Earlier in October Organizing Fellow, Yolanda King, and President Lakia Wilson-Lumpkins traveled to Texas for an AFT Human Rights Conference. While at the conference the DFT was awarded a Powerful Partnerships grant. Standing in the center, next to the DFT President is actor/activist Erika Alexander, a SAG-AFTRA award winning actress.
African American Leadership Awards 2023
Three of our own were nominated for the African American Leadership Awards: President Lakia Wilson-Lumpkins, Treasurer Rodney Fresh and Retirees Chapter Secretary, Michelle Broughton. We are pleased to announce that President Lakia Wilson-Lumpkins was the recipient of the Sophie Womack Quality of Life & Leadership award.
Listening to History
Retirees at the November Chapter meeting listened to AFT Archivist, Dan Golodner, as he gave a brief history of the DFT from 1920-1967. He presented a slide show presentation and gave some anecdotes about past DFT leadership. Displayed on the screen is a copy of the DFT charter from February 24, 1931.
New Addition to the Staff
The DFT staff has expanded by one. We are welcoming Regina Fuqua as an Organizing Fellow. She will be working alongside Yolanda King to service members with membership and dues.
Thank you to all of the teachers and support staff for everything you have done to make what could be a difficult transition during the most difficult of times enjoyable and feasible. You have trained yourself, your students, parents and each other on distance learning and technology! You are worthy of recognition!
We salute our mighty DFT Members for all that you do! Thank you for servicing our children when we need it the most. We appreciate you.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed Executive Order 2020-65 to extend and clarify Executive Order 2020-35, which ordered all K-12 school buildings to close for instructional purposes to students for the remainder of the school year, and provided continuity of learning infrastructure by setting guidelines for remote learning. In addition to continuing the actions taken in the previous executive order, Executive Order 2020-65 also suspends in-person instruction of both the Great Start Readiness Program and early childhood programs for the reminder of the 2019-2020 school year. GSRP is Michigan
The Detroit Federation of Teachers wants to share informative tips and resources with our members during this public health emergency. Here's a recap of the information we shared this week. We want to hear from you. What are some of the incredible things you are doing to provide instruction from home? Share with us by sending an email to email@example.com by Tuesday, March 24.
We are temporarily postponing the March General Membership Meeting. This is a precautionary measure as we want to protect the health of our membership. As many of you are probably aware, there have been two cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Michigan. Please make sure you adhere to the necessary precautions and tips provided by the Detroit Health Department.
HEALTHY TIPS FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT
To best ensure you and your family remain healthy, always practice good hygiene habits:
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer