by Angie Scioli, Wake County Teacher, Founder of Red4EdNC
I went on a “listening tour” this week and talked to some NC teachers. I sensed some ambivalence from a few about whether they should participate in this year’s May 1 education march, though they had enthusiastically attended last year. A version of “we did that last year, what good did it do?” was a common refrain.
Let me answer that honestly. It did a HELL OF A LOT OF GOOD, and that’s why this year is very different than last year. What good did it do?
But here’s the truth about power – you build it, and use it, or you lose it. That is why this year’s march is very different and twice as important:
If you hear your education friends talking about how “we did this last year”, please share this article. This year is nothing like last year, except for the fact we are asking you to gather, in May, wearing red. And if we play our cards right, every year after this one will be different, and better, because through collective action and building our capacity for leveraging real power, we will demand and create better learning and working conditions for all NC students and school workers. In this together. All out.