Last week, for Stand's 20th Anniversary, we held our first ever Day of Action. We wanted our powerbase to take action and to increase awareness of Stand’s local work and rich history of impact. Chapters planned a variety of activities on or around June 1st. These efforts included planning rallies, pledge card drives, action around current campaign work (such as gathering petition signatures), and local canvassing to meet constituents local to Stand offices. Check out some of the photos.
Here are some of the things our states accomplished on the 20th Anniversary Day of Action:
- Arizona: Staff, leaders, and members launched three endorsement committees for local school board races.
- Colorado: Staff, leaders, and members participated by sharing out a steady stream of social media posts about the 20th Anniversary.
- Illinois: Parents met with Principal Coleman at Holmes Elementary School to plan an end of year parent appreciation event. Their latest Stand UP Gradation also coincided with the 20th Anniversary.
- Indiana: Their Spring 2016 Stand UP graduation was held on June 1st. Three parent graduate speeches infused information about our 20th anniversary celebration. The celebration was attended by the Superintendent of IPS and Ahmed Young, who oversees charter schools and the Office of Education Innovation. There were a few stations set up throughout the venue where new people could talk to parents about membership. After graduation, parents collected signatures for a petition aimed at turning around John Marshall Middle and High School. Individuals were encourage to fulfil their participation in Stand’s "Day of Action" by signing! Members and Leaders collected 371 petition signatures towards their goal of 500. There were over 60 people in attendance.
- Louisiana: Baton Rouge collected letters to send to the legislature on academic standards. New Orleans organizers canvassed the area near their office and engaged community members to bring awareness to Stand's mission.
- Massachusetts: Members and supporters met with Representative Vega. Parents expressed the need to expand Pre-K for all and shared success stories of families who benefited from pre-K. Thanks to our member leader Yamaris Rivera for gathering parents and making this event a success.
- Oklahoma: Oklahoma City and Tulsa staff promoted existing campaigns, including summer reading and the Oklahoma Education Voter pledge.
- Oregon: Staff hit the streets to gather signatures for Initiative Petition 65: Better High Schools Now, which seeks to improve low high school graduation rates!
- Tennessee: Nashville hosted a candidate meet and greet with their endorsed school board candidates. Two parents from the endorsement committee were on the program to a) introduce the candidates and b) give the rally cry for campaign action. Parents then chose a candidate they wanted to make calls for, and everyone grabbed phones, call lists, and scripts and phone banked for an hour. There were 36 people in attendance. Parents also tabled at Liberty Collegiate and Nashville Prep as a final push for pledge cards and volunteer sign-up for summer campaign activities. Memphis hosted a rally in support of school funding. The rally was conducted in partnership with Tennessee BAEO, StudentsFirst Tennessee, The Memphis Lift, The Official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter, and The National Coalition of 100 Black Women and 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc. The coalition came together to advocate for $43 million more for Shelby County Schools! The team also kicked off their Summer Reading Challenge at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library.
- Washington: The inspirational stories of recent Stand UP Tacoma graduates were featured online to raise awareness of what Stand can do for families.