Civil, Human, and Women’s Rights Committee

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The Civil, Human, and Women’s Rights Committee works to ensure and protect the civil and human rights of all CFT members and the students we serve, regardless of color, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or political affiliation.

PRIORITIES

  • Track trends on threats to and rollback of civil, human, and women’s rights laws and regulations.
  • Track and assist with the implementation of recommendations from the CFT Racial Equity Task Force Report “Reclaiming the Promise of Racial Equity for Black Males in California,” and suggest topics for future equity task forces.
  • Review existing union policy and recommend policy positions to CFT governance bodies on matters relevant to civil, human, and women’s rights. 
  • Develop workshops and produce materials on important civil, human, and women’s rights issues to ensure that CFT locals have the information to be effective advocates locally on these issues.
  • Stay connected with the AFT Human Rights and Community Relations Department.

MEMBERS

Elaine Merriweather, Chair, United Educators of San Francisco
Silvia De La Rosa, Early Childhood Federation
Dora Gonzalez, Santa Cruz Federation of Retired Educational Personnel
Ingrid Gunnell, United Teachers Los Angeles
Kandra Kargo, ABC Federation of Teachers, Retiree Chapter
Janet Kreitzer, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
Rosemary Lee, United Teachers Los Angeles
Belinda Lum, Los Rios College Federation of Teachers
Natalina Monteiro, Los Angeles College Faculty Guild
Jason Newman, Los Rios College Federation of Teachers
Enid Perez, State Center Federation of Teachers
Mel Pritchard, West Valley-Mission Federation of Teachers
Stephanie White, Los Angeles College Faculty Guild
Valarie Bachelor, Staff Liaison  

PROJECTS

Racial Equity Task Force Report

Reclaiming the Promise of Racial Equity for Black Males in California was the final report from the Racial Equity Task Force. The Civil, Human, and Women’s Rights Committee works to implement recommendations contained in the report.