Maybe the NEA should reconsider Georgia for their 2020 Representative Assembly.

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I was a retired delegate at the last Georgia NEA RA in 2013.

As you probably know, Georgia just passed an abortion law that essentially removes a woman’s right to choose.

With Trump in the White House and the likes of Brett Kavanaugh making up a majority of the Supreme Court, the opponents of reproductive rights are making their move.

They believe this is their moment.

Georgia’s law, signed by Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday, bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before some women even know they are pregnant.

The bill becomes law in 2020.

The National Education Association is scheduled to hold the Representative Assembly in 2020 in Atlanta.

How can they?

I know it is a logistical nightmare to change these plans. But trust me, they need to get on it now.

Already Atlanta is seeing cancellations protesting the “heartbeat” law.

Holding the Representative Assembly in Atlanta brings a ton of educators’ money to that city.

The NEA also has a long history of supporting women’s rights, including reproductive rights.

Which is why they should look somewhere other than Georgia to meet.

Or just skip a year.

2 thoughts on “Maybe the NEA should reconsider Georgia for their 2020 Representative Assembly.

  1. I’ve been involved in two groups that faced this situation, Amnesty International in the early 1990s had a US group conference in Texas, and the Unitarian Universalist Association national meeting was in Arizona after they passed an awful piece of legislation targeting immigrants.
    I didn’t attend either because I wasn’t planning on it. In the case of UUA, there was not a lot of time before the meeting so switching locations was not going to be possible. They instead used it as an opportunity to participate in local actions in the area as part of the meeting.
    The AI-USA one was interesting because the 1990s was a crap time for being against the death penalty. The folks in the Texas chapter made the case that they were really beleaguered, and this would be an opportunity to enlarge the viability of the abolition movement.
    I don’t know that NEA fits into this visit and protest model though, because I suspect many members are pretty happy with anti-choice laws, whereas ALL the AI-USA attendees were anti-death penalty. and just about every UUA attendee would be against discriminating against migrants.

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