Daniel Alicea is a NYC middle school teacher and UFT Delegate. He has started a group called Educators of NYC and he is the co-host of WBAI's Talk out of School with Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters.
Educators of NYC's current poll (albeit unscientific) shows that 87% of hundreds of respondents think there should be a remote option this coming school year for NYC parents and students. In a more just world, Daniel would be one of the people running the UFT. The piece below was sent to us by Daniel.
Hello New York City family!
We must keep up our fight to keep our city’s children, elderly, and immunosuppressed, and most vulnerable safe from this latest Delta variant COVID wave. As a result, the 8 demands of parents, families, and educators for a safe 2021-22 school year are gaining momentum.
It asks our community of New Yorkers to support a safe and equitable return to our city schools this fall in the midst of this new surge of COVID-19. These include mandated vaccines for all those eligible, vaccine equity for underserved areas, a universal mandate for masks at DOE facilities, heightened COVID-19 testing and safety protocols for in-person learning, and a remote option for our city’s families.
It now has well over 2k supporters. It was also featured in a New York Post article, yesterday. Read it here: https://nypost.com/2021/08/14/
We're asking you to share this petition with those in your circle, today.
All those who believe more should be done to ensure those in our care, you can also take ACTION, right now, by calling 311 and tell the Mayor that we are standing in ONE VOICE. Read the 8 demands from the petition to the 311 rep who will let De Blasio know we remain steadfast in our commitment to keeping our city safe.
Also, I implore you to also sign this petition by a coalition that has been fighting for a remote learning option in the last few months. It asks not only for a remote learning option, but it spells out a clear, inclusive, equitable, and culturally responsive plan for what it should look like.
View this other petition here: http://tinyurl.com/
We are a tribe of love. A community of New Yorkers who take care of one another.
Share this urgent message with someone today.
Love wins. #protectNYC #protectNYCkids