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February 20, 2018

March 14 — Walk-Ins For Safe Schools

CEA is sponsoring walk-ins for safe schools on March 14 across the state to coincide with the walk-out events planned across the country. CEA is NOT advocating walk-outs. Instead, through these CEA-sponsored walk-ins for safe schools, which begin before school starts on March 14, we are showing our support and calling for action. The walk-ins for safe schools will draw attention to the need for Congress to take action and pass a bill similar to Connecticut's tough gun law, to protect students in every state.

CEA is asking LPs to work with their executive teams and building reps to host walk-ins for safe schools at their high schools. CEA will provide you with speaking points to help you hone your message, as well as a walk-in guide detailing specific information on how to plan the event. These events should focus on students, parents, and teachers, and the need to keep schools in Connecticut safe and violence free.

The event should begin about twenty minutes before school starts. Everyone will gather outside school in a specific area, away from car and bus traffic. A few people speak about the issue. You can decide to have a moment of silence to remember all the students lost to gun violence in schools across the country and in Sandy Hook. Then, as the first bell rings, everyone should walk into school together, to show support and unity.

CEA successfully held walk-ins last year on the issue of school funding. Because teachers, parents, and students participated and shared their stories, the walk-ins were effective at getting out the message.


March 24 — March for Our Lives

CEA is participating in the March for Our Lives community action rallies organized by students. If you know of any plans in your local to host or attend rallies in the state or in Washington, D.C., please contact me. In the coming weeks, CEA will be sharing information about these events to help connect members, students, and families with actions in their own communities.

Teachers, students, and parents are encouraged to join CEA at a 12:30 rally being held at the State Capitol in Hartford on March 24. We will be meeting at CEA at 12:15 and walking over to the rally together.


Details and specifics are still being worked out, but we wanted to let you know about our plans.

Please watch for more information in the coming days, and we hope to see you at these events.

Thank you for everything you do, each and every day.

Sheila



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