After sharing his experiences on the picket lines during a teacher strike in West Virginia in the 1990s, VEA President Jim Livingston looked out at the crowd at this year’s Reggie Smith Organizing School and solemnly told them what he’d learned.
“We are all we have,” he said. “We must stand in solidarity and do this work together.”
VEA members from across the commonwealth roared in response as they wrapped up three days of learning and preparing to do exactly that at the University of Richmond.
At RSOS and, for three days before that, at VEA’s revamped Leadership Academy, Union leaders immersed themselves in topics including digital mobilizing, communications, organizing around instructional issues, political action, helping immigrant students, and working with new educators–and came away with newfound friends, confidence, and action plans.