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racial discrimination

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Petition to Kyle Riggs, Bryce Anderson, Salam Noor, Ken Richarson, Cheryl A. Scarcelli Ancheta, Donn Gardner, Christine Larsen, Andrea Valderrama, Frieda Christopher

Demand the resignation of Bryce Anderson from the David Douglas School Board

Links to Bryce Anderson's anti-immigrant comment and full audio from the Inclusion Resolution vote at the David Douglas School Board meeting 3.9.2017:Clip of Bryce Anderson's statement with transcript Full Audio Demand Bryce Anderson's immediate resignation and the board's formal denouncement of his comment. His comment likening undocumented immigrants to murderers is clear evidence of discrimination toward immigrant students and is a direct affront to the David Douglas mission statement and the Inclusion Resolution.At the February school board meeting, school board member Andrea Valderrama presented to the board a draft Inclusion resolution. The resolution was similar to that of other school districts and cities, responding to increased fear to ICE, registries and hate crimes in our schools. It stated the existing polices protecting students and added that school funds will not be used to aid ICE and that staff and faculty will be trained in how to respond to federal immigration, how they will support kids whose parents are taken and so on. Really, a no-brainer. The inclusion resolution was met with apathy and significant pushback and some outright hostility from the other board members. Thankfully, knowing that people had attended specifically for this issue, the chair Kyle Riggs opened up the floor for input. A handful of concerned parents, staff and community members offered strong support for the resolution and countered the anti-immigrant comments from board member Donn Gardner. Following that, the board agreed to work with Andrea over the next month to develop a resolution they could all support and the final vote was scheduled for the March school board meeting. The conference room was overflowing at the March 9th school board meeting. It's been estimated that 100 people were in attendance whereas these meetings usually draw 5-10. Approximately, 40 people testified, only 1 not fully in support. Community members, staff, teachers, parents and students talked about why this resolution is so important. Because of the format, the vote did not happen until near the end of this meeting at 11:30 pm - which meant that few people were still around to hear the outcome. It was immediately clear that the vote would not be unanimous and that no amount of editing was going to change the 3 dissenting member's votes (Cheryl Scarcelli Ancheta, Donn Gardner & Bryce Anderson). All three talked about respecting the constitution and that fears of ICE were unfounded - pretty typical of the comments from last meeting.The 3 dissenting Board members used "process" as an excuse throughout the discussion yet were clearly opposed to putting any kind of resolution forward from the beginning, and really threw Andrea Valderrama under the bus that night. Then, at the end of the debate and pretty much out of no where, Bryce Anderson added something unrelated to education, likening undocumented immigrants to murderers. At that, the room when into audible outrage and visible shock. Chairman, Kyle Riggs, then slammed his gavel, shushing and admonishing the audience. No one on the entire board challenged Bryce's bigoted comments. The vote was then taken passing 4 to 3. A bitter, hard fought victory for the community. The following morning a request was made and promptly fulfilled by Superintendent Ken Richardson's office for the audio recording. Since then, I have filed a formal AC-AR discrimination compliant form against Bryce Anderson - directly with the board chair and have begun petitioning the board to ask Anderson for his resignation AND that they formally denounce his comment. It is my opinion that the Board members who made personal statements about undocumented immigrant children and their parents are not working for everyone in our district and are violating local, state, and federal law in protecting all kids. I need help in elevating this story. I need people to know what's going on out here in David Douglas School District. When we cannot count on our school board to support ALL children, they need to go. We cannot make progress with leaders like Bryce Anderson. Leaders who make no effort to hide their racism and anti-immigrant bigotry. Please sign and share and attend the next meeting board meeting April 13th @ 7pm in the David Douglas High School conference room 1500 SE 130th ave Portland, Oregon 97233

Heather Franklin
423 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Senate Education Committee of Pennsylvania

Have Rep. PA Sen. John Eichelberger Step Down from PA Senate Education Committee

During a town hall meeting last month Pennsylvania Republican Senator and chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate's Education Committee John Eichelberger stated "minority students from inner-city public schools would do better in vocational careers than in college". He further said they would succeed in a less-intensive track. Despite the biased and discriminatory comments made during the town hall as well as criticism from his peers, Mr. Eichelberger's comments have not garnered much attention outside some articles posted on Pennsylvania websites and blogs. If Mr. Eichelberger holds views such as these, this makes me wonder as to what his thoughts are on other topics related to education, such as the privatization of public education, among others.  Mr. Eichelberger is a White male who leads the Pennsylvania Senate's Education committee. As the leader of such a committee, Mr. Eichelburger is someone who should encourage all students to go to college. What Mr. Eichelburger failed to understand is who represents the majority of the student body of inner-city public schools, young boys and girls of color. He is chastising the failing urban school system instead of finding strategies to improve and revitalize it. With racially charged statements like this there is no room for anyone in high office to be leading any type of government committee yet alone an education committee. Additionally, other than serving as the current education committee chair, Mr. Eichelberger has no other experiences in education. He previously served as president of an insurance brokerage company before breaking into politics. Please join me in signing this petition forcing Mr. Eichelberger to step down from his position as Pennsylvania Senate's Education Chairman. A chairperson's role is to lead by example and to influence decisions and others around you. Making disparaging comments as it relates to the inner-city public school system and the academic success of students of color is not conducive to what education represents. Lets hold Mr. Eichelburger more accountable for his unjust comments. To read more please click here: https://www.usnews.com/news/pennsylvania/articles/2017-02-21/state-senator-gets-heat-for-comments-on-minority-students Thank you for reading and sharing.  

Francesca Thompson
31 supporters