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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.

    News

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    NYSUT takes anti-bullying message to the State Fair

    NYSUT: A Union of Professionals. NYSUT represents more than 600,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and the AFL-CIO. NYSUT.org. Copyright New York State United Teachers.

    Video: Why educators are patriots

    For inspiration, check out this must-see video capturing NEA executive director John Stocks' galvanizing speech, "Social Justice Patriots." Stocks inspires through a broad definition of patriotism encompassing the social justice work teachers, School-Related Professionals and other educators do every day.
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    Speak Truth to Power Social Justice Lesson Plans

    Speak Truth to Power Social Justice Lesson Plans
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    Fair Trade Curriculum Resources

    Fair Trade Curriculum Resources
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    March conference empowers young women

    Nearly 40 teen and pre-teen girls learned about financial literacy, self-defense, achieving professional success in male-dominated fields and a host of other topics at the “Young Women’s Empowerment Conference,” held in early March at the William Floyd Middle School in Suffolk County on Long Island.

    Schenectady retiree recalls history-making time at Texas Tech

    Schenectady retiree recalls history making time at Texas Tech
    Yonkers teacher Mitchell Polay, second from left, celebrates his award with, from left, his mother, Anita Carangelo; Regent Judith Johnson; Chancellor Betty Rosa, and Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

    Yonkers teacher saluted for human rights work

    Yonkers teacher saluted for human rights work
    Jamestown Community College student Hannah Lorenc tells Assemblyman Andrew Goodell that lives are at risk because of gender discrimination.

    GENDA is not about bathrooms; it's about saving lives

    GENDA is not about bathrooms its about saving lives
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    Join us Feb. 17 for a virtual celebration of Black History Month

    Join the statewide union Feb. 17 for a virtual celebration of Black History Month. This year’s event will highlight the importance of health and wellness.
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