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New Message from Mary

posted Nov 30, 2011, 6:43 PM by Joseph Vellegas

Monday was the start of something big.

While more than 600 WEA members from around the state rallied in Olympia, hundreds of other educators from Clarkston to Tahoma took action in their own neighborhoods.

We all had the same message: Enough is enough! No more cuts to public education!

Instead of asking schools and students to sacrifice even more, it's time for the wealthiest individuals and most profitable corporations to step up and pay their fair share.

I thank all of you who wore red and helped take a stand for public education yesterday. On the WEA Facebook page, we've posted hundreds of photographs of WEA members wearing red for education. (Please post your own, if you haven't already!)

Yesterday, we stood strong, and we stood together, but it's just the start. As the state Legislature and Gov. Gregoire grapple with a $2 billion budget crisis, all 82,000 WEA members will have the opportunity to influence what happens in Olympia -- and by extension, what happens in our schools and colleges.

Right now, you can take action by going to OurVoice and e-mailing your local state legislators and the governor. Tell them exactly how cuts hurt kids, and that it's time to put all revenue options on the table.

And then stay in touch with your local association and WEA. Over the coming weeks and months, lawmakers and voters will be making major, long-lasting decisions about public education and our profession. Let's make sure we continue to make our voices heard in that discussion!

Thank you for your commitment to public education.

Mary Lindquist, WEA president
P.S.: To learn how other WEA members are taking action, visit