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AFT: Activate, agitate, Alinsky-ize

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 3, 2011 08:33 AM

A reader sends an organizing alert from the American Federation of Teachers being circulated among public school educators in Wisconsin this week.

Who cares about teaching arithmetic or social studies? It’s Alinsky and social justice time!

NEW Activist training
March 4 & 5
Pyle Center–UW Madison
Madison, WI

Working with the national AFT, we are conducting a very important activist training next weekend and we need your help to recruit participants. We are targeting this program to a very specific segment of membership–new activists. For that reason, this program will be by invitation only.

We do not want people who are already giving time to the union, but instead people who have shown an interest in increasing their level of activism. This training is designed to accompany our ongoing internal organizing program, and to help locals prepare for the possibility of right-to-work legislation being passed.

If we are going to continue to do the important work of the union, and defend our rights against attacks by our extremist governor, we need to have members who have the information to help coordinate our response to the anti-union initiatives being proposed in Madison.

The training will start on Friday evening and will go through Saturday afternoon. The national AFT will pay for the training, food, and for members to share a hotel room on Friday night. Your local must decide whether or not to reimburse your members for mileage.

Please select two candidates from your local to attend the training. Please forward the names of your candidates, with their contact information to [Doug Swanson and Tom Ellett.]

We need the locals to send members to get this critical information. Get two members to Madison on Friday afternoon. Thanks.

In solidarity,
Bryan Kennedy, Ph.D.
President, AFT-Wisconsin

Like I said: “A” is for “agitation.”

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