April 4: Day of Action for Public Education

Day of Action

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers fighting for the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life.

Today, similar demands are electrifying people across our nation. Here in Massachusetts, we are closely watching events unfold in Wisconsin and other battleground states where right-wing groups are attempting to silence working families.

But there is more to be done.

NEA and MTA are urging all members to take part in the upcoming National Day of Action on April 4. On that day and the days surrounding it, educators will stand in solidarity with working people everywhere to honor Dr. King’s dream of a better America and show our support for economic justice, government accountability and great public schools, colleges and universities.

One crucial event is a Lobby Day being organized by the MTA and fellow members of the Public Employees’ Municipal Health Coalition at the Massachusetts State House. Click here for a flier with more details.

This event is an opportunity for educators and fellow union members to speak directly to legislators and ask them to protect our collective bargaining rights. It is especially important that MTA members turn out in large numbers because the Legislature will soon be deciding on important municipal health insurance changes.

If you can’t make it to Boston on April 4, join us online on April 4 and April 5 and send a message to your legislators from your home computer.

There are also other events happening across the state on and around the National Day of Action. Those set so far include:

April 4, 3:30 p.m.
March/rally at Springfield City Hall, sponsored by Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. Details are pending. For information, contact Western Mass JWJ at 413-827-0301.

April 4, 4 p.m.
“We Are One” Rally outside Republican Party Headquarters, 85 Merrimac St., Boston. This event is sponsored by the Greater Boston Labor Council, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and others. For information, contact the GBLC at 617-723-2360 or Jobs with Justice at 617-524-8778 or Jennifer@massjwj.net. [flier]

April 4, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
"Support Workers Rights" rally sponsored by Local US 274, MNA and Jobs with Justice, Greenfield Town Common. For more information, contact David Cohen, 413-773-3584.

April 4, 5:30 p.m.
“Winning the future …or not?” This event is a Boston University teach-in; it will be held at the College of Arts and Sciences, 725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 224. For information, contact Jobs with Justice at 617-524-8778 or Jennifer@massjwj.net

April 4, 5:30 p.m.
“We Are One” rallies at both Fall River City Hall and New Bedford City Hall. Contact: Cynthia Rodrigues, 508-992-5475 or gsmlaborcouncil@verizon.net.  

April 4, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
“We Are One: Respect Our Rights” Rally, North Adams City Hall, 10 Main Street.

April 4, 5:15 p.m.
“We Are One” Rally, Park Square, Pittsfield. Organized by the Berkshire County Labor Council.

April 5, 11:30 a.m.
“Fight Back USA.” This event is part of a national teach-in. It will be held in the Student Union Ballroom at UMass Amherst. For more information, contact clawson@sadri.umass.edu or mpage@art.umass.edu.

April 7, 7 p.m.
"Are Unions Good for Schools and the Community?" A forum sponsored by the Brookline Educators Union. [MORE]

April 14, 4 p.m.
“Mobilize to Restore the American Dream and a Fair Economy for Working Families.” This event will take place in the Boston Financial District; the exact location has yet to be announced. The rally is sponsored by the Greater Boston Labor Council, the MTA and many others. For information, contact Rich Rogers, GBLC, 617-723-2360 or rrogers@gblc.us.

For new information about these events and others happening in Massachusetts, please visit www.massteacher.org. Also watch www.facebook.com/massteacher and follow the MTA Twitter feed. To sign up, visit www.twitter.com/massteacher. (Twitter hashtags: #weareone, #april4)

For the latest on the situation in Wisconsin, as well as information on ways you can help, visit the Wisconsin Education Association Council website, www.weac.org.

We are also asking all MTA members to sign on to NEA’s new member advocacy page, www.educationvotes.org. This website offers you detailed information about “We Are One” actions nationwide and other events and activities that NEA members can participate in to support our education agenda across the nation.

Day of Action Flier for MTA Members

More information and tools for activists from NEA's Education Votes website 

We Are One 

Show Your Support on Facebook and Twitter:

Right click on the image at left and save it to your computer.


  • Sign into Facebook and go to your personal profile.
  • Hover over the upper-right-hand corner of your current profile picture.
  • Click "Change picture."
  • Click "Upload picture."
  • Browse your computer and select the image you saved.
  • Sign into your Twitter account.
  • Click "Settings" at the top of the page.
  • Click "Profile" then "Change Image."
  • Browse your computer and select the image you saved.
  • Click "Save" at the bottom of the page and your profile picture will be updated.

Use the #weare one and #April4 hashtags in your tweets!


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