There’s a national #REDforED movement sweeping through cities across the United States with a wave of teachers union strikes that are mobilizing educators to demand large raises and more union members in schools.
The well-funded campaign isn’t new, but it has gained steam following a Supreme Court ruling last summer that severely limited the power of public sector unions. The new momentum is billed as a nonpartisan grassroots effort to improve public education in the wake of the decision, but a closer look reveals an alliance with socialists and radical Democrats that focused on an end goal that extends far beyond public schools.
Noah Karvelis, a 24-year-old Arizona teacher who launched the #REDforEd social media campaign last March, described how the real purpose of the movement is to “build … political power” during a speech at the Socialism 2018 conference in Chicago last July.
“We’ve created an organization now. We have a network of 2,000 leaders who are experienced. They’ve been out on a job action. They’ve organized their campuses. They’ve collected signatures for a ballot initiative,” Karvelis said in a video of the speech posted by KFVI.
“We’ve built a new political power in Arizona and it’s taking control right now of the future of the state,” he said. “We have to build our own political power. We have to build our own organization. We have to stay true to our values. They have to be Democratic.”
Breitbart explains the movement’s main objective “is to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and elect a Democrat president,” as well as how the campaign has real potential to make that happen.
“This heightened political activism of teachers unions in the #RedforEd campaign has the potential to swing the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in several key battleground states — such as Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Colorado, where margins of victory were very narrow” in 2016, according to the news site.
“Without the 57 electoral college votes from Michigan (16), Pennsylvania (20), Wisconsin (10), and Arizona (11), President Trump’s electoral college total on election night would have dropped from 306 — 36 more than the 270 needed to win the presidency — to 249, or 21 short of the 270 needed to win the presidency.”
The union-sponsored effort follows years of losses for Big Labor, with Right-to-Work legislation in Michigan, significant limits imposed on bargaining and membership in Wisconsin and other efforts to curtail union abuses. Much of those changes were fueled by an economic recession that required schools to reduce unnecessary expenses that have nothing to do with educating students, from millions in taxpayer funded plastic surgeries to “free” personal legal services provided in union contracts.
In several states, union membership has plummeted as a result of the changes.
“These blows to union membership have served to intensify the political zeal behind #REDforED campaign efforts across the country, activities and policies that now see to mirror the far-left attitudes of the radical left-wing Democrat members of Congress, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), in addition to the associated activist group known as Justice Democrats,” Breitbart reports.
“The confluence between the recently introduced far-left “Green New Deal” and the #RedforEd movement can be seen in common themes and language.”
Breitbart predicts the #REDforED campaign will only intensify as the 2020 election grows closer, in hopes for what Karvelis describes as a “revolution.”
“We must continue our fight and bolster the working class as we strive towards a progressive political revolution,” he wrote in a 2017 column for Progressive Times. “By doing so, we will move our revolution ever closer to imminent success.”