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AFTOn Tuesday, April 26, the unions of AFT Detroit — the Detroit Federation of Teachers, the Detroit Association of Educational Office Employees and the Detroit Federation of Paraprofessionals — will come together with school staff, parents, students and other community members to hold a rally on the steps of the Michigan Capitol building for the schools Detroit kids deserve.

With hundreds planning to descend on Lansing from Detroit and around the state, rallygoers will urge Michigan lawmakers to do the right thing for the students and families of Detroit, helping to ensure that every child in the city can attend safe, healthy and welcoming neighborhood public schools where educators and students are well supported and respected.

The rally will be an opportunity to advocate for the roughly 47,000 students served by the Detroit public school system and show that it is time to work together to deliver solutions to improve the lives of these children.


WHAT:     “Rally for the Schools Our Kids Deserve”


WHEN:     Tuesday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


WHO:       Angie Reyes, executive director, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

Stancy Adams, Christian education minister, Russell Street Metropolitan

Verna Brock, parent, Detroit Public Schools

Nicole Ames-Powell, teacher, Detroit Public Schools

Cecil Forbes, alumni, Detroit Public Schools

Ivy Bailey, interim president, Detroit Federation of Teachers

Donna Jackson, president, Detroit Federation of Paraprofessionals

Ruby Newbold, president, Detroit Association of Educational Office Employees

Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers


WHERE:   Michigan State Capitol (front steps)

100 N. Capitol Ave.

Lansing, MI 48933

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