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“Looking back at my own childhood, I saw how important it was for me to mentor young girls in particular. I didn’t have any of that myself. I believe that God has destined me for this role, and that belief drives me every single day.”
In just the last three weeks of this new year, there have been 40 shootings. There were 647 mass shootings in 2022 alone. Firearms are now the No. 1 cause of death among American children.
The meeting was an outgrowth of a letter to President Biden from Pugliese after the release of National Assessment of Educational Progress data in October 2022.

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Our nation's young people are facing an unprecedented mental health crisis.

Longtime Newark educator and AFSA Executive Vice President Leonard Pugliese, Ed.D., was elected president of the union July 23 by the 300-plus delegates attending the 16th Triennial Constitutional Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
"Our power never comes from our positions. It is our moral authority that guides us."
Redmond emphasized the advantage of unions and working to grow the movement.
Dr. Paul Nussbaum tells AFSA members that they are critical to shaping the future of the human brain.
“I was born an advocate and an activist and I’ll die an advocate and activist.”