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Last year, I posted this series of videos I took of Senator Kennedy at the 2006 AFT Convention. Once again, I present this post as we mourn the passing of one of the greatest advocates for the poor and working classes that this country has ever seen. Was Kennedy a perfect man? Certainly not, but for all his moral failings there are moral triumphs in the form of his work in the Senate that deserve equal coverage.

In 2006, I had the honor of representing my local at the biennial AFT (American Federation of Teachers) Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the speeches given at this convention was by Senator Ted Kennedy. It is a passionate speech about the value of the labor movement, the value of teachers, and the overall value of public education. With so many politicians disparaging the work of public educators and public education across the country, it is refreshing to hear a powerful voice stand up and give credit where credit is due.

The introduction is given by recently retired AFT President, Ed McElroy.

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Keep fighting, Senator Kennedy!

Rest in peace, Senator Kennedy...