Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HOD Dec Meeting

HOD Meeting December
By Jim Vail

The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting last week saw two resolutions passed.

The first was entitled CTU Resolution to Support the Standing Rock Sioux.

The resolves state the CTU will officially stand in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's opposition to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) across the Tribe's ancestral lands, waters and sacred sites, and calls on the US Army Corps of Engineers to obtain consent from the Indians before taking any federal action regarding the pipeline that would harm the ancestral lands, water and sacred sites and that the CTU will call for an immediate end to any and all aggressive actions in which police forces are using water hoses, rubber bullets, tear gas cannons and mace against peaceful water protectors.

One delegate added to the resolution giving financial support to the Dakota protesters in which teachers can send money.

The second resolution passed unanimously is the CTU Resolution to Defend Targets of President Elect Trump's Attacks. The CTU will condemn hateful, racist and xenophobic rhetoric promulgated by the President elect, not participate in divisiveness created by politicians by labeling undocumented immigrants as good or bad immigrants, not participate in pitting black and brown communities against each other, provide trainings to CTU members on how to support undocumented youth, not support ICE raids and deportations even if federal funding is cut, oppose efforts to create a Muslim registry system, advocate that all public and charter schools in Chicago become sanctuary schools, support the ACCESS Bill, join the Immigrant Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), and support rallies, marches and other actions that further protect students and families.

In our next report you will read our correspondent and delegate from New York recap the NY HOD meeting in which their union fought back against supporting an anti-Trump resolution to protect the undocumented immigrants here.

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