Women’s History Month provides us an opportunity to remind
ourselves of women’s contributions to our culture and society and
reflect on women who have fought for change in labor, education,
science, the arts, and politics. Use the CFT’s curated collection
to find lesson plans for your classroom and inspiration for your
union, home, and beyond.
When I decided to become a teacher, I was focused on helping
students and meeting them where they are. I became a mathematics
teacher — slopes, quadratic equations, fractions, square roots
and all. But I entered into the profession because I was
interested in who my students are as people, not just in class. I
wanted to understand their hopes and dreams and help them become
the people they wanted to be.
Members from classified locals across the state recently met in
Glendale to swap organizing tips, celebrate victories, and
strengthen political skills.
Participants engaged enthusiastically from Friday, October 18,
when Council of Classified Employees President Carl Williams
welcomed leaders to his first President’s Collaboration, to that
Sunday morning, when Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond
rallied the troops for coming electoral fights.
When I was elected CFT President in March, I said in my speech to
Convention delegates: “I believe that when we fight for
education, we also fight for social justice, racial justice,
gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and climate justice.”
To be a social justice union, we must not only consider the
complex lives of our members and the challenges they face, but
look beyond the doors of the schoolhouse to consider the ways our
campus communities intersect with our larger communities. When we
fight for labor, we must fight for our communities, too.
Delegates to the 100th Anniversary Convention elected the first
classified member to hold a top leadership position in the CFT,
Council of Classified Employees President Luukia Smith, as
Secretary Treasurer. The man who has held that position, Jeff
Freitas, was elected CFT’s new president.
Since Donald Trump was elected president, it has become clear:
It’s a new day for educators, their unions, students and
communities. California Teacher asked the presidents of four
local unions from different regions of the state to voice their