When the LA Unified school board said the Pledge of Allegiance Tuesday afternoon, at least three people in the audience of about two dozen took to their knees. Most prominent was Cecily Myart-Cruz. She is vice president of both the National Education Association and the local United Teachers Los Angeles. She was flanked by two other UTLA members who also went down on their knees during the pledge. She

joins in the national movement that started with the National Football League over the weekend after President Trump criticized the football players for disrespecting the country by kneeling during the national anthem. Since Sunday, a high school girls soccer team in Maine kneeled during the national anthem, as did a high school band at the Oakland A’s game — and they were playing the anthem. READ MORE