AFT: Fight for America's Future: It's Dollars and Sense

AFT Campaign Focuses on the Economy, Starting In Florida


Dollars and Sense in Florida

Florida will become the first in a nationwide focus on strengthening and protecting public schools, colleges and other institutions during the current economic crisis.

AFT president Randi Weingarten will kick off the campaign, called "Fight for America's Future: It's Dollars and Sense," at a Jan. 14 press conference in Washington, D.C. The day before, she will be in Florida—one of the states hardest hit by the recession—where she will meet with Gov. Charlie Crist, President Andy Ford and other affiliate presidents.
"Our schools and colleges, our healthcare system and public safety systems, and vital government services—these are the core of our democracy," the Fight for America's Future statement of purpose says. "Their strength is fundamental to America's strength. But with the national economic crisis, these essential services face draconian cuts. We must fight for them, and in so doing, fight for America's future."
There will be a campaign Web site featuring videos, member stories, resources, state updates and ways to take action. FEA leaders should check AFT LeaderNet, which will be updated regularly, and currently contains information and resources.
Fight for America's Future is AFT members' collective call to support public education and other essential services through lobbying elected officials, speaking out in public forums, talking to neighbors and more. "It is time our collective voices tell the nation that America's future depends on what we do," the statement of purpose says. "Our message in every community in which we live and work must be clear: that strengthening education, healthcare and public services is crucial in order to restore and preserve opportunity in this country, and that this is a cause worth fighting for."

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