Arizona Educators United Statewide Walk In

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    Start: April 11, 2018 7:00 AM Arizona (GMT-07:00)

    Host Contact Info: arizonaeducatorsunited@gmail.com

    Arizona Educators United invites every school in the state to participate in a walk-in. Educators from every district will be gathering outside their schools before contract time to speak to the public about the reasons for this movement, demands that have been made, and importance of community support.

    Educators need the community to support us at the site level because of the impact any action taken by educators has on our students. If the community is behind us, then they will support more escalating actions. If the community supports us, then they will help provide services to parents should a school close.

    We need as many schools to participate as possible with as many people participating as possible.

    Check out the Toolkit for Action.

    A walk-in is a demonstration of concern by school staff and community members prior to the start of the school day that ends on the first bell when everyone enters the building and school carries on as normal.  The purpose is to raise awareness of educational issues and to demonstrate unity among the educational professionals and community while allowing for education to continue.

    Do:

    • Begin 30 minutes before first bell.
    • Wear RED
    • Have pre-made signs and posters which briefly state the issues and support the #RedforEd demands.
    • Post pictures and videos on social media during and after the action. #RedforEdWalk-in
    • Have copies of AEU demands and fact sheets on the issues
    • Gather at a single location with the highest visibility. Flagpoles, if close to the building, are good sites for gathering.
    • Maintain inside personnel for student supervision as necessary
    • Avoid negative signage and personal attacks – Issue driven
    • Involve parents and community members – Any concerned adult should join the school staff at the walk-in.  If parents bring their children, welcome them, but that is a parent choice. Do not directly ask students to participate.
    • Invite the school Principal to join the walk-in as a demonstration of support for the demands, the staff, and the community.
    • Invite the parent leaders at the campus to participate.
    • At the walk-in, have time for a few people (no more than 3) to address the group with short remarks about why this is important, how the action supports the change we need, and the stories from the school about why we need change.
    • Ask each participant to use their phone to sign the AEU demands support statement online.
    • Conclude the action by having all participants walk into the school arm-in-arm to show solidarity.
    • Be sure to end in time for all staff to begin their responsibilities
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

    1 COMMENT

    1. On the way to court this morning, I saw a whole bunch of #RedforED teachers & supporters near Tucson High School (corner of E. 6th St. and N. Euclid Ave.) sign waving and demonstrating. No activity at a neighborhood elem. school or two middle schools I drove by. Stay tuned for their decision about a teacher walk out/strike in Arizona.

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