Oct. 6, 2016

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Chapters activate for AROS Action Day

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Albany Chapter members did their part so UAlbany student Marcus Bazemore could do his.

Bazemore’s part was to fill out a voter registration form handed to him by chapter Assistant Vice President for Professionals Patrick Romain, who staffed a table with other chapter members outside UAlbany’s Campus Center.

The UUPers were there to take part in the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) Action Day, a nationwide event to support public education.

"It's my right as a citizen to vote, and with the country so divided, it's very important for my voice to be heard," said Bazemore, one of dozens of students and faculty who stopped by the table to sign NYSUT Pledge to Vote cards, fill out absentee ballot and voter registration forms, and grab Rock the Vote frisbees.

"This election is so important,” said Romain. “It's going to influence judicial choices, it's going to influence educational choices, and all those things are so vital to UUP and to UUP's success. We need to make sure everyone goes out—students, faculty and staff—to vote , and that's why we're tabling to make sure this happens."

A dozen chapters— Albany, Potsdam, Cortland, Delhi, Downstate Medical Center, Morrisville, Geneseo, Oneonta, Old Westbury, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Upstate Medical University, and Empire State College—participated in AROS Action Day.

UUP members handed out voter registration cards and absentee ballots, and distributed fliers showing where the presidential candidates stand on education issues. They also talked about issues affecting public higher education.

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At SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta Chapter President Bill Simons, above, got students to sign voter registration cards. Delhi Chapter President Klossner, below, left, passed out voter registration cards and fliers during lunchtime at the Campus Commons.

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“It’s so important for UUP to become involved in this project, which we will use for voter registration and Pledge to Vote work for November’s state and national elections,” said UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler. “Our members will also provide information about public higher education issues at stake in the elections.”

AROS includes AFT and nine other national organizations representing about 7 million people. The group, a strong voice for public education, has organized walk-in demonstrations—where students, parents and community members walk into their K-12 public schools to demonstrate their commitment to high-quality education and services.

UUP is working with AFT to get higher education unions involved in the effort on campuses across the country,” said Dangler said.

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