About 30 District 75 members learned how to organize their colleagues to become politically active and advocate for their interests as workers at a political action workshop at union headquarters on Feb. 25. The event, led by American Federation of Teachers national representative Jesse Ziegler, featured a presentation on the basics of face-to-face organizing. Ziegler had participants role-play the kinds of conversations they could have at schools to motivate their co-workers to get involved in the union. “One-on-one conversations are the building blocks of organizing,” said Ziegler, who also emphasized the importance of giving people a solid plan to make a difference. “People need to believe there’s a way to win,” he said. Participating in politics was a no-brainer for Undrea Polite, a paraprofessional representative from PS 369, a District 75 school in Brooklyn. “I believe if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem,” she said.
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