In Other News

OAKLAND TEACHERS VOTE 95% TO AUTHORIZE A STRIKE: K-12 teachers in the Oakland Educators Association moved a big step closer to a strike on Monday with a large strike authorization vote. After two years of bargaining for a contract, they are fed up with low-ball offers too small to live in the city where they teach while class sizes balloon.

As in Los Angeles and other school districts across the nation, they attribute the Oakland school district’s claims of money woes to privatization through the proliferation of charter schools that siphon off dollars while cherry-picking the students who endure the fewest obstacles to success. OEA is now signing up volunteers to help in a variety of ways.

SIGN PETITION TO ADVANCE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Child care givers were out in force at the State Capitol today (Feb. 6) to advocate for laws that will ensure quality early childhood education as well as their own right to unionize. An education that gets children off to a good start sets the stage for student success all the way to the CSU, community colleges or other higher education. Sign the petition to support this work and learn more at #ChildCareForAll

CRIMINALIZING POLICE CRITICS HAS TO STOP: CFA leader Melina Abdullah, a Cal State Los Angeles professor will be back in court at 8:30 am tomorrow (Feb 7) to fend off eight charges stemming from her presence at Los Angeles Police Commission meetings where she supports and advocates for families of police shootings.

More than 11,000 of her supporters have signed a petition (bitly.com/freemelina) calling on City Attorney Mike Feuer to drop the charges. Cal State LA colleagues will be among the many supporters at the L.A. County Courthouse (210 W. Temple St., Department 43) to stand with her.