Teachers and their supporters marched to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Seattle offices this afternoon to protest the influence the foundation wields in U.S. education policy.
About 150 participants marched through downtown Seattle from Westlake Park to the foundation’s offices at the corner of Fifth Avenue North and Mercer Street, KPLU reported. The event was organized by the Washington state contingent of a Facebook group called Badass Teachers Association. Activists with another website, Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates, delivered letters during the demonstration.
Anthony Cody, a former California teacher and blogger for the newsweekly Education Week, was the keynote speaker, KPLU reported. Other speakers included Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and University of Washington, Bothell education professor Wayne Au.
The teachers have planned events on the University of Washington campus on Friday, KPLU reported.