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Sunday, May 1, 2016

If we can't march for children, parents, teachers and our public schools than we can't stand for anything

In 2011 my family was one of 10,000 marching to save our schools from policy makers with SOS in Washington DC , Our politicians in both parties and Ed Reformers have reduced childhood to test scores. These reformers call closing local public schools, and opening private charter schools in poor communities education reform. Reformers and governors whose reforms are seeking to end local elected school boards in Black and Brown communities. None of these reformers are seeking to end publicly elected school boards in all White communities. Democracy belongs to all people, and anyone seeking to take it away from some people takes it away from all people. 

Cesar Chavez said: "We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better and more just world for our children. People who make that choice will know hardship and sacrifice. But if you give yourself totally to the non-violence struggle for peace and justice you also find that people give you their hearts and you will never go hungry and never be alone. And in giving of yourself you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love.”

My family marches in that spirit of giving of ourselves, that Cesar Chavez evokes returning to Washington DC for the Save Our Schools Coalition: March for Public Education and Social Justice this July 8 to 9.

We are going, because teachers marching now matters more than ever,
We are going to DC, because teachers cannot be silent and apathetic under a system of test and punish that harms our children, parents, their teachers and their public schools, 
Because justice on our streets matters,
Because justice in our schools matters,
Because marching for children matters,
Because  marching the elderly matters,
marching for those without health insurance matters,
Because marching for low wage workers matters,
Because marching for the handicap matters, 
Because marching for the poor matters,
Because children matter, we all matter, Black, White, Yellow, Brown, and Red,
We are going to the Lincoln Memorial to march on the wings of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream of justice for all. 
We are marching because silence and apathy are not acceptable in the face of injustice in America's Public Schools.
Jesse The Walking Man Turner

Trust me marching matters America

If you like to know what this walking man is listening to this morning on his's Jack Johnson & Ben Harper "We can change the world with our own two hands"

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