National Black Lives Matter in School Week of Action
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Endorse the 2019 National Black Lives Matter in School Week of Action
ProblemHate crimes have spiked severely across the United States. The school-to-prison-nexus is fueling mass incarceration. Black students are being suspended at dramatically disproportionate rates. Today, some 1.7 million students attend a school that has no school counselor but does have a police officer. Black teachers are being pushed out of classrooms around the country. Too often, classroom curriculum is whitewashed to exclude many of the struggles and contributions of Black people and other people of color. SolutionSupport the four demands of the Black Lives Matter At School national week of action:1) End “zero tolerance” discipline, and implement restorative justice2) Hire more Black teachers3) Mandate Black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum4) Fund counselors, not copsAdditionally, join the pledge to teach lessons that coincide with the thirteen principles of the Black Lives Matter Global Network:Monday, Feb. 4th: Restorative Justice, Empathy, and Loving EngagementTuesday, Feb. 5th: Diversity and GlobalismWednesday, Feb. 6th: Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming, and Collective ValueThursday, Feb. 7th: Intergenerational, Black Families, and Black VillagesFriday, Feb. 8th: Black Women and Unapologetically BlackPersonal storyBlack Lives Matter At School national week of action was launched last year. During this week of action, thousands of educators around the U.S. wore Black Lives Matter shirts to school and taught lessons about structural racism, intersectional Black identities, Black history, and anti-racist movements. Educators in over 20 cities participated in this national uprising to affirm the lives of Black students, teachers, and families including, Seattle, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York City, Rochester, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., and beyond.Join this growing movement of educators working to dismantle anti-Blackness in our school.