Dear friends in learning,
We, the undersigned, educators, authors and illustrators need your help and we need it fast.
Approximately 800,000 children and young adults are at risk of incarceration and deportation because of the Trump Administration’s unjustified and swift cancellation of the DACA program. Of those 800,000, approximately 20,000 are teachers at risk of deportation. The cancellation of TPS programs will cause another 100,000+ refugees to be deported after living, working, and raising families in the United States.
As educators and authors, we know both speech and silence are political acts. We believe we have a duty to the children we serve through our writing, art, teaching, and example to raise our voices in rejection of this administration’s racist agenda. We believe we must collectively act.
We commit to demanding a “Clean” Dream Act and the extension of TPS for all holders. We ask that you join us and pressure your Congressional representatives to do the same.
We ask that you join us in three very specific ways:
1. Commit to Call/Write congress EVERY DAY through December 15th.
Congress goes on recess December 15th. Daily pressure matters, this is an emergency.
Congressional Switchboard (call your reps using your zip code): (202) 224-3121
“Resist Bot” (send faxes to your reps via text messaging) text “Resist” to 50409
2. Every day, after you call/write: Publicize. Use #DreamForOurStudents and #DreamActNow on social media.
This page (click here) has logos you may download and use. You may also include #HereToStay or #SaveTPS.
3. Connect, follow, donate, and/or show-up for immigrant rights organizations. A few we recommend are on this page (click here).
We use our words, images, and lessons to change minds. We must also use them to change our country.
Together in the fight.
Christopher Lehman, The Educator Collaborative
Ellen Oh, We Need Diverse Books
Margarita Engle, Young People’s Poet Laureate
Nancie Atwell, educator and author
Ellin Keene, educator and author
Katherine Bomer, educator and author
Phil Bildner, author
Antero Garcia, Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Penny Kittle, educator and author
Elizabeth Acevedo, poet and author
Molly B. Burnham, author
Kristin Ziemke, Big Shoulders Fund
Ruth Culham, educator and author
Donalyn Miller, Nerdy Book Club
Jose Vilson, EduColor
Alfredo Lujan, educator and author, Monte del Sol Charter School
Vicki Boyd, education advocate
Shelbie Witte, educator and journal editor
Samira Ahmed, author
R. Clarke Fowler, Chair of the department of Childhood Education and Care, Salem State University
Katie Muhtaris, educator and author
Sara Kajder, educator, author and journal editor
Nancy Steineke, educator and author
Val Brown, educator
April Halprin Wayland, author, educator and poet
Rita Meade, librarian and author
Dana Stachowiak, Assistant Professor, Watson College of Education, UNC Wilmington
Sonja Cherry-Paul, educator and author
Franki Sibberson, educator and author
JoEllen McCarthy, educator
Christina Soontornvat, author
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, educator, author, poet
Carla España, Bilingual Education Clinical Doctoral Lecturer, Hunter College, CUNY
Laura Robb, educator and author
Wendi Pillars, educator, author and illustrator
Michael Salinger, educator and author
Georgia Heard, educator, poet, and author
Shawna Coppola, educator and author
Jillian Heise, NBCT educator, and librarian
Adriana Sheinbaum, UCLA Lab School
Dana Alison Levy, author
Cody Miller, University of Florida
E. Katherine Kottraras, author and Assistant Professor, Pasadena City College
Jess Lifshitz, educator
Havery “Smokey” Daniels, educator and author
Dan Dooher, educator
Steph Harvey, educator and author
Sarah Darer Littman, author
Liz Garton Scanlon, author and educator
Susan Kuklin, PEN America, author
Roni Schotter, author
Debra Crouch, educator
Kathy Collins, educator and author
Sara Ahmed, educator and author
Samantha Bennett, educator and author
Allison Jackson, educator
Jennifer Williams, educator
Kathryn Erskine, author
Lee Ann Coffey, educator
Jean Dayton, literary booking agent
Kristen Picone, educator
Tricia Ebarvia, educator
Tanny McGregor, educator and author
Robin Holland, retired educator, Co-Director of the Columbus Area Writing Project
Steven Zemelman, Director, Illinois Writing Project
Heather Anderson, education advocate and editor
Kathy Bartelmay, Duke School
Michele Timble, educator
Heidi Rees, educator
Gloria Stewart-Kooper, educator and advocate
Rebecca Marsick, educator
Judy Wallis, educator
Jaclyn Karabinas, educator
Each signer adds their voice as a private individual and does not necessarily claim to represent the views or speak on behalf of any affiliated organization or employer. Views belong solely to the individual.
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