AFT Local 1931s Jim Miller, our VP of Political Action/Community Outreach, was nominated to be an AFT Everyday Hero and he made it into the finals! Please click on the link on the bottom of this email to vote for him. Voting goes from February 14th to February 26th, so vote now!
This is what the AFT Everyday Heroes is:
Since Thanksgiving, colleagues, former students and parents have nominated hundreds of members as AFT Everyday Heroes. Their work and stories epitomize the spirit of public service and inspire us all to go the extra mile in our chosen fields and in our communities.
Five semifinalists from each AFT constituency group have been chosen, representing teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, higher education staff and faculty, health care professionals, public employees, and retirees.
Now it is up to you.
You have a chance to vote for one Everyday Hero from EACH CONSTITUENCY GROUP. Beneath each semifinalists name, there is a description of why each AFT member is being nominated. Vote for those whose everyday heroics most resonate with you, or whose story you find the most meaningful. Voting will be open from Feb. 14 through Feb 26.
The semifinalist who gets the most votes in each division will be named his or her divisions 2011 Everyday Hero and will be honored at the AFT divisional conference this spring.
And this is what the website says about Jim:
Professor of English and Labor Studies, San Diego City College
AFT Guild, Local 1931
When Jim Miller walks the walk, he really walks. Last summer, he helped organize a 360-mile trek from San Diego to Sacramento, to protest the draconian state budget cuts affecting education in Californiaand then walked the distance himself. Recalling the historic march led by Cesar Chavez in 1966, when United Farm Workers members marched from Delano to Sacramento, Miller relates his commitment to that larger movement: History shows that poor farm workers captured the imagination of millions of people with hardly any resources, he says. We are fighting for the same social justice issues. He encouraged students to march part of the distance with him, and notes the importance of coalitions with other groups as well. We need to seek allies to win our battles, especially this one, he says. Miller, who teaches English and labor studies at San Diego City College, left his wife and 6-year-old son behind for the seven-week march, but the sacrifice was right in line with his work as a unionist: He has been a rank-and-file member of AFT Guild, Local 1931, for years and has served as executive board member and political director as well. Modest, persistent and fierce in his advocacy, says his nominator, Miller is the model AFT activist.
AFT – A Union of Professionals – Everyday Heroes
Thanks for your vote!
Jim Mahler, President
AFT Guild, Local 1931
San Diego & Grossmont-Cuyamaca