Friday, May 8, 2009

SENATORS, SEATS, AND SIGNS


We are only a week and a half away from the May 19th election, which holds so much of the fate of our schools in its hands. Even before that day, will be May 15th, bringing with it the looming layoff notices that will be delivered to our teachers and staff. Now more than ever we should remain vigilant and let our voices be heard.

Two new developments this week:

#1 - We have been in contact with Senator DeSaulnier's office and were given a tentative date for the senator to visit our school for a Friday Rally! He is planning on coming out in 2 weeks (May 22nd) to join us on the streets. His support, and the support of the amazing people working with him, have been a huge boost during this disturbing time.

#2 - We have set up a row of 16 chairs along Concord Blvd. in front of El Dorado; each one representing a teacher who was given a pink slip in March. Each chair has a sign attached to it that says "One Teacher Lost." The effect of this display is powerful. The chairs and signs are left lining the sidewalk throughout the school day with the hope that a larger crowd will be exposed to the ideas we have been spreading on Friday mornings. If you get a chance next Friday, drive by and take in the silent protest of the cuts threatening nearly half of the teaching staff here at EDMS.

Check out this week's slideshow to the right to view pictures of the chairs.

6 comments:

Wendy M said...

Becka..the slide show was totally awesome. Those chairs with signs should send a strong message. If you need more chairs, I have some in my room.

Concerned Community Member said...

Can't wait to drive by and see a Senator out there. Be sure to let all the media know.

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Roy Cuizon said...

Response to 2 posts above-

Thank you! A group of us are contacting the media weekly. This week we will be sure to inform them that this Friday's demonstration is right before the May 19 Special Election. Also, next week we will be sure to inform them of Senator DeSaulnier's visit.

Thanks again-

Anonymous said...

Read the "Layoff Notices"- Can't believe they are planning to send out 425 final pink slips this week.

Anonymous said...

Add on to post above-

Meant to say "Layoff Notices" article in Contra Costa Times today.