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|State of Emergency|
|Date||Tuesday May 03|
|Time||6:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
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|Corner of San Pablo Avenue and Cutting Blvd., Richmond, CA across from El Cerrito BART station|
United Teachers of Richmond/CTA May 2, 2011
700 Crestview Drive
Pinole, CA 94565
Contact: Diane Brown, UTR President Office: (510) 222-5112 Cell: (510) 672-3526
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
United Teachers of Richmond Educators to Protest Tuesday
To Highlight Local Impacts of Devastating State Budget Cuts
Demonstration to be held 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Cutting Blvd. in Richmond – Parents, Labor Groups to Join In
RICHMOND -- The United Teachers of Richmond is mobilizing to highlight the destruction that is taking place in our schools and community by doing all-day picketing with parents and other labor groups on Tuesday in advance of the California Teacher Association’s ”State of Emergency” campaign May 9-13.
The protest is on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Cutting Boulevard in Richmond. It’s part of the statewide campaign to pressure lawmakers to act now to extend current revenues to help close the state budget deficit. That campaign next week is coordinated by a broad coalition of educators, parents, students, labor groups and public workers. More information is at http://www.castateofemergency.com.
“In Richmond, we are publicizing the impacts of more than $18 billion in state budget cuts to education funding over the last three years,” said Diane Brown, president of United Teachers of Richmond, which represents educators in West Contra Costa Unified School District. “California can’t afford an all-cuts budget that could result in an additional $4 billion in education cuts. That would devastate California’s economy and schools. This is not the California we want for our students, our families or our future.”
Due to state cuts, West Contra Costa Unified has made millions in cuts in recent years, leading to soaring class sizes, and about 80 district educators still face pink slips this spring.
WHAT: West Contra Costa Unified educators will picket before and after school to draw attention to the local impacts of state budget cuts. Local labor groups and parents will picket during the school day.
WHEN: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.
WHERE: Corner of San Pablo Avenue and Cutting Boulevard in Richmond.
The United Teachers of Richmond is affiliated with the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.