By Kate Snyder
Educators, activists and community leaders rallied in state capitols, marched in the streets and took action in their communities to call out the danger of divesting from our communities to build walls and perpetuate fear. The NEA and the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) joined together to organize May 1st events alongside immigration, labor and civil rights advocates.
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May 1st is International Workers Day and is traditionally marked with celebration and protest. Thousands of people from State Houses to School Boards to the Streets made clear that until there is justice for all, educators will continue to stand with their communities.
In Texas, educators joined the protest united against the threat of Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) which includes a “show me your papers” provision, permits police officers to question children about their immigration status, mandates fines and jail time for elected and law enforcement officials who refuse to comply, and allows immigration enforcement at domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters and pre-kindergarten schools. Protestors called on Governor Abbott to veto SB 4, calling it an anti-immigrant and anti-democracy piece of legislation. *UPDATE: SB4 passed the Texas Legislature and is headed to Governor Abbott’s desk to be signed into law.
Here's what the crowd looks like at #SB4 protest in front of Capitol pic.twitter.com/2aIQo7sAUx
— James Barragán (@James_Barragan) May 1, 2017
Meanwhile, in California educators staged early morning “walk-ins” to greet students and parents on their way to school, held training sessions for parents on defense against the immigration agenda and participated in marches to show support for all students and families.
Educators rally to the defense of immigrant students, families & public schools. https://t.co/Svp0oDwDu6
— Education Votes (@edvotes) May 2, 2017
Our #MayDayMarch in LA links w 1000s of teachers up and down CA who are standing up today 4 students #CTADayofAction @CFTunion #Resistla pic.twitter.com/o6he0zMxv2
— UTLA (@UTLAnow) May 1, 2017
Educators, students and community members boarded busses to join the May Day protest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thousands of people marched from Milwaukee’s south side to the county courthouse in support of immigrants’ rights and in defiance of policies espoused by Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and President Donald Trump.
Racine students joined South Division HS students walking out to join #MayDayMKE strike/march.
Photo: @JosephBrusky #KeepFamiliesTogether pic.twitter.com/JYQeDFdybt
— MTEA (@MTEAunion) May 1, 2017
Educators in Jefferson County, Colorado were joined by State Senators and Representatives who added their voice in support of immigrant communities.
A beautiful morning to stand w/ @RhiannonWenning & our @JeffcoSchoolsCo community #BuildSchoolsNotWalls #SaintPride pic.twitter.com/1PZDadexkr
— Tracy Contreras (@MissTracyC) May 1, 2017
In Massachusetts, educators added their voices to the May Day March for Immigrant and Worker Rights.
WE are with you in Lynn.
WHY give 100k to charters!? Don't!#BuildSchoolsNotWalls https://t.co/5KDjrImTye pic.twitter.com/OLBDp75uIw
— Reclaim Our Schools (@ReclaimOurSchls) May 1, 2017
In Newark, NJ hundreds of educators and students joined rallies in support of immigrants at May Day protests.
Newark public schools lead May Day protests and rallies in support of immigrants. #ReclaimOurSchools #BuildSchoolsNotWalls @ReclaimOurSchls pic.twitter.com/wi5sL3rdiF
— Andrew Dixon (@andrewfdixon) May 1, 2017
In Minnesota, educators joined with community members to demand Trump build schools, not walls!
"As educators, we have a responsibility to fight for our students." #BuildSchoolsNotWalls pic.twitter.com/hxGBjEGKqQ
— SPFT Local 28 (@SPFT28) May 1, 2017
A few more pictures from today's #BuildSchoolsNotWalls rally in DC. Learn more: https://t.co/6W404223vl pic.twitter.com/nBLu9mJNSo
— Education Votes (@edvotes) May 2, 2017