NWEA member, Patricia Jolly (PJ) attended this past year’s NEA RA and we thought it would be nice to share with the rest of the local members some of the highlights of the event.MXLLS
PJ is on the Resolutions Team, so she arrives 2 days before most of the delegates. The team starts with strategic planning where members are divided up by state. The number of delegates per state depends on the state’s population, so Oregon had 3. The event started off with NEA’s strategic focus of advancing racial and cultural justice.
PJ’s Oregon colleagues were Juliet Safire from Vernonia and Aldopho Garcia from Portland Public Schools.
On the 30th, NEA joined community members to march in protest of the immigrant children’s treatment. PJ got to carry the parachute through 98 degree heat with heat index of over 100.
PJ attended the presentation of the human and civil rights board.
The rest of delegates arrived for NEA RA. David Hogg was one of the keynote speakers. PJ raised over $1,000 in donations to children’s fund so she received a backpack prize.
4th of July
A day of sightseeing. PJ went on a sternwheeler-type boat for 4th of July fireworks over the Mississippi river. She had to save Prince tour at Paisely park for the next trip.
‘Red for Ed’ was the theme for the year.