POLITICAL ACTION

Teachers are encouraged to participate in political activism that supports teachers, students and public education.  

  • Contact elected officials showing support or opposition for educational bills and policies.

  • Become a 5 minute activist by signing up for the NYSUT Action Center and receive text alerts with links to show your support for educational policies.   https://mac.nysut.org/

  • Participate in public education rallies.

  • Stay informed on educational news, policies and procedures.

NYSUT Legislative Action Center

NYSUT Social Justice

Register to Vote in New York State

Committee of 100

NYSUT’s Legislative Department lobbies state and federal representatives to help retain professional enhancements we fought for and won. Support for our public schools comes from the efforts of hundreds of grass-roots lobbyists. This statewide, grass-roots network of member-volunteers, called the Committee of 100, adds local political impact to NYSUT’s effort. Members who want to influence issues directly affecting their lives, including pensions, job security, and health and safety, are encouraged to explore becoming part of the Committee of 100.  (https://www.nysut.org/members/member-guide/political-action).

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FMTA Statement on Black Lives Matter

We members of the Fayetteville-Manlius Teachers’ Association are heartbroken and outraged over the tragic killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Brionna Taylor. Our hearts are heavy as we are reminded once again of the persistence of racism and inequality that exists in the United States. We understand that these recent tragedies affect the emotional and mental welfare of all of our students and their families. We would like the entire community, especially our Black community members, to know that we stand with you and are here for you.

In times of grief and unrest, we want to reaffirm that we are a community. We must dedicate ourselves to ensuring a safe place for students to learn and feel valued. We are especially missing our students right now. In times of trouble and pain, our classrooms, hallways, libraries, and counseling centers are safe places for us to talk, process our grief, and begin to understand and confront the prejudices and economic inequities that contribute to tragedies such as these. Our students no doubt feel confused and helpless. We are committed to helping them give voice to their grief, and to use our tools as educators to empower them.

More BLM Resources can be found here.

FMTA Statement on Asian Violence

We members of the Fayetteville-Manlius Teachers’ Association are heartbroken and outraged over acts of violence against Asian people; we  recognize that violence against Asian American communities is part of a larger system of violence and racism against all communities of color, including Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and immigrant communities. 

The increase in anti-Asian racism and discrimination hurts students, families, and communities across the country. Our hearts are heavy as we are reminded once again of the persistence of racism and inequality that exists in the United States. We understand that these recent tragedies affect the emotional and mental welfare of all of our students and their families. We would like the entire community, especially our Asian community members, to know that we stand with you and are here for you.

In times of grief and unrest, we want to reaffirm that we are a community. We must dedicate ourselves to ensuring a safe place for students to learn and feel valued. We are committed to helping our students give voice to their grief, and to use our tools as educators to empower them. 

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