Photo of CTU President Stacy Davis Gates and AFT President Randi Weingarten with other labor leaders at the AFT Civil Rights conference.

From left to right: United Teachers of Dade President Karla Mats Hernandez; AFT Michigan President Terrence Martin; AFT President Randi Weingarten; emcee Richard Fowler; CTU President Stacy Davis Gates; and California Federation of Teachers President Jeffery M. Freitas.

Over the weekend, CTU President Stacy Davis Gates addressed more than 200 AFT members and allies in Houston. Gathered to share the problems in their communities and actively work together to fix them, the conference was centered around uplifting real solutions for kids, communities and educators.

At the early Friday morning session, Davis Gates urged union members to fight back against the attacks happening throughout the country against educators and their classrooms. “Fight for what you love: access to public education, affordable housing and voting rights,” she said.

“If you love those things, then it shouldn’t be hard to organize in this room for the fight you are already in,” Davis Gates, IFT executive vice president, said. “Fight for what you deserve. And fight with the people who deserve it with you.”

Davis Gates’ remarks riled up the crowd and prepared members for a rally and protest against the Texas state takeover of the Houston Independent School District.