Sisters & brothers. UALE has connected with Democracy Spring which will take place in DC at the same time as our conference. Democracy Spring is many things and includes a march on Washington and series of sit-ins “to create a watershed moment to show Washington that Americans are determined to claim the democracy we were promised. Together we can defend the basic, beautiful concept that in our democracy everybody deserves an equal voice, not just billionaires and big money interests.” You can learn more at http://www.democracyspring.org/

A significant number of unions and labor allies are participating in Democracy Spring, and Thursday April 14th is the official “Labor Day,” but we’ve arranged to participate as UALE on “Student and Youth Day” on Friday, April 15thIn order to open up time in our conference schedule for this, we have had to (unfortunately) cancel the plenary session for Friday morning. Many of the concurrent sessions that were scheduled for Friday afternoon have been moved to that morning so that UALE folks can be free in the afternoon to participate in Democracy Spring. Remember that our membership meeting will start promptly at 4:30!

Here’s what we’d like your help with.

Labor Educators from UALE will run one or more teach-ins during the sit-ins (without expectation of arrest) on Friday afternoon between about 2:00 & 4:00 pm. 

Will you volunteer to facilitate a teach-in? This means preparing some introductory remarks on a specific topic, and some provocative questions, and then facilitating discussion. Here are some possible topics that the organizers have expressed interest in:

a.   The role of unions and worker organizing in democratizing the workplace

b.   Attacks on unions as part of the push-back against the movement for economic equity and inclusion

c.   The experience of young workers in the labor force and in unions

d.   As per the theme of our conference, racial justice as a labor issue, especially for young workers

e.   Campaign finance reform

f.     Voter suppression

If you can help with a teach-in on one of these topics, or another that you think would be relevant to the themes of Democracy Spring and its “Student and Youth Day,” please email Sarah Laslett at  ASAP! We hope that all conference attendees will come to the sit-ins and participate in the teach-ins. More information and logistics organizing will take place at the opening session of our conference on Weds 4/12.                                     Thank you!

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