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Virtual organizing win: Crenshaw community saves choir & band program

When the Crenshaw High School principal posted the matrix recently, the faculty quickly saw something wrong: two teachers’ names were missing. As part of a budget-balancing move, the principal had made the unilateral decision to get rid of band teacher Al Tarver and choir teacher Iris Stevenson — without consulting staff or talking to the two teachers themselves.

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An Epic Budget Fight Is Coming To Our Schools

Corporations getting bailed out. Workers, schools, cities, and states getting shut out.  LA Times reported a projected $35 billion immediate hit to our state budget, with another $85 billion loss over the coming years. Meanwhile, millionaires, real estate, and hedge fund investors were given a $90 billion tax break in the CARES Act—more than 1,400 times larger than the stimulus checks that workers and families will receive, and more than what frontline hospitals received. McConnell and the GOP have said that cities and states should file for bankruptcy, framing requests for aid as “blue state bailouts” to force cuts to public employee pensions. 

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Find Free Meals At These Drive Up Food Centers

We are here in moments of crisis. As we continue to address the underlying issues that exacerbate poverty and target our most vulnerable, in just one day, more than 4,500 UTLA members volunteered to staff 60 locations throughout the city to support and feed our students and families. Those centers will offer free student meals at drive-up centers and are a critical component to this moment as we get through the health crisis known as Coronavirus COVD-19. Here are the food center locations with a google map for your convenience.

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Letter from UTLA: Principals and Local Districts Must Stop Rogue, Onerous Directives

In this moment of profound threat and anxiety, Los Angeles educators, like the rest of LA, are grappling with a complete upheaval of our lives. With little guidance, from the first minute of the school shutdown, educators have taken on the challenge and juggled our own family needs, supporting our own children and elders at home while also doing our absolute best to create stability for our students, create continuity of learning, and more.