Worrying about education on Labor Day, with good reason — I get e-mail from the woman who would make a great lieutenant governor in Texas:
As you light up the grill and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation with family and friends, I hope you will take a moment to reflect on a question I like to ask myself every Labor Day.
We forget how indebted we are to a brave group of forgotten heroes, all of who were labeled troublemakers in their day. They bucked the status quo, stepping out of line to stand up for the dignity of every human being. Their bravery was often met with a baton, or the butt of a pistol, but they showed that the human spirit can not be silenced.
Their names seldom make the history books, but we owe these troublemakers for many of the blessings we take for granted today —including the 40-hour work week, a minimum wage, vacations, and child labor laws.
This past Saturday a group of over 30 volunteers joined my campaign team to go door-to-door in Brownsville, Texas. I want to send a special thanks to County Commissioners John Wood and Sophia Benavides, as well as Jared Hockema, the Vice Chair of the Cameron County Democratic Party for helping inspire the crowd.
Stirring up their own brand of trouble, they got South Texas parents to sign the “Linda Chavez Thompson Today, Tomorrow and November 2nd Pledge” — pledging to do more to help kids succeed in school, to stand up for candidates who support education, and pledging to show up a the polls on November 2nd.
Today millions of jobs are being created in science, technology, engineering and math. But instead of investing in education so our kids can compete for these jobs, Rick Perry and David Dewhurst and have led the Texas economy to the greatest share of minimum wage jobs.
We can do better. And in real conversations in Brownsville, Texas, parents and grandparents told us time and again they want more for their kids.
Labor Day is here folks. Enjoy your time with family today. Give thanks for all your blessings. And then get ready to step out of line and challenge the status quo.
Here’s to the troublemakers,
Teachers make great trouble, as everyone knows — which is why Socrates was condemned to death, why Booker T. Washington is so feared, and why the world’s greatest democrats always support education — like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson, to mention a few education-supporting presidents.
Strike a blow against ignorance: Give a few bucks to Chavez-Thompson’s campaign, or sign up to help out if you live in Texas.