Archives for November 2011

A pictorial history of CEA's 280 day fight against S.B. 5

SB 5 was introduced on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and repealed 280 days later on Tuesday, Nov. 8. During that time, Columbus Education Association members were on the front lines of the struggle.

We  participated in countless meetings and rallies, helped collect many of the 1.3 million petition signatures, made untold numbers of phone calls, sent thousands of email messages and knocked on many doors to help achieve the more than 2.1 million “NO” votes on Issue 2 from Ohioans on Election Day 2011.

We have preserved for posterity our members’ efforts in more than 1,500 pictures of the many events surrounding our nearly year-long fight against this unfair, unsafe legislation that threatened all Ohioans.

Click HERE to see our members united in solidarity, fighting and helping to win a victory for all Ohioans.

Be a teacher in the bleachers at The Ed Show

“The Ed Show,” hosted by veteran radio talk show personality Ed Schultz, will be aired live on MSNBC from Columbus Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 7 and 8. The show will feature “teachers in the bleachers.”

CEA has been asked to recruit members to attend Tuesday’s show, which will be held at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Union Hall located at 379 West Broad Street. The show will air twice, from 8-9 p.m. and 11 p.m.-12 a.m.

Call CEA at 253-4731 or send an email to by noon on Monday, Nov. 7, to reserve your space in the audience of “The Ed Show.” Be at the IAFF Hall by 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. showWear your red CEA Solidarity T-shirt.

Speaking out against Issue 2: By Izetta Nicole

This poem was written and performed at a recent rally against Issue 2 by CEA member Izetta Nicole.


Is it so bad to have a people committed to the value engraved in every child that ever stood in a classroom with their right hand hugging their heart?

Do our voices cause a stiff ringing in your ears? Democracy is so loud and pure.
Democracy, with it’s social equality and head held high. It is proud and you came to bring it to it’s knees.

Do we look like fools to you? Like people who will buckle and hide at the sign of an intruder?
You mistook Ohioans for cowards; Buckeyes for the silent type.

You, my dear, were wrong.

We will stand and fight and take our house back.
You cannot have our state, our classrooms, our rights!
These are our streets and this is our home.

Your need to sort, scatter and separate with classism was not hidden from us!
We are educators, with the state standards tattoos under our eyelids.
You are lacking progress and empathy.

We are nurses holding the hands of those you’ve slapped in the face with your righteousness.
Nurses who speak for babies with eyes to heaven and wonder in their minds.

We are firefighters and policeman. We are the reason your house is safe.
The strength in the middle of the night when hope brews and faith is tested.

We are a people of service, not slavery.
We will not allow your bill to turn into shackles at our ankles, clinking chains and slithering screams.

We are the Ohio Impact. We are more than you ever believed.

There will come a day. A day for us to sing and shout, united in love and self worth, united in the belief of fairness.
A day of victory, not defeat.

Will your red pen be available then? Will it be ready to strike out the 304 pages of indignation, setting on fire your lies? No? Well, let me be that good citizen and let you borrow mine.

We are that kind of people.

We, the people, forming a more perfect union, establishing justice, insuring domesting tranquility, promoting the general welfare of all and securing the blessing of liberty to each and every back you have tried to break, Do ordain this bill as Unfair, Unsafe, as your way of Hurting Us All and we will never give you our voices.

Not without a fight!