A Minnesota teachers union recently declared its support for defunding the police in Minneapolis.
Yet another politically charged union, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers 59 urged its followers to attend an event hosted by Yes 4 Minneapolis, the citizen-led organization behind the defund movement in the city.
“Together we can reimagine what public safety looks like,” reads a tweet from the Minneapolis teachers union.
According to the union’s website, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers is committed to “community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism,” claiming these actions will further its goals of fairness, democracy, economic opportunity, and education.
The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers consists of nine elected leaders and eight staff members, including a political director.
Last summer, the union pressured Minneapolis Public Schools into cutting ties with the Minneapolis Police Department and called on former police union president Bob Kroll to resign.
The group has endorsed leftist Minneapolis City Council members Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher, and Jeremiah Ellison, and promoted endless progressive ideas on social media, including Pride Month, Juneteenth, Black Lives Matter, and educators against police brutality.
The launch event recently promoted by the union was put on by far-left group Yes 4 Minneapolis, which is behind the ballot initiative to replace MPD with a department of public safety. Yes 4 Minneapolis’s plan would eliminate the minimum requirement of police officers and take away the mayor’s power over the police department.
The effort to get rid of MPD depends on changing the city charter, which Yes 4 Minneapolis has successfully put to the public for a vote this November.