As educators across Los Angeles braved inclement weather Monday to walk the picket lines, celebrities and politicians showed their support for the L.A. teachers union as it mounted its first strike in 30 years.
A strike had been looming for weeks, then became inevitable Friday when negotiations broke off between the L.A. Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles over the teachers’ demands for smaller class sizes, more support staff at schools and better pay.
LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest school system, and its Hollywood-adjacent positioning had many across the entertainment industry voicing their support, including comedian Kathy Griffin, actor Ike Barinholtz and director Rian Johnson, among others.
According to Deadline, several agencies, studios and networks across Hollywood offered some flexibility for employees whose children were affected by the strike. Though some students attended classes on Monday, other pupils sought alternate forms of education and entertainment.
Here’s what individuals supporting the teachers had to say Monday and in the days leading up to the strike:
I will forever and always stand with teachers. They have an incredibly challenging job. Pay them what they’re worth. Our future generations are in their hands.— Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny) January 14, 2019
Teachers at LAUSD have so much to give to children in their classrooms. Their teaching brilliance shall not go wasted as we need to embrace public education all around. Children are our future. 🍎 #DeafEd #DeafEducation#IStandwithTeachers #UTLAStrong #Red4Ed @UTLAnow pic.twitter.com/J7TtTJZmA4— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) January 12, 2019
Los Angeles teachers work day in and day out to inspire and educate the next generation of leaders. I'm standing in solidarity with them as they strike for improved student conditions, such as smaller class sizes and more counselors and librarians. https://t.co/WcUdrSOk7D— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 14, 2019
I support @UTLAnow & LAUSD teachers who are for fighting for better pay, smaller classes, & better resourced schools for our kids. When we fail our public school teachers, we fail their students – and we fail our future. I’m with our teachers all the way. https://t.co/jDY8wWv10u— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 14, 2019
I stand in solidarity w/ @UTLAnow teachers in their fight for fair pay, smaller classroom sizes & stipends for materials and supplies. Teaching is one of the most valuable and indispensable professions. We need to treat educators with respect and dignity.https://t.co/NKrqvxXO3e— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 9, 2019
100% agree.— Brandon Routh (@BrandonJRouth) January 14, 2019
Son of a teacher here also.
And, as a parent, I understand how crucial class size is—smaller class means more support per child.
How can we hope to grow a better nation, if our kids aren’t getting the best education—by supporting those that TEACH them?!#LAUSDStrike https://t.co/smu3DuE2X9
EDUCATION IS A NATIONAL EMERGENCY— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) January 14, 2019
Writers Walk the Walk with @UTLAnow: @WGAWest President @DavidAGoodman and writers join UTLA teachers on the picket line at Hancock Park Elementary School in L.A. Read the Guild's statement of support: https://t.co/VUHQ3hwG7r (Photo credit: Neal Sacharow/WGAW) #UTLAstrong pic.twitter.com/fQ1PEKYYKn— Writers Guild of America West (@WGAWest) January 14, 2019
What kind of Olympic-level liar do you have to be to try and claim that teachers are “greedy.” Like, you have to put in way more than 10,000 lying hours. You have to walk into crowded rooms & yell “I’M NOT IN THIS ROOM” and believe that people will believe it. https://t.co/ljpmcHBFza— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) January 14, 2019
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