MEA announces statewide #RedforEd Day in support of Murphysboro teachers

By Bethany Rentfro, Staff Reporter

The Murphysboro community and 135,000 Illinois Education Association members have announced a statewide #RedforEd Day as a way to show support for Murphysboro teachers. 

The Murphysboro community is encouraging people to wear red and post pictures on social media using the hashtags: #RedforEd and #ISupportMurphyTeachers.  

According to a press release by the Illinois Education Association, red ribbons will also be tied around trees in downtown Murphysboro in support of the teachers. 

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Kathi Griffin, IEA president, said in a statement that she is in support of the Murphysboro Education Association. 

“We want to turn Illinois #RedforEd on Wednesday for our sisters and brothers in Murphysboro,” Griffin said. “To the Murphysboro Education Association: we are with you. You have the strength of the IEA behind you.” 

Griffin said Murphysboro educators are fighting for strong public schools for all students, and the IEA supports their members for using their collective voice to fight for their students’ rights to a quality public education. 

The MEA began their strike on Oct. 3. 

The statewide #RedforEd campaign begins Wednesday, Oct. 9. The MEA is encouraging everyone to participate.  

Staff reporter Bethany Rentfro can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @BethanyRentfro.

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