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California Teachers Association $1 Million “State of Emergency” Protests May Include Road Closures, Plus “Labor-Union Flavored Ice Cream”

posted at 7:30 pm on April 11, 2011 by

Earlier today, I posted about the California Teachers Association’s plan to occupy the State Capitol on May 9-13 as part of the union’s protests to increase tax revenue for the state’s schools and teachers. I now have further information, including the news that CTA has budgeted $1 million for the protests.

The union has set up a web site of material for activists at CAstateofemergency.com. The documents include the handout I posted earlier, plus a 10-page list of “potential activities” the CTA State Council dreamed up. The State Council consists of more than 700 elected union representatives from all across the state. I’ve also posted this document on the EIA web site.

The “potential activities” include:

* Target the businesses of  legislators in their home districts.

* Circle the offices of “problem legislators.” Target them with various actions.

* Picket/rally in front of legislators’ offices/homes.

* Follow targeted legislators for the entire day.

* Have students and parents do informational picketing for one hour outside their school site.

* Have parents and students camp in front of schools all night.

* Have teachers being laid off contact parents and other CTA members.

* Make phone calls on Parents’ Day. Call parents to tell them how their child is doing and then talk about the budget cuts and invite them to attend the rallies.

* Refrain from Shopping Day. Show the value of educators and other public employees and the economic contribution they make to local communities by refraining from shopping one day.

* Throw monopoly money in the toilet to show that all our money is going down the drain

* Publish a list of companies that are not paying their fair share of taxes. Send letters to these companies and the media and picket their offices. Withdraw funds from banks that are not paying their fair share. (Editor’s note: CTA is a tax-exempt organization.)

* One-day boycott of Microsoft and other corporations that are pushing failed education reform efforts.

* Turn fire/earthquake drill into crisis response drill to the budget cuts (involve students and the community)

* Attempt to close a major artery into town/cities

* Have celebrities involved in the demonstrations

* Dye hair red or wear red wigs

* Homeless encampments of students and teachers as they can afford a place to live

* Have people participate in a run across the state with a torch (like the Olympics)

* Statewide “A Day with No Teachers”

* Pay for everything with $2 bills to show true impact of teachers

* “Lights Out Day” during the week where educators teach in the dark

* Protest at an MLB game. Everyone wears a matching shirt and sits in one section. Have scoreboard acknowledge their presence (i.e., “pink-slipped teachers seated in section ___”)

* Work with organization like Ben & Jerry to have them create a labor-union flavored ice cream that can be sold at the rallies and in stores

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* Dye hair red or wear red wigs

what?

YehuditTX on April 11, 2011 at 7:49 PM

* Dye hair red or wear red wigs

Bozos.

Wethal on April 11, 2011 at 7:54 PM

I think they’re going for the “red-headed stepchild,” but that’s an affront to those of us who are redheads who disagree with their policies. Unfortunately, we’re not a protected class for liberals./s

College Prof on April 11, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Wow. Is this an April Fool’s joke? It’s hard to know where to begin, but I’ll pick a few:

* Have parents and students camp in front of schools all night.

Isn’t that a child labor law violation or at the very least an occasion for social services to step in?

* Make phone calls on Parents’ Day. Call parents to tell them how their child is doing and then talk about the budget cuts and invite them to attend the rallies.

Ha! Words cannot describe how much I would love to be a parent on the receiving end of that call.

* Throw monopoly money in the toilet to show that all our money is going down the drain

Beyond the irony of that statement, who gets the plumbing bill for the clogged toilet? Taxpayers? Which makes it a metaphor too.

* Dye hair red or wear red wigs

Why? To show solidarity with Ronald McDonald?

* Homeless encampments of students and teachers as they can afford a place to live

Huh? Not clear on what this means, but maybe it’s just me.

* Pay for everything with $2 bills to show true impact of teachers

Impact on whom? Banks who will be wondering why there’s a run on $2 bills? Or is it because teachers are only worth $2 an hour?

* “Lights Out Day” during the week where educators teach in the dark

The better to view overhead projectors and videos with.

* Work with organization like Ben & Jerry to have them create a labor-union flavored ice cream that can be sold at the rallies and in stores

Coincidentally, I found out today that there are ice cream parlors which caters to dogs. But for labor unions, Peppermint Pinko would be delicious.

Buy Danish on April 11, 2011 at 8:05 PM

It’s a damn SNL skit. These guys are not utilizing their talents.

uknowmorethanme on April 11, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Work with organization like Ben & Jerry to have them create a labor-union flavored ice cream that can be sold at the rallies and in stores

Would people really buy feces-flavored ice cream?

malclave on April 11, 2011 at 8:09 PM

malclave, you got here ahead of me on the point. But they would label it “organicly flavored” and then load it with sugar to hide the flavor. (If it were anyone but B&J, it would be artificial sweetener.)

njcommuter on April 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Protest at an MLB game. Everyone wears a matching shirt and sits in one section. Have scoreboard acknowledge their presence (i.e., “pink-slipped teachers seated in section ___”)

I would like to point out that our non-union family gave up on attending MLB games because of the cost for decent seats 3 years ago. If your a teacher and you can go to a MLB game and your protesting pay and benefits? Pound Sand.

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 11, 2011 at 9:17 PM

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 11, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Indeed. Used to love going to A’s games when I lived in CA. The cost was a bit prohibitive, so I’d end up going once or maybe twice a season and instead watching most games on TV at my favorite watering hole. BB is so much better in person.

* Dye hair red or wear red wigs
Why? To show solidarity with Ronald McDonald?
Buy Danish on April 11, 2011 at 8:05 PM

LOL!

TeeDee on April 11, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Work with organization like Ben & Jerry to have them create a labor-union flavored ice cream that can be sold at the rallies and in stores

Screw ice cream. I want POPCORN!

Sekhmet on April 11, 2011 at 9:51 PM

* Make phone calls on Parents’ Day. Call parents to tell them how their child is doing and then talk about the budget cuts and invite them to attend the rallies.

Because if you don’t attend there is no telling what grade junior will receive in my class.

There should be a law or a condition of teaching certification that teachers and any other school personnel cannot contact parents unless it is directly related to a legitimate issue pertaining to that child in class. This is an abuse of access to information & an abuse of power.

* Have celebrities involved in the demonstrations

But please do this because nothing says idiot more than having some high-falutin know nothing who’s job is to read lines other people wrote speak for you

batterup on April 11, 2011 at 11:28 PM

The stupid thing is, there is not a competitive district in the state where such protests would have ANY effect. Every district in California is a ‘safe’ one, regardless of party. Following around the ‘troublesome’ legislators will do nothing but buy them more cred with the people who elected them in the first place. The whole exercise is nothing more a publicity stunt or a feeble attempt to cash in on some good socialist vibes from the midwest, like some 60-somethings desperate attempt to still prove they can still be cool with their grandkids.

And for the first time in maybe 100 years, CA didn’t gain a single seat in Congress as a result of the last census. Maybe with the civilians redrawing the district lines for both the federal and state offices, we might have competitive districts where a give and take of ideas can actually MEAN something, instead of the ridiculously single-party beauty pageants that pass as both primary and election.

As it is, this will get chanting, gray-haired, baby-boomer associates of mine on the news, purporting to be representatives of ‘The People’ and ‘The Children’ when it is nothing of the sort.

MunDane68 on April 11, 2011 at 11:41 PM

labor-union flavored ice cream

Tastes like stale Pabst and pot?

BKeyser on April 12, 2011 at 11:17 AM

“Lights Out Day” during the week where educators teach in the dark

Ah. So they would be literally expressing their normal state.

Crawford on April 12, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Statewide “A Day with No Teachers”

How is that different from the 180 or so days a year they aren’t teaching anyway?

18-1 on April 12, 2011 at 12:27 PM

How about we all pull our kids out until they get back to work of educating instead of indoctrinating. I’m sure plenty of students have parents that are police officers- their kids shouldn’t be exposed to the CTF who supports cop-killer Mumia or the CTA who is too stupid to realize who butters their bread.

California parents need to organize ways to keep kids out of school and have stay-at-home parents volunteer to watch the kids, they could even take “tips” from parents who will be able to work to pay their bills and know their kids are safer than they are in the Van Jones-run institutional learning facilities.

NTWR on April 12, 2011 at 1:15 PM

* Work with organization like Ben & Jerry to have them create a labor-union flavored ice cream that can be sold at the rallies and in stores

Coliformia Blue.

Feedie on April 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

But please do this because nothing says idiot more than having some high-falutin know nothing who’s job is to read lines other people wrote speak for you

batterup on April 11, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Now wait just one minute, buster. There’s no reason to drag Obama into this . . .

tpitman on April 13, 2011 at 6:28 AM

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Ed Morrissey on April 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM