San Francisco Teachers and Students:
“We refuse to cooperate with or normalize a government administration that empowers, enables, and emboldens the forces of fascism and white supremacy”
December 17, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
December 16—On the final day of school before winter break, students and teachers left schools across San Francisco in an action organized by students and teachers calling themselves “Students, Educators, People United to End the Trump Regime.” Eighty to 100 students and teachers gathered at the Civic Center to rally and march. This was the first public action of teachers and students who have begun organizing in San Francisco and Oakland in response to the threat of a Trump-Pence regime.
At the rally, two educators read a draft of an Educator Pledge of Resistance which has been circulating among teachers in the Bay Area. Here is the beginning of what they read:
“In the face of an incoming administration that has repeatedly threatened Immigrants, Muslims, Women, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQ+ communities, working class people, African Americans and other People of Color—we, as educators, must take a stand.
“We are aware of the bitter lessons of history, and will not be silent or neutral. If not stopped, Trump administration will intensify the existing attacks on the oppressed, and put humanity and the planet in grave danger.
“We refuse to cooperate with or normalize a government administration that empowers, enables, and emboldens the forces of fascism and white supremacy. We refuse to accept the persecution of people because of who they are, what abilities they have, who they love, where they come from, what religion they practice, the language they speak, or the documents they do or do not possess. We refuse to accept the suppression of dissent and basic democratic rights.”
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