ELECTION NEWS: American Federation of Teachers has a video, 'The Trump Effect', about bullying resulting from the odious campaign of Donald Trump for President of the United States of America...

Hillary Clinton greeted the delegates to the convention of the American Federation of Teachers in Minneapolis in July 2016. The AFT has been supporting Clinton's bid for the presidency for a long time.[With less than 72 hours until the votes are to be counted in the Election of 2016, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is reminding its members and decent people about "The Trump Effect," the increase in bullying and scapegoating of minorities since Donald Trump began his run for President. While the election will soon be over, both a defeated Trump and the nasty Trumpism that he added on top of the already odious Republican Party will continue. Here is a recent email from Randi Weingarten to AFT members. George N. Schmidt, Editor, Substance].


November 5, 2016


Teachers and school staff know firsthand that bullying takes a real, severe toll on students, especially students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, students of color and others who are vulnerable or have been historically marginalized.

This election cycle — with candidates like Donald Trump using the currency of hate, fear and marginalization — has made combating bullying an even more urgent issue. Our members are reporting a troubling increase in bullying behavior, much of it echoing the toxic rhetoric of the Trump campaign. Educators are actually calling it the “Trump Effect,” and it’s going to take time and hard work to heal the wounds it has inflicted.

We’re working to counteract that effect, and a first step is to shine a light on what’s happening. Watch our new video, “The Trump Effect,” and share it with your friends.

Watch the video

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The consequences of Trump’s actions will last far beyond Nov. 8. That’s why we’re continuing our important work to provide educators and parents with resources and tools to stop bullying, and to support kids who have been bullied. Check out our Share My Lesson resource kit on bullying!

This is just one more issue where the choice in November couldn’t be clearer. Just last week, Hillary Clinton released her comprehensive anti-bullying plan, “Better than Bullying.” It includes support for professional development for educators and other school employees and recognizes the important role of school counselors and wraparound services. It also rightly acknowledges both the need to prioritize school climate as part of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the importance of bullying prevention in creating and maintaining positive and constructive school climates.

I’m proud of the AFT’s longstanding work on bullying prevention. From our “See a Bully, Stop a Bully” campaign, to our ever-expanding bullying prevention resource hub on Share My Lesson, to our time-tested professional development programs, to working with groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League and Not In Our School, the AFT is committed to combating bullying in schools.

Watch and share the video now!

We need a president who will be in our corner, not one who will put us in a corner. Watch and share the video, download the resources, and stand with us on Nov. 8.

In unity,

Randi Weingarten

AFT President


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