"You could argue that, I'm not going to argue that, but you could argue that, " I responded.
Then I went on to explain that the AFT is a union of people who care for others, as educators, health care providers, and public employees such as public defenders and social workers.
Along with Lisa D'Abrosca, I was being interviewed for a radioornot.com podcast, Lisa to tell the L+M story and I to speak about the diversity in AFT.
I both see the diversity and at the same time, see us as one. United in our belief that our professions are vocations.
In the same way, we are united with others in organized labor, faith groups and community groups.
All believing that our role, be it as member, local leader, or state or national leader, is to be part of a movement to bring equality and fairness and respect to all people.
Funny, sounds a lot like what this country is supposed to stand for, doesn't it?
I'll include the link, it's 40 minutes long, but well worth it.
It's what we in the AFT have dedicated our lives to.
It's what organized labor, faith, and community groups, working together, can reclaim.
A role in making this a more just society.
Let us be open to the role that we may each play. Let us not turn away from that role when it presents itself. Together, we will reclaim the promise and we will make a more just society.