Category Archives: Civil Rights

Location Update: URA‐AFT General Membership Meeting

Where: Rm. 133, Labor Education Center, Cook Campus

When: March 19 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

  • Special Topic: CORNERSTONE Report
  • Important Business:
    • Election of Bargaining Team
    • Election of Delegates for 2018 AFT Convention, July 13–16, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA

Camden and Newark members, please check your email for further voting information

Open to full dues members only. Membership forms available at the door.

Civil Rights Activism in the URA

URA Members attend AFT Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference

 [pic with Dr. Johnson]
(l‐r) Carolyn Foote, Dorothy Grauer, Dr. Lorretta Johnson, and Christine O’Connell

URA members Carolyn Foote, Civil Rights Committee Chair; Dorothy Grauer, Newark Campus Vice‐President; and Christine O’Connell, Off‐Campus Lead Chair attended the AFT Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference & National Opportunity to Learn Summit in New Orleans, LA in early October. The conference theme was titled “Advancing Racial Justice in 2015: Communities and Labor Organizing Together”. Workshops attended included Unions and the Community: Collective Bargaining as a Vehicle for Social Justice and REAL Talk: What Must Our Movement Do to End the School –to‐Prison Pipeline? Additionally, besides meeting AFT Secretary‐Treasurer Dr. Loretta Johnson, they also participated in a rally and attended a cultural dinner where Sybrina Fulton, mother of Treyvon Martin, was the featured speaker.

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Dr. King Statue Unveiled in Newark

[MLK Jr Statue - News 12 NJ>
(Credit: News 12 New Jersey) from article

By Dorothy Grauer, Vice President‐Newark Campus

I had the pleasure of attending the dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. statue on October 14, 2015, on the grounds of the Historic Essex County Courthouse in Newark. This event was well attended by dignitaries, students, academics and members of the community. Speakers included Newark Mayor Ras Baraka; William Payne, former state assemblyman and current Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff; Reverend William Howard, of Bethany Baptist Church; and Edith Savage Jennings, a civil rights activist.

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College Avenue Lunchtime Meeting

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