Tacos for Teachers

$42,979 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 1,494 people in 18 days
Created January 3, 2019
Help support striking Los Angeles teachers and their fight for public education by donating to Tacos for Teachers, the fund that brings taco trucks to the picket-lines.

Any remaining funds not used on tacos goes directly to Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.

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Public school teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are fighting for the schools we deserve.  The district is refusing to meet their demands, so the teachers' union, United Teachers Los Angeles, will strike beginning on January 14.

Some of UTLA's key demands  include:

• Use the $1.9 billion in unrestricted reserves for smaller class sizes; for more nurses, counselors, and librarians; and to fully fund our schools;
• Commit to more support for special education, early education, bilingual education, and adult education;
• End the toxic overtesting of our students;
• Empower parent and educator voices at the school site with stronger Local School Leadership Councils; and
• Address the charter industry drain that siphons more than $600 million from our schools every year.

Read more about their fight here.

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Endorsed by: 

Local
• Héctor Agredano, Faculty Association member, Pasadena City College 
• Max Belasco, University Professional and Technical Employees - Communication Workers of America member
• Christina Ceisel, California Faculty Association member, Cal State Fullerton 
• Brian Dolber, California Faculty Association member, Cal State San Marcos
• Claire Douglas, San Diego Education Association member
• Olivia Eliasoph Gamboa, California Federation of Teachers member, Camino Nuevo High School
• Caroline Luce, American Federation of Teachers and United Auto Workers member, UCLA
• Liz Thornton, American Federation of Teachers member, UCLA and Los Angeles Valley College

National
• Martha Baumgarten, Acero educator, bargaining team member, United Educators for Justice (UEJ) caucus, Chicago Teachers Union Allied Charter Teachers and Staff (CTU ACTS)*
• Larry Cagle, Oklahoma Teachers United, Oklahoma Education Association*
• Matt Casella, Alamance-Burlinton Association of Educators, Burlington, North Carolina*
• Rebecca Garelli, Arizona Education Association, Arizona Educators United*
• Jesse Hagopian, Seattle Education Association, Social Equity Educators*
• Darrin Hoop, Seattle Education Association, Social Equity Educators*
• Nicole McCormick, President, Mercer County Education Association, West Virginia*
• Jay O’Neal, Treasurer - Kanawha County Education Association, West Virginia*
• Rosa Powers, Settle Education Association, Social Equity Educators*
• Stephanie Price, Chair - Committee for Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Oklahoma Education Association*
• Justin Vinson, Seattle Education Association, Social Equity Educators*
• Lauren Ware Stark, Seattle Education Association, Social Equity Educators*

*For identification purposes only

Organizational
Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles
International Socialist Organization, Los Angeles 
California Educators Rising 
Social Equity Educators, Seattle

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A note to all supporters: Funds will be collected by Clare Lemlich, one of the volunteer coordinators of this campaign, and paid out to our taco provider partners. Remaining funds will be sent to to central strike solidarity fund with Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.
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Update 4
Posted by Clare Lemlich
4 days ago
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Thank you dear supporters, we now have nearly $35,000 in solidarity funds!

Today (Jan 17) we served:
• Breakfast at North Hollywood High School
• Lunch at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex

Tomorrow (Jan 18) we'll be doing:
• Breakfast at Venice High, Lincoln High, and Accelerated School
• Lunch at the DTLA protest (learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/223164381970735/)
• Lunch at Franklin High
• Dinner at Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory for "Teachers on Strike and the Fight for Racial Justice" panel (see image for details and read more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/329713771206396/)
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Update 3
Posted by Clare Lemlich
10 days ago
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Many of you have asked about which schools we are covering. Here is next week’s schedule, organized by the International Socialist Organization and Democratic Socialists of America, in partnership with Zingo Tacos:

• Monday: Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools @ 7am, breakfast burritos and coffee
• Tuesday: El Sereno Middle School @ 12:30, taco plates with rice and beans
• Wednesday: Theodore Roosevelt High School @ 3pm, taco plates with rice and beans
• Thursday: North Hollywood High @ 7am, breakfast burritos and coffee
• Friday: Venice High @ 7am, breakfast burritos and coffee

Vegetarian options available.

Thank you all again for your generosity, we are now *double* our $5,000 goal!
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Update 2
Posted by Clare Lemlich
12 days ago
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Thank you all again for your solidarity and generosity! It's clear that despite the district's tricks and tactics, LA teachers have overwhelming community backing locally and around the country. Support has been pouring in from Seattle to West Virginia, Oklahoma to Oakland, and everywhere in between. We are now well past our revised $5,000 goal!

A couple of updates: UTLA has moved the strike start date to *Monday 14 January*.

We also have some media coverage to share with you:

•  https://www.lataco.com/free-tacos-for-teachers-on-strike/

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Campaigns-Seek-to-Feed-Students-Teachers-During-LA-Teachers-Strike-504081091.html

https://www.univision.com/los-angeles/kmex/noticias/huelgas/campanas-de-alimentos-para-afectados-por-la-huelga-de-maestros-en-la
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Update 1
Posted by Clare Lemlich
13 days ago
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Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our initial $2,500 goal! We just raised our goal to $5,000 — which is a whole lot of solidarity tacos! Any remaining funds not spent on tacos for teachers will go directly to Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools #utlastrong #strikeready #redfored
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