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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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  • 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
  • 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
    • Hispanic Heritage: Jorge Ramos

      NYSUT celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a new poster honoring Mexican-American journalist and author Jorge Ramos. Known as “The Walter Cronkite of Latin America,” he is the best-known Spanish-language news anchor in the United States.

    • 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.
    • 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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    hispanic heritage celebration

    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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    Many Threads, One Fabric: 'How to Support Our LGBTQ and Allied Students'

    “It’s vitally important that our school communities uplift and support all students by creating an informed and inclusive environment,” said Abraham. “We’re working to create school communities where both LGBTQ students, and LGBTQ educators, can thrive and feel welcomed.”
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    NYSUT Many Threads, One Fabric event celebrates Juneteenth

    The statewide union celebrated Juneteenth with a look back at the origins of the holiday, and a look forward to why the lessons it teaches are necessary today.
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    Many Threads, One Fabric: 'Hope Gathering 2021'

    “This event taps into the feelings that are deep inside of all of us — the dream of returning to in-person work and school, and to all the things we’ve had to sacrifice over the past year,” said NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Philippe Abraham. “As a union, we’ve made it through the past year with dedication, dignity and grace. I’m proud to celebrate the strength of our members.”
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    Rural local takes decisive action against anti-gay cyberbullying directed at teachers

    Invasive and vile anti-gay social media posts by students targeting specific teachers in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school district has galvanized the teachers union to press administrators to take action.
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    Empathy key to effective classroom communication, says Bigbie

    Bigbie detailed her theories in “Operationalizing Peace in America’s Schools,” the latest chapter in NYSUT’s Many Threads, One Fabric series exploring social justice issues.
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    Educators discuss ways to combat anti-Asian hate

    NYSUT’s Civil and Human Rights Committee opened their virtual meeting to members Wednesday to learn more about the issue of anti-Asian hate and discuss solutions.
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    NYSUT applauds Regents’ diversity, equity and inclusion policy statement

    "We applaud the Regents for their continued dedication to strong diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices that, with community input and support, can help school districts better support every student academically, socially and emotionally."
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    'Sticks & Stones' workshop offers support for understanding and challenging implicit bias

    This two-part workshop will share real-life examples of implicit bias, microaggressions and stereotypes, how they impact our schools and provide practical strategies to address and confront them in ourselves and others.
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