Raise Your Hands for Public Schools

By Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

One of the guiding principles underlying both the civil rights movement and the labor movement is solidarity - the undeniable truth that people are stronger when they stand together. That strength - which comes from our numbers as well as our convictions - has helped us make this country a better place for people of all walks of life. The NAACP and the AFT are formidable organizations, each in our own right, but throughout our long, proud association with each other, our capabilities have been magnified when we have united in solidarity.

During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the AFT and the NAACP joined together to combat racial injustice and segregation in our schools and throughout society. More recently, in New York City, our organizations fought together in an effort to stop the closing of neighborhood schools in Brooklyn.

Today, and historically, your fight is our fight, and our fight is yours!