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New York Teacher, Oct. 27, 2011Highlights from the Oct. 27 issue of New York Teacher:

Be BRAVE against bullying
UFT announces a new campaign
With many political supporters and plenty of press, the UFT launched a new campaign, called Be BRAVE Against Bullying, on Oct. 19. The multifaceted campaign aims at changing school culture so that bullying is recognized for what it is — and not tolerated.

UFT launches anti-bullying hotline
“Every single child has a right to go to school without being intimidated or harassed, and every parent has the right to know that their child can go to school safely,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said at a press conference at City Hall on Oct. 19 to announce a new anti-bullying hotline. The confidential hotline, staffed by licensed counselors, operates weekdays from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

UFT joins D.C. event to reaffirm King’s commitment
Three-thousand UFT members joined tens of thousands of other trade unions, civil rights and community activists on Oct. 15 for a march and rally reaffirming Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to jobs and justice and inaugurating the imposing carved stone memorial commemorating his life and legacy.

Walking tall
Making Strides against Breast Cancer
UFTers did it again and in style. Under blue skies and bright sunshine, thousands proudly walked in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 16 carrying the blue-and-white UFT banner in all five boroughs plus Jones Beach. The participation of 1,000 UFT members in the Bronx was a special tribute to Annette Carlucci, teacher, chapter leader and high school representative who died from breast cancer during the summer.

Real men — and women — wear pink
According to Google, pink is the color of universal love, good health and life. So the sea of pink — shirts, ties, T-shirts, hats, blouses and even shoes — that marked Pink Day on or around Oct. 19 in schools and classrooms across the city symbolized the concerted effort of UFTers to halt the scourge of breast cancer and keep everyone healthy and “in the pink.”

‘No tax breaks for millionaires’
Union among groups demanding levy on wealthiest New Yorkers be extended
With schools and other public services threatened with more budget cuts this year, UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined fellow labor leaders and representatives from community and education advocacy groups at a “We are the 99 percent of New York” rally on Oct. 17 on the City Hall steps demanding that the state millionaire’s tax be extended.

Rebuilding Schoharie
UFTers bus upstate to help town devastated by Hurricane Irene
While New York City shrugged off Hurricane Irene as the disaster that never materialized, the residents of Schoharie in upstate New York watched as the water in nearby rivers reached record levels. When the rivers finally peaked, every single business on Main Street was gone and 275 of the town’s 350 homes were under four-to-eight feet of water.

Fall UFT Charter School Conference panel
Building a progressive movement
More than 100 charter school teachers from around the city came together at UFT headquarters on Oct. 14 for an evening panel discussion that kicked off the UFT’s two-day fall charter conference and professional development event. Entitled “Fulfilling the Promise: Building a Progressive Charter School Movement,” it featured prominent speakers from within and without the charter movement.

Brooklyn charter teachers join UFT
In another victory for the UFT’s effort to organize New York City charter schools, educators at Fahari Academy Charter School in Brooklyn announced on Oct. 4 that they have organized a union at the school and intend to join the UFT.

Passing muster
Lane Campus’ Junior ROTC cadets noted for good grades, good citizenship
Student Shemesh DeLeon, the deputy commander of the Air Force Junior ROTC at the Brooklyn Franklin K. Lane Campus, gets to school before 7 a.m. to raise the flag and practice drills — left face, right face, port arms, carry arms — with his unit, looking sharp in his blue uniform.