At this week’s Executive Board meeting, we approved a resolution stating that “the AFT and the BTU are unequivocal and unwavering in our response: We stand for American democracy.” We are prepared to rise collectively if the President decides to call the election for himself before every vote is counted, or if he refuses to leave after it has been called for Joe Biden. Although there is little doubt that Biden will win the popular vote, the Electoral College means that only a percentage point or two could be the difference between a narrow Trump win and a Biden landslide.
Therefore, we must take action to ensure that every registered voter who wants to vote can do so safely and free from intimidation, that every vote is counted, and that the will of the people is respected, all of this en route to a landslide victory. Here are steps that you can take to help our candidates win:
- Join the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for our final push on the last four days! We will call different battleground states for Presidential and Senate races, and shifts are available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.!
- If you would like to volunteer to stand out at polls on Election Day, fill out this form so we can get you a sign for Biden or for the Ranked Choice Voting ballot initiative (Question 2) that we have endorsed.
In addition, we are supporting the efforts of the Indivisible Mass Coalition, which is putting together the Protect the Results Rally on November 4 starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Boston Common. You can sign up here.
There may be more rallies and events announced or put together in the days after the election. We will work with our state and national AFT affiliates, as well as other local labor and broader coalitions, and send any updates in next week’s bulletin. It is likely that we will participate in a demonstration on Saturday, November 7, but details have not been announced yet.Make sure to have your students participate in the BPS Votes District-Wide presidential mock election! The ballots are organized by grade level and broken into ballots for K-2, 3-5, and 6-12. ALL K-12 students in BPS are eligible to vote, they just need to use a BPS email address. Over 3,000 BPS students (and counting) have voted so far! Our goal is to get as close to 100% turnout as possible. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity for your students to practice civic engagement! Voting closes at the end of Election Day.
Our priority during this time will be to provide information to our members, protect democracy and make sure that you are safe. Thank you for all of your efforts during this election season, and if you have any questions on how to be involved, please reach out to Johnny McInnis, BTU Political Director or Roberto Jimenez, BTU Political Organizer.
Be safe, and make no mistake: we, the people, will prevail!