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Statement by Karen Strickland on the Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

January 16, 2017

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” This quote, initially stated long ago either by Edmund Burke or George Santayana,  seems especially relevant today, as the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 approaches. Executive Order 9066 was President F. D. Roosevelt’s order to incarcerate roughly 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII . . .


Join Us February 20th in Olympia

Workers' rights and unions are under attack. Immigrant and refugee rights are under attack. The LGBQT community and people of color fear setbacks to their rights. It's time to show our legislature that we believe in social, racial, and economic justice for all. Washington State has always been an advocate for their residents and there are those in our legislature who want to take rights away. Let's also tell our legislature that we want full funding for public education AND funding for critical human services that help our communities and families live and thrive.

Please join us at the Equity Rally on February 20th at 9:30 AM at the State Capitol and make your voices heard. We have arranged for buses to pick up people at designated locations (download bus schedule). Contact us for information at or 206-244-4777.

Get a copy of the flyer here.

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Faculty Vote For A Walkout, Declaring That Quality Of Education Is At Stake

At a recent all faculty meeting AFT 1789 voted to take part in a voluntary walk-out. The walk-out takes place across the district on Thursday, November 17 from 9am-2pm, with a rally at noon.  Contact your Senate presidents for campus specific locations. 

The walk-out is not about the faculty and our needs, but the needs of our students, higher learning and a college education.


Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.