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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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  • 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
  • NYSUT announces new Advancing Racial Justice in Education Agenda 2/24/2021
  • Black History Month: 'Diversifying the Educational Workforce' with Chancellor Young 2/18/2021
  • Many Threads, One Fabric: 'Embracing Racial and Cultural Diversity' 2/5/2021
  • Black History Month: Video Celebrations 2/3/2021
  • First Book promotes diversity with author talks and book donations 1/15/2021
  • Multicultural leaders discuss next steps post-election 12/4/2020
  • Global human rights action began as small ripple for Long Island educator 11/24/2020
  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 10/16/2020
  • Virtual event explores unearned privilege 10/16/2020
  • Justice Ginsburg left indelible mark on equity, education 9/21/2020
  • FREE NYSUT poster celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15/2020
  • Internationally known author, professor Kendi speaks with NYSUT members on anti-racism 8/7/2020
  • Voting rights challenged as U.S. marks anniversaries of 19th Amendment, Voting Rights Act 8/4/2020
  • Kingston educators begin community-wide book group on race 7/15/2020
  • Andrew Pallotta: 'Education - An Avenue To Equality' (via WAMC) 7/1/2020
  • Human rights institute draws record participation of youth ready to change the world 6/30/2020
  • Supreme Court upholds protection for immigrant 'Dreamers' 6/22/2020
  • Juneteenth Celebrates Black Emancipation and Struggle 6/19/2020
  • Teen human rights institutes to be held online 6/18/2020
  • Landmark Supreme Court ruling protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers 6/15/2020
  • NYSUT statement on Supreme Court decision affirming rights of LGBTQ workers 6/15/2020
  • NYSUT-UFT joint statement on passage of criminal justice reform package 6/9/2020
  • Union vigil a moving call to action 6/9/2020
  • Walking the walk: NYSUT members across the state rally for justice and action; online vigil set for Monday 6/5/2020
  • NYSUT statement on a weekend of unrest in the wake of the George Floyd killing 6/1/2020
    • About NYSUT Social Justice

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

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

    • 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.
    • Hispanic Heritage

      NYSUT's online Hispanic Heritage Month celebration of our culture, nuestra herencia, our diversity and our strength in conversation with Latinx leaders.
    • Black History

      NYSUT members and leaders are telling their stories in video testimonials as part of our Black History Month celebration. More to come!
    • Civil and Human Rights Committee

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

    • Women's Committee

      Learn more about the NYSUT Women's Committee.
    • LGBTQ Resources

      Educating peers and advocating for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer colleagues.
    • WHY IN FIVE

      The "Why in 5" campaign for social justice is a way for NYSUT members to use a short set of talking points to educate others about significant social justice. 

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    At Buffalo rally, education unions stand up to hate

    The education community rallied around student Brooklyn Bullock and the people of Buffalo to stand up to hatred and bigotry following the mass killings at a Buffalo Tops supermarket and at a Texas elementary school just more than a week later. Speaker after speaker, from NYSUT President Andy Pallotta and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten to Buffalo Public Schools Interim Superintendent Tonja Williams and Board of Education President Louis Petrucci, called for communities to come together in this moment and fight for change — for each other and for their children, like Bullock.

    ‘We need a voice’: Long Island educators form AAPI advocacy group

    Mary Waring, a building representative for the East Meadow Teachers Association, is one of roughly 30 educators from public and private K-12 schools, colleges and education-related fields who last year formed the Asian Pacific American Council of Educators-Long Island (she is the organization’s secretary). The council took off with encouragement from both the Long Island Latino Teachers Association and Long Island Black Educators Association.
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    NYSUT steps up support for Amazon and Starbucks workers

    In addition to recent support for Starbucks workers across New York State, NYSUT and AFT recently added our names to a letter submitted by the Amazon Labor Union to New York State Attorney General Letitia James to investigate Amazon for violation of the terms of the Excelsior Jobs Program with their union-busting activities.
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    NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund seeks donations to help Ukraine citizens

    To help the people of Ukraine, the statewide union is encouraging members and the general public to consider donating to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, the union’s 501(c)3 charitable organization. NYSUT is partnering with relief agencies to make sure that the funds collected get to the people in areas that are most in need due to this humanitarian crisis.
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    NYSUT salutes Black History Month

    “The health and wellness of individuals within the Black community is a conversation that’s long overdue,” said J. Philippe Abraham, NYSUT secretary-treasurer, in welcoming remarks. Abraham, who hosted the event, noted that the issue is especially timely since communities of color are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
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    NYSUT Celebrates Black History Month 2022

    This year’s event highlights the importance of health and wellness in the Black community.
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    Free NYSUT poster celebrates HBCUs


    NYSUT celebrates Black History Month with a new poster highlighting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which were established to primarily serve Black students.
    Hispanic Heritage Event

    Event celebrates Hispanic excellence and achievement

    NYSUT Secretary Treasurer J. Philippe Abraham welcomed two Latina trailblazers as part of “Celebrando Nuestra Hispanidad,” NYSUT’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration — NYS Education Commissioner Betty Rosa and Evelyn DeJesus, American Federation of Teachers’ executive vice president.
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    VIDEO: 'Celebrando Nuestra Hispanidad: A Conversation with Latino Leaders'

    Video is now available for our virtual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
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    Hispanic Heritage poster honors Maria Hinojosa

    NYSUT celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a new poster honoring Maria Hinojosa, the longtime host and executive producer of Latino USA, the longest running national Latino news and cultural public radio program.
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    Human rights conference brings together teens from three continents

    “At this time of increased intolerance and hatred in this country, it is only through education and sharing these stories that we can learn how to recognize the signs of history repeating itself,” said retired teacher Wendy Weisbrot, opening the 14th Academy for Human Rights Summer Symposium.
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    Guilderland teacher unites students and community for action and awareness

    Climate change comes in many forms. Guilderland teacher Matthew Pinchinat is trying to change the climate from one where people are maligned because of their differences, to one where differences are appreciated.
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