NEA RA. Applauding David Hogg one day and defeating an anti-NRA New Business Item the next.

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Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg speaks to the 2018 NEA RA.

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?

 

8 thoughts on “NEA RA. Applauding David Hogg one day and defeating an anti-NRA New Business Item the next.

  1. A partial answer may be that NEA has more members in rural communities than any other union.  Rural people tend to view guns differently.Jim James H. Williams2501 N. Starr St.Tacoma, WA 98403(912) 604-4356

    1. Okay. But this NBI was not about guns. It was about political support for those who take NRA money. In any case, the opposition was coordinated by the leadership, who the last time I looked do not come from rural areas. BTW, one does not have to live in a rural area to have a gun or believe in owning one.

  2. Wait a minute Fred….the union, according to you…does not support political agendas.The NBI was simple. It said that the NEA should not be giving political action money to candidates supported by the National Rifle Association. Once again Fred…my dues went to support political causes!!!

    1. No. Dues and political action money are separate. PAC money is voluntary. You’re a union member and didn’t know that?

  3. “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.” Google Monroe N.C. 1960 before you call NRA members racist.

  4. So does that make us (you, me, and everyone else that does not want to be associated with the NRA) or them (the Real Politic folks) naïve? Bob

    From: Fred Klonsky Reply-To: Fred Klonsky Date: Friday, July 6, 2018 at 3:40 PM To: Bob Lyons Subject: [New post] NEA RA. Applauding David Hogg one day and defeating an anti-NRA New Business Item the next.

    WordPress.com Fred Klonsky posted: ” 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 sess”

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