Two thousand teachers, public workers, parents, students and union members descended on San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza Friday afternoon to support the State Of Emergency week of action in Sacramento. All of this week California teachers swarmed the capitol to pressure lawmakers to pass a budget to support public schools and stop the pink slips for teachers. We are proud that the United Educators of San Francisco were prominent in leading the charge.
On Friday we ramped up the support from the urban areas: San Diego, Los Angeles, and, of course, in our wonderful San Francisco. Teachers union president Dennis Kelly emceed a great program surrounded by a rock and roll band (who toned it down for a “Where has all the ‘money’ gone?” outtake on the Kingston trio bestseller of 800 years ago). The crowd wrote postcards to fellow teachers and workers in Republican areas of California asking them to call their legislators and push them to do their jobs and vote for a fair budget that doesn’t close schools and decimate vital services.
Thanks to all of you who came out. And thanks to the elected’s who showed up even though we wouldn’t allow you to speak: State Senator Leland Yee, Supervisors John Avalos and Ross Mirkarimi and School Board Member Hydra Mendoza.
With this event we continue our fight for fairness—it almost made me forget that the Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings to advance to the Western Conference Stanley Cup finals. Go Sharks. Go the Labor Movement!
Tim Paulson is the executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council, an organization representing 150 local unions with a membership of over 100,000 working men and women in San Francisco.