Commentary: National Education Association Executive Director John Stocks addressed more than 6,000 delegates at NEA’s annual Representative Assembly, which is meeting this week in Minneapolis. The following are remarks as prepared for delivery:
Thank you Lily … Thank you delegates … it is not easy coming up here at the end of a long day filled with powerful speakers.
Lee Saunders, Randi, David Hogg, and our incredible president Lily. Listening to those leaders alone is worth the trip to Minneapolis.
The theme of today is union strength and unity.
I could tell you that these themes are critical to our survival … I could tell you that unity has never been more important to us … blah, blah, blah, blah, blah … but delegates, I’m not here to tell you what you already know.
Given the context we face as an organization … as professionals and as advocates … I’m here to ask you to dig deep. When I say dig deep I mean search your soul and reflect on what unity and strength mean to you personally … and what they mean to this union and our democracy.