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0 comments | January 08, 2007 | 7:47 PM | posted by Kristen

Kristen here--I'm EFF's Teacher Coordinator and a part of the Labor Policy Center team. I'll be updating this blog with personal stories from teachers and from myself throughout this adventure in our nation's capitol.

The flight here was uneventful--but those are the best kinds of flights! Thank heaven for Airborne; it seems everyone around me was sniffling and wheezing. It took me and a few other staffers a while to get from the airport to our hotel. We got a little lost, but D.C. is a beautiful city to be lost in, even at night!

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be in our nation's capitol. This is my first time here. On my flight, I read a book about the capitol city's inception, its plunder by the British in 1814, and its citizens' perserverance to rebuild a flourishing city. I was deeply moved (all over again) by the story of the inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner, and I sung the song silently to myself as we flew over Chicago.

This city was meant to be a beacon of liberty to our nation and our world. I am hoping the Supreme Court remembers this as teachers ask them to defend their freedom of speech.

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