Governor Cuomo is no friend to public schools (and the children and families they serve), teachers, or local school boards. I cannot vote for him. Nor can I vote for his Republican opponent. While folks will say that a vote for a third party candidate is wasted, I think it’s time to take a stand. Howie Hawkins, the Green candidate, will get my vote for governor next week. Please read Hawkins’ open letter to teachers from July, 2014 (http://www.howiehawkins.org/open_letter_from_hawkins_and_jones_to_new_york_teachers).
His letter begins with the following:
The battle for the future of our schools is heating up. On one side are powerful and wealthy figures who see our public schools as a potential source of profit. On the other side are parents, teachers, and students who are fighting to defend and improve our public schools.
We are candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor who have consistently stood on your side of that struggle.
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party’s candidate for Governor, is a teamster and union activist from Syracuse. Howie has a long record of standing up for public education, for fully funded, desegregated schools, and for supporting our teachers.
Brian Jones, the Green Party’s candidate for Lieutenant Governor, taught elementary school grades in New York City’s public schools for nine years. As an educator, he fought charter schools, school closings, and the spread of high-stakes standardized testing. In the course of these battles, he co-founded a new caucus in the United Federation of Teachers called The Movement of Rank and File Educators and co-narrated the film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman.”
Hawkins and Jones are two politicians that deserve the support of teachers, teacher unions, parents, local school board members, and those who support the democratic institution of public schools. I fully acknowledge that only a miracle would result in their election. However, it is time to bust the Democrat/Republican political monopoly. And this is a good time and place to start the process. It’s time for citizens to truly have a voice in government and it’s time to end the reign of corporate policy makers.
Let’s send a message, public school supporters: http://www.howiehawkins.org/