Protecting the Promise of Public Education for All

The Sweetwater Education Association is the union that represents more than 1,800 teachers, librarians, nurses and speech pathologists in the Sweetwater Union High School District. Our mission is to protect and promote the well-being of our members; to improve the conditions of teaching and learning; to advance and protect the promise of a quality public education for all students.

Resolution passed at the March 13, 2018 Site Representative Meeting

WHEREAS, we deserve to live in a country where children live free from gun violence in their schools, in their homes, and in their communities; and

WHEREAS, no parent should send his or her child to school and fear that the child may never come home; and

WHEREAS, all students deserve safe, welcoming, supportive school environments where they can learn and thrive without fear; and

WHEREAS, no academic faculty, professional faculty, staff or student in an institution of higher education should fear for their lives or be victimized by gun violence while attending class or any school function; and

WHEREAS, no teacher should be required to carry or discharge a firearm at work; and

WHEREAS, in the wake of the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., we said, “never again,” yet there have been 239 school shootings since Newtown, with 438 people shot and 138 murdered—most recently the 17 students, teachers and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.; and

WHEREAS, the surviving students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have set an example of student leadership in their calls for legislative change and student action; and

WHEREAS, the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are behind the #NeverAgain and #MarchForOurLives movement; and

WHEREAS, these students have called for a nationwide march and demonstration on March 24, 2018; and

WHEREAS, the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER contingent has called for a nationwide school walkout at 10:00 AM for 17 minutes on March 14, 2018; and

WHEREAS, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Badass Teachers Association have endorsed a national day of action on April 20, 2018; and

WHEREAS, April 20 is the day of the massacre at Columbine High School during which 12 students and one teacher were killed. The significance of the date for those of us dedicated to stopping gun violence outweighs any pre-existing associations to that date; and

WHEREAS, educators in Sweetwater Education Association wish to take action to prevent and reduce the impact of gun violence on students; and

WHEREAS, the necessary preparation to support students in their actions will require additional efforts on the part of educators across SUHSD; and

WHEREAS, in spite of the overwhelming national support for gun control, politicians receiving large campaign contributions refuse to agree and to act; and


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sweetwater Education Association will work to support the courageous efforts of the survivors of gun violence at Stoneman Douglas, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and too many other schools and institutions of higher education, and of all those who have fought for schools that are free from gun violence by supporting the student-led marches on March 14, March 24 and April 20; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Sweetwater Education Association members are encouraged to organize site-based actions, such as teach-ins, lessons, assemblies, and forums, in the lead-up to and on March 14, March 24 and/or April 20; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Sweetwater Education Association will keep members informed about AFT, NEA, CTA, and CFT actions, activities, plans, and support through all of our usual means of communication; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Sweetwater Education Association will urge our members to work with site and District administrators so that plans are in place to ensure the supervision and safety of all students on March 14 and April 20; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Sweetwater Education Association will provide contractual and legal advice for members who engage in peaceful activities in the lead-up to and on March 14 and April 20, 2018.



SEA is a part of the South County Teachers United UniServ  and an affiliate of the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

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