Sunday, January 29, 2012


This might be a wonderful way to bring yourself up to speed with the many issues
our public schools are currently facing.  A way to better understand the complex connections between testing, charter schools and the teacher's union.  Learn from experienced and informed teachers, parents and education activists who have been battling these issues for years.  Their experience will help shed light on the past and give direction toward the future.  

----Janine Sopp, parent, member of GEM


Greetings GEM Membership,
If you are in the NYC area next Saturday, Feb 4, make sure to register and attend the State of the Union Conference.  This conference is being organized  by rank and file teachers and parents allies. Mayor Bloomberg declared war on our union and on public education in his State of the Union speech last week. Now more than ever is the time to rebuild a fightback inside our unions. Join with teachers, community members, students, parents at this conference to create the union we need!
Register in advance for the discounted rate of $10 which will be used to pay for the space and childcare. Day of event will is $15.
On line registration is at

We look forward to seeing you next Saturday, Feb 4th at the State of the Union Conference.

The State of the UNION Conference

Saturday, February 4th, 2012 

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

at The Graduate Center for Worker Education

Public education is under attack! 

Stand up, fight back!

As educators we are strongest when our voices are united. 

That is what a UNION is for. 

The UNION makes us strong.

For far too long the leadership of our union, the United Federation of Teachers, 

along with the national American Federation of Teachers, have been silent, thrown up minimal defenses too little too late, and have even collaborated in the assault on our profession, our students and their families.

It is time to re-imagine our teachers’ union. 

Come meet other UFT members who want a new kind of union

Learn about the history and functioning of the UFT in workshops facilitated by rank and file members, union delegates, 

and fellow teachers.

Workshops include: 

Workshops include:
UFT 101: Introduction to the UFT
Organizing 101: parents and teachers working together--a vision for a community oriented teacher union with Leonie Haimson, Class size Matters
The UFT past and present
Social Movement Unionism? With Lois Weiner, Editor of The Global Assault on Teaching, Teachers and their Unions
What happened to Brown vs. Board of Education:
re-segregation of our schools with Brian Jones and Sam Anderson
High stakes testing with activists from Grassroots Education Movement
Tenure – A Job for Life??
What's the 1% want with our schools? (Privatization 101)
Mayoral Control vs. A People's Board of Education with
Coalition for Public Education
Building your chapter: how do you organize at the school level? With long time UFT chapter leaders and activists.
Federal, State and local policy and our schools
What does democracy in our union look like?
Strategy and Tactics: Lessons fro Occupy Wall Street for our movement
With activist from Occupy the DOE

Register today for the


Saturday, February 4th, 2012 

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

at The Graduate Center for Worker Education


25 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC 

Please register online for the State of the Union Conference:

Find us on Facebook: State of the Union

$10 pre-registration 
$15 at the door 
Registration Fees will be used to cover expenses

Scholarships available, please email 

For childcare services at the conference please email Peter Lamphere no later than Jan. 29th at


The time is NOW

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