December 13, 2010

Professional Educator's Creed

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Paul Mann Youth Activism Award

Please nominate an individual youth activist, K through 14, who has been outstanding in the struggle for human rights, social justice, peace, and/or youth empowerment. The student selected as this year’s Paul Mann Youth Activist may be invited to the 2011 NEA Representative Assembly in Chicago, IL, or to the sponsoring state education association affiliate’s Representative Assembly to receive recognition for their achievements.

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December 12, 2010

Special Comment: Obama Turned His Back to the Base

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Imprisoned trade unionist on hunger strike: Reza Shahabi


Reza Shahabi, a leading member of an independent but unrecognized trade union in Iran, remains detained in Evin Prison, Tehran, where he has begun a hunger strike. Although Saeed Torabian, another leading member, was released on 20 July, other union members have since been arrested, bringing the total in prison to six.

Dream Act: House Passes Dream Act; Tell The Senate to Act

Each year, thousands of undocumented students who have lived in the United States for at least five years graduate from U.S. high schools. Among these students, with whom NEA members work every day, are valedictorians, straight-A students, and idealistic youth committed to bettering their communities. Yet, because of their lack of legal status, they are unable to pursue higher education.

On December 7, the House passed the bipartisan DREAM Act by a vote of 216-198. The bill gives eligible young people the opportunity to resolve their immigration status and work towards citizenship.

On December 8, the Senate voted to table action on the bill, as supporters work to secure the 60 votes needed for passage. The Senate could take up the bill again the week of December 13.

Take Action:

Urge your Senators to support the DREAM Act
See how your House member voted on passage of the DREAM Act
See NEA’s co-sponsored ads (ad 1; ad 2; ad 3) in support of the DREAM Act