Teachers Union Rallies Outside Hundreds Of LAUSD Schools, Tells Students They Are Safe
On Thursday morning, one day before the inauguration, the teacher's union led rallies against the incoming Trump administration outside of hundreds of LAUSD schools just before the school day began.
Thousands of students, parents, educators and school staff participated in the #SchoolTrump actions, which were intended to show that educators stand against the President-elect's racially charged and anti-immigrant proposals, as well as the privatization of public schools.
“With the incoming administration, if we are to believe what Trump says, the very existence of public education is under threat,’’ Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, told the Daily News.
At Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown, where 86% of students are Latino and almost 90% of the student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch, community members arriving for the school day were met by a large group of teachers, parents and students holding signs and chanting "We have nothing to lose but our chains," and "We must love and support one another."
"We're all out here because we want to support the community, the parents and the kids, and let them know that this is a safe place and they don't need to be afraid of Donald Trump," one teacher told LAist.
Rebecca Solomon, who teaches social studies, economics and government, explained that the actions were planned to coincide with student drop off, and would end just before classes began. "It's not meant to be disruptive to the school day," she explained.
"We want to make sure that students are aware that undocumented students also have rights in the Trump presidency," Andre Chenfeng, a middle school math teacher, told LAist.