Social media is being used to organize, mobilize and educate
HOW DO YOU GET tens of thousands of people to show up for a rally at the state Capitol with less than a day's notice? What do you do when you need to reach members and supporters quickly to ask them to contact their legislators?
For many AFT leaders and activists today, die answer is: Use social media. In Wisconsin and Ohio last year, labor and allied groups used Facebook and Twitter to provide updates on important legislation and get members to attend meetings and other events.
In Ohio, social media was instrumental in turning out the vote last November in the successful effort to overturn Senate Bill 5, which would have stripped the state's teachers, firefighters and other public employees of their bargaining rights.
In Wisconsin last year, AFT affiliates found social media to be an invaluable networking tool during their fight to preserve the rights …
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Publication information: Article title: Making Connections. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: American Teacher. Volume: 96. Issue: 5 Publication date: May/June 2012. Page number: 8. © American Federation of Teachers Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.