We know who has been lobbying for students in our state for years: It's you. Whether it was advocating to get automated defibrillators in schools to save dozens of lives or for additional state aid to lower class sizes, NYSUT members and retirees have been fighting for what students need since the union was founded in 1973.
This month, NYSUT debuts an online action center — mac.nysut.org — to connect members in a way they haven't been able to before.
"Now all in one spot, members will have easy links to contact lawmakers, watch videos, register to vote and get advice, tips and news," said NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta.
The center, which is linked with www.nysut.org, will do even more. Members who join the activist list will receive email alerts about specific issues and when lawmakers need to hear their voice.
"We know how busy everyone is," Pallotta said. "I know how much I always appreciate the reminders I get from friends to get things done. That's what this website will do. It will reach out to our members to tell them what they need to do, when and why."
Go to mac.nysut.org so you can:
sign online petitions
contact lawmakers on the most important topics
alert your friends to help in the cause
link to Facebook
watch videos on our issues
find your elected official
register to vote
"Our members make their voices heard in so many ways, this one site offers a lot of useful information, advice, tips, news and helpful resources, all in one spot," Pallotta said.