March on Washington continues 'that righteous fight'
They began arriving on the National Mall at dawn, coming from at least a dozen states—north, south, east and west—including more than 1,000 members from New York, hundreds from Maryland, and activists from as far as Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Washington. By 8 a.m. on Aug. 24, AFT members were spilling onto the mall, joining thousands of fellow members and marchers carrying banners and signs for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
The AFT contingent helped highlight the union's theme of "reclaiming the promise of public education." During the day, volunteers handed out Reclaiming the Promise fans and information cards, and marchers who stopped by an AFT tent signed up to support ongoing efforts throughout the country to translate that theme into action.
The story and video are here
Watch Weingarten's address at the Lincoln Memorial
Read the Huffington Post column, "Reclaiming the Promise of the March on Washington"
Retiree set to take seat on Pittsburgh school board
Retiree Sylvia Wilson is among three former Pittsburgh teachers who won seats on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board in May. Wilson retired from teaching elementary school a few years ago, and recently left her position as assistant to the president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. The retiree decided to run for the school board because it seemed like a natural transition. "It's not easy to walk away from education," says Wilson. "When you step out of the classroom, the desire to work for the children doesn't disappear. I'm glad to be able to do things for the district in another way."
Read more of Wilson's story at AFT.org
Ask "Dear Marci"
In this edition, Wallace writes: "I heard Medicare covers preventive care services such as the Welcome to Medicare visit and Annual Wellness visits. What is the difference between the Welcome to Medicare visit and Annual Wellness visit?"
Read what Marci has to say
Thousands stand up for Philly schools
Days before students were scheduled to return to their classrooms, teachers, school staff, students, parents and supporters of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools marched through the streets, demanding that big business, the mayor, the governor and the School Reform Commission do their part to fully fund the city's schools.
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and several community partners also launched television, radio, online and print ads in Philadelphia demanding that Mayor Michael Nutter stop standing with Gov. Tom Corbett as he starves schools of resources, and followed up those efforts with delivery of more than 10,000 emails to the mayor and city council, calling for full and fair school funding.
Find the full story at AFT.org
Read about the ad blitz
Write Mayor Nutter today
‘Reclaiming the promise’ rallies communities
AFT President Randi Weingarten kicked off several weeks of visits to schools and affiliates around the country with an Aug. 12 address at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, where more than 400 teachers, security monitors, clerical staff and paraprofessionals gathered for back-to-school training. The next day, she highlighted early childhood education and cooperative union-district efforts in St. Louis. The efforts of educators and unionists in both districts, she said, show that reclaiming the promise of public education is very much a work in progress.
Details are here
AFT goes to the wall for Vietnam veterans
Few threads are woven deeper into the nation's fabric than military service, and the AFT honors those ties. On a Saturday morning this month, more than two dozen national headquarters staff, joined by family, AFTers from nearby locals, and members of the Union Veterans Council, volunteered for a cleanup of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Among them was Steven Greenburg, president of the Fairfax County (Va.) Federation of Teachers, who set his alarm for 4 a.m. to help scrub the paths and black granite walls of the monument. "It was a privilege to be there," he says.
Read all about it on AFT.org
Find out about the Union Veterans Council
Returning home after a convalescent stay
can be complicated
When older patients are ready to leave the hospital, they often are transferred to a nursing home to recover. But, then, some never leave. Kaiser Health News tells the story of 75-year-old Dorothy Holmes who fell in her bathroom shower. She spent nearly three months in the hospital, and her biggest worry was not getting out.
When Holmes was ready, a case manager drew up a plan for the transition, including making sure she had home-delivered meals, personal care, and physical and occupational therapy. Without this help, Holmes would not have been able to return home.
Read more at Kaiser Health News
In This Issue
"The dream" at 50
Retiree set to take school board seat in Pittsburgh
Standing up for Philly schools
Going to the wall for veterans
Returning home after a convalescent stay
Gayle Rembold Furbert:
"Cannot be there [for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington] in person, but absolutely in spirit. Hope our young people participate and become the next set of leaders for justice and equality!"
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