June 23, 2010

A Pre-RA Note from the Chair

See you in New Orleans at the RA Convention Center. Our caucus room and times are noted below. Please join us whenever you can. We want to meet and greet on July 1 if you are in town. July 2 is optional if you can't get there July 1 and July 3-6 are RA Assembly days.

July 1 – 4:00 to 5:30 pm, Room 238-239
July 2 – 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Room 352
July 3 – 9:30 to 11:00 am, Room 343
July 4-6 9:30 to 10:00 am and lunch breaks, Room 343

It's time. Do you believe it? Another school year comes and goes and we meet again as the largest democratic legislative body in the world. You , too, can be on the BIG screen. We need speakers, mic yielders, membership promoters and folks to decide which new Business items, resolutions and legislative lobby items will go to the floor. We need members at the caucus to vote on a few edited Constitutional changes. We need Regional Directors, State Contacts, Chiapas promoters, and we will have an election for vice chair and treasurer as well as other positions. Sari Kulberg and Gretchen Lipow will run the booth with Tom Yates help. You may stop by any time and offer ideas, assistance or spend your money! Contact me at portenancy@msn.com or 319 331 8088 to take part.

We will be honoring the youth of New Orleans for their perseverance in attending school against so many odds for the Paul Mann Youth Activist Award.

We will be running an election for new officers of vice chair and treasurer.
We will honor Andy Griggs, retired activist, although he will not be in attendance. Andy's memory and hard work will long be part of what our caucus stands for and continues to fight for. His knowledge and belief in the good fight for peace and justice will always be a cornerstone of our caucus.

Tracy Washington, chair of the Louisiana Justice Institute will be one of our speakers.

Just as important as pending elections, the "don't tell" bill in the senate, the sanctity of the work force and our country helping them thrive is our ability to get involved, stand up for our beliefs and forge ahead to a new peaceful day. There is power in numbers and the NEA represents a big number of people who care and want to educate. Make a difference Get involved. Get involved in PandJ!

Nancy Porter,
NEA P&J Chair

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