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By now you are likely aware of what happened at the Saint Paul Labor Center on Wednesday, April 14.

Read the letter from President William McCarthy.



Statement from Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota 

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Daunte Wright this afternoon. Daunte, 20, was shot and killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer over the weekend. While we know only some of the details of the tragedy today, we do know that this time the violence has hit close to our members and our students.

The educators of Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota are here to support our educators and students this week, either in -person or online. The trauma of learning another Black man has been killed by law enforcement does not diminish just because these deaths have become so tragically familiar. Our union joins with all Minnesota educators in calling for peace and voicing our sympathy for all those suffering the loss of Daunte Wright.

Valerie Holthus

President, Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota

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Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

‘Back to school’ like never before

In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.