posted Jul 21, 2010, 2:23 PM by Chris Janotta
updated Jul 21, 2010, 3:15 PM
Because there is so much going on lately and we have so many new members on our Facebook page, I just wanted to bring everybody up to speed on what's going on and how to find more information about it.
- Our ongoing shoelace campaign is one easy way to support our virtual march. On July 30th, we will make an announcement regarding how far our campaign has come so far and encourage people to continue supporting it. To find out what the Shoelace Campaign is and how to submit a shoelace, please click here.
- On July 30, 2010, we are sponsoring many activities to support public education
- You can read the press release about these events here.
- You can read about ringing a bell at 3:00 p.m. Washington DC time here.
- You can find out if a local march is taking place in your area on the discussion tabs here and here.
- You can start your own local march by posting to the same sites as above. A march can involve two people or two thousand people. It can take place in front of your state Capitol, in a local mall, or on the corner of a busy street...anywhere people can see you! Two or three people "marching" or rallying in locations all across America can be just as significant as two or three thousand marching in one place.
- A video will be shown on Ustream.tv at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard time. The video is titled We Just Keep Going. It will outline the history of the SOS Million Teacher March and the progress of our Shoelace Campaign, and will feature an original and inspirational song about teachers.
- We are also encouraging supporters to dress in black, white, and/or red that day as explained in the press release.
- Our main website located at www.sosmtm.com has many resources, links to other SOSMTM sites, stories from teachers, and a weekly poll. Be sure to check it often as it is the most up-to-date source of everything related to the SOS Million Teacher March.
- Beyond July 30th, we are planning many other activities to raise awareness and create change. Our goal is to continue marching for as long as it takes, with an eventual march, rally, or convention in Washington DC July 30, 2011 to either show our frustration about what is still happening at that point or to celebrate the positive effect we have had on putting an end to the national education crisis. We will also use this date to decide where our march takes us from that point forward because we must all stay united in our constant push for a fair and equitable education system that is best for students and for America's future.
- If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please email or call me, Chris Janotta, at email@example.com or (708) 949-6060.
- I hope this helps bring everyone up to date, and, as always, thank you for your support, and on with the March!