Just three weeks ago, Stand and Deliver Virginia was formed by grassroots organizer and Arlington school teacher Micaela Pond and former Fairfax School Board member Pat Hynes to push back against the harmful and false narrative being espoused by Governor Youngkin and GOP legislators that somehow teachers are a threat.
The goals of Stand and Deliver Virginia are to:
- Educate educators and the community about the anti-teacher, anti-truth, anti-public schools power grab happening in Richmond right now.
- Stand up for educators, as they deliver inclusive and respectful education for their students.
- Center educators and give them tools to organize, speak out, and vote!
Sunday afternoon they held a rally in Falls Church City, co-sponsored by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. Speakers included Tinner Hill’s Edwin Henderson II, Falls Church City’s Delegate Marcus Simon, Virginia Legislative Black Caucus executive director Adele McClure, as well as several current and former teachers, twin teenagers who held a school walkout last week in support of LGBTQ+ rights, and another teenager who said “I can assure you that excellence was on full display last year when my gym teacher taught class from her hospital bed while waiting to give birth.”
Watch Delegate Simon and Adele McClure’s speeches below:
And here are the completely inspiring speeches from the students (shared with permission). As they say, the kids are alright!