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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Dear Staci at the NEA

Someone named Staci at NEA sent me this invitation today:

Hi Jim -

High-resolution photos are available from today's award presentation.  If you are interested in scheduling an interview with NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, please contact me at (202) 270-5333 or smaiers@nea.org.

My response: Thanks, Staci for the offer.  I will need, however, some evidence from Dennis that his Suits and Prostisuits have not sold out the teachers, children, and parents in order to buy a place at the federal feeding trough, along with the ed industry leeches.  It will take more than this latest meaningless gesture or the ones from this week's convention to convince us who have watched the cowardice and complicity of both unions accumulate at a rate equal to the advance of corporate education deform.  

The teachers and parents of this country are on the verge of creating something new for the benefit of education, children, and parents, and it won't be called NEA, or AFT, for that matter.  

If you want to do something that matters, use some of those hundreds of millions in revenue to run some candidates who will stand up against Gates and Broad and the Walton oligarchs.  Or do something in the name of educational justice, economic justice, environmental justice, or social justice.  The world is burning up, blowing up, and being bought up, and you guys do nothing except spend your time cutting self-serving deals and going to lunch with lobbyists and the clueless legislators whom you could educate if you had the moral courage or political will to do so.

So no thanks to the interview offer. And tell Dennis that his position is no more secure than Randi Weingarten's.

Jim Horn
On Jul 6, 2010, at 12:31 PM, Staci Maiers wrote:

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