Please read the important message below from Kaiser's OEA Site Rep, Mr. Neat:
On Wednesday, October 23 OUSD police shoved Ms. Amy Haruyama to the ground with a baton, cracked an OUSD parent's rib, and put another Kaiser School parent on crutches for 3 weeks when they forced her to the ground while arresting her. This video tells the story [CAUTION: PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED]. Please note the non-violence of the protesters.
The president of the California Teachers Association (310,000 members) this weekend called the response of OUSD to peaceful protest "heinous acts of violence." The OEA president said "this isn't the school district I want for my students." See below for their full statements. Please join us Monday.
"Like many of you, I've watched and re-watched the videos of OUSD police hitting parents and teachers with batons. This isn't the school district I want for my students, who often don't have the benefit of an audience or video recordings in their interactions with the police...
On Monday, I'm calling for a peaceful vigil against school closures and police violence, from 4:30 - 5:30pm outside the Central Offices at 1000 Broadway. I hope you'll join me." OEA President Keith D. Brown
LOS ANGELES - CTA President E. Toby Boyd issued the following statement today condemning the violent acts of Oakland Unified School District police officers against Oakland parents:
"CTA condemns the heinous acts of violence perpetuated Oct. 23 by Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) police officers against Oakland parents, students and educators who were peacefully protesting proposed school closures. There is no room for these actions in our schools or anywhere in society. We hold responsible the OUSD Board and Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell for creating the atmosphere that led to police officers wildly swinging batons at unarmed teachers, parents and students, causing physical injury and emotional distress. They should be free to speak up on behalf of all students without fear of violent attacks.
"The 310,000 CTA members stand with Oakland Education Association in its demand that OUSD immediately:
-Enact a moratorium on all planned and future school closures;
-Issue a public apology to our students, parents and educators for the use of police barricades, over-policing, and violence at the Oct. 23 board meeting;
-Defund the OUSD police force, and redirect those funds toward the counselors, nurses and other supports Oakland students need; and immediately suspend, investigate and discipline officers for their behavior."
The 310,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association.