Tucson SURJ invites you to join us as we utilize this important moment of increased interest and engagement during the 2018 elections to do base-building work in majority white communities, with the goal of moving more white people towards awareness and action on racial and economic justice issues, and with the long term goal of getting more white folks active far beyond election day.
On May 21st, join us to support the ongoing efforts sparked by the #RedForEd teachers strike and organizing. We know that education is a racial and economic justice issue. Underfunded schools impact communities of color hardest. Arizona is #1 in incarceration spending and #49 in education spending, which disproportionately impact...s communities of color. Over the past decade, tax cuts have benefited the wealthy at the expense of the working class, and kids of color, refugees, and DACA recipients, leaving their schools underfunded and over-policed. We want to see funding for education, not prisons and policing. We want our educators to be paid a living wage.
We are going to support the teachers in their next steps by canvassing this month, collecting signatures for the Invest in Education Act ballot initiative. This progressive tax would raise income taxes for those making more than $250,000 a year and direct the funds to Arizona schools. We will be canvassing the evening of Monday, May 21st in Armory park to collect signatures and talk to neighbors about education and racial justice.