The largest teachers’ union in the United States just adopted a series of “business items” announcing their full support for some very liberal policies.
The National Education Association (NEA) — which is the largest teachers’ union in the nation — held their annual convention in Houston over the past few days. The meeting included a series of speeches from 2020 Democrats, as well as the adoption of some far-left “business items.”
The NEA voted to adopt Business Item 56, which notes that the union believes abortion is a “fundamental right” that must be protected during the #MeToo movement.
The adopted measure reads:
“Through existing media channels, the NEA will honor the leadership of women, non-binary, and trans people, and other survivors who have come forward to publicly name their rapists and attackers in the growing, international, #MeToo movement.
Furthermore, the NEA will include an assertion of our defense of a person’s right to control their own body, especially for women, youth, and sexually marginalized people. The NEA vigorously opposes all attacks on the right to choose and stands on the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade.”
In their rationale for action, the NEA pointed to the “misogynistic forces” of President Donald Trump and claimed that they must speak out against those who want to “abolish the gains of the women’s rights movement.”
The union writes:
“The most misogynistic forces, under Trump, want to abolish the gains of the women’s right movement. Women’s leadership is essential for any successful egalitarian movement and therefore must be protected.”
Beyond abortion, the NEA announced that they would begin training NEA members on how to address “white fragility” — or discomfort from white people when talking about race.
In Business Item 11, the NEA voted to:
“[I]ncorporate the concept of ‘White Fragility’ into NEA trainings/staff development, literature, and other existing communications on social, gender, LGBTQIA, and racial justice whenever and wherever context and expense allows.”
In the rationale, the NEA argued that:
“White supremacy culture has fashioned a social norm insulating white people from the impact of racial stress, which consequentially constructs a social atmosphere that depresses the ability of society, in general, to tolerate racial stress, also known as ‘White Fragility.'”
The NEA tangled themselves up in the national debate about immigration and the crisis at the southern border by announcing their opposition to deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and announcing in Business Item A that the would be instructing members to host classes on how to avoid deportation.
“[The NEA will] partner with immigrant rights’ organizations to inform our members and the families they serve of the civil and human rights of undocumented people through community engagement and specifically partner on training such as know-your-rights training.”
The NEA is made up of more than three million teachers and is highly influential in Democratic politics, making donations exclusively to the Democratic Party. The NEA spent nearly $1.3 million in opposition ads against Republican lawmakers.