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Labor Day and Back to School and Dr. King

There was a conjuncture of important days last week. Labor Day and Back to School and the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Labor Day spoke to the jobs part of the Civil Rights March. But educational opportunities spoke to justice. And the 50th anniversary brought out the continuing need for educational justice for all students – preschool to graduate school.

Dr. King began his speech from a carefully prepared text. We see him referring to his notes in the black and white footage from newsreels. What we do not see was the singer Mahalia Jackson who had just electrified the multitudes singing “I’ve Been ‘Buked and I’ve been Scorned” sitting behind Dr. King. She says, “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin. Tell ‘em about the dream.”
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Judging Universities on How Much Money They Make

Lily Eskelsen García and Dorian Warren, associate professor at Columbia University, talk with Melissa Harris-Perry about President Obama’s new higher education proposals. Check it out!

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Live from Netroots Nation: Building a Movement to Prevent Gun Violence

Join NEA´s vice president, Lily Eskelsen García as she addresses issues of safety in our schools as part of the national debate around gun violence, and the politics of gun control.

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The Time is Now: Watch the rally for immigration reform

On Wednesday, April 10, tens of Thousands of community, labor and immigrant rights supporters and immigrant families converged on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, urging Congress to pass common sense Immigration Reform in 2013 that includes a clear and direct path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Educators from across the country were there to support their students and millions of aspiring Americans who contribute daily to our nation.

Lily led educators who came to take a stand for their students and their families.

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