May 13 Online Toolkit
Action #1 | Virtual Speak-Out to Congress — 1 PM
Take a video or selfie and share on your social media channels, telling the New York Congressional delegation to #ProtectNYSchools and push for more federal aid. You can look up your U.S. Representative using your home address here.
Check out the below photos and sample Tweets at the end of this email for inspiration! And remember to use the hashtag #ProtectNYSchools in your posts.
Action #2 | Gov. Cuomo Facebook Takeover — 2 PM
Help us take over Governor Cuomo’s Facebook update and tell him to protect children, not billionaires! Here’s how:
- Click here to view Governor Cuomo’s post on Facebook.
- Below his post, write a comment telling the Governor to stand with New York’s students, not billionaires! Now is the time to invest in students, not make education cuts.
Check out the sample social media posts below for inspiration!
Action #3 | Email Your Federal & State Reps — 3 PM
Emails still work! Take a minute to send an email to your federal and state representatives.
Click here to send an email to Governor Cuomo and your representatives in Congress and the New York State legislature. Tell them that they need to be standing up for our students at this time.
Or tap and hold on the images below to save them to your phone:
SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
Below are sample messages you can copy and paste to post from your own social media accounts. If you have Twitter, you can just the Click to Tweet option and it will copy the text into a window — all you have to do is click “Tweet”!
.@SenSchumer New York’s students are depending on you to bring home $3 billion earmarked for public education. Without this vital funding we will see another round of devastating cuts! #ProtectNYSchools
Take care of New York! Students need more, not less in the time of #COVID19! @SenSchumer our schools are facing cuts and need you to fight for $3 billion in the federal stimulus earmarked to #ProtectNYSchools
The pandemic has proven just how vital our teachers and public schools are to communities, but now they’re facing cuts. @SenSchumer New York’s students are counting on you to fight for them! We need you to fight to include $3 billion earmarked for NY public schools in the federal stimulus https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/opinion/coronavirus-us-cities-inequality.html
.@NYGovCuomo we need you to tax billionaires like @BillGates, not let them decide education policy for our state! #ProtectNYSchools and #MakeBillionairesPay
.@NYGovCuomo and @GatesFoundation both have a history of privatization & pushing an agenda that would destroy #publicschools. If we want to #ProtectNYSchools we need to #MakeBillionairesPay, not let them profit off privatizing our education system!
.@NYGovCuomo won’t tax the ultra rich, but he is willing to hand them the power to “reimagine” our public schools. We should #MakeBillionairesPay instead of balancing the budget on the backs of Black and Brown students!
.@AndreaSCousins @CarlHeastie we are missing your leadership and voice! Call the State Legislature back to work NOW! The first item on your agenda must be taxing the wealthy to invest in our schools and communities. We need you to #ProtectNYschools and children because @NYGovCuomo won’t
NY is home to some of the wealthiest people in the world, but we also have some of the worst inequality in the nation. @NYGovCuomo @AndreaSCousins @CarlHeastie ask the ultra rich to pay a little more to help all New Yorkers get through this crisis! You have a moral obligation to #MakeBillionairesPay and #ProtectNYSchools https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/opinion/coronavirus-us-cities-inequality.html
.@NYGovCuomo is threatening to the cut education budget by 20% — cuts that pose an existential threat to the fabric of NY’s public education system. @AndreaSCousins @CarlHeastie we need you to take bold action to protect children & families from cuts to education and childcare! #ProtectNYSchools
It’s going to take all of us fighting to #ProtectNYSchools from @NYGovCuomo ’s threat of cuts. We need to hold our elected officials in Washington and Albany accountable to protect children, not billionaires throughout this crisis
#COVID19 has made support services like counselors and coaches even more important in schools! Now is the time to invest in students, not make education cuts. NY leaders face a choice: will you #ProtectNYSchools and move forward into a better future, or protect billionaires and deepen the inequity and injustices of our past? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/opinion/coronavirus-us-cities-inequality.html