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A Message from David Berliner about the Day of Action

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David Berliner wrote a series of tweets, calling for a national teachers’ strike, on February 14, after the news of the massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. That night, he combined the tweets into a short post, which I put online. That post received more than 100,000 views in a bit more than 24 hours. Clearly, many teachers, parents, and students were eager to find a way to express their sorrow and outrage.

This is the product of Dr. Berliner’s brilliant idea. 

David Berliner sent the following message as a follow-up:

“I think my essay, sent to Diane’s many followers, sparked the fire we now hope to build under the NRA. We have had enough. It’s a representative democracy and our representatives need to do what we want, not what the NRA wants.

“I had proposed May Day as the day of action. For lots of other reasons many groups preferred April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, as a day of remembrance and action. I will happily join with teachers and administrators. I will happily walk with school bus drivers and school lunchroom, janitorial, and maintenance staff. I hope also that the millions of ex-educators, parents and grand-parents are with us too, demanding safety for our children and our teachers. We need gun control and more widespread and better mental health services now!

“April 20th will be a day to show what democracy looks like. A day our citizens order our representatives to make us a safer nation.”

DCB

David C. Berliner
Regents’ Professor Emeritus
Arizona State University
120 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, #205
Tempe, AZ 85281-9116
Phone: 480-759-5049

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