AFT-Maryland in conjunction with a number of community partners and union allies participated in the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) National Day of Action to #ReclaimOurSchools on Thursday January 19th at City Springs Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore. In addition to members of the state federation, sisters and brothers from the Metro Baltimore AFL-CIO were also present. Metro Baltimore AFL-CIO President Jermain Jones was in attendance, as were members of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).
The coalition of community supporters included regular partners Communities United, Elev8, Maryland Working Families, and Union Baptist Church, among others. Supporters showed up in large part to support efforts to protect public schools. Demonstrators assembled on the school's football field, and the group broke out in chants demanding community schools, fair funding for public schools and for the Senate to reject President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. The community partners and union members in attendance exemplify just how much education is a complete effort involving students and teachers inside the school building and those who supplement formal instruction in the community and beyond.
Once inside, the Rev. Alvin Hathaway of Union Baptist Church reminded the audience of the role faith-based organizations have played historically in education. He cited Bowie State University and other examples of the church actively participating in the education of so many. Other community speakers included parents and students at City Springs Elementary/Middle, and other representatives from the community.
For more specifics on the day of action and its direct effect on Baltimore City Public Schools see the Baltimore Teachers Union website.
For more photos from the event, visit our Facebook page.