DSA’s Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC) stands in solidarity with the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) as they prepare to go on strike. DSA members who are UTLA rank and file members are fighting for the schools their kids deserve, and they need our support now more than ever. Below you can read an open letter from a UTLA teacher and DSA member on how you can support striking teachers today.
Why your donation to the Reclaim Our Schools UTLA Strike Fund is so vital and important…
My brothers and sisters, the 31,000 UTLA teachers who will strike, do so at great risk of their personal and professional well-being. There is every indication the Los Angeles Unified School District will make every attempt to prolong the strike in an attempt to weaken the union’s attempt to improve the school and classroom environment for the over 600,000 students who attend classes in the district’s schools.
Although 98% of us authorized this strike and are prepared to go the long haul to guarantee its success, a strike of this magnitude brings along with it a number of challenges. Teachers will be on the picket line each and every day without pay for the duration of the strike.
Like too many of us are all too familiar with, my comrades live paycheck-to-paycheck, have pressing healthcare issues, and children of their own, also students in LAUSD public schools. Any amount you can contribute will help in any of a number of ways to alleviate some of the stress teachers will inevitably encounter. Thank you for supporting UTLA teachers and this crucial moment in the history of public education.