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Monday, June 22, 2015

Day 11, I know courage when I see it. Mr. Gus Morales is courage walking in this world!

The story of Mr. Gus Morales, union leader, teacher extraordinaire, defender of Holyoke public schools is well documented.
Read his tale, recognize his truth, feel his strength, and know his heart  
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Cesar Chavez said: “Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”
Day number 11 is dedicated to my hero Gus Morales a teacher who refused silence and apathy.
A teacher standing up for his students,
His fellow teachers, and
His community.
In this age of high stakes assessment where children are reduced to test scores,
This age where America's children are sorted into tidy little boxes of:
Below Proficiency,
At Proficiency, or
Above proficiency. 
In this age where the "corporate bullies" they make profits from our children, and their data,
Where teachers must be silent,
Mr. Gus Morales stood up,
Mr. Gus Morales spoke up.
In this age of high stakes testing where apathy and silence rules,
Gus Morales fights for our children, our schools, and our communities,
Mr. Gus Morales is unafraid,
Speaks truth to power,
Stands taller than the rest. 
Mr. Gus Morales a teacher of teachers speaks for the powerless,
Speaks for the hopeless,
Speaks for the disenfranchised,
Speaks for our children,
Speaks for our teachers and
Stands strong for our public schools.
Mr. Gus Morales a teacher who reminds teachers what it means to defend public education,
What it means to defend students, and
What it means to defend our public schools.
This ten miles is all for Mr. Morales our hero,
Our beacon of honor,
Our sword of truth,
Our noble knight standing at the gate challenging all who dare to crush the dreams and hopes of our children.
This ten is for you Gus,
This ten is yours my brother,
This ten is for our role model of what teachers should be.
This ten is for our role model of what union leadership should be.
This ten is for a son of Cesar Chevez’s “The future is ours”
Sincerely another son of Chevez,
Jesse The Walking Man Turner

Yesterday at the Clear Water Festival I saw Gus Morales's letter of non-renewal online, yesterday I read the words of oppression trying to strike fear in every teacher across America. Yesterday I recognized greatness, recognized real power, recognized what a hero really is, yesterday I walked ten miles for Mr. Gus Morales a teacher's hero. If you want to know what this walking man listened to on his walk yesterday it was Enrique Iglesias's "Hero"

1 comment:

  1. We are all Gus Morales, and someday when we all stand together their house of evil shall fall. It's time for both AFT and NEA to stage at the very least a one day walk out in support of Gus, and every other teacher being bullied by these fake reformers!