We are educators and we miss seeing our students in classrooms. But returning to schools without proper health and safety protections will expose our children and their families to COVID-19 and will put them at greater risk of illness and death. 

This pressure to return to LA public schools unsafely is political. It is not science.

Local and state officials have failed to create the necessary conditions for a safe return and are discounting LAUSD families, who are overwhelmingly low-income families of color, the group hit hardest by the virus. LAUSD is made up of 85% Latino and Black students. People in our school communities are dying at disproportionately higher rates and getting vaccinated at disproportionately lower rates. 

The COVID death rate among Latino residents in L.A. County remains triple the rate for white residents even as the recent surge recedes. Elected officials and so-called leaders are discounting the families that LAUSD serves, who are overwhelmingly low-income families of color. 

In spite of this political pressure to return, UTLA educators remain committed to create a safe environment in our schools and save lives.  Join us in demanding that Gov. Newsom and local officials provide the necessary health and safety conditions to return to our classrooms and schools safely.

On Saturday, February 20, a 100-car caravan stretched through downtown Los Angeles sponsored by Students Deserve, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Los Angeles Alliance for New Economy, Eastside Padres Contra La Privatización, Reclaim Our Schools Los Angeles, United Teachers Los Angeles.

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To all of our union family: have a wonderful fall break!

Hope that this time with loved ones is full of joy and rest.

We are beyond grateful for the passion, love and energy UTLA educators put into advocating for their schools and students. https://t.co/DPTqCgCDuZ
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Congratulations to all the people-powered candidates who won their election!

Los Angeles voters chose a future prioritizing strong public schools in this election. UTLA educators led the way.

The power of people and strength in numbers overcomes the pockets of billionaires. https://t.co/pFSnVO4mFn
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Another day where we are waking up to more horrific loss of life.

Our hearts go out to those grieving the shooting in VA. It is a tragedy that we are not safe from gun violence in our workplaces and communities.

We cannot tolerate this anymore. We need #GVP legislation now.

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LAUSD should have consulted with the teachers’ union and parents about its “Acceleration Days” initiative from the start. Addressing learning loss requires consistent collaboration with students, parents and teachers. https://t.co/6HaoPAr2jJ
We need LAUSD to clean the air for our kids, address the climate crisis, and support good union jobs! Join us tomorrow afternoon to urge the LAUSD Board of Education to switch to an all electric school bus fleet by 2035.🚌⚡️ https://t.co/vt3EqaSVPA ReclaimLASchls photo
Lucy Garcia with Climate Reality Project says one way to combat climate anxiety is to talk about it in the classroom. When it’s ignored, "That's where the trauma is worsened." https://t.co/K9jo2oCHum