Tamales For Teachers
In order to support striking Denver educators and their fight for quality public education, the Denver branch of the International Socialist Organization will be serving homemade tamales (and more) on the picket line! We are partnering in this effort with Front Range Workers’ Initiative for Liberation and Defense and the Denver chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Tamales will be provided by El Molino Bakery, a local mom & pop business that is owned by former undocumented immigrants.
We have been coordinating this campaign with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) and Colorado Educators Association (CEA) to ensure we provide the best possible support to the strike. Any remaining funds not used to feed striking teachers will be donated to the DCTA Strike Fund.
Though the strike has been delayed, we still expect it to happen and we are still advancing our plans to support it. Stay tuned to this page for updates. We plan to feed striking teachers on the first day and as often as possible for the duration of the strike. A well-fed picket line is a strong picket line!
The teachers’ key demand is for better compensation in the form of higher base salaries paid on a reliable schedule, instead of the current, complex system of incentives. The district proposal and union demands are about $8 million apart.
A note to all supporters: Funds will be collected by Carlos Valdez, a member of the Denver branch of the International Socialist Organization, a high school history teacher in Aurora, and a member of the Aurora Education Association teachers’ union. Funds will be paid out directly to our tamal provider partner, El Molino Bakery, a local mom & pop business that is owned by former undocumented immigrants and has served the Denver area for nearly two decades. Any remaining funds will be donated to the DCTA Strike Fund .
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So, this campaign is a wrap! We served tamales to teachers at yesterday’s victory rally, bringing the total served to 3000+ tamales! Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to provide support for 14 pickets at 6 different schools, plus 5 rallies.
We want to thank everyone for their efforts in making this project happen, whether you were able to be there every day or made it out once, donated to or shared our fundraiser.
We demonstrated meaningful solidarity with and support for Denver teachers and made lots of good connections to teachers looking to advance teachers’ interests and the struggle for education justice.
Thank you to our tireless official campaign partners, Front Range Workers' Initiative for Liberation and Defense and the Denver DSA. And how could we forget our tamal providers, Jeanette Vizguerra, Ginny Calderon, and El Molino Bakery?! And shouts to International Socialist Organization - Boulder, UCB, Femme Left, IWW Denver-Boulder General Membership Branch, Abolish ICE Denver, Denver Classroom Teachers Association - DCTA, Colorado Education Association, and all of the unaffiliated volunteers whose participation was essential.
We hear Aurora teachers have intense negotiations for their master contract next year, so keep an eye out for Tamales for Teachers 2.0?! (Can you wait for warmer weather though, Aurora?!)
After three days of the Denver Teachers Strike, we are seeing progress in negotiations with the district. However, until we hear otherwise, tamales will keep flowing to teachers on the picket lines!
We hear that teachers from around the city are eager to have tamales at their picket line. Tomorrow, Tamales for Teachers will be at:
Keep fighting!!! Solidarity! ✊
Tamales for Teachers will be supporting the pickets at East *and* South High Schools, for the duration of the strike or until our funds run out. These will be large, lively pickets—150 of 164 teachers at East are walking, for instance!
We will also be at a smaller picket outside Manual High School on Monday morning to provide particular support to teachers of color who have raised anti-racist concerns, such as racialized privatization efforts and the school-to-prison pipeline.
If you can come out, please do! Teachers want all the support they can get. Dress warm. Wear red. Bring a sign in support of teachers. And bring a friend!
If you can’t come out, please share and donate to our fundraiser! With enough funds, we could add support for additional schools.
Hope to see you out on the lines! Victory to the teachers!
Later, at our weekly meeting, after talking about the teachers’ revolt’s connections to gender oppression, Denver ISO, Denver DSA, and Front Range Worker's Initiative for Liberation and Defense discussed next steps for Tamales for Teachers. We have raised enough funds that we now plan to provide tamales, coffee, and hot cocoa at multiple picket locations at the same time for at least the first few days of the strike.
Everything is fluid, but we are hearing East and South High Schools as primary targets for 7 am pickets starting *maybe?* Monday. Stay tuned!