Thank you to my friend Allen for sharing this sad and disappointing news regarding the turn of events at Stand For Children. I have always been a strong advocate for Stand For Children. Now I fear the leadership, or lack thereof, by Co-Founder Jonah Edelman proves at odds with the mission of Stand For Children:
Our mission is to use the power of grassroots action to help all children get the excellent public education and strong support they need to thrive. Our members believe we need to stand up for our children now – particularly for their education from pre-school through high school – to create a better future for America.
Exactly how does one advocate for teachers and children when one takes away collective bargaining rights? How can one be advocating for children while putting so much power with corporations and school boards that take away the voices of teachers? Edelman seems to have observed Scott Walker and was inspired rather than disgusted.
Sorry Edelman, but you can’t run an organization based on advocacy of civil rights for youth, and deny civil rights for teachers. Dismantling unions and putting all power with the school board runs contrary to the civil rights movement. How very sad that what was a great agency is now in bed with the Tea Party. While Edelman has apologized for his arrogance, he has not altered his views! Click here to see the entire video. I know it is long, but it is worth seeing and shares some rather disgusting and unfortunate information.