California Educator

May / June 2017

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Educators show their support for students, schools O n May 1, CTA's statewide Day of Action, thousands of educators participated in walk-ins, demon- strations and rallies to profess their unwavering support for all students, including vigilance in making schools safe zones and steadfast advocacy for the public education all California stu- dents deserve. ey were joined by parents and community members. In one of the most impactful actions, Associated Calexico Teachers members, together with CTA Board member Roberto Rodriguez and city leaders, marched from Jefferson Elementary School to the Mexican border. Calexico has been identified as an "area of priority" for the Trump administration's proposed wall. Marchers held signs that read "Two Countries, One Community." "What is more limiting to the minds of our young people than a giant wall standing in front of their dreams?" ACT President James Taylor asked the crowd. "Educators, parents, students and community members do not stand for isolation, for limitations. We will not stand for walls. Instead, we stand for unity. We stand together in the face of this affront to our community, and we will return this message based on fear with a message of love and a greater understanding of what a community can be." See more photos and video from the day at and on CTA's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages: #CTADayofAction #WeAreCTA. Turlock Teachers Association member and first-grade teacher Michelle Hamilton. Associated Calexico Teachers members and city leaders stand at the border with Mexico. A Day of Action and Unity 38 advocacy

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