After the quiet launch of the blog on Friday, we’ve been informed that while people like the list of education bloggers on the left, we’re missing some NYC Teacher blogs. If you know of any education blogs written by NYC Educators, please feel free to drop us a note in the comments, or via an email to blog-at-u f t-dot-org.
We’re also going to reorganize the blogs to give education-related blogs by NYC Teachers a category of their own on the left. Feel free to inform us which blogs are written by NYC Teachers.
On the right side bar, you’ll notice that we have a mailing list specifically for this blog. If you’d like to receive periodic emails about issues discussed on the blog feel free to sign up on the list. If you are a UFT member, please make sure to register (regardless of whether you want to receive emails about the blog) as many member services are or will soon be available over the internet.
Finally, there are two current action items taking place. The first is the fight to protect Social Security, which may be back on the congressional agenda once congress reconvenes in September.
The second is a call to action from the AFT and the AFL-CIO, asking educators, parents and supporters to avoid shopping at Wal-Mart this back to school season. The AFT has some facts about Wal-Mart as well as a letter to Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott. The UFT is also working with community groups, and other unions to fight the construction of a Wal-Mart on Staten Island. If you’re a NYC voter you can make a sizeable impact by asking the City Council to stop the race to the bottom that’s taken place in so many other communities that Wal-Mart has moved into. If you’re not in NYC, sign the AFT petition, and email a link of the NYC petition to friends and family living in the city. Bloggers can feel free to steal the graphics for their own site.