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SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS MAY 2022

The 2021-22 school year is coming to an end, and RC 10 members have so much to be proud of!!! This year was a success thanks to all who participated in RC 10’s local public school and community initiatives with such enthusiasm!!

RC 10 ANNOUNCES 2022 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Since 2008, RC 10 has been awarding scholarships to high school seniors planning on pursuing a career in education. Four scholarships are given, one for each county represented by RC 10 members. Each scholarship is a $1,000 award, payable to the student upon receipt of a successful fall semester transcript.        

Voting for democracy and a better life

In the leadup to the midterm elections, pundits predicted a red wave, even a tsunami, based on polls, historical precedent, and steep gas and grocery prices. But I had my doubts. I spent the weeks before the elections talking to voters and traveling on the AFT Votes bus, rolling through a dozen states with more than 50 stops. In a year when kitchen table issues, democracy and our freedoms were on the ballot, many people told me that the elections came down to a choice between, on the one side, election deniers and extremists stoking fear, and on the other, problem-solvers working to help the country move forward. Many races were close, but Americans turned the tide from a red wave to a swell of support for progress and problem-solvers. Read the full column here.

Sharing more pathways to student debt relief

As the landscape of student debt shifts, and more and more opportunities allow borrowers to have their debt relieved, the AFT is using every avenue to ensure that the word is out. In affiliate meetings, telephone town halls, media coverage and social media, the union is spreading the news, and at a student debt clinic at AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, AFT President Randi Weingarten vowed to reach as many people as possible with information that could save them tens—and sometimes hundreds—of thousands of dollars.