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HWETL’s Open Letter on Anti-Black racism

HWETL Executive Open Letter on  Anti-Black Racism

Dear Members of the Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local and to the Communities in which we work, and live, 

The Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local (HWETL) is a Union dedicated to fostering a climate of social justice and to providing a leadership role in such areas as anti-poverty, non-violence, and equity.  The teachers of our Union strive to recognize, understand, and address anti-black racism, and all forms of discrimination and inequity each day in their classrooms, school yards, and virtual classrooms.  Yet, there is more to do.  Much more. 

HWETL recognizes that it needs to take greater action for its own members, and for those in our community, who are the victims of Anti-Black Racism. We will commit to re-affirming and increasing our efforts to eliminate Anti-Black Racism. 

The 2300 teachers of HWETL know, and call upon our community to accept, that an injustice suffered by anyone somewhere, is an injustice to all everywhere.  Individual and systemic Anti-Black racism must not be allowed to continue.  It must be eliminated so that we all can be safe and free to enjoy the benefits of a civil society.  More importantly Anti-Black Racism must not be allowed to target and cause harm to those fellow members of our community who are hurt by it on a daily basis.

It would be a mistake to believe that anti-black racism is an issue of another place, or of another time.  It exists now, and in our community.  It is a false comfort to believe that the systemic and individual cases of anti-black racism that have been witnessed thorough our media recently, and in the past, could not happen in Hamilton-Wentworth, and do not happen in Hamilton-Wentworth.  Many, in our community, encounter and suffer from these injustices each and every day in their schools, workplaces, and neighbourhoods.  It must end. 

Join in the fight to end Anti-Black Racism.  Learn about Anti-Black Racism, and question your own beliefs and actions.  Speak up, privately and publicly, and demand systemic changes in our society.  Vote for candidates that recognize and address the issue.  Become active and seek out allies in the efforts to eliminate inequities wherever they exist.  Stand up and oppose Anti-Black Racism when you witness it. 

At this already difficult time, our thoughts and feelings go out to the known victims of Anti-Black racism such as George Floyd, and their families and friends, as well as those victims whose names we do not yet know. 

Together, we can work towards a better community, and world, for all of our students, and all of your children to learn, grow, and live.

In solidarity, 

Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local Executive

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Why Poverty Workshop March 26, 2020

WHY POVERTY? MARCH 26th, 2020

Click HERE to register.

This workshop will explore attitudes towards and perceptions of poverty in a broader context. It will examine the impact of poverty in the classroom and school community, look at the many ways issues related to poverty can inform and impact teaching practice and explore the concept of becoming active in addressing poverty in the community. The workshop will include individual and group-shared discussions about issues of poverty, case studies related to the impact of poverty in classrooms and school communities, and provide resources to support teaching practice as well as school and community understanding.

HWETL details: This workshop will run from 4:30 to 6:00 pm; Light dinner will be available by 4:00 pm. Please let us know if you have allergies or dietary restrictions. To register, click HERE, or call the HWETL office at (905) 318-2771 or email Cindy Gangaram directly. For more information, contact Cindy Gangaram at cindygangaram@gmail.com

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HWETL 2020 General Election

At this May’s General Meeting HWETL is having a general election. All positions are vacated, and individuals must run for election. This year, thanks to all the work of the Ad Hoc Election Review Committee, the Local has new and improved nomination forms. Included with each nomination form are information and rules governing the nomination processes for each different type of Executive Position. These positions are (click the positions to access the nomination forms):

President
Chief Negotiator
Vice-President (Women Only)
Vice-President (Open) – Two Positions
Treasurer
Secretary
Executive Member-At-Large (Women Only) – Three Positions
Executive Member-At-Large (Open) – Four Positions


If interested, any HWETL member in good standing can complete as many different nomination forms as they wish.  Please note that as an equity-seeking organization, HWETL has designated positions.

These Nomination forms were distributed through Stewards at the Winter General Meeting on February 4, 2020, and via email through your steward on February 11, 2020 (and can be found in the links above).  

An informational night will be hosted at the Local office at 105 Nebo Road for anyone considering declaring themselves a candidate for the May elections. That date will be announced shortly.

Nomination forms are due by Friday, April 3, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Sorensen at
president@hwetl.ca

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Film Screening- Race & Education: The Water We Swim In

Race & Education: The Water We Swim In
Film Screening and Workshop
April 15th, 2020

REGISTER HERE

The film Race and Education: The Water We Swim In provides participants with a glimpse of the lived experiences of racialized educators in Ontario. This film is used as a tool to allow for scaffolding of knowledge, provides real life examples of racism and discrimination through discussions, activities and self-reflection. Participants will come away with a stronger understanding of the many faces of racism, the effect it has on individuals and ways to be an ally by challenging racism and discrimination.

HWETL details: This workshop will run from 4:30 to 6:00 pm; Light dinner will be available by 4:00 pm. Please let us know if you have allergies or dietary restrictions. To register, click HERE, or call the HWETL office at (905) 318-2771 or email office@hwetl.ca directly. For more information, contact Cindy Gangaram at cindygangaram@gmail.com

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Women in Action Part 1

Women in Action Poster

HWETL is running Women in Action part 1 at Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake on April 24th to 26th.

For more information, contact Heather in the office at chiefnegotiator@hwetl.ca

You can apply by filling out the form below:

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Join us for HWETL Sign-Making party

Please join us to make a personal sign! See the poster for details and call the office to let us know you are coming so we get enough pizza.

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Indigenous Community Engagement February 18th, 2020

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Feb 2020
February 18th, 2020. 430 – 6 ish
Light Dinner will be provided
REGISTER HERE

This workshop invites members through dialogue and activities to gain a broader understanding of Indigenous Peoples and in using approaches to consider when engaging with, or inviting, Indigenous families and communities into the school environment. Click HERE to register.

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LGBTQ Awareness in the Primary Classroom

February 26th, 2020:
LGBTQ Awareness in the Primary Classroom

Click HERE to register.

This workshop raises awareness that even our youngest students may confront issues of homophobia and heterosexism in relation to their families and peers as well as to their own gender identities. The workshop is designed to assist educators to explore these issues and find the courage and understanding to include all children and families in our schools and the global community.

HWETL details: This workshop will run from 4:30 to 6:00 pm; Light dinner will be available by 4:00 pm. Please let us know if you have allergies or dietary restrictions. To register, click HERE, or call the HWETL office at (905) 318-2771 or email Cindy Gangaram directly. For more information, contact Cindy Gangaram at cindygangaram@gmail.com

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Preliminary Submission Ratification Meeting

Wednesday, November 27th,
2019
LIUNA STATION
360 James Street North
4:30 PM

RSVP to HWETL Fax: 905-318-2550 or email Carleigh at office@hwetl.ca

Preliminary Sub Meeting Flyer Nov 2019

ChildCare – Premlimary Submission Childcare – Nov. 27, 2019

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Racialized Members’ Roundtable POSTPONED

RACIALIZED MEMBERS’ ROUNDTABLE

HWETL is committed to creating a strong, inclusive, and unified membership where diverse members are represented and respected. To this end, the Local would like to gather feedback and hear experiences from members who self-identify as racialized for the purpose of increasing support and engagement for these historically marginalized people. This roundtable will include discussions and activities in a safe space. Local release provided.

Register HERE

Racialized Members’ Roundtable