A Message from President Beth Kontos
The spring of 2020 really has been one for the history books. Amid a global pandemic we see the ugly face of racism rise and gain attention in the killing of Black civilians at the hands of police. Is this a “rise” of racism, or are we simply paying closer attention? We know that racism’s roots are old, deep, and strong in our country. It is the video footage that is new. Technology has made it impossible to deny its existence. Now it is up to us all to look straight into the eyes of racism, name it, identify the systems that support it, change the laws, change the customs, destroy the symbols, and create the world we really want. This work must be done in our schools also. We must demand that our school departments hire educators of color, then as a Union we must support and learn from each other. We must also teach the skills to our students that will help them become independent learners and thinkers with the tools to create the new systems our communities desperately need.
Pass the HEROES Act
Tell the Senate: Support the HEROES Act and don’t forfeit our futures — The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, known as the HEROES Act, provides valuable resources for testing, tracing and hospital support to help ensure we can reopen safely, and provides critical funding for our states, cities, towns and schools. Before Congress goes on vacation this summer, we need to secure the Senate’s support for this necessary funding.
- Massachusetts would receive $1.5 billion in education funding if the Senate passed the HEROES Act.
- Massachusetts would receive $11.9 billion in direct aid and $10.8 billion in direct aid to local governments if the Senate passed the HEROES Act.
- Massachusetts would receive $3.4 billion in Medicaid funding through the HEROES Act.
Statement of Solidarity with our Black Students, Families, Educators, and Communities
AFT Massachusetts stands in solidarity with our Black students, families, educators, and communities in Massachusetts and around the country, and joins them to condemn anti-Black racism and police brutality.
Summer Leadership Institute 2020
Boston, Lowell Local Leaders Join AFT Massachusetts Board
AFT Massachusetts Endorses Senator Ed Markey for Re-election
AFT Massachusetts Celebrates Pride Month
Union Members Focused on Food Security Amid COVID-19 Pandemic in Lowell
Like so many others across America, AFT Massachusetts teachers and school support staff are putting aside their own fears during the COVID-19 pandemic to help maintain a sense of normalcy for their students. One big area of focus for AFT Massachusetts members is food security. Educators across the Commonwealth are working hard to ensure that students and their families have food during this crisis.
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