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Mobilization May
to Reclaim the Promise

The events below mark an important movement taking hold in neighborhoods across the country. Despite the challenges posed by childhood poverty, budget cuts, larger class sizes, excessive standardized testing, and privatization of healthcare and public services, we are fighting back to restore equity, change the conversation and ultimately reclaim the promise of America.

Albuquerque, N.M.
During the AFT-New Mexico state convention, leaders will conduct a news conference to voice support for policies that empower parents, students and their communities to reclaim the promise of public education—including full funding for neighborhood schools, equitable access to quality public education for all students, opposition to school privatization, and affordable access to quality pre-K and higher education.
Date: May 3, noon
Location: AFT-New Mexico offices, 530 Jefferson St. NE

Atlanta
At this year’s Coalition of Black Trade Unionists convention, the AFT will hold a Reclaiming the Promise Breakfast featuring speakers including AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson. We will be inviting others to join our movement to reclaim the promise of America. (Seating limited)
Date: May 24, morning
Location: Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St. N.E.

Baltimore
The City Union of Baltimore will host a kickoff event to share its vision for reclaiming the promise of high-quality public services for strong communities.
Date: May 21, 5–7 p.m.
Location: City Union of Baltimore, 2117 N. Howard St.

Bemidji, Minn.
The Bemidji Education Association and the Minnesota School Employees Association will partner with First Book and the United Way to host two backpack-stuffing events. These events will place books in the backpacks of students to draw attention to the importance the importance of literacy, and the MSEA’s and BEA’s commitment to helping students become lifelong readers. 
Dates: May 9 and May 16
Location: Lincoln Elementary School, 1617 5th St. NW, Bemidji, MN

The Bemidji Education Association and Education Minnesota will partner to host two Early Childhood Picnics. These events will be used to draw attention to the importance of early childhood education, the importance of literacy, and the MSEA’s and BEA’s commitment to helping students become lifelong readers. 
Dates: May 21 and May 22
Location: Bemidji, MN

Berkeley County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

AFT-West Virginia will hold a solidarity day, where members will be encouraged to wear blue and share how they are helping reclaim the promise of public education.
Date: May 22

Birmingham, Ala.
At its annual awards program, AFT Alabama will honor the Norwood community for supporting the reopening of Norwood Elementary School as a community school. It will also honor the Jefferson County Board of Education and the University of Alabama at Birmingham for their innovative yearlong training in the classroom for student teachers.
Date: May 13
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Birmingham Federation of Teachers, along with parents, students, educators, support staff and community members, will hold a rally at Norwood Elementary School to celebrate the reopening of the school as a community school.
Date: May 21, 10 a.m.
Location: Norwood Elementary School

Boston
AFT Executive Vice President Francine Lawrence will join the Boston Teachers Union, AFT-Massachusetts and community allies to stage a rally that will focus on the legacy of the Brown v. Board decision for racial justice and equality, and its continuing significance in the effort to restore equity to public policies and programs. Following the rally, members will canvass neighborhoods to distribute voter pledge cards and collect signatures for a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage.
Date: May 17, 10:30 a.m.
Location: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St.

Brandywine, Del.
The Federation, AFT Local 762, which represents Brandywine School District paraeducators, will gather its members for a discussion on reclaiming the promise and its vision for taking action throughout the month of May.
Date: May 6

The Federation, AFT Local 762, will present its vision for reclaiming the promise at the Brandywine School District Board of Education meeting. It will kick off the presentation by showing the video from the PSRP Conference Jump-start.
Date: May 12, 7 p.m.
Location: Mount Pleasant Elementary School, 500 Duncan Road, Wilmington, DE

Braxton County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

Brevard County, Fla.
The Brevard Federation of Teachers will invite community members and school board candidates to attend its 2014 convention.
Date: May 16, evening

Calhoun County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

Champaign, Ill.
The Graduate Employees’ Organization, Local 6300, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will hold a solidarity day, where members, students and the UIUC community will be encouraged to show their support for higher education and greater accountability.
Date: May 1
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Graduate Employees’ Organization, Local 6300, at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will hold solidarity days and will be walking throughout campus to raise awareness of the issues affecting higher education.
Date: May 14-16
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Charleston, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

Chicago
The Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago ACTS (Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff) and community partners will hold a press conference explaining the purpose and program of Mobilization May. They will then canvass areas of the city to raise awareness of the importance of the 2014 and 2016 elections and will hold teach-ins at various sites involving 30-40 CTU members, Chicago ACTS members and community allies.
Date: May 17
Location: Pope Elementary, 1852 South Albany, Chicago, IL

Cincinnati
Community, labor and faith groups will join parents, students and educators for a rally outside the Cincinnati Public Schools offices to mark the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. They will remind the Cincinnati Board of Education that, even if a new contract is ratified, we must redouble our commitment to racial equity in school funding, full funding for neighborhood-based community schools, the expansion of Community Learning Centers, more teaching and less testing, high-quality early childhood education, and a living wage.
Date: May 19, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Educational Center, 2651 Burnet Ave., Coryville, OH

Cleveland
The Cleveland Teachers Union will hold its annual Leaders Workshop and Luncheon. CTU President David Quolke and a school district community services representative will be the keynote speakers.
Date: May 10

Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio Higher Education Coalition, formed by the Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association and the Ohio Student Association, is rallying to demand an end to student debt, faculty bargaining rights for the contingent majority, and increased funding to reclaim the promise of higher education.
Date: May 13, 11 a.m.
Location: Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square

Dallas
Alliance AFT, along with the newly formed coalition Our Community, Our Schools, will hold a community conversation, bringing together educators, support staff, parents, students and community members to discuss and share their vision for ensuring a high-quality public education for all Dallas kids.
Date: May 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Dallas, TX

Daly City, Calif.
The Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 3267, will give a presentation at a school board meeting on Brown v. Board of Education, reclaiming the promise in the district and the new Local Control Funding Formula, plus a slideshow on how it has reclaimed the promise with so many parents through our Family Education Nights.
Date: May 14, 6:30-10 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 333 90th St.

The Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 3267, will talk about its vision to reclaim the promise of public education at the Woodrow Wilson Community Fair on the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
Date: May 17
Location: 43 Miriam St.

Detroit
AFT Michigan members and community leaders will bring attention to the persistent racial disparities that have been underscored by increasingly segregated public schools, in a Brown v. Board of Education commemoration event led by the community organization New Detroit.
Date: May 17, 9 a.m.
Location: Greektown Casino-Hotel, 555 E. Lafayette St.

AFT Michigan will hold a town hall meeting with Michigan gubernatorial candidates and U.S. Senate candidates. Candidates will hear from AFT Michigan delegates and community partners and will be asked to make key commitments for strengthening and improving public education.
Date: May 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Greektown Casino-Hotel, 555 E. Lafayette St.

AFT Michigan delegates, community partners and leaders will march to the Second Baptist Church, where they will hear from speakers about issues of educational and racial justice.
Date: May 17, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Greektown Casino-Hotel to Second Baptist Church

AFT President Randi Weingarten will attend a breakfast with AFT Michigan and its coalition partners to discuss how they are reclaiming the promise.
Date: May 18, 10 a.m.
Location: Greektown Casino Hotel, Detroit, MI

El Paso, Texas
Members of Socorro AFT, in partnership with First Book and with the support of Peter Piper Pizza, will give away books to more than 1,250 students at Lujan Chavez Elementary School. The book distribution is the ninth this school year in the Socorro AFT’s “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader” project aimed at helping students and their families reclaim the promise of public education through better literacy skills.
Date: May 2, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Lujan Chavez Elementary School, 2200 Sun Country Dr., El Paso

Members of Socorro AFT, in partnership with First Book and with the support of Peter Piper Pizza, will give away books to more than 750 students at O’Shea Keleher Elementary School. The book distribution is the 10th this school year in the Socorro AFT’s “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader” project aimed at helping students and their families reclaim the promise of public education through better literacy skills.
Date: May 7, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: O’Shea Keleher Elementary School, 1800 Leroy Bonse Dr., El Paso

Eugene, Ore.
For May Day at the University of Oregon, Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation members and the community will show their support and solidarity for the GTFF as it goes into contract negotiations.
Date: May 1, noon
Location: University of Oregon, east entrance of the Prince Lucien Campbell Hall (near the Knight Library entrance)

Everett, Mass.
State Sen. Sal DiDomenico, lead sponsor of the AFT- and NEA-backed SB 223, An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers, will tour and shadow preschool teachers at an early education center in his district to call attention to low wages and the lack of respect for early education teachers. (Invitation only)
Date: May 1
Location: Patti-Cake Day Care Center 193 Elm St.

Fayette County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

Fort Worth, Texas
The Educator to Educator Network in Tarrant County will be hosting an educational voter drive, where it will reach out to the local community about the May and November elections.
Date: May 6, 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: Tarrant County Democratic Party Headquarters, 2806 Race St.

Gallup, N.M.
Members of the McKinley County Federation of United School Employees will join with the Keep the Promise Coalition to present a public screening of the film, “The Graduates/Los Graduados.” The bilingual, two-part documentary offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators and community leaders.
Date: May 7, 6 p.m.
Location: El Moro Theatre, 207 W. Coal Ave.

Gary, Ind.
AFT Indiana will hold a solidarity day, followed by a dinner to honor retirees, with the community, that evening. They will discuss the November elections, as three school board seats are in play.
Date: May 14, 6 p.m.
Location: Lake Etta Park, 4801 W 29th Ave.

Gilmer County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around their efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

Hartford, Conn.
The East Hartford Federation of Paraprofessionals, Local 4257, will help reclaim the promise and give back to its community by holding a dance fundraiser for the Autism Speaks Walk.
Date: May 30

Houston
The Houston Federation of Teachers, Local 2416, will hold a press conference with AFT President Randi Weingarten and HFT President Gayle Fallon about value-added metrics.
Date: May 1
Location: Houston Federation of Teachers, 3100 Weslayan St., Houston, TX

The Houston Federation of Teachers, Local 2416, supported by its community partners, will hold a press conference to release the results of a survey gauging teacher reaction to the Houston Independent School District's proposal to tie teacher compensation to test scores. Immediately after the press conference, the HFT will hold a "Pack the Board" action where school staff, parents and community members will ask HISD trustees to vote against the proposed change in teacher compensation, citing the negative effect it will have on schools and teachers.
Date: May 8, 4 p.m.
Location: Houston Independent School District, 4400 West 18th St.

Jefferson County, W.Va.
AFT-West Virginia will hold a solidarity day, where members will be encouraged to wear blue and share how they are reclaiming the promise of public education.
Date: May 22

Jefferson Parish, La.
The Jefferson Federation of Teachers will be holding house parties, inviting members, parents and the community to come for a conversation about reclaiming the promise of public education in Jefferson Parish. The house parties will also be used to inform community members about the upcoming school board elections and how there is an opportunity to change the direction of the school district.
Date: May 8 and May 29
Location: Jefferson Parish

Kansas City, Mo.
During the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, at the same venue, AFT Kansas City and other community partners will hold workshops and host a movie about ALEC followed by a panel discussion.
Date: May 1, evening
Location: Kansas City Marriott Downtown , 200 West 12th St.

AFT Kansas City, the state AFL-CIO, and labor, faith and community groups will hold a rally outside the ALEC Spring Task Force Summit.
Date: May 2
Location: Kansas City Marriott Downtown, 200 West 12th St.

AFT Missouri and community partners will hold a press conference promoting community schools as a way to reclaim the promise of public education. They will join Kansas AFT in Topeka for a march and rally commemorating the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
Date: May 17, 9 a.m.

Lake Placid, N.Y.
Join the New York State United Teachers for a Picket in the Pines. Educators and community members will hold an informational picket in front of the Democrats for Education Reform conference at the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid.
Date: May 4, noon-5 p.m.
Location: Lake Placid Comfort Inn, 2125 Saranac Ave.

Lansing, Mich.
The Graduate Employees’ Union at Michigan State University, along with the Educational Justice Coalition, will hold a teach-in on testing.
Date: Tuesday, May 20
Location: Michigan State University

Lowell, Mass.
AFT Executive Vice President Francine Lawrence will join United Teachers of Lowell President Paul Georges and AFT-Massachusetts Political Director Brian LaPierre on visits to two turnaround schools where teachers, parents and school administrators have collaborated to improve student achievement.
Date: May 19, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Locations: Murkland Elementary School, 350 Adams St. (10 a.m.), Morey Elementary School, 130 Pine St. (11 a.m.)

Lynn, Mass.
AFT Executive Vice President Francine Lawrence will be visiting Lynn, where members of the Lynn Teachers Union, the North Shore Labor Council and Jobs With Justice Massachusetts, as well as parents and community leaders, have been working together on ways to strengthen the public schools in Lynn. They will present their vision for reclaiming the promise of public education.
Date: Monday, May 19
Location: Lynn Museum

Madison, Wis.
AFT-Wisconsin will participate in the Defend Public Education Rally, hosted by The Progressive magazine and local parents, educators, activists and progressive school board members, where they will share their vision for reclaiming the promise. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Perrin-Whitt (Texas) school district superintendent John Kuhn will speak at the rally.
Date: Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m.
Location: Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive

Malden, Mass.
For Worthy Wage Day, state Sen. Jason Lewis will visit My Little Best Friendsearly education center.(By invitation only)
Date: Friday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.
Location: My Little Best Friends Early Learning Center, Main St.

Marion County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: Wednesday, May 14

Miami
The Dade Coalition for Education and Economic Justice will testify about its platform for reclaiming the promise of public schools in front of Miami-Dade County school board members and the superintendent. Members will be asked to show their solidarity by attending the school board meeting.
Date: Wednesday, May 7, 4:45-6:30 p.m.
Location: 1450 NE Second Ave.

The United Teachers of Dade, along with the Dade Coalition for Education and Economic Justice, will hold an event at Pepper Park in North Miami, after which they will canvass the area to raise awareness of the upcoming elections.
Date: Wednesday, May 14
Location: Pepper Park

Midvale, Utah
AFT Utah will share its vision for reclaiming the promise of safe and welcoming neighborhood public schools at the Utah School Nurse Association’s annual spring conference.
Date: Thursday-Friday, May 1-2, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Staybridge Inn, 747 W. Blue Vista Lane

Milwaukee
AFT Local 212, which represents faculty and staff at Milwaukee Area Technical College, will join Voces de Frontera, the Milwaukee labor community and community members for a May Day march and rally against deportations and to restore the promise of public education.
Date: Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m.
Location: 1027 S. 5th St.

AFT Local 212, which represents faculty and staff at Milwaukee Area Technical College, will host a First Book giveaway at Forest Home Avenue Elementary School, which serves a large Latino student population, providing bilingual and ESL education.
Date: Monday, May 5
Location: Forest Home Avenue Elementary School

AFT Local 212, which represents faculty and staff at Milwaukee Area Technical College, will participate in a parade, program and community strategy session with the Schools and Communities United coalition. The theme of the event is Justice for All: Fulfilling the Promise, where participants will be looking back at, reflecting on and celebrating the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Date: May 17

Mingo County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers will hold a solidarity day, where members will be encouraged to wear blue and attend the Area B board of education meeting.
Date: May 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: 5209 30th Ave. South

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers will partner with the Minneapolis American Indian Center to host a Parent Involvement Day. Parents, grandparents, community leaders and educators are invited to participate in the day.
Date: May 10
Location: American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave.

Monroe, La.
The Monroe Federation of Teachers and School Employees will be reclaiming the promise for PEACE. It will hold a member and student solidarity day and present its vision for Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education for PEACE to their local school board.
Date: May 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: 2006 Tower Drive

Montpelier, Vt.
The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals will celebrate International Labor Day with a Health and Dignity March. It will be reclaiming the promise of high-quality education and healthcare for all. The VFNHP will be joined by Vermont Early Educators United, which is working to reclaim the promise of early childhood care and education by pushing for early educator organizing rights.
Date: May 1, noon
Location: Vermont Statehouse lawn

Morgan County, W.Va.
AFT-West Virginia will hold a solidarity day, where members will be encouraged to wear blue and share how they are reclaiming the promise of public education.
Date: May 22

New Orleans
United Teachers of New Orleans members will attend a Benjamin Franklin High School board meeting, where the board will be taking a vote of voluntary recognition of the union.
Date: May 8

New York City
For three days in May, the AFT will be taking action at the Council of Institutional Investors annual meeting to reclaim the promise of equity by fighting Dan Loeb on pensions and infrastructure.
Date: May 7-9

Newark, N.J.
Members of the Newark Teachers Union will join with families and community partners to unveil their Community Education Plan. The event happens just days after Newark elects a new mayor. NTU members are mobilizing to stop closings of neighborhood schools and reclaim the promise of high-quality public education for all Newark students.
Date: May 17
Location: Willing Heart Community Center, 555 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Nicholas County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

Norwich, Conn.
The Backus Federation of Nurses will participate in the Southeastern Connecticut United Way Walk Against Hunger and hold an open house to show how its members are reclaiming the promise of high-quality healthcare.
Date: May 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: 24 Sachem St.

Ohio
The Ohio Federation of Teachers will push out its postcard campaign focused on the state teachers evaluation bill. All locals are being encouraged to write and send postcards to their legislators, explaining the negative effects of the bill and asking their legislators to vote against it.
Date: Throughout May

Osceola County, Fla.
The Florida Education Association, in partnership with community, faith and elected leaders, will host a presentation on the latest PISA results and the recommendations that came from that study. Following the presentation, leaders will gather in small groups to discuss strategies to ensure that the lessons learned from this study are made real for Florida’s students. (By invitation only)
Date: May 15, evening

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, approximately 150 governance board members of the Florida Education Association will hear a presentation on the latest PISA results and the recommendations that came from that study. These lessons will help launch the FEA’s political work to elect a pro-public education governor this November. (By invitation only)
Date: May 17, morning

Park City, Utah
AFT Utah will partner with the Utah State Office of Education and the NEA to sponsor the annual Utah Safety Skills Competition for school bus drivers around the state. AFT Utah will share its vision for reclaiming the promise of public education for all.
Date: May 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Park City School Transportation, 8460 North Blue Bird Lane

Peoria, Ill.
The Peoria Federation of Teachers, Local 780, will celebrate public education by encouraging employees and students to wear blue.
Date: May 14, all day
Location: Peoria Public Schools

Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers, along with Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and United Academics of Philadelphia, will hold a press conference at Bryant Elementary School, which will lead into a public rally for families. From there they will be canvassing, reaching out to voters about the upcoming elections.
Date: May 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: 10am - Bryant Elementary School, 61st St & Cedar Ave.
1pm -Cobbs Creek Park: 63rd and Cedar

Pittsburgh
Members of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers will participate in a rally in support of policies that empower parents, students and their communities to reclaim the promise of public education—including full funding for neighborhood schools, creating community schools in Pittsburgh, equitable access to quality public education for all Pittsburgh students, and affordable access to quality pre-K and higher education. After the rally, PFT members will canvass the Hill District neighborhood with education voter pledge cards.
Date: May 13, rally 4-5 p.m., canvassing 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Freedom Corner, Center Avenue at Crawford Street, Hill District

Pleasants County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

Port Charlotte, Fla.
Members of the Charlotte Florida Education Association and the Charlotte County Support Personnel Association will come together to show the video “Make It Happen,” highlighting the employees who are directly responsible for student success. They will be pushing back against the school board, calling for the board to restore and compensate for cuts to education.
Date: May 6, 5-7 p.m.
Location: 1445 Education Way

St. Louis
AFT Missouri, AFT St. Louis, the Gamaliel Foundation and NEA partners will hold a press conference on the steps of the mayor’s office. They will call on Mayor Slay to step down from the CEE Trust board and invite him join their community learning center strategy.
Date: May 17, 10 a.m.
Location: St. Louis City Hall, 1200 Market St.

AFT Missouri, AFT St. Louis, the Gamaliel Foundation and NEA partners will hold a rally in support of their community center learning strategy and to reclaim the promise of safe and welcoming neighborhood public schools.
Date: May 17, 11:15 a.m.
Location: Normandy High School District, 6701 St Charles Rock Rd, St Louis, MO

AFT Missouri, AFT St. Louis, the Gamaliel Foundation and NEA partners will hold a prayer vigil and lunch at Frances Howell High School to reclaim the promise of safe and welcoming neighborhood public schools.
Date: May 17, noon
Location: Frances Howell High School, 7001 Missouri 94, St. Charles, MO

St. Paul, Minn.
Members of the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers and a group of students from William Mitchell College have put together lesson plans and discussions around Brown v. Board for students of all grade levels, which will be taught during their school day.
Date: May 16, all day
Location: Various St. Paul schools

The Saint Paul Federation of Teachers will host a luncheon themed "Our Unfinished Business." Parents, students, educators, support staff and community members are invited to have lunch and participate in a discussion about Brown v. Board of Education led by a local scholar on the subject and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson.
Date: May 16
Location: Hallie Q Brown Community Center, 270 N Kent St.

The Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, the St. Paul chapter of the NAACP, and students will be holding a press event in front of Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary School. They will highlight their concerns about the resegregation of St. Paul schools. Obama Elementary now lies in the middle of a fairly integrated neighborhood and is probably one of the most racially segregated schools in the district.
Date: May 16
Location: Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary, 707 Holly Ave.

Six churches in St. Paul will invite members of the St. Paul NAACP, the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers and the community to attend services, where they will be using Brown v. Board of Education as a topic in the pulpit. This will be followed by listening sessions with members after church.
Date: May 18
Locations: New Hope Baptist, Mount Olivet Baptist, Camphor United Memorial Methodist, St. Peter Claver Church, Pilgrim Baptist and St. James A&E

Salem, Ore.
For May Day, the Oregon School Employees Association and Causa (an immigrants’ rights organization) will reclaim the promise of public education at a rally at the state Capitol to demand access to education and equality for all, regardless of citizenship status.
Date: May 1, 10:30 a.m.
Location: Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street N.E.

San Francisco
United Educators of San Francisco, in coalition with Close the Gap, will hold a community forum focusing on the funding formula and local control. They will also participate in the annual San Francisco immigration rights rally.
Date: May 1
Location: Moscone Elementary School, 2576 Harrison St.

The California Federation of Teachers and AFT Local 2121 at the City College of San Francisco, in partnership with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and the California Partnership are holding a joint rally supporting adequate funding for public education. Under the banner “$5 Billion More in 2014,” they are calling on the governor and the Legislature to reject diverting the state’s entire budget surplus to a rainy day fund, and to adopt an extraction tax on oil, which would raise $2 billion a year for education and public services.
Date: May 2, noon
Location: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

UESF and community partners will participate in a march from the San Francisco Federal Building to the San Francisco School District building, where they will hold a rally to reclaim the promise of public education for all of San Francisco’s children.
Date: May 13, 5 p.m.
Location: San Francisco Federal Building, 90 7th St., San Francisco, CA

Santa Fe, N.M.
Members of the Santa Fe Federation of School Employees will join with others in the Keep the Promise Coalition for a public forum addressing the issue of school privatization and its impact on equitable access to quality education. Participants will include state Rep. Jim Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), educators and parents.
Date: May 6, 6p.m.
Location: 2007 Botulph Rd.

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Union members in Saratoga Springs will wear their shirts to show solidarity and to encourage the community to vote for school budgets that give all students access to high-quality educational programs such as career, technical and special education programs. Educators and support staff across their four campuses will hold a solidarity day, where they will wear the same color or shirt. Student and parent participation will also be encouraged.
Date: May 20, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Adirondack BOCES Employees Association, 15 Henning Road

Seattle
AFT Washington will host a solidarity event—“Labors Got Talent”—with other labor organization in the area.
Date: May 16
Location: Seattle, WA

AFT Washington is hosting Celebration of Books and Reading. We have reached out to the broader communities to invite children and families to gather at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. With the support of labor, business, and community allies, the event will include a book give-away, resource fair, reading circles, entertainment, and tickets to Seattle Center museums.  We need many volunteers to make the event a success and we would love to see you in one of our “Reclaim the Promise” t-shirts – or you are welcome to simply stop by to enjoy the event.
Date: May 17
Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 305 Harrison St.

Springfield, Ill.
The Chicago Teachers Union and its coalition partners will mobilize at the state Capitol to promote equitable education funding and policies to eliminate racial disparities.
Date: May 7
Location: Illinois State Capitol, Capitol Ave. and Second St.

Springfield, Mass.
State Sen. James Welch, co-sponsor of the AFT- and NEA- backed SB 223, An Act to Improve Quality in Early Education Centers,will tour an early education center in his district and shadow preschool teachers thereto call attention to low wages and the lack of respect for early education teachers. We will also be distributing books provided by the AFT’s partnership with First Book.
Date: May 2, 10:30 a.m. (Invitation only)
Location: Children’s Creative Center, 29 Logan St.

Superior, Wis.
The Superior Federation of Teachers, Local 202, and United Faculty of UW-Superior, Local 6514 will join the Douglas County labor community for a march and rally to reclaim the promise of a living wage.
Date: May 1, 4 p.m. gathering, 5:30 p.m. rally
Location: 4 p.m. gathering at VIP Pizza, 1201 Tower Ave.; 5:30 p.m rally at Sculpture Garden, Corner of Broadway and Hammond

Taylor County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

Toledo, Ohio
The Toledo Federation of Teachers will hold a member telephone town hall, which will be followed by community forums and neighborhood walks to build support for education and the new levy.
Date: May 5
Location: Contact promise@aft.org for more information about the telephone town hall

The Toledo Federation of Teachers will hold a town hall meeting to discuss its quality education agenda with members and mobilize them to participate in a board of education presentation.
Date: May 27
Location: 420 East Manhattan Ave., Toledo, OH

Topeka, Kansas
The AFT will participate in a march from the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to the state Capitol. At the Capitol, it will hold a rally to protest the recent legislation stripping teacher tenure and due process.
Date: May 17, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Brown v. Board of Education Historic Site; Kansas State Capitol

Washington, D.C.
A First Book reading event will be held with Washington Teachers’ Union President Liz Davis, Director of the Department of Education’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell. They will be distributing books to 60 first- and second-graders at Langdon Educational Campus, after which they will participate in reading circles.
Date: May 1, 9 a.m.
Location: Langdon Educational Campus, 1900 Evarts St. N.E.

The national AFT will participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive by working to give back to the community to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 10
Location: AFT, 555 New Jersey Ave., Washington, DC

To mark the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, parents, students, educators, support staff and community members from across the country will rally at the U.S. Supreme Court, demanding racial and educational justice for all so that we can reclaim the promise of a high-quality public education that all our children deserve.
Date: May 13, 12:30 p.m.
Location: Steps of U.S. Supreme Court

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 social justice organizations, will come together for the 38th annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner. AFT President Randi Weingarten will be one of the honorees this year.
Date: May 15, 7 p.m.
Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

Wirt County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14

Wood County, W.Va.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association will hold a solidarity day, where members will wear the same color to show their unity around efforts to reclaim the promise.
Date: May 14