Tuesday, March 19, 2013

MORE Releases New Election Video Ad



MOVEMENT OF RANK AND FILE EDUCATORS, NEW CAUCUS OF THE UFT, CHALLENGES MULGREW'S LEADERSHIP, ISSUES VIDEO AD

For Immediate Release
Press Contact- James Eterno 

New York, NY, March 19, 2013: The Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) is running in April's United Federation of Teachers officers' election. MORE is challenging the governing Unity caucus of President Michael Mulgrew. Unity has ruled the UFT for more than 50 years.
MORE believes that Unity co-signed on to government policies which are leading to the deterioration of our student's learning conditions; Mayoral control, privatization of schools, over reliance on high stakes exams, and evaluation schemes based on testing which does not take into account our children's socio-economic conditions, are just some of the harmful polices that Unity caucus has agreed to.

MORE's UFT Presidential candidate Julie Cavanagh states;
“For more than fifty years, one caucus and one caucus only, has led the UFT. In the last ten years, in a departure from the roots of our union's founding, the leadership has failed to organize and mobilize the membership at the time we have needed their leadership the most. The tidal wave of unprecedented attacks on our profession, our schools and our children will not stop with a new mayor. It is time for change. It is time we demand MORE from our union.” MORE believes that a democratic, member-driven union will better address the needs of students, parents, educators, and the communities we serve. 
The ballots will be mailed under American Arbitration Association letterhead on April 3, 2013. Voting begins immediately from that point until April 24, 2013.

Here is the link to our new commercial 
http://youtu.be/mN5cSbD4TTw


Help us take our 2nd video viral. Share on your social media, blogs, and email to all your friends and family. Ask your UFT colleagues to check it out and share it too! The ballots will be sent out April 3rd by USPS. The time is now to expect MORE from our union. We have a choice for a new positive leadership of the UFT which will build a strong union movement along side parents, students, community groups, and other workers' groups.
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In addition to running in the UFT elections, MORE organizes events ranging from educational forums and protests to social gatherings. For information about MORE visit www.morecaucus.orgwww.facebook.com/MOREcaucusNYC www.twitter.com/MOREcaucusNYC

There are sort of 2 wings in MORE. One end stresses the concept of Positive Alternative Leadership (PAL); the other looks to go after the throats of Unity and New Action.

Guess which wing I am in?

I only know Mike Schirtzer, who bills himself as the lone registered Republican in MORE, for about 8 months. It's like I found a son. Jeez, is there anything Mike, Superman, can't or is not willing to do to promote MORE? Here is the first video he ever did, with lots of input from the MORE steering committee. I think I can truly think about retirement.

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