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    • Raise some orange to end violence against women

      Most people would be frightened and likely take action to protect themselves and help others at risk if they heard there was a pandemic. Yet, violence against women is a "global pandemic," according to the United Nations. But it is all-too-often hushed up, ignored or disbelieved. Victims are shamed. Perpetrators are persistent and often evade the law. In some countries, domestic violence is not even against the law.

      "Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential," reports the United Nations. "The costs and consequence of violence against women last for generations."

      On Nov. 25th of each year, the UN asks for a turn-around. The day is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Its color is orange. To see how many buildings were colored with orange lights last year in order to raise awareness about violence against women, visit www.flickr.com/photos/unwomen/sets/72157649322853638/.

      #orangeurhood around the world

      The project encourages people to light up their communities in orange. Call your town supervisor or mayor; school superintendent; housing center director; community group leaders, etc., and ask to have orange lights on buildings, or to have posters or banners displayed.

      "NYSUT'S membership is more than 70 percent women, and with our strong commitment to social justice issues, this makes the 16-day campaign for the Elimination of Violence Against Women a worthy and necessary campaign for us to support," said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. 

      Nov. 25 is only the start of the campaign to raise awareness and set up change. It is the beginning of a 16-day campaign that ends on Dec. 10, which is Human Rights Day.


      "The focus must now be on prevention and, although there is no single solution to such a complex problem, there is growing evidence of the range of actions that can stop violence before it happens," said UN Under- Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. "This comprehensive approach forms the core of the new framework developed by UN Women and our partner agencies."

      An example of one of those programs is a train-the-trainers workshop for girl guides.

      Ideas for action during the 16-day campaign include:

      • Spread the word on social media.
      • Set up discussions among professionals and community members about the role of violence.
      • Have a forum at the college you are attending.
      • Invite a speaker into the local high school.
      • Invite government and community leaders to wear orange.
      • Invite journalists to showcase organizations that are helping women and changing patterns.
      • Organize orange dances or flash mobs.
      • Have a bicycle party with orange streamers.
      • Host events in malls.

      For more information, go to www.unwomen.org.

      The U.N. reports that 35 percent of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime, with up to seven in 10 women facing this abuse in some countries. Violence against women comes in many forms in different societies, and can include cutting, beating, punching, servitude, forcing young girls into marriage, female genital mutilation, sexual trafficking and much more.

      For many people, the violence comes from intimate relationship partners. It often begins right in their living room, bedroom or parked car. The perpetrator is often an intimate and may excuse behavior later on by saying they were drunk or high and don't remember; it will never happen again; they need understanding because of how they were abused as a child; etc.

      The Mayo Clinic lists the following signs of abuse. Be on alert if a partner does any of the following:

      • calls you names, insults you or puts you down;
      • prevents or discourages you from going to work or school;
      • prevents or discourages you from seeing family members or friends;
      • tries to control how you spend money, where you go, what medicines you take or what you wear;
      • acts jealous or possessive or constantly accuses you of being unfaithful;
      • gets angry when drinking alcohol or using drugs;
      • threatens you with violence or a weapon;
      • hits, kicks, shoves, slaps, chokes or otherwise hurts you, your children or your pets;
      • forces you to have sex or engage in sexual acts against your will; or
      • blames you for his or her violent behavior or tells you that you deserve it.

      Further, the Mayo Clinic adds, "If you're lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you might also be experiencing domestic violence if you're in a relationship with someone who:

      • threatens to tell friends, family, colleagues or community members your sexual orientation or gender identity;
      • tells you that authorities won't help a lesbian, bisexual or transgender person;
      • tells you that leaving the relationship means you're admitting that lesbian, bisexual or transgender relationships are deviant;
      • says women can't be violent; or
      • justifies abuse by telling you that you're not "really" lesbian, bisexual or transgender."

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    • Join with NYSUT and VOTE to support the American Heart Association

      Working for students, caring for patients and working with our communities ... it’s what NYSUT members do, every day.

      As a union of more than 600,000 professionals dedicated to education, human services and health care, we share the mission of the American Heart and American Stroke Associations to create healthier lives.

      We have proudly partnered with the American Heart Association for more than 40 years in various ways, including our annual support of the Go Red for Women Luncheon and the Capital Region Heart Walk. This year, NYSUT President Karen E. Magee has taken our commitment a step further, as chair of the Heart Walk.

      Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer—especially for women. We’re putting our whole hearts into fighting this deadly disease by promoting healthier lifestyles, raising awareness and supporting fundraisers that make the Associations’ work possible.

      Vote to support the American Heart Association in the Times Union's "Capital Region Gives" campaign.

      One vote per day, per device. Voting ends noon, Monday, Dec. 14 The top 10 nonprofits, by your votes, will each win $10,000 in free advertising from the Times Union. Winners will be announced online and in the paper on Dec. 16.

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      Thank you for your support!

    LTA Blog

    Stand Up For What All Kids Need







    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for 2015-2016 lays out a punishing anti-public education agenda that attacks teachers and hurts students.

    Rather than provide what all kids need, the governor is pushing a Billionaires' Agenda that would decimate the state's public schools. His "my-way-or-the-highway" budget would:

    • hold school aid increases hostage;
    • woefully underfund the state's K-12 and higher education systems;
    • more than double the weight of standardized tests;
    • make permanent an undemocratic tax cap that has wreaked financial havoc on school communities;
    • eliminate funding for teacher training;
    • launch a back-door voucher plan that would siphon funding away from schools most in need;
    • underfund public higher education by tying funding to campus "performance" rather than enrollment;
    • smooth the way for the privatization of SUNY's five hospitals;
    • destroy prep programs for future teachers;
    • and fail to fully address the student debt crisis.

    Simply put, Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget - which serves the interests of his billionaire backers - is an attack on public education that fails to address what all students need.

    Things you can do right now to fight back.

    Every NYSUT member is needed to defend public education and the teaching profession from Gov. Cuomo's Billionaires' Agenda.

    Tell the governor to stop scapegoating... stop teacher bashing and focus on what #AllKidsNeed.

    Here's your to-do list.

    Take action on this week's campaigns.

    The latest actions will always be right here in the No. 1 spot.

    Call your state senator. Now.

    • Stop what you're doing and call your state senator with this message: stand up to the Governor's "Bigfoot" tactics and defend our outstanding New York public schools!
    • You can look up the number at the NYSUT Member Action Center.

    Sign up for MAC text alerts!

    Take 10 seconds and sign up for MAC text alerts on your phone!

    Here's how: Text the word "NYSUT" to the contact number 38470.

    Sign the petitions.

    Call out the governor.

    • Invite the governor to visit your class to learn what #AllKidsNeed. Tweet out an invite directly at him and be sure to include his Twitter handle @NYGovCuomo and the hashtag #InviteCuomo if you want your tweet to be seen and heard.
    • Not on Twitter? See step 8.

    Get connected to the MAC.

    • BY TEXT. Get real-time text messages about urgent news and actions by texting the word NYSUT to the number 38470.
    • BY EMAIL. Subscribe to the NYSUT Member Action Center email alerts for updates on this campaign. If you're registered via email as a NYSUT MAC e-activist you'll also be the first to know about upcoming rallies, protests and more.
    • BY APP. Download the NYSUT MAC App for your iPhone or for your Android phone. Be sure notifications are enabled to receive alerts on new action items.

    Get connected on Facebook.

    Get connected on Twitter.

    • Join Twitter and follow @NYSUT to be part of the social media army.
    • Once a day (or as often as possible) tweet your thoughts on what #AllKidsNeed - more science labs, music and art classes, school libraries, smaller class sizes and more. We're reminding the governor to focus on what matters! Follow the conversation in real-time for some great examples from parents and educators.

    Share the poster.

    Wear the button.

    Take part in community forums.

    • Keep an eye on nysut.org/allkidsneed for information on upcoming NYSUT-sponsored Community Forums to Save Public Education in every region of the state.

    Talk it up.

    • Get the conversation going - online and offline. Read "Where We Stand" and use it to craft social media messages, send letters to the editor, and brief friends and colleagues.
    • Circulate and share print materials and videos.

    Support "Take Action Tuesday."

    • Mark your calendar to support NYSUT's "Take Action Tuesday" every week. Be on the lookout for updates.

    Learn more at www.nysut.org/allkidsneed.


    Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:10)


    Member Alert Program




    There are so many member benefits, that it can be hard to keep track of them all.
    The NYSUT Member Benefits MAP (Member Alert Program) email blast service keeps you informed through a brief email message every three weeks.
    You can join MAP on the NYSUT website, at http://www.nysut.org/49.htm

    Last Updated (Friday, 15 November 2013 16:58)


    Nysut Action Center Mobile App




    NYSUT action center now has an app for smartphones that makes it very easy to take action. It is available in the app store for free.

    Last Updated (Friday, 15 November 2013 16:38)

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