Jan 26, 2013

Journey For Justice

Journey for Justice
"A National Grassroots Education Movement"

Atlanta, GA

Project South

Baltimore, MD 

Baltimore Algebra Project

Boston, MA

Boston Youth Organizing Project
Chicago, IL
Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization
Cleveland, OH
Common Good Ohio

Detroit, MI

Keep the Vote/NO Takeover
Eupora, MS
Fannie Lou Hamer Center
Hartford, CT
Parent Power

Kansas City, MO

Full Potential

Los Angeles, CA

Crenshaw High School

Labor Community Strategy Center
Newark, NJ
Parents Unified for Local School Education (PULSE)

New Orleans, LA

Friends and Family of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children

Parents Across America


New York, NY

NYC Coalition for Educational Justice

Alliance for Quality Education

Urban Youth Collaborative

Make the Road NY

Oakland, CA

Santa Fe Elementary

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Student Union

Youth United for Change

Action United

Washington, D.C.

Empower DC

Alliance for Education Justice 

Leadership Center for the Common Good

Wichita, KS

Sunflower Action

Support provided by:
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Laurie R. Glenn
Phone: 773.704.7246
E-mail: lrglenn@thinkincstrategy.com

National Movement Forms In Wake Of Mass School Closings & Turnarounds That Violate 
Civil Rights & Promote Divestment In Low-Income Communities Of Color
WHAT:  Students, parents and advocacy representatives from 18 major United States cities will testify at a hearing before the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. on the devastating impact and civil rights violations resulting from the unchecked closing and turnaround of schools serving predominantly low-income, minority students across the country.  

More than 10 cities have filed, or are in the process of filing, Title VI Civil Rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, citing the closing of schools and the criteria and methods for administering those actions as discriminatory toward low-income, minority communities. Representatives from 11 cities will testify at the hearing on the impact of school closings including the civil rights violations and the destabilization of their children and communities resulting from the criteria used for school closings and the current accepted movement to privatize schools.

Demands of the Department of Education include a moratorium on school closings until a new process can be implemented nationally, the implementation of a sustainable, community-driven school improvement process as national policy, and a meeting with President Obama so that he may hear directly from his constituents about the devastating impact and civil rights violations.

The hearing will be followed by a procession and candlelight vigil at the Martin Luther King Memorial to continue to raise the voices of those impacted by the destabilization and sabotage of education in working and low-income, communities of color.

In the wake of the hearing, the 18 participating cities, along with additional cities in the process of organizing, are forming a national movement to unite students, parents and advocacy organizations across the country to spread awareness of mass school closings and their impact on targeted communities.
WHO: Approximately 500 students, parents and community leaders, impacted or at risk of impact by school closings, representing 18 cities across the country will attend the hearing including: Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Detroit; District of Columbia; Eupora, Miss.; Hartford, Conn.; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Newark; New Orleans; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; Wichita, Kan.; and Wilmington, Del.

WHERE:  Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

2:00 p.m.- 3:55 p.m. EST
U.S. Department of Education Auditorium
Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
5:00 p.m. EST
Martin Luther King Memorial
Washington, D.C.

WHY: Cities across the country are experiencing the results of neglectful actions by the closing of schools serving predominantly low-income students of color including displacement and destabilization of children, increased violence and threats of physical harm as a result of re-assignment, and destabilization at schools receiving the displaced students.   

Despite current research showing that closing these public schools does not improve test scores or graduation rates, closings have continued primarily because current federal Race To The Top policy has incentivized the closing and turnaround of schools by supporting privatization. However, the privatization of schools has resulted in unchecked actions and processes where the primary fallout is on those in low-income, minority communities. The devastating impact of these actions has only been tolerated because of the race and class of the communities affected.



Bob Valiant said...

Parents, students and teachers are finding many ways to register rheir displeasure with current federal policy that favors high-stakes testing and privatization of the public schools. Teachers at Garfield High in Seattle, principals in New York,school boards in Texas, and teachers in Chicago have all spoken out against the ill-advised reforms. Now everyone can have a chance to speak up. Please read, sign, and share the NEW letter to Obama at .

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Citizens United To Supreme Court: Landmark School Desegregation Case Was Wrong


Citizens United, the conservative group that successfully sued to enable wealthy corporations to buy elections, also has it in for same-sex couples. Yet an amicus brief they recently filed in the Supreme Court backing the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act would not simply deny marriage equality to gay people, it calls upon the Supreme Court to toss out a landmark decision ending public school segregation in the District of Columbia and declare that the federal government is free to discriminate against minorities and women: