Find out what all the excitement is about. You won't see any other caucus make a public announcement and open invitations to their meetings. MORE might even tackle an initial discussion about mayoral candidates but in an open and democratic manner. Organizationally, things are still somewhat fuzzy in MORE and people showing up for the first time, even non-members feel welcome to join in the discussions.
Phone banking for the election will also take place.
With the elections coming to a close, it is also time for MORE to get down to the work of organizing internally and externally. In the past elections the post-election energy drop was noticeable. In fact people sort of just stopped for the rest of the year and then the next Sept it was back to where we were if not behind based on erosion. Then the cycle began all over again.
I'm hoping that the MORE commitment to using the election to build and move to the next stage will come to fruition. You never know about the impact of the election results. Old hands who understand the nature of the UFT/Unity election process have realistic expectations. But newer members may be expecting a more magical result which it it doesn't work out might be disappointed. Post election analysis is an important step and the next 2 months and into the summer will be telling about MORE's future.
MORE is planning a post election happy hour right after the vote count on Thursday April 25. No matter what the outcome MOREs want to party to celebrate all the progress as an organization it has made over the past year. But still a long way to go so the work will begin anew on in May.
Note that this is a upcoming weekend of MORE with Sunday being a high stakes testing event at the Earth School with Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian (4/14: THE SCHOOLS NEW YORK’S CHILDREN DESERVE *)
and Julie Cavanagh on the panel. So if you can't make Sat come Sunday.
Sunday, April 14th
The Earth School
600 East 6th Street
NYC, NY 10009
Between Ave B & Ave C
F train to 2nd Ave
must show ID at the door
Teacher and lead organizer for the boycott of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test boycott this spring at Garfield High School in Seattle. Despite repeated threats from the superintendent, the teachers who refused to administer this test attracted so much community support that they remain unpunished.
UFT Presidential Candidate for the Movement of Rank and File Educators, teacher, Pro-public education advocate
Public school parent and manager of the Correctional Association of New York
Public school parent and member of Change the Stakes
sponsored by the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE)
the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers