Why CUE Legislative Advocacy?
Because everyday students walk across busy intersections and freeway overpasses to gain access to the business and libraries that provide the free wifi connection they need in order to complete their online homework, which is becoming a standard part of the educational experience. These students need people, educators, to speak against the Digital Divide that strikes our most at-risk populations.
CUE Legislative Advocacy is about crafting a society that we can believe in. Advocacy isn’t all about marches, protests, or demonstrations. While these are an important part of our democracy, legislation is crafted by people, with people, and for people. Lawmakers need to hear your voice when they are considering policies which affect educators and the students they serve. Legislative advocacy is about taking the time to have a meeting or phone call. It is about building relationships. I urge every educator to get to know their government representatives and spend time engaging.
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Ben Franklin
At the end of the day, there is one thing that we all must believe in: our children.
Editor’s note: This LA Times article encapsulates what we strive for as an organization. Get informed and connected today!
Micah Studer is a longtime, passionate member of the CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee. As described on Twitter: “Father, friend, husband, and existential technologist with a focus on uniting the world of IT and Education.”