One of the mysteries coming out of the NEA Representative Assembly that just ended in Minneapolis is how David Hogg, survivor of the deadly mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida could be warmly received at a RA session one day and delegates could vote to reject an anti-NRA New Business Item on another day.
The NBI was simple. It said that the NEA should not be giving political action money to candidates supported by the National Rifle Association.
The NRA is not just an association of gun owners. It is a racist and right-wing political organization that opposes any constraints on gun sales, and constraints on the distribution or ownership of guns, even military assault weapons.
Illinois Republican Congressman Rodney Davis is our local poster boy for someone who receives both NRA and NEA campaign dollars.
When this issue came up at this year’s Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly with wording similar to the NBI presented to the NEA RA, it was opposed by the IEA leadership and defeated on the floor.
Jim Grimes, member of the IEA and NEA board of directors, took to a microphone and spoke in opposition to the anti-NRA resolutiion, clearly representing both national and state leadership’s position.
Grimes and other union leaders justify their position by claiming politicians like Davis take pro-education votes.
What education issue is balanced by teacher union support for politicians receiving NRA blood money?