We educators feel the urgency of how this election will impact our students’ futures, and how we stand to influence students and communities. Research consistently shows that people look to us on issues of public education and more. We are trusted voices in a world that gets more confusing by the day. Because of this, it’s critical that we understand the issues in this election and use our voices.
We can make our voices heard on social media, a potent space for organizing, connection and community-building. Some of the most powerful, intersectional political movements have sparked on Twitter, #RedForEd, #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo among them. Facebook is where educators working toward anti-racism have found each other and commit to doing the work. There are virtual rallies for initiatives and candidates, and awareness webinars on multiple platforms. Those who may not have been able to attend in-person events now have more opportunities to get involved.
So, how can you participate in digital organizing to get out the vote for issues affecting public education?
Follow these accounts
Use these hashtags
Engage! After following the accounts and monitoring the hashtags, you’ll quickly find content to share, retweet, react to and comment on. It’s easy to tag your friends in posts, forward and send DMs, and post to your Instagram or Facebook Stories.
Bookmark this page: CTA’s campaign website (cta.org/election) is updated regularly with the latest initiatives, candidates and ways to get involved to support the issues.
Join our Facebook groups
- California Campaign 2020 (facebook.com/groups/ctacampaign) is where we post the latest information on events, initiatives, candidates, voting info and more.
- CTA Take Action (facebook.com/groups/ctatakeaction) is for educators looking for ways to take action and connect with other public education supporters.
Change your virtual background. A virtual background can be a great conversation starter and a way to demonstrate support. Select from a variety of options at cta.org/election.
Let us know how you are getting out the vote online! Use #VotePublicEd on social media or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Pass Prop. 15
Proposition 15, the Schools and Communities First initiative, will bring in nearly $12 billion annually to help fund schools and community colleges, and essential community services. Here’s how you can help:
Attend a #YesOn15 virtual rally or event. The Yes on 15 campaign curates events from community partners across California. Attend a virtual event to learn more and help get out the vote on Prop. 15.
Check your district’s funding from Prop. 15. CTA created a calculator to view the estimated funding your district or direct-funded charter school will receive if Prop. 15 passes. Share your results on social. cta.org/scfcalculator
Send a digital postcard. A fun and visual way to get the word out about why we need to vote YES. Choose from five different designs, available in English, Spanish and Chinese.