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CHIRLA Video: Know Your Rights
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SHIELDS OF PROTECTION RIGHTS
As political fear and tension rise among our communities, many educators face threats on many fronts through executive orders signed by the president, along with his cabinet nominees, including Betsy DeVos for education secretary.
Each shield represents an area affected by the current political climate and its related resources for our members, community and parents to access.
UTLA & Billionaire Plans
United Teachers Los Angeles joins NEA and AFT in denouncing President Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary as an unqualified candidate to lead educators. She has been tied to funding anti-union campaigns and promoting charter schools through private school voucher programs.
Video courtesy: Sarah Parnass, Osman Malik/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.
Eli Broad and the the Waltons of Walmart have been on the forefront of attacking public education with the announcement of the Broad plan in 2015 to move 50 percent of LAUSD students into unregulated charter schools.
Immigration, Detention & Deportation
UTLA & Immigration
United Teachers Los Angeles stands proudly with our students and communities in the fight against hate and in support of racial justice and immigrant rights. We believe students should join their communities in expressing themselves through peaceful protests. Read full press release
Political fear and tension has caused many educators to have difficult conversations with their students about future immigration policy and how it might affect them and their families. UTLA has put together the below resources that may assist with some questions our members might have regarding this issue.
This slide show was presented at the citywide Chapter Chair meeting on January 5 & 12, 2017 by the UTLA Parent & Community Organizing team.
Educator information to share with students and parents
- Localizando Familiar
- Preparese para quedarse
- ICE RAIDS — What you should know
In 1982 US Supreme Court case Plyer v. Doe said that all students regardless of citizenship or immigration status have a constitutional right to attend public elementary and secondary schools. Read or view brochure below (PDF)
National Immigration Law Center
Articles by the National Immigration Law Center
- Know Your Rights: Everyone has Certain Basic Rights, No Matter What
- New Questions & Answers about DACA now that Trump is President-Elect
- Trump's Victory will not Defeat Immigrants or Constitutional Rights
- Love Knows No Borders
Post-Election Guide for Faculty/Parents/Caregivers
Educator Free Speech Rights FAQS
LAUSD FAQs: Safe Spaces for Student Learning
Discussing the Election with Students
Teaching Tolerance — We urge you to provide comfort and space for these discussions, and encourage you to go to the following website — www.tolerance.org/election2016 — and the websites of our affiliates, AFT, NEA, CFT, and CTA, for more ideas on how to discuss the elections with young people. We are here for you in your crucial work.
Tips for Immigrants - Conoce Tus DerechosDownload
Immigrants' Rights: FAQs for Educators, Students & Social Service ProvidersDownload
Additonal Resources to Draw From
United We Dream Educational Empowerment Program, the National Immigration Law Center, First Focus & the AFT
This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the United States. Educators, school support staff and service providers are often the first individuals a student and/or family comes out to as undocumented. Moreover, they are often the first ones to witness the impact of increased enforcement measures on students and their families. It’s critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.
- iAmerica is a source of empowerment for American immigrant families of all walks of life, providing the tools and support to be informed, inspire change and impact America’s future. Visit their website at http://iamerica.org
- A 32-page guide on deportations for Educators & School Support Staff (PDF published June 2016)
Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People's History
Information by the Zinn Education Project
No doubt, still reeling from this poisonous election, it is hard to be hopeful. But we invite you to draw on curriculum at the Zinn Education Project to help your students make sense of this new context. We include lessons —some highlighted below — that:
- Show how social movements have made important strides even during dark times.
- Help students explore other moments in history when elites have mobilized to roll back racial and economic progress.
- Highlight examples of "divide and conquer" politics.
- Help students explore aspects of Trump's agenda — immigration, the environment, Muslims, civil liberties, and economic inequality.