January 20, 2012
"It's time to restore balance and guarantee that the teacher in Cleveland has the same voice in our democracy as the CEO on Wall Street."
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On Citizens United Second Anniversary
WASHINGTON—The effects of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission are corroding our democracy and giving powerful corporations a disproportionate amount of influence in our elections. Big corporations are using their record profits to try to silence the voices of Americans who work hard every day teaching our children, healing our sick and serving our communities.
Instead of working to create jobs and build a better future for our children, big corporate donors are hiding their identity while they flood the system with hundreds of millions of dollars in an effort to pass an extreme agenda that will gut the salary, healthcare and pensions of workers. They are siphoning more money out of our classrooms and communities and into the pockets of those who don't need it. It's time to restore balance and guarantee that the teacher in Cleveland has the same voice in our democracy as the CEO on Wall Street.
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.