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NYSUT Social Justice

Social justice lies at the heart of unionism. As we fight to protect collective bargaining rights, strike back against education privatization and defend the rights of members, unions demonstrate the power of grassroots action and show how they can be vehicles for change within communities. The goal of NYSUT's Social Justice initiative is to take our social justice mission to the next level - moving beyond simple fundraising to actions that make REAL community change on issues important to members and the communities they live in. Learn more about NYSUT Social Justice.

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  • Challenges of teaching Black history focus of February program 2/21/2024
  • Many Threads, One Fabric: Black History Month Thought Leaders Forum 2/15/2024
  • NYSUT and partners launch One-in-Five campaign to combat cycle of childhood poverty 1/24/2024
  • Poster celebrates Native American Heritage Month 10/25/2023
  • In rural Galway, educators thwart censorship attempts 10/17/2023
  • Clyde-Savannah educators push to uphold intellectual freedom 10/6/2023
  • New poster celebrates tennis legend Billie Jean King for LGBTQ+ History Month 10/4/2023
  • Birmingham to Buffalo: Teaching Assistant Ethel Kline talks about her purpose 9/20/2023
  • Free NYSUT poster celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 9/14/2023
  • Celebrating workers’ rights at Labor Day events 9/11/2023
  • 'Thoughts on this Labor Day.' By NYSUT President Melinda Person. 9/4/2023
  • NYSUT Members of Color Affinity and Action Project Inaugural Convening 8/31/2023
  • NYSUT Social Justice Academy graduates first cohort 7/20/2023
  • NYSUT statement on devastating Supreme Court rulings 6/30/2023
  • Celebrate Juneteenth! 6/16/2023
  • NYSUT educators are keeping books in schools, celebrating diverse and inclusive stories 6/13/2023
  • NYSUT Many Threads, One Fabric event celebrates Juneteenth 6/9/2023
  • “Many Threads, One Fabric” event celebrates Asian, Pacific Islander American Heritage Month 5/19/2023
  • SOUNDS OF WELLNESS: A Virtual Black History Month Event 2/27/2023
  • Response to Tyre Nichols' Death & Resources for Members 1/28/2023
  • NYSUT members give back for MLK Day 1/19/2023
  • New poster celebrates Native American Heritage Month 11/8/2022
  • 'Healthy School Meals for All' coalition calls for funding to end childhood hunger in schools 10/27/2022
  • Salamanca High School teachers honored for human rights education 9/14/2022
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our new Jorge Ramos poster 9/1/2022
  • At Buffalo rally, education unions stand up to hate 6/3/2022
  • ‘We need a voice’: Long Island educators form AAPI advocacy group 5/26/2022
  • NYSUT steps up support for Amazon and Starbucks workers 4/21/2022
  • NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund seeks donations to help Ukraine citizens 3/9/2022
  • NYSUT salutes Black History Month 2/19/2022
  • NYSUT Celebrates Black History Month 2022 2/18/2022
  • Free NYSUT poster celebrates HBCUs 1/20/2022
  • Event celebrates Hispanic excellence and achievement 10/14/2021
  • VIDEO: 'Celebrando Nuestra Hispanidad: A Conversation with Latino Leaders' 9/27/2021
  • Hispanic Heritage poster honors Maria Hinojosa 9/15/2021
  • Human rights conference brings together teens from three continents 7/19/2021
  • Guilderland teacher unites students and community for action and awareness 7/16/2021
  • Many Threads, One Fabric: 'How to Support Our LGBTQ and Allied Students' 6/24/2021
  • NYSUT Many Threads, One Fabric event celebrates Juneteenth 6/21/2021
  • Many Threads, One Fabric: 'Hope Gathering 2021' 6/17/2021
  • Rural local takes decisive action against anti-gay cyberbullying directed at teachers 6/11/2021
  • Empathy key to effective classroom communication, says Bigbie 5/26/2021
  • Educators discuss ways to combat anti-Asian hate 5/13/2021
  • NYSUT applauds Regents’ diversity, equity and inclusion policy statement 5/10/2021
  • 'Sticks & Stones' workshop offers support for understanding and challenging implicit bias 5/6/2021
  • RA 2021: Solidarity, now and forever 5/1/2021
  • Register for a follow-up session for our 'Courageous Conversation' webinar 4/22/2021
  • NYSUT statement on verdict in Derek Chauvin trial 4/21/2021
  • Free NYSUT poster celebrates Kamala Harris for Women's History Month 2/28/2021
  • Unions celebrate Women's History Month 2/28/2021
    • Social Justice Resources

      NYSUT, along with our partners at AFT and NEA, have compiled a number of social justice resources for educators and activists.

    • About NYSUT Social Justice

      Social justice lies at the heart of unionism, demonstrating the power of grassroots action and effecting change within our communities.
    • Implicit Bias Workshop

      Learn how to promote social unity and increase cultural awareness in your school and community by attending this new NYSUT workshop for members and local affiliates.
    • Members of Color

      Embracing our Diversity, Celebrating our Unity.
    • Pathways to Leadership

      NYSUT Pathways to Leadership, a project to support NYSUT BIPOC members who strive to own their power and strengthen their skills to take on leadership roles within their union, workplace, or community.
    • Civil and Human Rights Committee

      A committee to advance the union’s efforts to promote equity and social justice.

    • LGBTQ Resources

      Educating peers and advocating for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer colleagues.
    • Women's Committee

      Learn more about the NYSUT Women's Committee.
    • Many Threads, One Fabric

      Launched in the summer of 2020, “Many Threads, One Fabric” is a series of NYSUT and AFT virtual town halls exploring racial justice, diversity and equity issues.
    • AAPI Heritage

      NYSUT members celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by sharing their stories.
    • Black History

      NYSUT members and leaders are telling their stories in video testimonials as part of our Black History Month celebration. More to come!
    • Hispanic Heritage: Rita Moreno

      NYSUT celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a new poster honoring Rita Moreno, an actress, dancer, and singer whose stage and screen career spans over seven decades. Moreno is one of only 18 EGOT award winners — performers who have received Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards — and one of only 24 to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, winning Academy, Emmy and Tony Awards.

    • Social Justice Organizations

      Organizations around the world to help advance your social justice agenda.

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    black history month event

    Challenges of teaching Black history focus of February program

    The “Power of Education” was the theme of a February Black History Month Thought Leaders Forum moderated by J. Philippe Abraham, NYSUT secretary treasurer.
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    Many Threads, One Fabric: Black History Month Thought Leaders Forum

    NYSUT honors Black History Month with a panel discussion, “Power of Education: Challenging the Threat of Erasure by Reclaiming Black History."
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    NYSUT and partners launch One-in-Five campaign to combat cycle of childhood poverty

    NYSUT and a coalition of child, family and community stakeholders today announced their combined push to confront the root causes and harsh effects of poverty that impact hundreds of thousands of children across the state.
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    Poster celebrates Native American Heritage Month

    NYSUT celebrates Native American Heritage Month, Nov. 1–30, with a poster honoring Lily Gladstone, a Native American actress of Blackfeet and Nimíipuu heritage. For her portrayal of a rancher in Certain Women, Gladstone was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Gotham Independent Film Award.
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    In rural Galway, educators thwart censorship attempts

    A fierce opponent of censorship in all its forms, English teacher Kelly O’Brien-Yetto observes Banned Books Week every year in her high school classroom – but in the spring of 2023, O’Brien-Yetto received her first book challenge.
    Emilie Bastian, librarian at Clyde-Savannah Junior/Senior High

    Clyde-Savannah educators push to uphold intellectual freedom

    According to the American Library Association, book bans are at an all-time high. Last year alone, the ALA documented 1,269 demands to remove library books from shelves, twice as many as the year before. For those who think it couldn’t happen in their community, meet Emilie Bastian, librarian at Clyde-Savannah Junior/Senior High.
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    New poster celebrates tennis legend Billie Jean King for LGBTQ+ History Month

    NYSUT celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Questioning/Queer+ History Month, Oct. 1-31, with a new poster honoring American former world No. 1 tennis player Billie Jean King.
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    Birmingham to Buffalo: Teaching Assistant Ethel Kline talks about her purpose

    Ethel Kline has been a Teaching Assistant at PS 74 in Buffalo for almost five decades, and says the job still fills her with purpose. “I'm from a big family, and I'm a southerner. I was raised to care, and to care not just for my own but for people in general,” she said.
    rita moreno poster

    Free NYSUT poster celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


    NYSUT celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, with a new poster honoring Rita Moreno.
    labor day parade

    Celebrating workers’ rights at Labor Day events

    "This Labor Day is happening amid a surge of worker-driven activity across our nation. Building on the bravery and tenacity of union siblings who came before them, working people from autoworkers to actors, writers, care workers — and, of course, educators — are seizing their collective power."
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    'Thoughts on this Labor Day.' By NYSUT President Melinda Person.

    "This Labor Day is happening amid a surge of worker-driven activity across our nation. Building on the bravery and tenacity of union siblings who came before them, working people from autoworkers to actors, writers, care workers — and, of course, educators — are seizing their collective power."
    Members of Color Network

    NYSUT Members of Color Affinity and Action Project Inaugural Convening

    This Sept. 19 event is part of NYSUT’s ongoing effort to encourage members of color to make their voices heard within our union.
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