June 09, 2020

NYSUT-UFT joint statement on passage of criminal justice reform package

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ALBANY, N.Y. June 9, 2020 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew released the following joint statement today regarding passage of state criminal justice reform legislation:

“This legislative package represents a positive step toward a more equitable, transparent criminal justice system. We thank the Legislature and governor for working quickly to address calls for reform. But make no mistake, our work as a society is not done. Legislative reforms are part of this process, but as long as racism remains pervasive, we must not quiet our voices. As educators, we have a duty and responsibility to work for a better, fairer and more just world for our students. Our hearts remain heavy, but together we grieve, together we heal and together we rise.”

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