After many SAISD teachers, social workers, counselors, and other staff reached out to our union leaders and staff about how to support our students who have fears about their and/or their family members’ immigration status, our union formed our Abrazos Working Group. Several actions followed:
- Our Alliance Executive Council passed a resolution declaring what support we believe is necessary for our students and their families.
- On January 17, teachers from our working group addressed the SAISD Board on the need for them to pass a resolution in support of our students and their families.
- On January 19, our Alliance held an action at Edison HS and Rogers ES, Arms Around Our Schools, to demonstrate our commitment and the community’s commitment to protect our students.
At last night’s SAISD Board meeting, the trustees unanimously approved a resolution in support of our students. SAISD teachers Alejandra Lopez (Stewart ES), Jenny Muñiz (Rodriguez ES), and Alba Avila (Crockett ES) spoke up on behalf of our students and families as did community members Father Brian Christopher from Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fatima Menendez from Raices, and parent and attorney Alicia Perez from ALA. And Edison HS student Nancy Aranda’s eloquent and emotional presentation had many in the audience in tears.
Superintendent Martinez stated that the resolution and the FAQ on the district website are only a beginning. He said hard copies of the FAQ will be made available and that the district will partner with organizations who are experts in the field to get information to our families.
Our Alliance Abrazos Working Group will continue our advocacy on behalf of our students and their families. The working group’s next meeting is this Friday from 4:45-5:45 at our Alliance office, 120 Adams St.