platform for the promo of hatred and bias, a pulpit for authoritarianism. Our class and schools are not immune to the toxic political and social environment enabled by the president and his accomplices,” Weingarten continued.
The AFT head then detailed the political strategy for instructors coming from AFT in the coming 2020 election.
Since March 2018, when the #RedforEd movement launched, both the AFT and the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, have been working hand in hand arranging political occasions and protests in a number of states, working carefully with the more loosely organized #RedforEd activists, much of whom are former Bernie Sanders advocates ingrained within teachers unions.
As Breitbart News reported in February:
This teachers union effort, called #RedforEd, has its roots in the really exact same socialism that President Trump vowed in his 2019 State of the Union address to stop, and it began in its current kind in early 2018 in a distant corner of the nation prior to spreading nationally. Its stated goals– higher instructor pay and better education conditions– are overshadowed by a more malicious political agenda: a leftist Democrat uprising designed to turn purple or red states to blue, using the may of a substantial part of the education system as its lever.
” Educators have constantly had power. We require to own our power,” Weingarten said, echoing the styles sounded at countless #RedforEd events.
” And we need to develop our power so we can move our agenda– for our students and our households; for safe, inviting and well-funded public schools; for budget friendly college; health care that is a right, not an opportunity; a living wage; a good retirement; a healthy environment and a strong democracy,” she continued.
Weingarten admired how Democrat governmental prospects this election cycle are courting #RedforEd and the nationwide teachers unions.
” Today, governmental candidates are one-upping each other with their support of teachers and public schools. We have changed the narrative about public education and, in so doing, have assisted protect it,” she asserted.
” Numerous 2020 Democratic presidential candidates validated the partisan political motivations behind the #RedforEd movement with tweets supporting the South Carolina instructor walkouts throughout the day on Wednesday,” Breitbart News reported in Might:
Weingarten then claimed that teachers have actually developed into political activists out of necessity:
I am asking you to be clear-eyed about the treacherous time we remain in, to think deeply and seriously about what you can do to take a stand, and about the ramifications of not doing anything. We might have laughed when President Trump revealed that he thinks Frederick Douglass is still alive which American patriots stormed airports during the Revolutionary War. But we can’t lose sight of Trump’s unconscionable cruelty or forget that his irregular habits is planned to wreak havoc and confusion. And we can’t presume that things will not worsen
Many of us didn’t end up being educators because we wished to be political activists. But as teachers with a conscience, we can do nothing else. To paraphrase Hillel, “If not us, who? If not now, when?” While I would never ask you to handle all these problems or to go it alone, the fight to protect American democracy starts in our class and our schools.
She ended her remarks by speaking of teachers as mainly political activists.
” When this minute in history is written, let it be said that America’s teachers rose to the difficulty. That hope won against fear. Aspiration over aggravation. And humankind over ruthlessness. That we defeated demagoguery, and maintained our democracy,” she concluded.